Pernell and Pernel is the short form of the female name "Petronel", but represent also the masculine form of "Petronius", an archaic and Ancient Roman family. In modern times, however, represents a form of "peter" even if not directly connected. This name derives from the Etruscan “petruna”, via Latin “pĕtrōnĭus”. The Petronius family seems to have been originally Roman but in fact was Etruscan. Ash urns were found in Perusia (now Perugia) with Etruscan inscriptions, and there are old grave stones with the Etruscan name "Petruni", around the sixth and seventh centuries.