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What does Pete mean?

Pete Pronunciation of Pete [pe-te] as a name for boys is of Greek derivation, and Pete means "rock". Pete is a version of Peter (Greek): form of Petros.

Associated with: greek, rock.


Pete has 1 variant: Piet.

17 more related forms via Peter: Par, Peder, Pedro, Pekka, Per, Petar, Petr, Petre, Petros, Petrov, Pierce, Piero, Pierre, Pieter, Pietro, Piotr and Pyotr.

Creative forms:
(male) Perte, Pite, ..

(female) Pedi, Pese, ..

Middle name pairings:
Pete Nehemias (P.N.), ..

How popular is Pete?

Pete is a very prominent first name for males (#365 out of 1220, Top 30%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#7147 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Pete reached its apex rank of #194 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pete name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Pete outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Pete listed in the Top 2000 are Pedro (#367 via latest list), Per, Peter (#206), Pierce (#466), Pierre (#1124) and Pietro. Other variants, like Petrov, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Pete was at its peak during 1950-1959 (median #948) and is now much lower (#1166, 67.1%), with forms like Pierre becoming less stylish. Pierce is the most chic name for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pete, Pedro, Peter, Pierce, Pierre, Pietro in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Per, Peter outside U.S.

Similar Names

Pete is alike in pronunciation to Pat and Pitt. Other recommended names are Arte, Clete, Feste, Jette, Nate, Pace, Page, Paten, Pats, Peak, Peal, Peale, Peel, Peele, Peer, Peleh, Pell, Pen, Penn, Pepe, Perce, Perez, Perl, Petuel, Pike, Pope, Pyke and Tate. These names tend to be less frequently used than Pete.

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