Can Percy Jackson breathe new life into this antique appellation?
Thanks to Mary Renee for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day.
Percy: From the Map to the Middle Ages
Like so many names, this one starts out on the map. Perci comes from a Norman town name, which inspired a noble family’s name.
Perci family legend tells that the Romans named it after a legion previously posted to Persia. Others suggest that it may come from a lost Gaulish personal name.
We know that the family came to England with William the Conqueror. They wielded serious power during the Tudor and Stewart eras.
We tend to think of Percy as short for Percival, but it isn’t so. Instead, Percival comes from all of those medieval tales of the Knights of the Round Table.