What does Peter mean?
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, ..
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)
Presented below is the birth name statistics of Peter for boys. Peter reached its apex rank of #37 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #204 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Peter and associated names. Pedro (#354 in 2014), Pierce (#470), Pierre (#1005), Pietro, Pernell, Ferris, Per, Cephas and Pete are the popular variation forms of Peter (#204 in 2014). 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.