What does Per mean?
Per /per/ as a name for boys is of Greek and French origin, and Per means "rock". Per is an alternate form of Peter (Greek): form of Petros. Per is also a German, Scandinavian form of Pierre (French).
(male) Perr, Prier, ..
(female) Pel, Pri, ..
How popular is Per?
Per is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a somewhat prominent surname for all people (#103706 out of 150436, Top 69%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Presented below is the baby name history of Per for boys. Per reached its peak rank of #94 in Sweden in the year 1998, but is not ranked at the moment. (2013 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the history of Per and corresponding names. Pedro (#354 last year), Pete, Peter (#204), Pierce (#470), Pierre (#1005) and Pietro are the prominent varying forms of Per listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Per was at its peak during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.58%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.19%, ▼67%). Peter has generally been a favorite of parents, although Pierce appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions like Peter used to be popular.