Names Starting with P

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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.
PRACHIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
From Sanskrit प्राच्य (prachya) meaning "eastern, ancient".
PRADIPmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit प्रदीप (pradipa) meaning "light, lantern".
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".
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.
Derived from Albanian pranverë meaning "spring", itself from pranë "nearby, close" and verë "summer".
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.
Variant transcription of PRASKOVYA.
Russian form of PARASKEVE.
PRATAPmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "heat, splendour, glory" in Sanskrit.
PRATEEKmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Variant transcription of PRATIK.
PRATIBHAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "light, splendour, intelligence" in Sanskrit.
PRATIKmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "look, appearance" in Sanskrit.
PRATIMAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "image, likeness, reflection" in Sanskrit.
PRAVEENAfTamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi
Variant transcription of PRAVINA.
PRAVINmIndian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam
Means "skilled" in Sanskrit.
PRAVINAfIndian, Marathi, Tamil
Feminine form of PRAVIN.
PRAXISfGreek Mythology
Means "practical" in Greek. This was another name for the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
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.
PRECIOUSfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word precious, ultimately derived from Latin pretiosus, a derivative of Latin pretium "price, worth".
PREDRAGmSerbian, Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious" combined with a superlative prefix.
Means "intelligence, wisdom" in Thai.
PREETHIfIndian, Kannada, Tamil
South Indian form of PRITI.
PREETIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Variant transcription of PRITI.
PREMmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "love, affection" in Sanskrit.
PREMAfTamil, Indian, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of PREM.
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.
Finnish form of BRITA.
PRIMITIVAfSpanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of PRIMITIVUS. Saint Primitiva was an early martyr from Rome.
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).
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".
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.
PRINCESSfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine equivalent of PRINCE.
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).
French form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of PRISCA.
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.
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".
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.
PROSERPINAfRoman Mythology
Means "to emerge" in Latin. She was the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Persephone.
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.
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.
Spanish feminine form of PRUDENTIUS.
Spanish form of PRUDENTIUS.
Late Latin name derived from prudens "prudence, good judgement". This was the name of a 9th-century bishop of Troyes. He is considered a local saint there.
Italian form of PRUDENTIUS.
Short form of PRUDENCE.
Means "plum" in French.
PRUNELLAfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of flower, also called self-heal, ultimately a derivative of the Latin word pruna "plum".
Variant of PRICE.
PRYDERImWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "care" in Welsh. According to Welsh legend this was the name of the son of Pwyll and Rhiannon. A central character in the Mabinogion, he succeeds his father as king of Dyfed, but is ultimately killed in single combat with Gwydion.
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PRZEMYSŁmPolish (Rare)
Polish form of PŘEMYSL. This was the name of a 13th-century king of Poland.
Medieval variant of PRZEMYSŁ, with the addition of the Slavic element slava.
PSYCHEfGreek Mythology
Means "the soul", derived from Greek ψυχω (psycho) "to breathe". The Greeks thought that the breath was the soul. In Greek mythology Psyche was a beautiful maiden who was beloved by Eros (or Cupid in Roman mythology). She is the subject of Keats's poem 'Ode to Psyche' (1819).
PTAHmEgyptian Mythology
Possibly means "opener" in Egyptian. Ptah was an Egyptian god associated with creation and the arts.
PTOLEMAISfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Ptolemaios (see PTOLEMY).
From the Greek name Πτολεμαιος (Ptolemaios), derived from Greek πολεμηιος (polemeios) meaning "aggressive, warlike". Ptolemy was the name of several Greco-Egyptian rulers of Egypt, all descendants of Ptolemy I, one of the generals of Alexander the Great. This was also the name of a Greek astronomer.
Means "flower, offspring" in Hawaiian.
Means "word of my father", from Akkadian meaning "mouth" and abu meaning "father". Puabi was a 26th-century BC Akkadian noblewoman who was buried in the Sumerian city of Ur.
Means "heavenly flower" or "royal offsring" from Hawaiian pua "flower, offsring" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Means "beautiful flower" or "beautiful offsring" from Hawaiian pua "flower, offsring" and nani "beauty, glory".
PUBLIUSmAncient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "public" in Latin. This was among the more common of the Roman praenomina, being borne by (among others) the emperor Hadrian and the poet Virgil.
PUCKm & fAnglo-Saxon Mythology, Dutch
Meaning unknown, from Old English puca. It could ultimately be of either Germanic or Celtic origin. In English legend this was the name of a mischievous spirit, also known as Robin Goodfellow. He appears in Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1600).
PUJAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Nepali
Means "honour, worship" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu ritual of reverence.
PULENGfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "in the rain" in Sotho.
PUNEETmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of PUNIT.
PUNITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "cleaned, purified" in Sanskrit.
PUNITAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Feminine form of PUNIT.
PURDIEm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the Norman French expression pur die "by God". It was perhaps originally a nickname for a person who used the oath frequently.
PURNAMAf & mIndonesian
Means "full moon" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पूर्णिमा (purnima).
PURNIMAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada
Means "full moon" in Sanskrit.
Means "the best man" from Sanskrit पुरुष (purusha) meaning "man" and उत्तम (uttama) meaning "highest". This is another name of either of the Hindu gods Vishnu or Krishna.
PUSHPAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali
Means "flower" in Sanskrit.
Means "son, prince" in Malay, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्र (putra).
Means "daughter, princess" in Malay, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्री (putri).
Means "son" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्र (putra).
Means "daughter" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्री (putri).
PUTUm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Means "grandchild" in Balinese. Traditionally, this name is given to the first-born child.
PWYLLmWelsh Mythology
Meaning unknown. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh mythology, Pwyll is a king of Dyfed who pursues and finally marries Rhiannon.
Ukrainian form of PHILIP.
Variant transcription of BYEONG-HO.
Russian form of PETER. A famous bearer was the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).
PYRRHUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πυρρος (Pyrros) which meant "flame-coloured, red", related to πυρ (pyr) "fire". This was another name of Neoptolemus the son of Achilles. This was also the name of a 3rd-century BC king of Epirus.
Means "snowstorm, blizzard" in Finnish.
PYTHAGORASmAncient Greek
Derived from PYTHIOS, a name of Apollo, combined with Greek αγορα (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician from Samos. He was the founder of a school of philosophy whose members believed that numbers described the universe.
PYTHIOSmGreek Mythology
From the Greek place name Πυθω (Pytho), an older name of the city of Delphi, which was probably derived from Greek πυθω (pytho) meaning "to rot". This was an epithet of Apollo.