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Pronounced Pron. PER-i-do, PER-i-daht  [key]

Meaning & History

Taken from the name of the gemstone, whose name is of uncertain origin and meaning. A current theory, however, derives it from Anglo-Norman pedoretés, ultimately from Greek paiderôs (via Latin paederos): pais "child" and erôs "love".

As a given name, it has found occasional usage in the English-speaking world from the late 19th century onwards.
Added 12/23/2010 by DaphneSusan
Edited 8/8/2022 by erb816, mirfak and Frollein Gladys