What does Peter mean?
Peter [pe-ter] as a boys' name is pronounced PEE-ter. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Peter is "rock". Variant of Petros. Biblical: one of the 12 apostles, Peter the fisherman was impulsive and had strong faith. Jesus said of him, "Upon this Rock I will build my church". In Catholic tradition, the first pope. The play "Peter Pan" has made the name popular. See also Pernell. Artists Piero della Francesca, Peter Paul Rubens; Russian emperor Peter the Great; actors Peter O'Toole, Peter Krause; Peter Rabbit; film directors Peter Jackson, Peter Bogdanovich; tennis player Pete Sampras.
(male) Paiter, Pater, ..
(female) Peper, Peteri, .. Middle name pairings:
Peter Massiah (P.M.), ..
How popular is Peter?
Peter is a very prominent first name for males (#43 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#3758 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Peter reached its apex rank of #37 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #206 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Pedro (#367 in 2015), Pierce (#466), Pierre (#1124), Pietro, Pernell, Ferris, Per, Cephas and Pete are the popular variation forms of Peter (#206 in 2015). Adoption of these relations of Peter was common in the 1950s (usage of 0.6%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.2%, ▼67%), with versions like Pete falling out of fashion. Peter has historically been popular among parents, although Pierce appears to be getting popular too.
Peter▼ is alike in pronunciation to Potter. Other recommended names are Alter, Deker, Dexter▲, Dieter, Fester, Heber, Heder, Keder, Keer, Kester, Lester▼, Lexer, Meier, Meyer▼, Neper, Nester, Nezer, Paten, Peel, Peer, Peleh, Pepe, Pepper, Perez, Petuel, Piper, Porter▲, Seger, Teger, Vester, Weber and Xever. These names tend to be less frequently used than Peter.See names in meaning and etymology.