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 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).
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).