Other Origin(s):Roman
Pernell is a boy's name of Latin origin grounded in rustic, humble impressions. Derived from the Roman name Petronius, which comes from the Greek Petros, meaning "stone"—Pernell is often translated as "yokel." Though referencing a naïve personality from rural lands, Pernell's many iterations throughout the centuries convey an ironic twist to the term. Its earliest namesake, Gaius Petronius Arbite, was an esteemed Roman courtier and satirical author renowned during his time for being the 'judge of elegance.' Later, Irish Nationalist Charles Parnell would infuse the name with power, charisma, and political skill. Pernell may suggest a figure easily underestimated, but its lineage suggests this may just be its secret strength.
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