Masculine Names

gender
usage
PHILIPPE m French
French form of PHILIP.
PHILLIP m English
Variant of PHILIP, inspired by the usual spelling of the surname.
PHILO m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Φίλων (Philon), which was derived from φίλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend". This was the name of a 1st-century Hellenistic Jewish philosopher and theologian from Alexandria.
PHILOKRATES m Ancient Greek
Means "friend of power" from Greek φίλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend" and κράτος (kratos) meaning "power".
PHILON m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PHILO.
PHILOTHEOS m Ancient Greek
Means "friend of god" from Greek φίλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend" and θεός (theos) meaning "god".
PHINEAS m Biblical
Variant of PHINEHAS used in some English versions of the Old Testament.
PHINEES m Biblical Greek
Form of PHINEHAS used in the Greek Old Testament.
PHINEHAS m Biblical
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.
PHINEUS m Greek Mythology
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Greek φίνις (phinis), a variant of φήνη (phene) meaning "vulture". According to Greek mythology this was the name of a king of Thrace visited by Jason and the Argonauts.
PHIRUN m Khmer
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.
PHOBOS m Greek 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.
PHOCAS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φωκᾶς (Phokas), which meant "seal (animal)" from Greek φώκη (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.
PHOEBUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοῖβος (Phoibos), which meant "bright, pure". This was an epithet of the Greek god Apollo.
PHOENIX m & f English (Modern)
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird that 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 φοῖνιξ (phoinix) meaning "dark red".
PHOKAS m Ancient Greek
Greek form of PHOCAS.
PHOTIOS m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek φῶς (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτός (photos)).
PHRIXUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Φρίξος (Phrixos) meaning "thrilling, causing shivers", derived from φρίξ (phrix) meaning "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.
PHÚC m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phúc) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing".
PHUNIHEL m Biblical Latin
Form of PENUEL used in the Latin Old Testament.
PHUNTSO m & f Bhutanese
Bhutanese form of PHUNTSOK.
PHUNTSOK m & f Tibetan
Means "abundant, excellent" in Tibetan.
PIARAS m Irish
Irish form of PIERS.
PICH f & m Khmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
PIER m Italian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch variant form of PETER. In Italian, this form is often used in combination with another name.
PIERCE m English
From a surname that was derived from the given name PIERS.
PIERINO m Italian
Diminutive of PIERO.
PIERLUIGI m Italian
Combination of PIERO and LUIGI.
PIERO m Italian
Italian form of PETER. Piero della Francesca was an Italian Renaissance painter.
PIERPAOLO m Italian
Combination of PIERO and PAOLO.
PIÈRRE m Norman
Norman form of PETER.
PIERRE m French, Swedish
French form of PETER. This name has been consistently popular in France since the 13th century, but fell out of the top 100 names in 2017. It was borne by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), a French impressionist painter, and Pierre Curie (1859-1906), a physicist who discovered radioactivity with his wife Marie.
PIERRICK m Breton, French
Breton diminutive of PIERRE.
PIERS m English (British), Medieval French
Medieval form of PETER. This is the name of the main character in the 14th-century poem Piers Plowman by William Langland.
PIET m Dutch
Short form of PIETER.
PIETARI m Finnish
Finnish form of PETER used in the Bible.
PIETER m Dutch
Dutch form of PETER. This name was borne by the 16th-century Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
PIETRO m Italian
Italian form of PETER. Pietro was the given name of the Renaissance painter known as Perugino.
PIKA (1) m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of PETER.
PILIB m Irish
Irish form of PHILIP.
PILIRANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PILYPAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of PHILIP.
PIM m Dutch
Diminutive of WILLEM.
PING m & f Chinese
From Chinese (píng) meaning "level, even, peaceful". Other characters can also form this name.
PINHAS m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew פִּינְחָס (see PINCHAS).
PINO m Italian
Short form of names ending in pino.
PÍO m Spanish
Spanish form of PIUS.
PIO m Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of PIUS.
PIOTR m Polish, Belarusian
Polish and Belarusian form of PETER.
PIP m & f English
Diminutive of PHILIP or PHILIPPA. This was the name of the main character in Great Expectations (1860) by Charles Dickens.
PIPIN m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of PÉPIN.
PIPPIN (1) m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of PÉPIN.
PIPPIN (2) m Literature
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".
PIRAN m Cornish
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.
PIRIPI m Maori
Maori form of PHILIP.
PIROOZ m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پیروز (see PIROUZ).
PIROUZ m Persian
Variant of FIROUZ.
PIRUZ m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پیروز (see PIROUZ).
PISTA m Hungarian
Diminutive of ISTVÁN.
PISTI m Hungarian
Diminutive of ISTVÁN.
PIT m Limburgish
Limburgish short form of PITTER.
PITAMBAR m Indian, Hindi
Modern form of PITAMBARA.
PITAMBARA m Hinduism
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.
PITTER m Frisian, Limburgish
Frisian and Limburgish form of PETER.
PIUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "pious, dutiful". This was the name of twelve popes.
PJETËR m Albanian
Albanian form of PETER.
PLACID m English (Rare)
English form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLÁCIDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDO m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Placidus meaning "quiet, calm".
PLACIDUS m Late Roman
Latin form of PLACIDO.
PLAMEN m Bulgarian, Serbian
Derived from South Slavic plamen meaning "flame, fire".
PLATO m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πλάτων (Platon), which was derived from Greek πλατύς (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.
PLEUN m & f Dutch
Diminutive of APOLLONIUS, now commonly used as a feminine name.
PLÍNIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIUS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of PLINY.
PLINY m History
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.
PLOUTON m Greek Mythology
Greek form of PLUTO.
PLUTARCH m History
From the Greek name Πλούταρχος (Ploutarchos), which was derived from πλοῦτος (ploutos) meaning "riches, wealth" and ἀρχός (archos) meaning "master". Plutarch was a 1st-century Greek historian.
PLUTO m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology
Latinized form of Greek Πλούτων (Plouton), derived from πλοῦτος (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.
POGHOS m Armenian
Armenian form of PAUL.
PÓL m Irish
Irish form of PAUL.
PÒL m Scottish
Scottish form of PAUL.
POL m Catalan
Catalan form of PAUL.
POLAT m Turkish
Turkish form of BOLAT.
POLDI m German
German diminutive of LEOPOLD.
POLIKARP m Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of POLYCARP.
POLLUX m Roman Mythology
Roman form of Greek Πολυδεύκης (Polydeukes) meaning "very sweet", from Greek πολύς (polys) meaning "much" and δευκής (deukes) meaning "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.
POLYCARP m Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Πολύκαρπος (Polykarpos) meaning "fruitful, rich in fruit", ultimately from Greek πολύς (polys) meaning "much" and καρπός (karpos) meaning "fruit". Saint Polycarp was a 2nd-century bishop of Smyrna who was martyred by being burned at the stake and then stabbed.
POLYKARPOS m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of POLYCARP.
POMARE m & f Tahitian
Means "night cough", 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.
POMPEIUS m Ancient Roman
Latin form of POMPEY.
POMPEO m Italian
Italian form of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
POMPEY m History
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. Initially an ally of Julius Caesar, he later fought against him in the Roman civil war of 49-45 BC.
POMPILIU m Romanian
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).
POMPONIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that is of unknown meaning, possibly a derivative of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
PONCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of PONTIUS.
PONS m French (Rare)
French form of PONTIUS.
PONTIUS m Ancient 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 πόντος (pontos) meaning "sea". A notable bearer of this name was Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea who appears in the New Testament.
PONTUS (1) m Swedish
Possibly a form of PONTIUS. It was brought to Sweden by the French general Pontus De la Gardie, who served under the Swedish king John III.
PONTUS (2) m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Πόντος (Pontos) meaning "sea". This was the name of a Greek god of the sea. He was the son of Gaia.
PONZIO m Italian
Italian form of PONTIUS.
PORCIUS m Ancient 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).
PORFIRIO m Italian, Spanish
Derived from the Greek name Πορφύριος (Porphyrios), which was derived from the word πορφύρα (porphyra) meaning "purple dye". This was the name of several early saints.
PORFIRIY m Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of Porphyrios (see PORFIRIO).
PORPHYRIOS m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PORFIRIO.
PORTER m English
From an occupational English surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
POSEIDON m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek πόσις (posis) meaning "husband, lord" and δᾶ (da) meaning "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.
POTSɄNAKWAHIPɄ m Indigenous American, Comanche
Means "buffalo hump" in Comanche. This name was borne by a 19th-century war chief of the Penateka Comanche.
POUL m Danish
Danish form of PAUL.
POYRAZ m Turkish
Means "north" or "north wind" in Turkish, derived from Greek Βορέας (Boreas).
PRABHAKARA m Hinduism
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.
PRABHAT m Indian, Hindi
Means "shining forth, morning" in Sanskrit.
PRABHU m Hinduism, Tamil, Indian, Kannada
Means "mighty, powerful, master" in Sanskrit. This is an epithet of both the Hindu gods Surya and Agni.
PRABODH m Indian, Hindi
Means "awakening" in Sanskrit.
PRADIP m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit प्रदीप (pradipa) meaning "light, lantern".
PRAKASH m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit प्रकाश (prakasha) meaning "light, bright, shining".
PRAMODA m Hinduism
Means "joy" in Sanskrit. This is the name of an attendant of the Hindu god Skanda.
PRAN m Indian, Hindi
Means "breath" in Sanskrit.
PRANAV m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
This is the Sanskrit word referring to ओम् (om), the Hindu sacred syllable.
PRANAY m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "leader, guidance, love" in Sanskrit.
PRANCIŠKUS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of FRANCIS.
PRASAD m Indian, 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.
PRASANNA m Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Odia, Hindi
Means "clear, bright, tranquil" in Sanskrit.
PRASENJIT m Bengali
Means "conqueror of an expert army" in Sanskrit.
PRASERT m Thai
Means "excellent, superb" in Thai.
PRASHANT m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Bengali
Means "calm, quiet" in Sanskrit.
PRASHANTH m Tamil
Tamil form of PRASHANT.
PRATAP m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "heat, splendour, glory" in Sanskrit.
PRATEEK m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi प्रतीक, Gujarati પ્રતિક or Bengali প্রতীক (see PRATIK).
PRATIK m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Means "look, appearance" in Sanskrit.
PRAVIN m Indian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam
Means "skilled" in Sanskrit.
PRAXITELES m Ancient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements πρᾶξις (praxis) meaning "action, exercise" and τέλος (telos) meaning "aim, goal". This was the name of a 4th-century BC sculptor from Athens.
PREBEN m Danish, 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 meaning "first" and borti meaning "battle". It was imported into Danish via the medieval Putbus family, who were Slavic nobles from Rügen in Pomerania.
PREDRAG m Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious" combined with a superlative prefix.
PREECHA m Thai
Means "intelligence, wisdom" in Thai.
PREM m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "love, affection" in Sanskrit.
PŘEMEK m Czech
Diminutive of PŘEMYSL.
PREMISLAV m Medieval Slavic (Hypothetical)
Possible medieval Slavic form of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PŘEMYSL m Czech
From an old Slavic name that 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.
PREMYSL m Medieval Slavic (Hypothetical)
Possible medieval Slavic form of PŘEMYSL.
PRESLEY f & m English
From an English surname that 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).
PRESTON m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "priest town" (Old English preost and tun).
PRIAM m Greek Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Greek Πρίαμος (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.
PRIAMOS m Greek Mythology
Greek form of PRIAM.
PRIAPUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a Greek god of fertility, gardens, and the phallus.
PRICE m Welsh
From a Welsh surname that was derived from ap Rhys meaning "son of RHYS".
PRIDBJØRN m Old Danish
Old Danish form of PREBEN.
PRIDBOR m Medieval Slavic
Earlier Slavic form of PREBEN.
PRIDON m Georgian
Georgian form of FEREYDOUN. It appears in the 12th-century Georgian epic poem The Knight in the Panther's Skin, in which Pridon (fully Nuradin-Pridon) is a friend of Avtandil and Tariel.
PRIDONI m Georgian
Form of PRIDON with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
PRIIDIK m Estonian
Estonian form of FREDERICK.
PRIIT m Estonian
Short form of PRIIDIK.
PRIMITIVO m Spanish
Spanish form of PRIMITIVUS.
PRIMITIVUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "first formed". Saint Primitivus was a 3rd-century Spanish martyr.
PRIMO m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Primus, which meant "first". This was the name of three early saints, each of whom was martyred.
PRIMOŽ m Slovene
Slovene form of Primus (see PRIMO).
PRIMUS m Late Roman
Latin form of PRIMO.
PRINCE m English
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.
PRISCUS m Ancient Roman
Masculine form of PRISCA.
PROCHORUS m Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Πρόχορος (Prochoros) meaning "leader of the dance". Saint Prochorus was one of the original seven deacons, as told in Acts in the New Testament.
PROINSIAS m Irish
Irish form of FRANCIS.
PROKHOR m Russian
Russian form of PROCHORUS.
PROKOP m Czech
Czech form of PROKOPIOS.
PROKOPIOS m Greek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek προκοπή (prokope) meaning "progress, advance". Saint Prokopios was an early Christian martyr who was beheaded in Palestine during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
PROKOPIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of PROKOPIOS.
PROKOPIY m Russian
Russian form of PROKOPIOS.
PROKOPY m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Прокопий (see PROKOPIY).
PROMETHEUS m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek προμήθεια (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.
PROSDOCIMUS m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Προσδόκιμος (Prosdokimos) meaning "expected, looked for". The 1st-century saint Prosdocimus was the first bishop of Padua.
PROSENJIT m Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali প্রসেনজিৎ (see PRASENJIT).
PROSPER m French, 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.
PRÓSPERO m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of PROSPER.
PROSPERO m Italian
Italian form of PROSPER. This was the name of the shipwrecked magician in The Tempest (1611) by Shakespeare.
PROSPERUS m Late Roman
Latin form of PROSPER.
PROTEUS m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek πρῶτος (protos) meaning "first". In Greek mythology this was the name of a prophetic god of the sea.
PRUDENCE f & m English, 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.
PRUDENCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of PRUDENTIUS.
PRUDENTIUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from prudens "prudent, wise, skilled". This was the name of a 9th-century bishop of Troyes. He is considered a local saint there.
PRUDENZIO m Italian
Italian form of PRUDENTIUS.
PRYCE m Welsh
Variant of PRICE.
PRYDERI m Welsh, 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.
PRZEMEK m Polish
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PRZEMKO m Polish
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PRZEMO m Polish
Diminutive of PRZEMYSŁAW.
PRZEMYSŁ m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of PŘEMYSL. This was the name of a 13th-century king of Poland.
PRZEMYSŁAW m Polish
Medieval variant of PRZEMYSŁ, with the addition of the Slavic element slava.
PTAH m Egyptian Mythology
From Egyptian ptḥ meaning "opener, creator". Ptah was an Egyptian god associated with creation and the arts.
PTOLEMY m History
From the Greek name Πτολεμαῖος (Ptolemaios), derived from Greek πολεμήϊος (polemeios) meaning "aggressive, warlike". Ptolemy was the name of several Greco-Egyptian rulers of Egypt, all descendants of Ptolemy I Soter, one of the generals of Alexander the Great. This was also the name of a Greek astronomer.
PUBLIUS m Ancient 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.
PUCK m & f Anglo-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). It is used in the Netherlands as mainly a feminine name.
PUNEET m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi पुनीत (see PUNIT).
PUNIT m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "cleaned, purified" in Sanskrit.
PURDIE m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that 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.
PURNAMA f & m Indonesian
Means "full moon" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पूर्णिमा (purnima).
PURUSHOTTAMA m Hinduism
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.
PUTERA m Malay
Means "son, prince" in Malay, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्र (putra).
PUTRA m Indonesian
Means "son" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit पुत्र (putra).
PUTU m & f Balinese
Means "grandchild" in Balinese. Traditionally, this name is given to the first-born child.
PWYLL m Welsh 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.
PYLYP m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of PHILIP.
PYONG-HO m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 병호 (see BYEONG-HO).
PYOTR m Russian
Russian form of PETER. A famous bearer was the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).
PYRRHUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πύρρος (Pyrrhos) meaning "flame-coloured, red", related to πῦρ (pyr) meaning "fire". This was another name of Neoptolemus the son of Achilles. This was also the name of a 3rd-century BC king of Epirus who was famed for his victorious yet costly battles against Rome.
PYRY m Finnish
Means "snowstorm, blizzard" in Finnish.
PYTHAGORAS m Ancient Greek
Derived from PYTHIOS, a name of Apollo, combined with Greek ἀγορά (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.
PYTHIOS m Greek Mythology
From the Greek place name Πυθώ (Pytho), an older name of the city of Delphi, which was probably derived from Greek πύθω (pytho) meaning "to rot". This was an epithet of Apollo.
QADIR m Arabic
Means "capable, powerful" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different ways of spelling the name in Arabic. In Islamic tradition القادر (al-Qadir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
QAMAR m & f Arabic
Means "moon" in Arabic.
QASIM m Arabic, Urdu
Means "one who divides goods among his people", derived from Arabic قسم (qasama) meaning "to share" or "to divide". This was the name of a son of the Prophet Muhammad who died while young.
QAYS m Arabic
Means "measurement" in Arabic. This was the real name of Majnun, the lover of Layla, in Nizami Ganjavi's 12th-century poem Layla and Majnun.
QEMAL m Albanian
Albanian form of KAMAL (1).
QEMU'EL m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of KEMUEL.
QIANG m Chinese
From Chinese (qiáng) meaning "strong, powerful, energetic", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QILLAQ m Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "seal hide" in Greenlandic.
QING f & m Chinese
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QINGLONG m Chinese Mythology
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green" and (lóng) meaning "dragon". This is the Chinese name of the Azure Dragon, associated with the east and the spring season.
QISMAT m Arabic
Means "fate" in Arabic.
QIU m & f Chinese
From Chinese (qiū) meaning "autumn", (qiū) meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius was .
QUÂN m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quân) meaning "army".
QUANAH m Indigenous American, Comanche
Means "fragrant" in Comanche. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Comanche.
QUANG m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quang) meaning "bright, clear".
QUENTIN m French, English
French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint, a missionary who was martyred in Gaul. The Normans introduced this name to England. In America it was brought to public attention by president Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918), who was killed in World War I.
QUETZALCOATL m Aztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "feathered snake" in Nahuatl, derived from quetzalli "feather" and coatl "snake". In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was the god of the sky, wind, and knowledge, also associated with the morning star. According to one legend he created the humans of this age using the bones of humans from the previous age and adding his own blood.
QUIDEL m Indigenous American, Mapuche
Means "burning torch" in Mapuche.
QUIM m Portuguese, Catalan
Short form of JOAQUIM.
QUIN m & f English (Rare)
Variant of QUINN.
QUINCTILIANUS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of QUINTILIAN.
QUINCTILIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family derived from the given name QUINTUS (which was itself originally spelled Quinctus).
QUINCTIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name derived from the given name QUINTUS (which was itself originally spelled Quinctus). This was the name of a patrician family that was especially prominent during the early Republic.
QUINCTUS m Ancient Roman
Earlier form of QUINTUS.
QUINCY m English
From a surname that was derived (via the place name CUINCHY) from the personal name QUINTUS. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts. Both the town and the president were named after his maternal great-grandfather John Quincy (1689-1767).
QUINLAN m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Caoinlean meaning "descendant of Caoinlean". The name Caoinlean means "slender" in Gaelic.
QUINN m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of CONN".
QUINTEN m English, Dutch
Variant and Dutch form of QUENTIN.
QUINTILIAN m History
From the Roman cognomen Quintilianus, earlier Quinctilianus, which was itself derived from the family name QUINCTILIUS. A notable bearer was the 1st-century rhetorician Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, simply known as Quintilian in English.
QUINTILLUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from the given name QUINTUS.
QUINTIN m English
Variant of QUENTIN.
QUINTINO m Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of QUINTINUS.
QUINTINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was originally derived from QUINTUS.
QUINTO m Italian
Italian form of QUINTUS.
QUINTON m English
Variant of QUENTIN, also coinciding with an English surname meaning "queen's town" in Old English.
QUINTUS m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "fifth" in Latin. Originally, during the time of the early Roman Republic, it was spelled Quinctus. This name was traditionally given to the fifth child, or possibly a child born in the fifth month. It was a common praenomen, being more popular than the other numeric Roman names. A notable bearer was the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus).
QUIQUE m Spanish
Diminutive of ENRIQUE.
QUIRIJN m Dutch
Dutch form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRIN m German
German form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINO m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINUS m Roman Mythology, Late Roman
Possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris meaning "spear". Quirinus was a Sabine and Roman god, sometimes identified with Romulus. He declined in importance after the early Republican era. The name was also borne by several early saints.
QULU m Azerbaijani
Means "servant" in Azerbaijani. It is sometimes used as the second part of compound names.
QUSAY m Arabic
Possibly derived from Arabic قصي (qasi) meaning "distant". This was the name of an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad who was in charge of a temple in Mecca.
QUÝ f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quý) meaning "precious, valuable".
QUYỀN m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quyền) meaning "power, right, authority".
QUỲNH f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quỳnh) meaning "deep red". This is also the Vietnamese name for a variety of flowering plant (genus Epiphyllum).
RA m Egyptian Mythology
From Egyptian rꜥ meaning "sun" or "day". Ra was an important Egyptian sun god originally worshipped in Heliopolis in Lower Egypt. He was usually depicted as a man with the head of a falcon crowned with a solar disc. In later times his attributes were often merged with those of other deities, such as Amon, Atum and Horus.
RAANAN m Hebrew
Means "fresh, invigorating" in Hebrew.
RAB m Scottish
Scottish short form of ROBERT.
RABAN m Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic byname derived from hraban meaning "raven".
RABBIE m Scottish
Scottish diminutive of ROBERT.
RABI (1) m Arabic
Means "springtime" in Arabic.
RABI (2) m Bengali
Bengali variant of RAVI.
RABINDRA m Bengali
Bengali form of RAVINDRA.
RACHID m Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic رشيد or راشد (see RASHID) chiefly used in Northern Africa.
RACŁAW m Polish (Archaic)
Polish short form of RATISLAV or RADOSŁAW.
RA'D m Arabic
Means "thunder" in Arabic. This is the name of the 13th chapter of the Quran (surah ar-Rad).
RADBOUD m Dutch
Derived from the Germanic elements rad meaning "counsel" and bodo meaning "command, order".
RADCLIFF m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "red cliff" in Old English.
RADCLYFFE m English (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of RADCLIFF.
RADE m Serbian, Croatian
Originally a diminutive of MILORAD and other Slavic names containing the element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADEK m Czech, Polish
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with rad meaning "happy, willing".
RADHA f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi
Means "success" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the favourite consort of the Hindu god Krishna.
RADIM m Czech
Short form of RADOMIR.
RADIMIR m Russian (Rare)
Russian variant form of RADOMIR.
RADKO m Bulgarian, Czech
Diminutive of Slavic names beginning with the element rad meaning "happy, willing".
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