Origin of the name PERCEFOREST.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name PERCEFOREST.
A hero-king, meaning "pierce-forest."
Perceforest (King), the
hero of a prose romance "in Greek." The MS. is said to
have been found by count William of Hainault in a cabinet at "Burtimer"
Abbey, on the Humber; and in the same cabinet was deposited a crown,
which the count sent to king Edward. The MS. was turned into Latin
by St. Landelain, and thence into French under the title of La Tres
Elegante Delicieux Mellislue et Tres Plaisante Hystoire du Tres Noble
Roy Perceforest (printed at Paris in 1528).
(Of course, this pretended discovery is only an
invention. An analysis of the romance is given in Dunlop's History
He was called "Perceforest" because he
dared to pierce, almost alone, an enchanted forest, where
women and children were most evilly entreated. Charles IX. of
France was especially fond of this romance. (The Reader's Handbook of
Famous Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, v.2, 1899)