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Meaning and name origin

Peter \p(e)-ter\ as a boy's 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. Pieter is a Dutch form; Petrov and Pyotr are Russian; Pierre is French; Boutros is Arabic. 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.

Peter has 21 variant forms: Boutros, Par, Peder, Pedro, Pekka, Per, Petar, Pete, Peterson, Petr, Petre, Petros, Petrov, Pierce, Piero, Pierre, Piet, Pieter, Pietro, Piotr and Pyotr.

For more information, see also related boy names Cephas, Ferris, Parkins, Pekelo, Perkin and Piers.

There are 6 feminine forms of Peter: Patches, Pernella, Perri, Perrin, Petra and Pierette.


Peter is a very popular first name for males (#43 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3556 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Peter for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Peter name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Peter and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Peter (#204), Pedro (#354), Pierce (#470), Pietro, Per, Pierre, Pete and Pernell. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Peter, Pedro, Pierce, Pietro, Pierre, Pete, Pernell in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Peter is also pronounced similarly to Potter. Another suggested similar baby name is Peer. These names tend to be less commonly used than Peter.