When Rebecca Purcell was born on 19 January 1815, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, her father, John Purcell, was 46 and her mother, Mary Haughawout, was 44. She died on 28 August 1859, in Greenwich Township, Warren, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 44.
English, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘little pig’ (from Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps denoting someone thought to resemble a pig. This surname is common in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century. There may sometimes be confusion with Pearsall .
English: habitational name from Purshull in Elmbridge, Worcestershire. The placename derives from an uncertain first element + Old English hyll ‘hill’.