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This is a list of names in which the gender is feminine; and the first letter is P.
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PAfHmong
Means "flower" in Hmong.
PAAIEfManx
Manx form of PEGGY.
PACAfSpanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PACÍFICAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of the Late Latin name Pacificus meaning "peacemaker".
PADERAUf & mWelsh
Means "beads" or "rosary" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
PADMAf & mHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form पद्मा and the masculine form पद्म. According to Hindu tradition a lotus holding the god Brahma arose from the navel of the god Vishnu. The name Padma is used in Hindu texts to refer to several characters, including the goddess Lakshmi and the hero Rama.
PADMAVATIfHinduism
Means "resembling lotuses", derived from the Sanskrit word पद्म (padma) meaning "lotus" combined with वती (vati) meaning "resemblance". This is the name of the foster-mother of the god Hindu Skanda.
PADMINIfIndian, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu
Means "a multitude of lotuses", a derivative of Sanskrit पद्म (padma) meaning "lotus".
PÁDRAIGÍNfIrish
Irish form of PATRICIA.
PAGETfEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which meant "little page" (see PAIGE).
PAIGEfEnglish
From an English surname meaning "servant, page" in Middle English. It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAISLEYfEnglish (Modern)
From a Scottish surname, originally from the name of a town, which may ultimately be derived from Latin basilica "church". This is also a word (derived from the name of that same town) for a type of pattern commonly found on fabrics.
PÄIVÄfFinnish
Means "day" in Finnish.
PÄIVIfFinnish
Derived from Finnish päivä "day".
PAKPAOfThai
Means "kite" in Thai.
PÁLAfIcelandic
Icelandic feminine form of PAUL.
PALESAfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
PALLABIfBengali
Bengali feminine form of PALLAV.
PALLAS (1)fGreek Mythology
Probably derived from a Greek word meaning "maiden". In Greek mythology this was the name of a friend of the goddess Athena. Athena accidentally killed her, and subsequently took the name Pallas in honour of her friend.
PALOMAfSpanish
Means "dove, pigeon" in Spanish.
PAMfEnglish
Short form of PAMELA.
PAMELAfEnglish
This name was invented in the late 16th century by the poet Sir Philip Sidney for use in his poem 'Arcadia'. He possibly intended it to mean "all sweetness" from Greek παν (pan) "all" and μελι (meli) "honey". It was later employed by author Samuel Richardson for the heroine in his novel 'Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded' (1740), after which time it became used as a given name. It did not become popular until the 20th century.
PAMELIAfEnglish
Elaborated form of PAMELA.
PANAGIOTAfGreek
Feminine form of PANAGIOTIS.
PANDORAfGreek Mythology
Means "all gifts", derived from a combination of Greek παν (pan) "all" and δωρον (doron) "gift". In Greek mythology Pandora was the first mortal woman. Zeus gave her a jar containing all of the troubles and ills that mankind now knows, and told her not to open it. Unfortunately her curiosity got the best of her and she opened it, unleashing the evil spirits into the world.
PANIZfPersian
Possibly means "sugar" in Persian.
PANNAfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANNIfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANSYfEnglish
From the English word for a type of flower, ultimately deriving from Old French pensee "thought".
PAOLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAPAfPolynesian Mythology
Means "earth" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Papa or Papatuanuku was the goddess of the earth and the mother of many of the other gods. She and her husband Rangi, the god of the sky, were locked in a tight embrace. Their children decided to separate them, a feat of strength accomplished by the god Tane.
PAQUITAfSpanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PARASKEVAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVEfLate Greek
Derived from Greek παρασκευη (paraskeue) meaning "preparation" or "Friday" (being the day of preparation). This was the name of a 2nd-century saint who was martyred in Rome.
PARASKEVIfGreek
Modern Greek form of PARASKEVE.
PARASTOOfPersian
Means "swallow (bird)" in Persian.
PARASTUfPersian
Variant transcription of PARASTOO.
PARIfPersian
Means "fairy" in Persian.
PARIS (2)fVarious
From the name of the capital city of France, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.
PARISAfPersian
Means "like a fairy" in Persian.
PARKERm & fEnglish
From an English occupational surname which meant "keeper of the park".
PARMINDERm & fIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit परम (parama) meaning "highest, best" combined with the name of the Hindu god INDRA.
PARNELfEnglish (Archaic)
Contracted form of PETRONEL. In the later Middle Ages it became a slang term for a promiscuous woman, and the name subsequently fell out of use.
PARRISm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris (see PARIS (2)).
PARTHENIAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek παρθενος (parthenos) meaning "maiden, virgin". This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Athena.
PARTHENOPEfGreek Mythology
Means "maiden's voice", derived from Greek παρθενος (parthenos) "maiden, virgin" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek legend this is the name of one of the Sirens who enticed Odysseus.
PƏRVANƏfAzerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVANEH.
PARVANAfAzerbaijani, Persian
Variant transcription of PƏRVANƏ (Azerbaijani) or PARVANEH (Persian).
PARVANEHfPersian
Means "butterfly" in Persian.
PARVATIfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "of the mountains" in Sanskrit. Parvati is a Hindu goddess of love and power, the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesha.
PARVEENf & mIndian, Hindi
Hindi form of PARVIN, also used as a masculine name.
PƏRVİNfAzerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of PARVIN.
PARVINfPersian, Azerbaijani
Means "the Pleiades" in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
PASCALEfFrench
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCALINEfFrench
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCUALAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of PASCAL.
PASQUALINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PASCAL.
PASSANGm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "good, excellent" in Tibetan.
PASTORAfSpanish
Feminine form of PASTOR.
PATm & fEnglish
Short form of PATRICK or PATRICIA. A famous bearer of this name was Pat Garrett (1850-1908), the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid.
PATIENCEfEnglish
From the English word patience, ultimately from Latin patientia, a derivative of pati "to suffer". This was one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PATIGULfUyghur
Uyghur elaboration of PATIME using the suffix گۇل (gul) meaning "flower, rose".
PATIMEfUyghur
Uyghur form of FATIMAH.
PATRÍCIAfSlovak, Portuguese, Hungarian
Slovak, Portuguese and Hungarian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIAfEnglish, Spanish, German, Late Roman
Feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK). In medieval England this spelling appears in Latin documents, but this form was probably not used as the actual name until the 18th century, in Scotland.
PATRICIEfCzech
Czech feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIJAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRYCJAfPolish
Polish feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATSYf & mEnglish, Irish
Variant of PATTY, also used as a diminutive of PATRICK.
PATTIfEnglish
Variant of PATTY.
PATTIEfEnglish
Variant of PATTY.
PATTYfEnglish
Originally a variant of Matty, a 17th-century diminutive of MARTHA. It is now commonly used as a diminutive of PATRICIA.
PÀULAfSardinian
Sardinian feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULAfGerman, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Croatian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL). This was the name of a 4th-century Roman saint who was a companion of Saint Jerome.
PAULEfFrench
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULETTAfEnglish
Latinate feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULETTEfFrench
French feminine diminutive of PAUL.
PAULIENfDutch
Dutch feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAULIINAfFinnish
Finnish form of PAULINA.
PAULÍNAfSlovak
Slovak form of PAULINA.
PAULINEfFrench, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAULINHAfPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of PAULA.
PAVICAfCroatian
Croatian diminutive of PAULA.
PAVLAfCzech
Czech feminine form of PAUL.
PAVLÍNAfCzech
Czech form of PAULINA.
PAVLINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
PAXfRoman Mythology
Means "peace" in Latin. In Roman mythology this was the name of the goddess of peace.
PAZ (1)fSpanish
Means "peace" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, meaning "Our Lady of Peace".
PAZ (2)f & mHebrew
Means "gold" in Hebrew.
PEACEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word peace, ultimately derived from Latin pax.
PEARLfEnglish
From the English word pearl for the concretions formed in the shells of some mollusks, ultimately from Late Latin perla. Like other gemstone names, it has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. The pearl is the birthstone for June, and it supposedly imparts health and wealth.
PEARLEfEnglish
Variant of PEARL.
PEARLIEfEnglish
Diminutive of PEARL.
PEGfEnglish
Short form of PEGGY.
PEGGIEfEnglish
Variant of PEGGY.
PEGGYfEnglish
Medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of MARGARET. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
PEIGIfScottish
Scottish diminutive of MARGARET.
PELAGEYAfRussian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PELAGIAfAncient Greek, Greek, Polish
Feminine form of PELAGIUS. This was the name of a few early saints, including a young 4th-century martyr who threw herself from a rooftop in Antioch rather than lose her virginity.
PELAGIYAfRussian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PELEfPolynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire who is said to live in Kilauea.
PEMAm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Tibetan form of PADMA.
PEMBEfTurkish
Means "pink" in Turkish.
PEMPHEROm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
PENfEnglish
Short form of PENELOPE.
PÉNÉLOPEfFrench
French form of PENELOPE.
PENELOPEfGreek Mythology, English
Possibly derived from Greek πηνελοψ (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be from πηνη (pene) "threads, weft" and ωψ (ops) "face, eye". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband is away fighting at Troy. It has occasionally been used as an English given name since the 16th century.
PENINNAHfBiblical
Means "precious stone, pearl" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the wives of Elkanah, the other being Hannah.
PENJANIm & fSouthern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
PENKAfBulgarian
Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PENNYfEnglish
Diminutive of PENELOPE.
PEONYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower. It was originally believed to have healing qualities, so it was named after the Greek medical god Pæon.
PEPCAfSlovene
Slovene diminutive of JOŽEFA.
PEPITAfSpanish
Spanish feminine diminutive of JOSEPH.
PERCHUHIfArmenian
Means "elegant lady" in Armenian.
PERDITAfLiterature
Derived from Latin perditus meaning "lost". Shakespeare created this name for the daughter of Hermione in his play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610).
PERELEfYiddish
Variant of PERLE.
PERİfTurkish
Turkish form of PARI.
PERLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLEfFrench, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERLITAfItalian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
PERMELIAfEnglish (Archaic)
Meaning unknown, possibly an early American alteration of PAMELA.
PERNILLAfSwedish
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
PERNILLEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of PETRONILLA.
PERPETUAfSpanish (Rare), Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
PERRINEfFrench
French feminine form of Perrin, a diminutive of PIERRE.
PERSEFONIfGreek
Modern Greek form of PERSEPHONE.
PERSEPHONEfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown, probably of Pre-Greek origin, but perhaps related to Greek περθω (pertho) "to destroy" and φονη (phone) "murder". In Greek myth she was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was abducted to the underworld by Hades, but was eventually allowed to return to the surface for part of the year. The result of her comings and goings is the changing of the seasons. With her mother she was worshipped in the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were secret rites practiced at the city of Eleusis near Athens.
PERSISfBiblical, Biblical Greek
Greek name meaning "Persian woman". This was the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.
PERVİNfTurkish
Turkish form of PARVIN.
PÉŤAm & fCzech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PEŤAm & fCzech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PETIAm & fRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of PETYA.
PETRAfGerman, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Swedish, Finnish, English
Feminine form of PETER. This was also the name of an ancient city in the region that is now Jordan.
PETRONAfSpanish
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONELfEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELAfRomanian, Slovak, Polish
Romanian, Slovak and Polish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELLAfDutch, Swedish
Dutch and Swedish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONILLAfItalian, Late Roman
From a Latin name, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of PETRONIUS. This was the name of an obscure 1st-century Roman saint, later believed to be a daughter of Saint Peter.
PETROULAfGreek
Greek feminine form of PETER.
PETRUŠKAfCzech
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETULAfEnglish (Rare)
Meaning unknown, created in the 20th century. The name is borne by the British singer Petula Clark (1932-), whose name was invented by her father.
PETUNIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, derived ultimately from a Tupi (South American) word.
PETYAm & fRussian, Bulgarian
Russian masculine diminutive of PYOTR or Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PEYTONm & fEnglish
From an English surname, originally a place name meaning "PÆGA's town". A famous bearer was Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), the first president of the Continental Congress. It is also borne by American football quarterback Peyton Manning (1976-).
PHAEDRAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Φαιδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρος (phaidros) meaning "bright". Phaedra was the daughter of Minos and the wife of Theseus in Greek mythology. Aphrodite caused her to fall in love with her stepson Hippolytos, and after she was rejected by him she killed herself.
PHAENNAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek φαεινος (phaeinos) "shining". According to some Greek myths this was the name of one of the three Graces or Χαριτες (Charites).
PHEBEfEnglish, Biblical
Variant of PHOEBE used in some translations of the New Testament.
PHEOBEfEnglish
Variant of PHOEBE.
PHERENIKEfAncient Greek
Ancient Attic Greek form of BERENICE.
PHILADELPHIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a city in Asia Minor mentioned in Revelation in the New Testament. The name of the city meant "brotherly love" from Greek φιλεω (phileo) "to love" and αδελφος (adelphos) "brother". It is also the name of a city in the United States.
PHILEfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Philon (see PHILO).
PHILIPAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPAfEnglish (British), German
Latinate feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPINAfGerman (Rare)
Elaborated form of PHILIPPA.
PHILIPPINEfFrench
Elaborated feminine form of PHILIPPE.
PHILLIPAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of PHILIP.
PHILOMELfLiterature
From an English word meaning "nightingale" (ultimately from PHILOMELA). It has been used frequently in poetry to denote the bird.
PHILOMELAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and μηλον (melon) "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μελος (melos) "song". In Greek myth Philomela was the sister-in-law of Tereus, who raped her and cut out her tongue. Prokne avenged her sister by killing her son by Tereus, after which Tereus attempted to kill Philomela. However, the gods intervened and transformed her into a nightingale.
PHILOMENAfEnglish, German, Late Greek
From Greek φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and μενος (menos) "mind, strength, force". This was the name of an obscure early saint and martyr. The name came to public attention in the 19th century after a tomb seemingly marked with the name Filumena was found in Rome, supposedly belonging to another martyr named Philomena. This may have in fact been a representation of the Greek word φιλομηνη (philomene) meaning "loved".
PHILOMÈNEfFrench
French form of PHILOMENA.
PHOEBEfEnglish, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοιβος (phoibos). In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis. The name appears in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan).
PHOENIXm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird which appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years. The name of the bird was derived from Greek φοινιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
PHOTINEfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek φως (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτος (photos)). This is the name traditionally given to the Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well (see John 4:7). She is venerated as a saint by the Eastern Church.
PHÚCm & fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phúc) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing".
PHUNTSOm & fBhutanese
Bhutanese form of PHUNTSOK.
PHUNTSOKm & fTibetan
Means "abundant, excellent" in Tibetan.
PHƯƠNGfVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phương) meaning "direction, way".
PHƯỢNGfVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phượng) meaning "phoenix". This refers to the mythological creature known as the Chinese phoenix or the Fenghuang.
PHYLLIDAfEnglish (Rare)
From Φυλλιδος (Phyllidos), the genitive form of PHYLLIS. This form was used in 17th-century pastoral poetry.
PHYLLISfGreek Mythology, English, German
Means "foliage" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a woman who killed herself out of love for Demophon and was subsequently transformed into an almond tree. It began to be used as a given name in England in the 16th century, though it was often confused with Felicia.
PÍAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of PIUS.
PICHf & mKhmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
PIEDADfSpanish
Means "mercy, piety" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin pietas.
PIERAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIERINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of PIERO.
PIERRETTEfFrench
Feminine diminutive of PIERRE.
PIETRAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIETRINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of PIETRO.
PIETYfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word meaning "piety, devoutness". This was a rare virtue name used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PIHLAfFinnish
Derived from Finnish pihlaja meaning "rowan tree".
PIIAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of PIA.
PILARfSpanish
Means "pillar" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María del Pilar, meaning "Mary of the Pillar". According to legend, when Saint James the Greater was in Saragossa in Spain, the Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar.
PILIfSpanish
Diminutive of PILAR.
PILIRANIm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PILOQUTINNGUAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "little leaf" in Greenlandic.
PILVIfFinnish
Means "cloud" in Finnish.
PINAfItalian
Short form of names ending in pina.
PINARfTurkish
Means "spring" in Turkish.
PINGm & fChinese
From Chinese (píng) meaning "level, even, peaceful". Other characters can also form this name.
PINJAfFinnish
Means "stone pine" in Finnish.
PIPm & fEnglish
Diminutive of PHILIP or PHILIPPA. This was the name of the main character in 'Great Expectations' (1860) by Charles Dickens.
PIPALUKfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "nurse" in Greenlandic.
PIPERfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute). It was popularized as a given name by a character from the television series 'Charmed', which debuted in 1998.
PIPPAfEnglish
Diminutive of PHILIPPA.
PIPRAfEsperanto
Means "peppery" in Esperanto.
PIRIfHungarian
Diminutive of PIROSKA.
PIRITTAfFinnish
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
PIRJOfFinnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIRKKOfFinnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIROSKAfHungarian
Hungarian form of PRISCA, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
PISTISfGreek Mythology
Means "trust, faith" in Greek. In Greek mythology Pistis was the personification of trust.
PLACIDAfLate Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLEASANCEfEnglish (Archaic)
From the medieval name Plaisance which meant "pleasant" in Old French.
POCAHONTASfNative American, Powhatan
Means "playful one" in Powhatan, an Algonquian language. This was the name of a 17th-century Powhatan woman, a daughter of the powerful chief Wahunsenacawh. She married the white colonist John Rolfe and travelled with him to England, but died of illness before returning.
POLAfPolish
Short form of APOLONIA.
POLINAfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
POLLIEfEnglish
Variant of POLLY.
POLLYfEnglish
Medieval variant of MOLLY. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
POLLYANNAfLiterature
Combination of POLLY and ANNA. This was the name of the main character in Eleanor H. Porter's novel 'Pollyanna' (1913).
POLONAfSlovene
Short form of APOLONIJA.
POLYAfBulgarian
Diminutive of POLINA.
POLYMNIAfGreek Mythology
Means "abounding in song", derived from Greek πολυς (polys) "much" and ‘υμνος (hymnos) "song, hymn". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of dance and sacred songs, one of the nine Muses.
POLYXENAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Πολυξενη (Polyxene) which was from the word πολυξενος (polyxenos) meaning "entertaining many guests, very hospitable", itself derived from πολυς (polys) "many" and ξενος (xenos) "foreigner, guest". In Greek legend she was a daughter of Priam and Hecuba, beloved by Achilles. After the Trojan War, Achilles' son Neoptolemus sacrificed her.
POLYXENEfGreek Mythology
Ancient Greek form of POLYXENA.
POLYXENIfGreek
Modern Greek form of POLYXENA.
POMAREm & fTahitian
From Tahitian po "night" and mare "cough". This name was borne by four kings and a queen of Tahiti. The first king adopted the name after his child died of a cough in the night.
POMONAfRoman Mythology
From Latin pomus "fruit tree". This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.
POORNIMAfTamil, Indian, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of PURNIMA.
POPPYfEnglish (British)
From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg.
PORCIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of PORCIUS.
PORNTIPfThai
Derived from Thai พร (phon) "blessing" and ทิพย์ (thip) "divine".
PORSCHEfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the German car company, which was founded by Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951). His surname is derived from the given name BORIS.
PORTIAfEnglish
Variant of Porcia, the feminine form of the Roman family name PORCIUS, used by William Shakespeare for the heroine of his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). In the play Portia is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to defend Antonio in court. It is also the name of a moon of Uranus, after the Shakespearian character.
POSIEfEnglish
Variant of POSY.
POSYfEnglish
Diminutive of JOSEPHINE. It can also be inspired by the English word posy for a bunch of flowers.
PRACHIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
From Sanskrit प्राच्य (prachya) meaning "eastern, ancient".
PRAISEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word praise, which is ultimately derived (via Old French) from Late Latin preciare, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth".
PRANVERAfAlbanian
Derived from Albanian pranverë meaning "spring", itself from pranë "nearby, close" and verë "summer".
PRASKOVIYAfRussian
Variant transcription of PRASKOVYA.
PRASKOVYAfRussian
Russian form of PARASKEVE.
PRATIBHAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "light, splendour, intelligence" in Sanskrit.
PRATIMAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "image, likeness, reflection" in Sanskrit.
PRAVEENAfTamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi
Variant transcription of PRAVINA.
PRAVINAfIndian, Marathi, Tamil
Feminine form of PRAVIN.
PRAXISfGreek Mythology
Means "practical" in Greek. This was another name for the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
PRECIOUSfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word precious, ultimately derived from Latin pretiosus, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth".
PREETHIfIndian, Kannada, Tamil
South Indian form of PRITI.
PREETIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Variant transcription of PRITI.
PREMAfTamil, Indian, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of PREM.
PRESLEYf & mEnglish
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "priest clearing" (Old English preost and leah). This surname was borne by musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
PRIITAfFinnish
Finnish form of BRITA.
PRIMITIVAfSpanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of PRIMITIVUS. Saint Primitiva was an early martyr from Rome.
PRIMROSEfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the flower, ultimately deriving from Latin prima rosa "first rose".
PRIMULAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of a genus of several species of flowers, including the primrose. It is derived from the Latin word primulus meaning "very first".
PRINCESSfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine equivalent of PRINCE.
PRISfEnglish
Short form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCAfBiblical, Dutch, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin
Feminine form of Priscus, a Roman family name which meant "ancient" in Latin. This name appears in the epistles in the New Testament, referring to Priscilla the wife of Aquila.
PRISCILAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCILLAfEnglish, Italian, French, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman name, a diminutive of PRISCA. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lived with Priscilla (also known as Prisca) and her husband Aquila in Corinth for a while. It has been used as an English given name since the Protestant Reformation, being popular with the Puritans. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used it in his poem 'The Courtship of Miles Standish' (1858).
PRISCILLEfFrench
French form of PRISCILLA.
PRISKAfGerman, Biblical Greek
German form of PRISCA, as well as the form used in the Greek New Testament.
PRISKILLAfBiblical Greek
Form of PRISCILLA used in the Greek New Testament.
PRISSYfEnglish
Diminutive of PRISCILLA.
PRITHAfHinduism, Bengali
Means "the palm of the hand" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the legendary Hindu figure Kunti.
PRITIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "pleasure, joy, love" in Sanskrit.
PRIYAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali
Means "beloved" in Sanskrit. In Hindu legend this is the name of a daughter of King Daksha.
PRIYANKAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali
From Sanskrit प्रियंकर (priyankara) meaning "agreeable, amiable".
PROSERPINAfRoman Mythology
Means "to emerge" in Latin. She was the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Persephone.
PRUfEnglish
Short form of PRUDENCE.
PRUDENCEf & mEnglish, French
Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.
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