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).
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. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity 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 usage of Per and corresponding names. Pedro (#354 2 years ago), Pete, Peter (#204), Pierce (#470), Pierre and Pietro are the prominent varying forms of Per listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these forms of Per was at its peak during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.4836%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2817%, ▼41.7%). Peter has generally been a favorite of parents, although Pierce appears to be gaining popularity too, while Pedro, Pete and Pierre used to be popular. (2014 Birth Statistics)