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What does Peter mean?

Peter \p(e)-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. 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.


Variations

Peter has 21 variants: 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.

Peter has 2 more related forms via Pierre: Peer and Piers.

Peter has 6 feminine forms: Patches, Pernella, Perri, Perrin, Petra and Pierette.


Popularity

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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Peter for boys. Peter reached its apex rank of #37 in the U.S. then, and is at #204 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Peter and associated names. Pedro (#354 in 2014), Pierce (#470), Pierre, Pietro, Pete, Per and Pernell are the popular variation forms of Peter (#204 in 2014). Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.4231%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.2465%, down 41.7%), with the versions Pedro, Pete and Pierre becoming less fashionable. Pierce (#470) is the most fashionable name for newborns among these, with this name going through a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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


Similar Names

Peter is alike in pronunciation to Potter. This name tends to be less frequently used than Peter.

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