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PAfHmong
Means "flower" in Hmong.
PAAIEfManx
Manx form of PEGGY.
PAAVALImFinnish
Finnish form of PAUL used in the Bible.
PAAVOmFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of PAUL.
PABLOmSpanish
Spanish form of Paulus (see PAUL). Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
PACAfSpanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PACEmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the Middle English word pace meaning "peace".
PACEYmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the French place name Pacy, itself derived from Gaulish given name of unknown meaning.
PACÍFICAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of the Late Latin name Pacificus meaning "peacemaker".
PAĈJOmEsperanto
Esperanto diminutive of PAUL. This name also means "papa" in Esperanto.
PACOmSpanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCO.
PADDYmIrish
Irish diminutive of PATRICK.
PADENmEnglish (Rare)
An invented name, using the popular aden suffix sound found in such names as Braden, Hayden and Aidan. It is sometimes considered a derivative of the surname PADDON.
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".
PÁDRAICmIrish
Irish form of PATRICK.
PÁDRAIGmIrish
Irish form of PATRICK.
PÀDRAIGmScottish
Scottish form of PATRICK.
PÁDRAIGÍNfIrish
Irish form of PATRICIA.
PADRIGmWelsh, Breton
Welsh and Breton form of PATRICK.
PÆGAmAnglo-Saxon
Old English name of unknown meaning.
PAGEmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of PAIGE.
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.
PÁLmHungarian
Hungarian form of PAUL.
PÀLmScottish
Scottish form of PAUL.
PÅLmSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of PAUL.
PALmAlbanian
Albanian form of PAUL.
PÁLAfIcelandic
Icelandic feminine form of PAUL.
PALESAfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
PALImAlbanian
Albanian form of PAUL.
PÁLLmIcelandic, Faroese
Icelandic and Faroese form of PAUL.
PALLABmBengali
Bengali form of PALLAV.
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.
PALLAS (2)mGreek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek παλλω (pallo) "to brandish". In Greek mythology this was the name of a Titan and several other characters. It was also the name of a female character, though her name is probably from a different source (see Pallas).
PALLAVmIndian, Hindi
Means "budding leaf, shoot" in Sanskrit.
PALLEmDanish
Danish diminutive of PAUL.
PALLUmBiblical
Means "distinguished" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Reuben in the Old Testament.
PALMERmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "pilgrim". It is ultimately from Latin palma "palm tree", since pilgrims to the Holy Land often brought back palm fronds as proof of their journey.
PALMIROmItalian
Means "pilgrim" in Italian. In medieval times it denoted one who had been a pilgrim to Palestine. It is ultimately from the word palma meaning "palm tree", because of the custom of pilgrims to bring palm fronds home with them. The name is sometimes given to a child born on Palm Sunday.
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.
PAMPHILOSmAncient Greek
Means "friend of all" from Greek παν (pan) "all" and φιλος (philos) "friend".
PANmGreek Mythology
Possibly from an Indo-European root meaning "shepherd, protector". In Greek mythology Pan was a half-man, half-goat god associated with shepherds, flocks and pastures.
PANAGIOTAfGreek
Feminine form of PANAGIOTIS.
PANAGIOTISmGreek
From the Greek title of the Virgin Mary Παναγια (Panagia) meaning "all holy", derived from παν (pan) "all" combined with ‘αγιος (hagios) "devoted to the gods, sacred".
PANAYIOTISmGreek
Variant transcription of PANAGIOTIS.
PANCHOmSpanish
Spanish diminutive of FRANCISCO. This name was borne by Pancho Villa (1878-1923), a Mexican bandit and revolutionary.
PANCRASmEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English form of PANCRATIUS. The relics of the 4th-century saint Pancratius were sent to England by Pope Gregory the Great, leading to the saint's veneration there.
PANCRATIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Πανκρατιος (Pankratios), derived from παν (pan) "all" and κρατος (kratos) "power". Early Byzantine Christians used this as a title of Christ. It was borne by two saints, a 1st-century Sicilian martyr and a semi-legendary 4th-century Roman martyr.
PANCRAZIOmItalian
Italian form of PANCRATIUS.
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.
PÁNFILOmSpanish
Spanish form of PAMPHILOS.
PANFILOmItalian
Italian form of PAMPHILOS. The Italian novelist Boccaccio used this name in his work 'The Decameron' (1350).
PANIZfPersian
Possibly means "sugar" in Persian.
PANKAJAmHinduism
Means "born of mud", referring to the lotus flower, derived from Sanskrit पङ्क (panka) meaning "mud" and (ja) meaning "born". This is another name of the Hindu god Brahma.
PANKRATImRussian
Variant transcription of PANKRATIY.
PANKRATIOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of PANCRATIUS.
PANKRATIYmRussian
Russian form of PANCRATIUS.
PANNAfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANNIfHungarian
Hungarian diminutive of ANNA.
PANOSmGreek
Diminutive of PANAGIOTIS.
PANSYfEnglish
From the English word for a type of flower, ultimately deriving from Old French pensee "thought".
PANTALEONmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements παν (pan) meaning "all" (genitive παντος) and λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of a 2nd-century BC king of Bactria. It was also borne by Saint Pantaleon (also called Panteleimon), a doctor from Asia Minor who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. He is a patron saint of doctors and midwives.
PANTALEONEmItalian
Italian form of PANTALEON.
PANTELEIMONmLate Greek
From Greek παν (pan) meaning "all" (genitive παντος) and ελεημων (eleemon) meaning "compassionate". This was a name given to Saint Pantaleon.
PANTHERmAncient Greek
Means "panther" in Greek.
PANTHERASmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek πανθηρ (panther) meaning "panther", ultimately of Sanskrit origin, though folk etymology connects it to Greek παν (pan) "all" and θηραω (therao) "to hunt". According to some legends a Roman soldier named Panthera was the father of Jesus.
PAOLmBreton
Breton form of PAUL.
PAOLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAOLINOmItalian
Italian form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAOLOmItalian
Italian form of Paulus (see PAUL). Paolo Uccello and Paolo Veronese were both Italian Renaissance painters.
PAORAmMaori
Maori form of PAUL.
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.
PAQUITOmSpanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCO.
PARAMONOSmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek παραμονη (paramone) meaning "endurance, constancy".
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.
PARIDEmItalian
Italian form of PARIS (1).
PARIS (1)mGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Luwian or Hittite origin. In Greek mythology he was the Trojan prince who kidnapped Helen and began the Trojan War. Though presented as a somewhat of a coward in the 'Iliad', he did manage to slay the great hero Achilles. He was himself eventually slain in battle by Philoctetes.
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)).
PARRYmWelsh
From a Welsh surname which was derived from ap Harry meaning "son of HARRY".
PARTHAmHinduism, Bengali, Indian, Assamese
Means "son of PRITHA" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is another name for the Pandavas, who were sons of Pritha (another name of Kunti) and Pandu.
PARTHALÁNmIrish Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly from BARTHOLOMEW. In Irish legend he was the first man on Ireland after the biblical flood.
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.
PARVAIZmPersian
Variant transcription of PARVIZ.
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.
PARVIZmPersian
Means "fortunate, happy" in Persian. This name was borne by a son of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.
PARWIZmPersian
Variant transcription of PARVIZ.
PASCALmFrench, German, Dutch
From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant "relating to Easter" from Latin Pascha "Easter", which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) meaning "Passover". Passover is the ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the liberation from Egypt. Because it coincided closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the same Latin word was used for both. The name Pascal can also function as a surname, as in the case of Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher, mathematician and inventor.
PASCALEfFrench
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCALINEfFrench
Feminine form of PASCAL.
PASCHALmHistory
Variant of Paschalis (see PASCAL). Paschal or Paschalis was the name of two popes.
PASCHALISmLate Roman, Greek
Latin and Greek form of PASCAL.
PASCOmCornish
Cornish form of PASCAL.
PASCUALmSpanish
Spanish form of PASCAL.
PASCUALAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of PASCAL.
PASHAmRussian
Diminutive of PAVEL.
PASImFinnish
Finnish form of BASIL (1).
PAŠKALmCroatian (Rare)
Croatian form of PASCAL.
PASKALmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PASCAL.
PAŠKOmCroatian
Croatian form of PASCAL.
PASQUALEmItalian
Italian form of PASCAL.
PASQUALINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PASCAL.
PASSANGm & fTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "good, excellent" in Tibetan.
PASTORmSpanish, Late Roman
From a Late Latin name meaning "shepherd". This was the name of at least three saints.
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.
PATARIKImMaori
Maori form of PATRICK.
PATEmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of PATRICK.
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.
PATRICE (1)mFrench
French form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
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).
PATRÍCIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIOmSpanish
Spanish form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIUSmLate Roman
Original Latin form of PATRICK.
PATRICKmIrish, English, French, German
From the Latin name Patricius, which meant "nobleman". This name was adopted in the 5th-century by Saint Patrick, whose birth name was Sucat. He was a Romanized Briton who was captured and enslaved in his youth by Irish raiders. After six years of servitude he escaped home, but he eventually became a bishop and went back to Ireland as a missionary. He is traditionally credited with Christianizing the island, and is regarded as Ireland's patron saint.... [more]
PATRIKmSwedish, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Hungarian
Form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIOmItalian
Italian form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATROCLUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Πατροκλος (Patroklos) which meant "glory of the father", derived from πατηρ (pater) "father" (genitive πατρος) and κλεος (kleos) "glory". In Greek legend he was one of the heroes who fought against the Trojans. His death at the hands of Hector drew his friend Achilles back into the war.
PATRYCJAfPolish
Polish feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRYKmPolish
Polish 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.
PATTONmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of PATRICK. A notable bearer of the surname was the American World War II general George S. Patton (1885-1945), who played an important part in the allied offensive in France.
PATTYfEnglish
Originally a variant of Matty, a 17th-century diminutive of MARTHA. It is now commonly used as a diminutive of PATRICIA.
PATXImBasque
Basque form of FRANCIS.
PATYAmRussian
Diminutive of IPATI.
PAUmCatalan, Occitan
Catalan and Occitan form of PAUL. It also coincides with the Catalan word for "peace".
PAULmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Biblical
From the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin. Paul was an important leader of the early Christian church. According to Acts in the New Testament, he was a Jewish Roman citizen who converted to Christianity after the resurrected Jesus appeared to him. After this he travelled the eastern Mediterranean as a missionary. His original Hebrew name was Saul. Many of the epistles in the New Testament were authored by him.... [more]
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.
PAULImFinnish
Finnish form of PAUL.
PAULIEmEnglish
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.
PAULINHOmPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of PAULO.
PAULINOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of the Roman family name Paulinus, which was itself derived from Paulus (see PAUL). Saint Paulinus of Nola was a 5th-century nobleman from Gaul who gave up his wealthy lifestyle and became bishop of Nola. He was also noted for his poetry. Another saint by this name was a 7th-century missionary to England who became the first bishop of York.
PAULINUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of PAULINO.
PAULIUSmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of PAUL.
PAŬLOmEsperanto
Esperanto form of PAUL.
PAULOmPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULOSmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of PAUL.
PÀULUmSardinian
Sardinian form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULUmCorsican
Corsican form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAUWELmDutch (Archaic)
Dutch (Flemish) form of PAUL.
PAVAOmCroatian
Croatian form of PAUL.
PAVELmRussian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovene, Macedonian
Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovene and Macedonian form of PAUL.
PAVELUmOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of PAULUS.
PAVICAfCroatian
Croatian diminutive of PAULA.
PĀVILSmLatvian
Latvian form of PAUL.
PAVLAfCzech
Czech feminine form of PAUL.
PAVLEmSerbian, Macedonian, Croatian, Georgian
Serbian, Macedonian, Croatian and Georgian form of PAUL.
PAVLImAlbanian
Albanian form of PAUL.
PAVLÍNAfCzech
Czech form of PAULINA.
PAVLINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
PAVLOmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of PAUL.
PAVLOSmGreek
Greek form of PAUL.
PAVOmCroatian
Croatian short form of PAVAO.
PAVOLmSlovak
Slovak form of PAUL.
PAWEŁmPolish
Polish form of PAUL.
PAXfRoman Mythology
Means "peace" in Latin. In Roman mythology this was the name of the goddess of peace.
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.
PAYAMmPersian
Means "message" in Persian.
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.
PEADARmIrish, Scottish
Irish and Scottish form of PETER.
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.
PECEmMacedonian
Macedonian diminutive of PETER.
PEĐAmSerbian
Diminutive of PREDRAG.
PEDERmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of PETER.
PEDJAmSerbian
Variant transcription of PEĐA.
PEDRmWelsh
Welsh form of PETER.
PEDRAMmPersian
Means "happy, successful" in Persian.
PEDRINHOmPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of PEDRO.
PEDROmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of PETER. This was the name of the only two emperors of Brazil.
PEDRUmSardinian
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).
PEETERmEstonian
Estonian form of PETER.
PEGfEnglish
Short form of PEGGY.
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.
PEGGIEfEnglish
Variant of PEGGY.
PEGGYfEnglish
Medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of MARGARET. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
PEHRmSwedish
Swedish variant of PER.
PEIGIfScottish
Scottish diminutive of MARGARET.
PEIOmBasque
Basque form of PETER.
PÈIREmOccitan
Occitan form of PETER.
PEJOmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian diminutive of PETAR.
PEKKAmFinnish
Finnish form of PETER.
PEKKOmFinnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. This is the name of the Finnish god of fields and crops.
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.
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.
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.
PELEGmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "division, channel" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the son of Eber.
PELLEmSwedish
Swedish diminutive of PER.
PELLEGRINOmItalian
Italian form of Peregrinus (see PEREGRINE).
PËLLUMBmAlbanian
Means "dove" in Albanian.
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.
PENImHawaiian
Hawaiian form of BEN (1).
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.
PENKOmBulgarian
Bulgarian diminutive of PETAR.
PENNYfEnglish
Diminutive of PENELOPE.
PENTTImFinnish
Finnish form of BENEDICT.
PENUELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "facing God" in Hebrew. This is the name of two minor characters in the Old Testament.
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.
PEPEmSpanish
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPIJNmDutch
Dutch form of PÉPIN.
PÉPINmHistory
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.
PEPITAfSpanish
Spanish feminine diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPITOmSpanish
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPPEmItalian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPImItalian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPINOmItalian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PERmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Breton
Scandinavian and Breton form of PETER.
PERCEmEnglish
Short form of PERCY.
PERCHUHIfArmenian
Means "elegant lady" in Armenian.
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".
PERCYmEnglish
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.
PERDITAfLiterature
Derived from Latin perditus meaning "lost". Shakespeare created this name for the daughter of Hermione in his play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610).
PEREmCatalan
Catalan form of PETER.