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What does Per mean?

Per Pronunciation of Per as a name for boys is of Greek and French origin, and Per means "rock". Per is an alternate form of Peter (Greek): version of Petros. Per is also a German, Scandinavian form of Pierre (French).


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, scandinavian, rock



ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA PETER, PIERRE Peder, Pedro, Pekka, Petar, Pete, Petr, Petre, Petros, Petrov, Pierce, Piero, Piers, Piet, Pieter, Pietro, Piotr, Pyotr



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How popular is Per?

Per is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a somewhat prominent surname for all people (#103706 out of 150436, Top 69%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Per reached its peak rank of #94 in Sweden in the year 1998, but is not ranked at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Per name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Pedro (#391 LAST YEAR), Pete, Peter (#211), Pierce (#491), Pierre (#1050) and Pietro are the prominent varying forms of Per listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Per was at its peak during 1950-1959 (USAGE OF 0.58%) and has become significantly less since (USAGE 0.19%, 67%). Peter has generally been a favorite of parents, although Pierce appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions like Peter used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pedro, Pete, Peter, Pierce, Pierre, Pietro in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Per is pronounced similarly to Parr. Other recommended sound-alike names are Ger, Ker, Ner, Pen and Perl. Like Per, these names are not frequently used.

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