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PAXTONmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from an English place name meaning "Pœcc's town". Pœcc is an Old English name of unknown meaning.
Means "message" in Persian.
PAZ (2)f & mHebrew
Means "gold" in Hebrew.
PEADARmIrish, Scottish
Irish and Scottish form of PETER.
Macedonian diminutive of PETER.
Diminutive of PREDRAG.
PEDERmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of PETER.
Variant transcription of PEĐA.
Welsh form of PETER.
Means "happy, successful" in Persian.
Portuguese diminutive of PEDRO.
PEDROmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of PETER. This was the name of the only two emperors of Brazil.
Sardinian form of PETER.
PEERmDanish, Norwegian, Swedish
Variant of PER. The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen used this name for the main character in his play 'Peer Gynt' (1867).
Estonian form of PETER.
PEGASUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Πηγασος (Pegasos), possibly either from πηγος (pegos) "strong" or πηγαιος (pegaios) "from a water spring". In Greek mythology Pegasus was the winged horse that sprang from the blood of Medusa after she was killed by Perseus. There is a constellation in the northern sky named after the horse.
Swedish variant of PER.
Basque form of PETER.
Occitan form of PETER.
PEJOmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian diminutive of PETAR.
Finnish form of PETER.
PEKKOmFinnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. This is the name of the Finnish god of fields and crops.
PELAGIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Πελαγιος (Pelagios), which was derived from πελαγος (pelagos) "the sea". This was the name of several saints and two popes.
PELEGmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "division, channel" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the son of Eber.
Swedish diminutive of PER.
Italian form of Peregrinus (see PEREGRINE).
Means "dove" in Albanian.
PEMAm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Tibetan form of PADMA.
PEMPHEROm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
Hawaiian form of BEN (1).
PENJANIm & fSouthern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
Bulgarian diminutive of PETAR.
Finnish form of BENEDICT.
PENUELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "facing God" in Hebrew. This is the name of two minor characters in the Old Testament.
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
Dutch form of PÉPIN.
Frankish name of unknown meaning. It possibly means "awe-inspiring" from Frankish bib- "to tremble". This was the name of three majordomos of Austrasia including Pépin III the Short, who became the first Carolingian king of the Franks. He was the father of Charlemagne.
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PERmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Breton
Scandinavian and Breton form of PETER.
Short form of PERCY.
PERCIVALmArthurian Romance, English
Created by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes for his poem 'Perceval, the Story of the Grail'. In the poem Perceval was one of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table who was given a glimpse of the Holy Grail. The character (and probably the name) of Perceval was based on that of the Welsh hero PEREDUR. The spelling was perhaps altered under the influence of Old French percer val "to pierce the valley".
From an English surname which was derived from the name of a Norman town Perci, which was itself perhaps derived from a Gaulish given name which was Latinized as Persius. The surname was borne by a noble English family, and it first used as a given name in their honour. A famous bearer was Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), an English romantic poet whose works include 'Adonais' and 'Ozymandias'. This name can also be used as a short form of PERCIVAL.
Catalan form of PETER.
PEREDURmWelsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Possibly means "hard spears" in Welsh. This was the name of several figures from Welsh mythology. It was later used by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Arthurian tales. The character of Percival was probably based on him.
PEREGRINEmEnglish (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Peregrinus, which meant "traveller". This was the name of several early saints.
Means "breach, burst forth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the twin brother of Zerah.
PERICAmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian diminutive of PETAR.
PERICLESmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Περικλης (Perikles), which was derived from the Greek elements περι (peri) "around, exceedingly" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian statesman and general.
Breton diminutive of PER.
PERIKLESmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PERICLES.
Modern Greek form of PERICLES.
Derived from Albanian përparim meaning "progress, advancement".
From a surname which is either English or Welsh in origin. It can be derived from Middle English perrie meaning "pear tree", or else from Welsh ap Herry, meaning "son of HERRY". A famous bearer of the surname was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.
PERSEUSmGreek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek περθω (pertho) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Perseus was a hero who was said to have founded the ancient city of Mycenae. He was the son of Zeus and Danaë. Mother and child were exiled by Danaë's father Acrisius, and Perseus was raised on the island of Seriphos. The king of the island compelled Perseus to kill the Gorgon Medusa, who was so ugly that anyone who gazed upon her was turned to stone. After obtaining winged sandals and other tools from the gods, he succeeded in his task by looking at Medusa in the reflection of his shield and slaying her in her sleep. On his return he defeated a sea monster in order to save Andromeda, who became his wife.
Short form of ROOPERTTI or ALPERTTI.
Finnish form of BARTHOLOMEW.
Basque form of PETER.
PERUNmSlavic Mythology
Means "thunder" in Slavic. In Slavic mythology Perun was the god of lightning, sometimes worshipped as the primary god. The oak was his sacred tree.
PÉŤAm & fCzech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PEŤAm & fCzech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PETARmSerbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PETER.
Short form of PETER.
Hungarian form of PETER.
PETERmEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Slovak, Biblical
Derived from the Greek Πετρος (Petros) meaning "stone". This is a translation used in most versions of the New Testament of the name Cephas, meaning "stone" in Aramaic, which was given to the apostle Simon by Jesus (compare Matthew 16:18 and John 1:42). Simon Peter was the most prominent of the apostles during Jesus' ministry and is often considered the first pope.... [more]
Maori form of PETER.
Hungarian diminutive of PETER.
PETIAm & fRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of PETYA.
PETKOmBulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from Bulgarian Петък (Petak) or Macedonian Петок (Petok) meaning "Friday". This is a vernacular form of Paraskeve.
Czech form of PETER.
Lithuanian form of PETER.
PETREmRomanian, Macedonian, Georgian
Romanian, Macedonian and Georgian form of PETER.
PETRImFinnish, Basque
Finnish and Basque form of PETER.
Romanian diminutive of PETER.
Diminutive of PETR.
PETROmUkrainian, Esperanto
Ukrainian and Esperanto form of PETER.
PETRONIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which is possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis "yokel".
PETROSmGreek, Armenian, Biblical Greek
Greek and Armenian form of PETER.
PETRUmRomanian, Corsican, Old Church Slavic
Romanian and Corsican form of PETER. It is also the form used in the Church Slavic New Testament.
PETRUCCIOmMedieval Italian
Medieval diminutive of PIETRO.
PETRUSmDutch, German (Rare), Biblical Latin
Latin form of PETER used occasionally in Dutch and German.
PETTERmSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of PETER.
Finnish form of PETER.
Icelandic form of PETER.
Faroese form of PETER.
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-).
PHAEDRUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φαιδρος (Phaidros), which meant "bright". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek philosopher, and also of a 1st-century Roman fabulist who was originally a slave from Thrace.
PHANUELmBiblical, Judeo-Christian Legend
Form of PENUEL used in the New Testament, where it is borne by the father of Anna the prophetess. It also appears in the apocryphal Book of Enoch belonging to an angel.
PHANUHELmBiblical Latin
Form of PENUEL in the Latin New Testament.
PHARAMONDmLiterature, French (Rare)
French form of FARAMUND used by Shakespeare in 'Henry V' (1599).
PHARESmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of PEREZ in the Greek and Latin Bible.
Form of PEREZ used in some translations of the Bible.
Anglicized form of FAOLÁN.
Anglicized form of FEIDHLIM.
PHELIXmBiblical Greek
Form of FELIX used in the Greek New Testament.
Manx form of PATRICK.
PHESTOSmBiblical Greek
Form of FESTUS used in the Greek New Testament.
Short form of PHILIP and various other names beginning with Phil, often a Greek element meaning "friend, dear, beloved".
PHILANDERmEnglish (Archaic), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Φιλανδρος (Philandros) meaning "friend of man" from Greek φιλος (philos) "friend" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). It was the name of a son of Apollo with the nymph Acalle. In the 18th century this was coined as a word meaning "to womanize", and the name subsequently dropped out of use.
PHILEMONmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "affectionate" in Greek, a derivative of φιλημα (philema) "kiss". Philemon was the recipient of one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament.
PHILETUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
From the Greek name Φιλητος (Philetos) meaning "beloved". In the New Testament, Philetus is a heretic in the church at Ephesus.
Early variant of FILIBERT altered by association with Greek φιλος (philos) "friend, lover". This was the name of a 7th-century Frankish saint. Another famous bearer was Philibert de l'Orme (1510-1570), a French Renaissance architect.
PHILIPmEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Biblical
From the Greek name Φιλιππος (Philippos) which means "friend of horses", composed of the elements φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse". This was the name of five kings of Macedon, including Philip II the father of Alexander the Great. The name appears in the New Testament belonging to two people who are regarded as saints. First, one of the twelve apostles, and second, an early figure in the Christian church known as Philip the Deacon.... [more]
German form of PHILIP.
French form of PHILIP.
Variant of PHILIP, inspired by the usual spelling of the surname.
PHILOmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Φιλων (Philon), which was derived from φιλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend". This was the name of a 1st-century Hellenistic Jewish philosopher and theologian from Alexandria.
Means "friend of power" from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and κρατος (kratos) "power".
PHILONmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PHILO.
PHILOTHEOSmAncient Greek
Means "friend of god" from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and θεος (theos) "god".
Variant of PHINEHAS used in some versions of the Bible.
PHINEESmBiblical Greek
Form of PHINEHAS used in the Greek Old Testament.
Probably means "Nubian" from the Egyptian name Panhsj, though some believe it means "serpent's mouth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Phinehas is a grandson of Aaron who kills an Israelite because he is intimate with a Midianite woman, thus stopping a plague sent by God. Also in the Bible this is the son of Eli, killed in battle with the Philistines.
Means "rain" in Khmer, from the name of a rain god in the mythologies of southeast Asia. The god's name is possibly derived from VARUNA.
PHOBOSmGreek Mythology
Means "fear, panic" in Greek. This was one of the sons of Ares in Greek mythology. Also, one of the moons of Mars bears this name.
PHOCASmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φωκας (Phokas), which meant "a seal" from Greek φωκη (phoke). This was the name of an early saint and martyr from Asia Minor. Sentenced to death for being a Christian, he is said to have given his killers lodging and then dug his own grave before he was executed.
PHOEBUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβος (Phoibos), which meant "bright, pure". This was an epithet of the Greek god Apollo.
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".
PHOTIOSmGreek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek φως (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτος (photos)).
PHRIXUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Φριξος (Phrixos) which meant "thrilling, causing shivers", derived from φριξ (phrix) "ripple, shiver". In Greek myth Phrixus was the son of Athamus and Nephele. He was to be sacrificed to Zeus, but he escaped with his sister Helle on the back of the ram with the Golden Fleece.
PHÚCm & fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phúc) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing".
PHUNIHELmBiblical Latin
Form of PENUEL in the Latin Old Testament.
PHUNTSOm & fBhutanese
Bhutanese form of PHUNTSOK.
PHUNTSOKm & fTibetan
Means "abundant, excellent" in Tibetan.
Irish form of PIERS.
PICHf & mKhmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
PIERmItalian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch variant form of PETER. In Italian, this form is often used in combination with another name.
From a surname which was derived from the given name PIERS.
Diminutive of PIERO.
Italian form of PETER. Piero della Francesca was an Italian Renaissance painter.
Norman form of PETER.
PIERREmFrench, Swedish
French form of PETER. This name was borne by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), a French impressionist painter, and by Pierre Curie (1859-1906), a physicist who discovered radioactivity with his wife Marie.
PIERRICKmBreton, French
Breton diminutive of PIERRE.
PIERSmEnglish (British), Medieval French
Medieval form of PETER. This was the name of the main character in the 14th-century poem 'Piers Plowman' by William Langland.
Short form of PIETER.
Finnish form of PETER used in the Bible.
Dutch form of PETER. This name was borne by the 16th-century Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
Italian form of PETER. Pietro was the given name of the Renaissance painter known as Perugino.
Hawaiian form of PETER.
Irish form of PHILIP.
PILIRANIm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
Lithuanian form of PHILIP.
Diminutive of WILLEM.
PINGm & fChinese
From Chinese (píng) meaning "level, even, peaceful". Other characters can also form this name.
Short form of names ending in pino.
Spanish form of PIUS.
PIOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of PIUS.
Polish form of PETER.
PIPm & fEnglish
Diminutive of PHILIP or PHILIPPA. This was the name of the main character in 'Great Expectations' (1860) by Charles Dickens.
PIPINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of PÉPIN.
PIPPIN (1)mAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of PÉPIN.
PIPPIN (2)mLiterature
The name of a hobbit in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien. His full given name was Peregrin, a semi-translation into English of his true hobbit name Razanur meaning "traveller".
Possibly derived from CIARÁN. This was the name of a 5th-century Irish monk who founded a monastery in Cornwall. He is the patron saint of Cornwall.
Maori form of PHILIP.
Variant transcription of PIRUZ.
Variant transcription of PIRUZ.
Variant of FIRUZ.
Diminutive of ISTVÁN.
Diminutive of ISTVÁN.
Limburgish short form of PITTER.
PITAMBARmIndian, Hindi
Modern form of PITAMBARA.
Derived from Sanskrit पीत (pita) meaning "yellow" and अम्बर (ambara) meaning "garment". This is another name of the Hindu gods Vishnu or Krishna, given to them because yellow clothing is traditionally worn at religious events.
PITTERmFrisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish form of PETER.
PIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "pious, dutiful". This was the name of twelve popes.
Albanian form of PETER.
PLACIDmEnglish (Rare)
English form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLÁCIDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
Italian form of the Late Latin name Placidus which meant "quiet, calm".
PLAMENmBulgarian, Serbian
Derived from South Slavic plamen meaning "flame, fire".
PLATOmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πλατων (Platon) which was derived from Greek πλατυς (platys) meaning "broad-shouldered". Plato was one of the most important of the Greek philosophers. He was a pupil of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. He constructed the theory of Forms and wrote several works, including the 'Republic'.
Portuguese form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of PLINY.
From the Roman family name Plinius, which is of unknown meaning. Two 1st-century Romans are known by this name: Gaius Plinius Secundus (called Pliny the Elder), a scientist and historian who died during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius; and Caius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (called Pliny the Younger), an author and statesman.
PLOUTONmGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of PLUTO.
From the Greek name Πλουταρχος (Ploutarchos), which was derived from πλουτος (ploutos) "riches, wealth" and αρχος (archos) "master". Plutarch was a 1st-century Greek historian.
PLUTOmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology
Latinized form of Greek Πλουτων (Plouton), derived from πλουτος (ploutos) meaning "wealth". This was an alternate name of Hades, the god of the underworld. This is also the name of a dwarf planet (formerly designated the ninth planet) in the solar system.
Armenian form of PAUL.
Irish form of PAUL.
Scottish form of PAUL.
Catalan form of PAUL.
Turkish form of BOLAT.
German diminutive of LEOPOLD.
POLLUXmRoman Mythology
Roman form of Greek Πολυδευκης (Polydeukes) meaning "very sweet", from Greek πολυς (polys) "much" and δευκης (deukes) "sweet". In mythology he was the twin brother of Castor and a son of Zeus. The constellation Gemini, which represents the two brothers, contains a star by this name.
POLYCARPmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Πολυκαρπος (Polykarpos) meaning "fruitful, rich in fruit", ultimately from Greek πολυς (polys) "much" and καρπος (karpos) "fruit". Saint Polycarp was a 2nd-century bishop of Smyrna who was martyred by being burned at the stake and then stabbed.
POLYKARPOSmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of POLYCARP.
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.
Italian form of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
Modern form of the Roman family name Pompeius, which was probably derived from a Sabellic word meaning "five". A notable bearer was the 1st-century BC Roman general Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, also known as Pompey the Great.
Romanian form of the Roman name Pompilius which is of unknown meaning, possibly a derivative of Pompeius (see POMPEY). Numa Pompilius was the legendary second king of Rome (after Romulus).
POMPONIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which is of unknown meaning, possibly a derivative of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
Spanish form of PONTIUS.
PONSmFrench (Rare)
French form of PONTIUS.
PONTIUSmAncient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman family name. The family had Samnite roots so the name probably originated from the Oscan language, likely meaning "fifth" (a cognate of Latin Quintus). Alternatively, it could be derived from the name of the ancient province of Pontus in Asia Minor, itself probably from Greek ποντος (pontos) "sea". A notable bearer of this name was Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea who appears in the New Testament.
PONTUSmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of PONTIUS.
Italian form of PONTIUS.
PORCIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name meaning "pig", derived from Latin porcus. Famous members of the family include the Roman statesmen Cato the Elder (Marcus Porcius Cato) and his great-grandson Cato the Younger (Marcus Porcius Cato Uticencis).
PORFIRIOmItalian, Spanish
Derived from the Greek name Πορφυριος (Porphyrios), which was derived from the word πορφυρα (porphyra) meaning "purple dye". This was the name of several early saints.
PORPHYRIOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of PORFIRIO.
From an occupational English surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
POSEIDONmGreek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek ποσις (posis) "husband, lord" and δα (da) "earth". In Greek mythology Poseidon was the unruly god of the sea and earthquakes, the brother of Zeus. He was often depicted carrying a trident and riding in a chariot drawn by white horses.
POTSɄNAKWAHIPɄmNative American, Comanche
Means "buffalo hump" in Comanche. This name was borne by a 19th-century war chief of the Penateka Comanche.
Danish form of PAUL.
Means "light maker", derived from Sanskrit प्रभा (prabha) meaning "light" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is a name given to the sun in Hindu texts. It was also borne by a medieval Hindu scholar.
PRABHATmIndian, Hindi
Means "shining forth, morning" in Sanskrit.
PRABHUmHinduism, Tamil, Indian, Kannada
Means "mighty, powerful, master" in Sanskrit. This is an epithet of both the Hindu gods Surya and Agni.
PRABODHmIndian, Hindi
Means "awakening" in Sanskrit.
PRADIPmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit प्रदीप (pradipa) meaning "light, lantern".
PRAKASHmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit प्रकाश (prakasha) meaning "light, bright, shining".
Means "joy" in Sanskrit. This is the name of an attendant of the Hindu god Skanda.
PRANmIndian, Hindi
Means "breath" in Sanskrit.
PRANAVmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
This is the Sanskrit word referring to ओम् (om), the Hindu sacred syllable.
PRANAYmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "leader, guidance, love" in Sanskrit.
Lithuanian form of FRANCIS.
PRASADmIndian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Odia, Bengali, Nepali
Means "brightness, clearness, graciousness, offering" in Sanskrit. This is a word referring to an offering of food made to a deity.
PRASANNAmTamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Odia, Hindi
Means "clear, bright, tranquil" in Sanskrit.
Means "conqueror of an expert army" in Sanskrit.
Means "excellent, superb" in Thai.
PRATAPmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "heat, splendour, glory" in Sanskrit.
PRATEEKmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Variant transcription of PRATIK.
PRATIKmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "look, appearance" in Sanskrit.
PRAVINmIndian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam
Means "skilled" in Sanskrit.
PRAXITELESmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements πραξις (praxis) "action, exercise" and τελος (telos) "aim, goal". This was the name of a 4th-century BC sculptor from Athens.
PREBENmDanish, Norwegian
Modern Danish form of the name Pridbjørn, which was a medieval Scandinavian form of the Slavic (Wendish) name Pridbor, which was derived from Slavic prid "first" and borti "battle". It was imported into Danish via the medieval Putbus family, who were Slavic nobles from Rügen in Pomerania.
PREDRAGmSerbian, Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious" combined with a superlative prefix.
Means "intelligence, wisdom" in Thai.
PREMmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "love, affection" in Sanskrit.
Diminutive of PŘEMYSL.
PREMISLAVmMedieval Slavic (Hypothetical)
Possible medieval Slavic form of PRZEMYSŁAW.
From an old Slavic name which meant "trick, stratagem", from pre "over" and mysli "thought, idea". This was the name of the founder of the Přemyslid dynasty, which ruled Bohemia from the 9th to the 14th century.
PREMYSLmMedieval Slavic (Hypothetical)
Possible medieval Slavic form of PŘEMYSL.
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).
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "priest town" (Old English preost and tun).
PRIAMmGreek Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Greek Πριαμος (Priamos), possibly meaning "redeemed". In Greek legend Priam was the king of Troy during the Trojan War and the father of many children including Hector and Paris.
PRIAPUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a Greek god of fertility, gardens, and the phallus.
From a Welsh surname which was derived from ap Rhys meaning "son of RHYS".
Old Danish form of PREBEN.
PRIDBORmMedieval Slavic
Earlier Slavic form of PREBEN.
Georgian form of FEREYDOUN.
Georgian form of FEREYDOUN.
Estonian form of FREDERICK.
Short form of PRIIDIK.
Spanish form of PRIMITIVUS.
Late Latin name which meant "first formed". Saint Primitivus was a 3rd-century Spanish martyr.
Italian form of the Late Latin name Primus, which meant "first". This was the name of three early saints, each of whom were martyred.
Slovene form of Primus (see PRIMO).
PRIMUSmLate Roman
Latin form of PRIMO.
From the English word prince, a royal title, which comes ultimately from Latin princeps. This name was borne by the American musician Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016), who is known simply as Prince.
PRISCUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of PRISCA.
PROCHORUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Προχορος (Prochoros) which meant "leader of the dance". Saint Prochorus was one of the original seven deacons, as told in Acts in the New Testament.
Irish form of FRANCIS.
Russian form of PROCHORUS.
PROKOPIOSmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek προκοπη (prokope) "progress, advance". Saint Prokopios was an early Christian martyr who was beheaded in Palestine during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
Modern Greek form of PROKOPIOS.
Russian form of PROKOPIOS.
Variant transcription of PROKOPIY.
PROMETHEUSmGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek προμηθεια (prometheia) meaning "foresight, forethought". In Greek myth he was the Titan who gave the knowledge of fire to mankind. For doing this he was punished by Zeus, who had him chained to a rock and caused an eagle to feast daily on his liver, which regenerated itself each night. Herakles eventually freed him.
Variant transcription of PRASENJIT.
PROSPERmFrench, English
From the Latin name Prosperus, which meant "fortunate, successful". This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a supporter of Saint Augustine. It has never been common as an English name, though the Puritans used it, partly because it is identical to the English word prosper.
Italian form of PROSPER. This was the name of the shipwrecked magician in 'The Tempest' (1611) by Shakespeare.
PROTEUSmGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek πρωτος (protos) meaning "first". In Greek mythology this was the name of a prophetic god of the sea.
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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