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, .. Middle name pairings:
Per Bodie (P.B.), ..
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)
Per reached its peak rank of #94 in Sweden in the year 1998, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Pedro (#367 last year), Pete, Peter (#206), Pierce (#466), Pierre (#1124) 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 Pete used to be popular.