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Peter Pettigrew was the Secret keeper to the Potters and a death eater in Harry Potter.
CeCe_star  5/2/2019
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All I can think about is that fat moron from Family guy.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2019
2
Stinky Pete from the Toy Story movies.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2019
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According to Merriam Webster:

Peter (verb)
Pe·​ter | \ ˈpē-tər

1 : to diminish gradually and come to an end : GIVE OUT —usually used with out

2 : to become exhausted —usually used with out

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Peter.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2019
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In the same boat as Dick, Willie, and Johnson.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2019
1
Peter Cushing was the English actor who was always hunting Dracula ( Christopher Lee). Peter Benchly wrote “Jaws”. Peter (Pete) Rose holds the MLB record for career hits. Peter Noone was frontman for 60’s group Herman’s Hermits. Peter Lorre who was in hundreds of movies including “Casablanca”. Peter Maravich (Pistol Pete) hall of fame NBA star.. Peter Gabriel musician. Peter (Pete) Best one time Beatles drummer, Peter Ustinov actor. Peter Fonda actor, Peter Lawford actor and Kennedy relative. Peter Wolff frontman for Jay Guiles Band, Peter Jennings network newscaster, The fact that its also the most common name among Fortune 500 CEOs would indicate a lot of successful people bear the name for Pete’s sake.
Ancon Harpy  2/2/2019
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This is a nice, classic name for a boy. Three positive associations stand out to me, the Biblical character, Peter Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia, and Peter Rabbit. This name is longstanding and timeless. It has a very noble presence about it that gives a sense of strong confidence. It's a great choice that ages well, and it will serve its bearer well with the mature and cheerful feel that it has.
EncyclopediaBrown  1/24/2019
3
Peter Mayhew is an actor who portrayed Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies from 1977 to 2015.
― Anonymous User  12/26/2018
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Very boring, makes me want to yawn or roll my eyes, nothing special about it.
Azifa  12/20/2018
3
The most common name for CEOs of fortune-500 companies is Peter. So, I guess name your child Peter if you want him to be successful, and bullied in school because of the show Family Guy.
Magnificent Moose  12/11/2018
4
It's okay. Not particularly interesting though.
kayisforkeen  11/2/2018
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In 2018, 53 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Peter who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 108th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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Good strong name but don't care for Pete or Petey as nicknames.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2018
1
Handsome, but dreadfully boring it is.
Curious me  9/21/2018
2
Famous bearers of this name include:

Peter Warren Hatcher was the main character of the Judy Blume novel “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.”

Peter Billingsley was the actor who played Ralphie Parker in the movie “A Christmas Story.”

Peter Falk was an actor best known for playing the titular character of the show “Columbo.”

Peter Venkman was one of the main characters in the original Ghostbusters movie.

Peter Jason Quill (aka Star-Lord).

And

Peter Baker from “Sleepaway Camp.”.
Whipsmart  8/26/2018
1
Peter is a character in the book The Story Girl. He is in love with Felicity.
kayisforkeen  7/24/2018
1
Petruț is also a Romanian name, aka 29th to be celebrated. [noted -ed]
Asteijk  5/31/2018
2
Peter Robbins (born Louis Nanasi) was the original voice actor for Charlie Brown. He voiced him in, among other things, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”.
That70sShowGeek  2/20/2018
1
Peter Prevc is a Slovenian ski jumper, often regarded as one of the best Slovenian ski jumpers of all time. He was the first ski jumper to jump 250 metres.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2018
1
I have 2 uncles with this name, my mom's brother and my aunt's husband. I love them both dearly, and I personally think more people should name their children this. It's a good strong name, and anyone that thinks it's inappropriate should grow up.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2018
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This was the name of multiple saints, including Jesus' apostle Simon Peter, St. Peter the Aleut of Alaska, and St. Peter of Sebaste, the brother of St. Basil the Great.
PurpleRose  2/3/2018
2
Very nice, classic name. I like it a lot :)
― Anonymous User  11/30/2017
2
Decent but very common. No offense, but I am a bit sick of this name.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2017
2
Nice classic name. Especially Peter Rabbit.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2017
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Honestly Peter sounds so wimpy on a grown man and the thought of so many serial killers with this name makes me want to throw up.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2017
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Peter Bryan is a serial killer from the UK. A cannibalistic animal, he ate his victims' brains. Sick!
― Anonymous User  8/17/2017
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Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the "Yorkshire Ripper," is one of Britain's worst serial killers.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2017
3
Peter Sohn is an American animator, director, voice actor, and storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios. Sohn was born in The Bronx and raised in New York City. His parents were Korean immigrants. He attended CalArts and while there got a summer job working on Brad Bird's The Iron Giant. After graduating from school he worked at The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. before coming to Pixar. He graduated from High School in 1995.
lilolaf  7/31/2017
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Peter Kürten was a German serial killer known as both The Vampire of Düsseldorf and the Düsseldorf Monster, who committed a series of murders and sexual assaults between February and November 1929 in the city of Düsseldorf. In the years prior to these assaults and murders, Kürten had amassed a lengthy criminal record for offenses including arson and attempted murder. He also confessed to the 1913 murders of a 9-year-old girl in Mülheim am Rhein, and a 17-year-old girl in Loscheckes.
lilolaf  7/19/2017
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Peter James Crouch is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Stoke City. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.
cutenose  5/4/2017
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This name used to be popular, now it's a little outdated. Peter itself is an okay name, but Pete/ Petey are terrible. Honestly, I prefer the 'er' part to the 'Pete' part. Since I'm American we pronounce it "Peder" which I think sounds better then "Peter".
Katesnames15  4/20/2017
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This is a traditional name. It is very sweet and sophisticated. It is a great name for a father. I love it!
― Anonymous User  1/15/2017
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Pyotr is the Russian version of this name (pronounced "p-yo-ter"). It was the name of famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
― Anonymous User  11/27/2016
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Very nice traditional name. It may be common among older men but it's rarely used today. This name should make a comeback.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2016
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"Pjetër" is Albanian for Peter. You may add that. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  6/12/2016
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Peter Hayes is a character from the Divergent trilogy.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2015
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Very common name! Very plain and simple... An actor I like, Peter Sarsgaard has this name. A lot of attractive men I know are named Peter.
firestar11  12/11/2015
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Peter Gene Hernandez, singer (1985-) stage name Bruno Mars. He sung the songs 'Lazy Song', 'Grenade', 'Just the way you are' and 'Talking to the Moon'.
helloadele  11/30/2015
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If I had ever had a boy, I would have loved to call him Peter. I love love love this name. It's very positive and versatile. When you think of rugged, strong, loyal Peter in the bible, then you think of brave, adventurous, charming Peter Pan, then you think of adorable Peter Rabbit who gets into trouble, you think of Peter from The Brady Bunch who is a unique kid who has the best quirky little personality, full of fun and life. It's classy and respectable. I love it. It's also WIDELY forgotten when people are naming their kids. Not many people use it so that's also why I wanted to use it. It's just a likable name.
tiff-claire  9/3/2015
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Peter Hayden Dinklage, actor best known for his role Tyrion Lannister in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor in 2011. His notable filmography also includes 'The Station Agent' (2003), 'Elf' (2003), 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' (2008), 'A Little Bit of Heaven' (2011), and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (2014).
Feorsteorra  8/2/2015
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Hmm, the name Peter has grown on me...! I actually like this name a lot now! It's a nice, classic name that ages well. ^-^
― Anonymous User  6/18/2015
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As a different opinion, though, it can be like having the name Emily if you're a girl, sort of sweet and naturous sounding.
Hushpuppy  11/26/2014
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This name is absolutely wonderful!
Ali Hassan  10/29/2014
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Peter Davison played the Fifth Doctor (aka Crickity-Crickit) in Doctor Who, as well as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small and Henry Sharpe in Law and Order UK.

Peter Purves, who played First Doctor companion Steven Taylor and was also a presenter on Blue Peter.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
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Peter Brady was the awkward middle son from the TV show The Brady Bunch. He was portrayed by actor Christopher Knight.
gh1995  6/15/2014
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I really don't like the "pee" part of this name at all.
Alexanna  6/2/2014
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I dislike this name. I don't think the name "Peter" has much to offer to be honestly considered a WOW name for me. :/
― Anonymous User  4/20/2014
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Not too fond of this name. It's too sinister sounding, and reminds me of a scary looking policeman.
Hushpuppy  2/16/2014
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This is my REAL name. How did a great name like this fall to the 200s yet the made-up, un-intellectual, and trashy Jayden is number 7. There is no hope for society.
Lee Augustus  2/15/2014
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OMG! Peter! I love this name like nothing... it's not only because it is my name but it's because of some characters or behaviour that most of the people who are named Peter have. Peters are so stubborn, crazy, funny, charming, kind and sympathetic and lovable people. I'm really proud of my name.
Peter Darling  2/8/2014
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Peter Capaldi will be playing the Twelfth Doctor in the British science fiction series Doctor Who.
ophelia  9/11/2013
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I love the name Peter especially with a last name that starts with p. Peter Parker, Peter Pan, Peter Pevensie, Peter Patrelli, Peter Pettigrew... Love it :)
Liesl  8/10/2013
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The main character in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall is named Peter. He writes a self-loathing song called "Peter You Suck".
― Anonymous User  6/4/2013
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Peter Sarsgaard is an American actor.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2012
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Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. :D
alimohamedd  11/25/2011
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Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois (1756-1811) was an English painter and collector of Swiss parentage.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2011
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Sir Peter Blake is a British painter, sculptor and designer, a leading exponent of Pop art.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2011
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The name is Greek and derives from ΠΕΤΡΑ = stone. Exists in contemporary Greek, too.
georgev1112  9/14/2011
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Peter Yarrow is from the 1960's folk singing group, Peter Paul and Mary.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2011
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Famous bearer: Peter Townshend, who sometimes went by Pete, the guitarist from the English rock band, The Who.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2011
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Why would anyone name their child this? Why would you want to name your child after a penis? Horrible parents!
― Anonymous User  12/23/2010
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To the poster above: to say that this name has anything at all to do with the word "penis" is ridiculous, ignorant, immature, and inaccurate. This wonderful name has belonged to many great people, most notably Jesus' apostle. To say that anyone who names a child this is a horrible parent is absurd. The proper meaning is "rock", and has NOTHING to do with a male body part. To possess this name is an honor. Go back to middle school.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2011
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Peter Yu Tae-chol was one of the Korean martyrs.
His story, even though undetailed and short, made me cry.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Yu_Tae-chol
high_chronicles  12/11/2010
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It's a nice, classic name. You can't say that about new fad names like like Kayden and Braiden.
Chrila96  12/4/2010
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Peter Jennings, the former news anchor of ABC World News Tonight.
bcpenson360  7/15/2010
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I had originally named my son Peter after his father (my ex). I also chose this name because of its meaning- "rock" or "stone". After all, I am a geologist by trade, and people think it's cool that I have a child whose name means "rock". My son is five now, and I am still glad I chose this name. It isn't very common for kids his age, which is also a good thing. I hate my name partly because of its sickening popularity for girls in my generation.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2010
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Peter Tchaikovsky Russian composer.
Anton  3/13/2010
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I am in the process of attempting to respond to the first 1000 results in a google search for 'Peter the Roman', the final pontiff in the St. Malachy prophecies. Total results are over 3 million. Yet, the prophecy given in 1139 A.D. was in virtual obscurity for over 400 years until the invention of the printing press. In the computer age there has been a resurgence in the interest of the list of names.

Even Nostradamus spoke of 'Peter the Roman' in Century VII, #24.
Edward Palamar  2/1/2010
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Peter "Pete" is the oldest of the four Hollister children in the "Happy Hollisters" series of children's books.
breakofday  11/27/2009
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Corporal Peter Newkirk of the RAF, played by Richard Dawson (who later went on to host Family Feud). He was one of the main characters in Hogan's Heroes.
Atarah Derek  4/26/2009
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Peter Forsberg is a Swedish ice hockey player who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalance.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2009
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Peter Facinelli is a famous bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2009
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Peter is actually a Hebrew word, it means "to be the first to breach the womb", in other words, first-born.
It can also be associated with the verb which means "to solve, to resolve, to be a solution".
kontrib1  1/30/2009
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I really like the name Peter. It sounds masculine yet sensitive and sophisticated. If I ever have a son and name him Peter, I sincerely hope with all my heart he won't decide to go by Pete. Ugh. I couldn't stand that.
Musicalfreedom  1/17/2009
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Actor Peter Sellers who played Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series.
tigerlilly  12/29/2008
2
As much as many people say this is a common name, I think is it charming and kind, yet very masculine.
mary26  7/19/2008
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Peter Corey, a children's writer who was born in Walsall, West Midlands (UK). He also acts and does stand up comedy.
Luangi  7/3/2008
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Hah. Peter.
I can't help but laugh every time I hear someone called this. Try Petros or something else - Peter is too funny to name your kid.
paintwolf  6/11/2008
1
Peter Carlisle fom the the television show Blackpool.
bluebox93  6/2/2008
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Peter is sometimes listed as the first name of the composer P. I. Tchaikovsky, although his name was really Pyotr.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2008
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A famous bearer is Emmy Award-winning soap opera actor Peter Bergman (born June 11, 1953), best known for his role as Jack Abbott on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless," a role he's held since 1989.
AndrewJKD  4/13/2008
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A famous bearer is English actor Peter Ustinov (April 16, 1921 – March 28, 2004). He's well known for his Academy Award-winning roles in 'Spartacus' (1960) and 'Topkapi' (1964), among other film roles. He was also an accomplished writer and playwright.
AndrewJKD  4/7/2008
1
The name is borne by Dorothy L. Sayer's fictional detective, Lord Peter Wimsey. He's a beloved and well-known fictional character.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Peter_Wimsey
eliorafalk  3/3/2008
1
I absolutely adore this name! I hadn't thought about it as a name option for my 4-year-old Eli, until I had already filled out his birth certificate. Although we considered changing it when he was only an infant, we decided to stick with our first choice. This name always slips my mind, and I really wish we'd have name one of our sons this. I like Simon Peter. It has a sweet ring to it, although I would only call him Peter. I love this name, and if I ever have another son, this is definitely what we'll name him. It's just too cute!
Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
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Peter sounds like a nickname for a man's private part.
jasmineenimsaj  2/14/2008
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I've never liked this name. There's just something about the way it sounds. And then, of course, there's the slang meaning. (I'm surprised no-one has already mentioned this.)
queenv  9/30/2007
1
A famous dude of this name is Peter Tork from the Monkees.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2007
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Actually, Peter Tork was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
4
I love the name Peter! It's such a strong name, and it does mean "rock."
applemilk  8/19/2007
1
This is a really handsome name, I think.
Brianna Angela  7/30/2007
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Slovak pronunciation is "PE-tur".
Karcoolka  6/27/2007
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A famous bearer was Peter Paul Rubens, the Flemish painter.
Florabel  6/25/2007
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Peter was Ike Broflovski's name before he was adopted. Ike is Kyle's little brother in the show South Park.
Rockos_Modern_Life_1  5/20/2007
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I am not a big fan of the name but I like the fact that it is my dad's name and that it has a feel to it.
bandcamp2009  4/24/2007
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Peter Cottontail is a famous bearer. Lol.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2007
3
Another one of the names that I enjoy, a name that's actually NOT used very often, nowadays. I don't know a single Peter.
stormy_lovegood  2/24/2007
2
My dad is named Peter and personally I like the name. I would like name my son Peter after him, plus I think he'd like to have the same name as a superhero.
alexyasha  2/20/2007
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Famous bearer: James "Peter" Longsreet, a Confederate Civil War general who was blamed for the loss at Gettysburg.
johnnyreb  2/1/2007
1
In Denmark Winnie-the-Pooh is called Peter Plys. "Plys" is a word Danish children sometimes put in front of teddy ("Plysbjørn").
elliebeth  1/30/2007
1
Peter Petrelli is one of the main characters in the television series Heroes.
jmacsgurl1991  12/30/2006
3
I like the name Peter. I think it's cute. I have relatives named Peter and they really like the name.
kmihockey17  12/1/2006
1
There are authors named Peter Abrahams, Peter Blauner, Peter Clement, and Peter Robinson.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Peter here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  10/24/2006
1
My husband's name is Peter, and he's a Junior, but when we had a son, he did not want to name him Peter, III. I like the name Peter, Pete, Sweet Pete, whatever I call him.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
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This name was given to me by my mother on birth. My wife calls me Peter and it's so sweet. It has given me the strength and confidence to do a lot at my age and is a super strong name to utter. I know, following in the footsteps of Peter the disciple, many people called by this name become great and rich. It may be old fashioned but it never goes out of fashion. It's strongly modern yet a classic. In Swahili, it's PETRO or PETERO.
ekisa  10/7/2006
3
Peter Jackson is a Hollywood movie director most famous for his Lord of the Rings films. (I've heard that he is directing The Hobbit, too.)
― Anonymous User  9/26/2006
2
Famous fictional bearers: Peter Pevenesie in The Chronicles of Narnia, Peter Pan in J.M. Barrie's novel, and Peter Calamy in Master and Commander.
Shasta  9/24/2006
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I like this name, I think it sounds like a preppy boys name.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2006
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A famous bearer is Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. He was born on November 15, 1977.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2006
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The next Pope is susposed to be Pope Peter (The Roman). He is supposed to be the antichrist.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2006
5
I find this comment rather bizarre. Good for a laugh perhaps, but I really hope nobody believes them! (The legend of Pope Peter II being the last pope as St Peter was the first is a very old one but no more sensible for that.)
Anneza  9/11/2006
3
I don't hear this name a lot from my generation or the upcoming one. It's sad because it's a great name! Very likeable name too!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
1
Another famous Peter is the tall British soccer player Peter Crouch.
Ylva  6/10/2006
2
Peter was quite popular in the past, but now it is rarely given to newborn boys. Peter is a strong, classic name with staying power, whereas some of the names given to little boys today will end up being flashes in the pan that will sound very dated in a few decades' time.
amabel  6/7/2006
1
I think this name is overused. It is very common and don't like it that much, though I like the first bearers of this name but now it's just too common and popular.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2006
2
I gave this name to my 2nd son, he is Peter Jordan. He is 13 and really likes his name and the fact it isn't used often. He does get called Pete sometimes but more often it is kept as Peter.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
1
A famous bearer of the name Peter is Peter Van Daan, one of the eight residents of the Secret Annex in Amsterdam. He was described thoroughly in The Diary of Anne Frank.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2006
5
Peter Parker: Spider-Man's alter-ego.
HarpieSiren  3/6/2006
4
Peter Rabbit is the name of a Beatrix Potter character.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2006
1
Peter Wentz: Bassist for Fall Out Boy, too emo for emo, and world renowned pedophile.
VeryGorgeous  1/31/2006
1
A famous bearer is actor Peter Boyle (born October 18, 1935). He won an Emmy in 1996 for an appearance on "The X-Files". He also known for his role as Frank Barone, the cranky slob on "Everybody Loves Raymond," which he mainained until the show's final airing on May 16, 2005.
AndrewJKD  1/3/2006
4
Peter was the name of the oldest Son of Adam in C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".
Arowen Half-Elven  12/15/2005
1
Famous bearer: Peter Doherty, frontman of British band Babyshambles and former co-frontman of the Libertines. Infamous for his drug use and reckless lifestyle.
whackedtollie  11/24/2005
1
A famous bearer of the name is Peter Griffin of the father in "Family Guy". That show is hilarious.
swordsmanoffire  10/6/2005
4
Other famous literary bearer: Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up in J.M. Barrie's classic. [noted -ed]
noae  4/16/2005
2
Famous Bearer: Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter books.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2005

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