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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.
PERELEfYiddish
Variant of PERLE.
PEREZmBiblical
Means "breach, burst forth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the twin brother of Zerah.
PERİfTurkish
Turkish form of PARI.
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.
PERIGmBreton
Breton diminutive of PER.
PERIKLESmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PERICLES.
PERIKLISmGreek
Modern Greek form of PERICLES.
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.
PËRPARIMmAlbanian
Derived from Albanian përparim meaning "progress, advancement".
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.
PERRYmEnglish
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.
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.
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.
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.
PERTTImFinnish
Short form of ROOPERTTI or ALPERTTI.
PERTTUmFinnish
Finnish form of BARTHOLOMEW.
PERUmBasque
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.
PERVİNfTurkish
Turkish form of PARVIN.
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.
PETEmEnglish
Short form of PETER.
PÉTERmHungarian
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]
PETERAmMaori
Maori form of PETER.
PETImHungarian
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.
PETRmCzech
Czech form of PETER.
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.
PETRASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of PETER.
PETREmRomanian, Macedonian, Georgian
Romanian, Macedonian and Georgian form of PETER.
PETRImFinnish, Basque
Finnish and Basque form of PETER.
PETRICĂmRomanian
Romanian diminutive of PETER.
PETŘÍKmCzech
Diminutive of PETR.
PETROmUkrainian, Esperanto
Ukrainian and Esperanto form of PETER.
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.
PETRONIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which is possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis "yokel".
PETROSmGreek, Armenian, Biblical Greek
Greek and Armenian form of PETER.
PETROULAfGreek
Greek feminine 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.
PETRUŠKAfCzech
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETTERmSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of PETER.
PETTERImFinnish
Finnish form of PETER.
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.
PÉTURmIcelandic
Icelandic form of PETER.
PETURmFaroese
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-).
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.
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.
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).
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.
PHAREZmBiblical
Form of PEREZ used in some translations of the Bible.
PHEBEfEnglish, Biblical
Variant of PHOEBE used in some translations of the New Testament.
PHELANmIrish
Anglicized form of FAOLÁN.
PHELIMmIrish
Anglicized form of FEIDHLIM.
PHELIXmBiblical Greek
Form of FELIX used in the Greek New Testament.
PHEOBEfEnglish
Variant of PHOEBE.
PHERENIKEfAncient Greek
Ancient Attic Greek form of BERENICE.
PHERICKmManx
Manx form of PATRICK.
PHESTOSmBiblical Greek
Form of FESTUS used in the Greek New Testament.
PHILmEnglish
Short form of PHILIP and various other names beginning with Phil, often a Greek element meaning "friend, dear, beloved".
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.
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.
PHILEfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Philon (see PHILO).
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.
PHILIBERTmFrench
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]
PHILIPAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPmGerman
German form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPAfEnglish (British), German
Latinate feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPEmFrench
French form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPINAfGerman (Rare)
Elaborated form of PHILIPPA.
PHILIPPINEfFrench
Elaborated feminine form of PHILIPPE.
PHILLIPmEnglish
Variant of PHILIP, inspired by the usual spelling of the surname.
PHILLIPAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine variant of PHILIP.
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.
PHILOKRATESmAncient Greek
Means "friend of power" from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and κρατος (kratos) "power".
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.
PHILONmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PHILO.
PHILOTHEOSmAncient Greek
Means "friend of god" from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and θεος (theos) "god".
PHINEASmBiblical
Variant of PHINEHAS used in some versions of the Bible.
PHINEESmBiblical Greek
Form of PHINEHAS used in the Greek Old Testament.
PHINEHASmBiblical
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.
PHIRUNmKhmer
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.
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).
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".
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.
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.
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.
PIARASmIrish
Irish form of PIERS.
PICHf & mKhmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
PIEDADfSpanish
Means "mercy, piety" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin pietas.
PIERmItalian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch variant form of PETER. In Italian, this form is often used in combination with another name.
PIERAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIERCEmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name PIERS.
PIERINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of PIERO.
PIERINOmItalian
Diminutive of PIERO.
PIEROmItalian
Italian form of PETER. Piero della Francesca was an Italian Renaissance painter.
PIÈRREmNorman
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.
PIERRETTEfFrench
Feminine diminutive of PIERRE.
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.
PIETmDutch
Short form of PIETER.
PIETARImFinnish
Finnish form of PETER used in the Bible.
PIETERmDutch
Dutch form of PETER. This name was borne by the 16th-century Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
PIETRAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIETRINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of PIETRO.
PIETROmItalian
Italian form of PETER. Pietro was the given name of the Renaissance painter known as Perugino.
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.
PIKAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of PETER.
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.
PILIBmIrish
Irish form of PHILIP.
PILIRANIm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PILOQUTINNGUAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "little leaf" in Greenlandic.
PILVIfFinnish
Means "cloud" in Finnish.
PILYPASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of PHILIP.
PIMmDutch
Diminutive of WILLEM.
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.
PINOmItalian
Short form of names ending in pino.
PÍOmSpanish
Spanish form of PIUS.
PIOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of PIUS.
PIOTRmPolish
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.
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.
PIPINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of PÉPIN.
PIPPAfEnglish
Diminutive of PHILIPPA.
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".
PIPRAfEsperanto
Means "peppery" in Esperanto.
PIRANmCornish
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.
PIRIfHungarian
Diminutive of PIROSKA.
PIRIPImMaori
Maori form of PHILIP.
PIRITTAfFinnish
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
PIRJOfFinnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIRKKOfFinnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIROOZmPersian
Variant transcription of PIRUZ.
PIROSKAfHungarian
Hungarian form of PRISCA, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
PIROUZmPersian
Variant transcription of PIRUZ.
PIRUZmPersian
Variant of FIRUZ.
PISTAmHungarian
Diminutive of ISTVÁN.
PISTImHungarian
Diminutive of ISTVÁN.
PISTISfGreek Mythology
Means "trust, faith" in Greek. In Greek mythology Pistis was the personification of trust.
PITmLimburgish
Limburgish short form of PITTER.
PITAMBARmIndian, Hindi
Modern form of PITAMBARA.
PITAMBARAmHinduism
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.
PJETËRmAlbanian
Albanian form of PETER.
PLACIDmEnglish (Rare)
English form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDAfLate Roman, Italian
Feminine 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).
PLACIDOmItalian
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'.
PLEASANCEfEnglish (Archaic)
From the medieval name Plaisance which meant "pleasant" in Old French.
PLÍNIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of PLINY.
PLINYmHistory
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.
PLUTARCHmHistory
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.
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.
POGHOSmArmenian
Armenian form of PAUL.
PÓLmIrish
Irish form of PAUL.
PÒLmScottish
Scottish form of PAUL.
POLmCatalan
Catalan form of PAUL.
POLAfPolish
Short form of APOLONIA.
POLATmTurkish
Turkish form of BOLAT.
POLDImGerman
German diminutive of LEOPOLD.
POLINAfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
POLLIEfEnglish
Variant of POLLY.
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.
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.
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.
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.
POMPEOmItalian
Italian form of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
POMPEYmHistory
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.
POMPILIUmRomanian
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).
PONCIOmSpanish
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.
PONZIOmItalian
Italian form of PONTIUS.
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.
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.
PORNTIPfThai
Derived from Thai พร (phon) "blessing" and ทิพย์ (thip) "divine".
PORPHYRIOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of PORFIRIO.
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.
PORTERmEnglish
From an occupational English surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
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.
POSEIDONmGreek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek ποσις (posis) "husband, lord" and δα (da) "earth". The name first appears in Mycenaean Greek inscriptions as po-se-da-o. 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.
POSIEfEnglish
Variant of POSY.
POSYfEnglish
Diminutive of JOSEPHINE. It can also be inspired by the English word posy for a bunch of flowers.
POTSɄNAKWAHIPɄmNative American, Comanche
Means "buffalo hump" in Comanche. This name was borne by a 19th-century war chief of the Penateka Comanche.
POULmDanish
Danish form of PAUL.