Names Starting with P

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PENKO m Bulgarian
Bulgarian diminutive of PETAR.
PENNY f English
Diminutive of PENELOPE.
PENTTI m Finnish
Finnish form of BENEDICT.
PENUEL m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "facing God" in Hebrew. This is the name of two minor characters in the Old Testament.
PEONY f English (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.
PEPCA f Slovene
Slovene diminutive of JOŽEFA.
PEPE m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPIJN m Dutch
Dutch form of PÉPIN.
PÉPIN m History
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.
PEPITA f Spanish
Spanish feminine diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPITO m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPPE m Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPI (1) m Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPI (2) f Finnish
Usual Finnish form of Pippi Longstocking's name (see PIPPI).
PEPPINO m Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PER m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Breton
Scandinavian and Breton form of PETER.
PERCE m English
Short form of PERCY.
PERCHUHI f Armenian
Means "elegant lady", from Armenian պերճ (perch) meaning "elegant, splendid" and the feminine suffix ուհի (uhi).
PERCIVAL m Arthurian 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".
PERCY m English
From an English surname that was derived from the name of a Norman town Perci, which was itself perhaps derived from a Gaulish given name that 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.
PERDITA f Literature
Derived from Latin perditus meaning "lost". Shakespeare created this name for the daughter of Hermione in his play The Winter's Tale (1610).
PERE m Catalan
Catalan form of PETER.
PEREDUR m Welsh 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.
PEREGRINE m English (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Peregrinus, which meant "traveller". This was the name of several early saints.
PEREZ m Biblical
Means "breach, burst forth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the twin brother of Zerah.
PERİ f Turkish
Turkish form of PARI.
PERICA m Croatian, Serbian
Croatian diminutive of PETAR.
PERICLES m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Περικλῆς (Perikles), which was derived from the Greek elements περί (peri) meaning "around, exceedingly" and κλέος (kleos) meaning "glory". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian statesman and general.
PERIG m Breton
Breton diminutive of PER.
PERIKLES m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PERICLES.
PERIKLIS m Greek
Modern Greek form of PERICLES.
PERLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLE f French, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERLIE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of PEARL.
PERLITA f Italian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
PERMELIA f English (Archaic)
Meaning unknown, possibly an early American alteration of PAMELA.
PERNILLA f Swedish
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
PERNILLE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of PETRONILLA.
PERONEL f English (Archaic)
Contracted form of PETRONEL.
PËRPARIM m Albanian
Derived from Albanian përparim meaning "progress, advancement".
PERPÉTUA f Portuguese (Rare)
Portuguese form of PERPETUA.
PERPETUA f Spanish (Rare), Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
PERRINE f French
French feminine form of Perrin, a diminutive of PIERRE.
PERRY m English
From a surname that 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.
PERSEFONI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PERSEPHONE.
PERSEPHONE f Greek Mythology
Meaning unknown, probably of Pre-Greek origin, but perhaps related to Greek πέρθω (pertho) meaning "to destroy" and φονή (phone) meaning "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.
PERSEUS m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek πέρθω (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.
PERSIS f Biblical, 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.
PERTTI m Finnish
Short form of ROOPERTTI or ALPERTTI.
PERTTU m Finnish
Finnish form of BARTHOLOMEW.
PERU m Basque
Basque form of PETER.
PERUN m Slavic 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.
PERVİN f Turkish
Turkish form of PARVIN.
PERWÎN f Kurdish
Kurdish form of PARVIN.
PÉŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PEŤA m & f Czech
Diminutive of PETR or PETRA.
PETA f English (Australian)
Feminine form of PETER.
PETAL f English (Rare)
From the English word for the flower part, derived from Greek πέταλον (petalon) meaning "leaf".
PETAR m Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PETER.
PETE m English
Short form of PETER.
PÉTER m Hungarian
Hungarian form of PETER.
PETER m English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Slovak, Biblical
Derived from Greek Πέτρος (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]
PETERA m Maori
Maori form of PETER.
PĒTERIS m Latvian
Latvian form of PETER.
PETI m Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of PETER.
PETIA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Петя (see PETYA).
PETKO m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from Bulgarian Петък (Petak) or Macedonian Петок (Petok) meaning "Friday". This is a vernacular form of Paraskeve.
PETR m Czech
Czech form of PETER.
PETRA f German, 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.
PETRAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of PETER.
PETRE m Romanian, Macedonian, Georgian
Romanian, Macedonian and Georgian form of PETER.
PETRI m Finnish, Basque
Finnish and Basque form of PETER.
PETRICĂ m Romanian
Romanian diminutive of PETER.
PETŘÍK m Czech
Diminutive of PETR.
PETRINA f English (Rare)
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETRIT m Albanian
Means "falcon" in Albanian.
PETRO m Ukrainian, Esperanto
Ukrainian and Esperanto form of PETER.
PETRONA f Spanish
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONEL f English (Archaic)
Medieval English form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELA f Romanian, Slovak
Romanian and Slovak form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELLA f Dutch, Swedish
Dutch and Swedish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONILLA f Italian, 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.
PÉTRONILLE f French
French form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis meaning "yokel".
PETROS m Greek, Armenian, Biblical Greek
Greek and Armenian form of PETER.
PETROULA f Greek
Greek feminine form of PETER.
PETRU m Romanian, Corsican, Old Church Slavic
Romanian and Corsican form of PETER. It is also the form used in the Church Slavic New Testament.
PETRUCCIO m Medieval Italian
Medieval diminutive of PIETRO.
PETRUS m Dutch, German (Rare), Biblical Latin
Latin form of PETER used occasionally in Dutch and German.
PETRUŠKA f Czech
Diminutive of PETRA.
PETRUȚ m Romanian
Diminutive of PETRU.
PETTER m Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of PETER.
PETTERI m Finnish
Finnish form of PETER.
PETULA f English (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.
PETUNIA f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, derived ultimately from a Tupi (South American) word.
PÉTUR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of PETER.
PETUR m Faroese
Faroese form of PETER.
PETYA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian masculine diminutive of PYOTR or Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
PEYTON m & f English
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-).
PHAEDRA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Φαίδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρός (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.
PHAEDRUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φαῖδρος (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.
PHAENNA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek φαεινός (phaeinos) meaning "shining". According to some Greek myths this was the name of one of the three Graces or Χάριτες (Charites).
PHANUEL m Biblical, 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.
PHANUHEL m Biblical Latin
Form of PENUEL in the Latin New Testament.
PHARAILDIS f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Derived from the Germanic elements fara "journey" and hild "battle". This was the name of an 8th-century saint from Ghent, Belgium.
PHARAMOND m Literature, French (Rare)
French form of FARAMUND used by Shakespeare in Henry V (1599).
PHARES m Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of PEREZ used in the Greek and Latin Bible.
PHAREZ m Biblical
Form of PEREZ used in some translations of the Bible.
PHEBE f English, Biblical
Variant of PHOEBE used in some translations of the New Testament.
PHELAN m Irish
Anglicized form of FAOLÁN.
PHELIM m Irish
Anglicized form of FEIDHLIM.
PHELIX m Biblical Greek
Form of FELIX used in the Greek New Testament.
PHEOBE f English
Variant of PHOEBE.
PHERENIKE f Ancient Greek
Ancient Attic Greek form of BERENICE.
PHERICK m Manx
Manx form of PATRICK.
PHESTOS m Biblical Greek
Form of FESTUS used in the Greek New Testament.
PHIL m English
Short form of PHILIP and various other names beginning with Phil, often a Greek element meaning "friend, dear, beloved".
PHILADELPHIA f English (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 φιλέω (phileo) meaning "to love" and ἀδελφός (adelphos) meaning "brother". It is also the name of a city in the United States.
PHILADELPHOS m Ancient Greek
From Greek φιλέω (phileo) meaning "to love" and ἀδελφός (adelphos) meaning "brother".
PHILANDER m English (Archaic), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Φίλανδρος (Philandros) meaning "friend of man" from Greek φίλος (philos) meaning "friend" and ἀνήρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός). 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.
PHILE f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Philon (see PHILO).
PHILEMON m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "affectionate" in Greek, a derivative of φίλημα (philema) meaning "kiss". Philemon was the recipient of one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament.
PHILETUS m Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Greek name Φίλητος (Philetos) meaning "beloved". In the New Testament, Philetus is a heretic in the church at Ephesus denounced by Paul.
PHILIBERT m French
Early variant of FILIBERT altered by association with Greek φίλος (philos) meaning "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.
PHILIP m English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Biblical
From the Greek name Φίλιππος (Philippos) meaning "friend of horses", composed of the elements φίλος (philos) meaning "friend, lover" and ἵππος (hippos) meaning "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]
PHILIPA f English (Rare)
Feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPP m German
German form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPA f English (British), German
Latinate feminine form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPE m French
French form of PHILIP.
PHILIPPINA f German (Rare)
Elaborated form of PHILIPPA.
PHILIPPINE f French
Elaborated feminine form of PHILIPPE.
PHILLIP m English
Variant of PHILIP, inspired by the usual spelling of the surname.
PHILLIPA f English (Rare)
Feminine variant of PHILIP.
PHILLIS f English
Variant of PHYLLIS.
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".
PHILOMEL f Literature
From an English word meaning "nightingale" (ultimately from PHILOMELA). It has been used frequently in poetry to denote the bird.
PHILOMELA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Φιλομήλη (Philomele), derived from φίλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend" and μῆλον (melon) meaning "fruit". The second element has also been interpreted as Greek μέλος (melos) meaning "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.
PHILOMENA f English, German, Late Greek
From Greek φίλος (philos) meaning "friend, lover" and μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force". This was the name of an obscure early saint and martyr. The name came to public attention in 1802 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 φιλομήνη (philomene) meaning "loved".
PHILOMÈNE f French
French form of PHILOMENA.
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.
PHOEBE f English, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοίβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοῖβος (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).
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.
PHOTINE f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek φῶς (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτός (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.
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.
PHƯƠNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phương) meaning "direction, way".
PHƯỢNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (phượng) meaning "phoenix". This refers to the mythological creature known as the Chinese phoenix or the Fenghuang.
PHYLISS f English
Variant of PHYLLIS.
PHYLLIDA f English (Rare)
From Φυλλίδος (Phyllidos), the genitive form of PHYLLIS. This form was used in 17th-century pastoral poetry.
PHYLLIS f Greek Mythology, English
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.
PÍA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PIUS.
PIARAS m Irish
Irish form of PIERS.
PICH f & m Khmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
PIEDAD f Spanish
Means "mercy, piety" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin pietas.
PIEN f Dutch
Diminutive of JOSEPHINE.
PIER m Italian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch variant form of PETER. In Italian, this form is often used in combination with another name.
PIERA f Italian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIERCE m English
From a surname that was derived from the given name PIERS.
PIERINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of PIERO.
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.
PIERRETTE f French
Feminine diminutive of PIERRE.
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.
PIETRA f Italian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIETRINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of PIETRO.
PIETRO m Italian
Italian form of PETER. Pietro was the given name of the Renaissance painter known as Perugino.
PIETY f English (Rare)
From the English word meaning "piety, devoutness". This was a rare virtue name used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
PIHLA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish pihlaja meaning "rowan tree".
PIIA f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of PIA.
PIKA (1) m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of PETER.
PIKA (2) f Slovene
Means "dot" in Slovene. This is the Slovene name for Pippi Longstocking, Pika Nogavička.
PILAR f Spanish
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.
PILI f Spanish
Diminutive of PILAR.
PILIB m Irish
Irish form of PHILIP.
PILIRANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PILLE f Estonian
Possibly an 18th-century Estonian derivative of the German name SIBYLLE.
PILOQUTINNGUAQ f Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "little leaf" in Greenlandic.
PILVI f Finnish, Estonian
Means "cloud" in Finnish and Estonian.
PILYPAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of PHILIP.
PIM m Dutch
Diminutive of WILLEM.
PINA f Italian
Short form of names ending in pina.
PINAR f Turkish
Means "spring" in Turkish.
PINELOPI f Greek
Modern Greek form of PENELOPE.
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).
PINJA f Finnish
Means "stone pine" in Finnish.
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.
PIPALUK f Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "nurse" in Greenlandic.
PIPER f English (Modern)
From a surname that 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.
PIPIN m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of PÉPIN.
PIPPA f English
Diminutive of PHILIPPA.
PIPPI f Literature
Created by the daughter of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for the main character in her mother's Pippi Longstocking series of stories, first published 1945. In the books Pippi (Swedish name Pippi Långstrump; full first name Pippilotta) is a brash and exceptionally strong young girl who lives in a house by herself.
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".
PIPRA f Esperanto
From Esperanto pipro meaning "pepper".
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.
PIRET f Estonian
Estonian form of BIRGITTA.
PIRI f Hungarian
Diminutive of PIROSKA.
PIRIPI m Maori
Maori form of PHILIP.
PIRITTA f Finnish
Finnish form of BIRGITTA.
PIRJO f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIRKKO f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of PIRITTA.
PIROOZ m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پیروز (see PIROUZ).
PIROSKA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of PRISCA, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
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.
PISTIS f Greek Mythology
Means "trust, faith" in Greek. In Greek mythology Pistis was the personification of trust.
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).
PLACIDA f Late Roman, Italian
Feminine 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.
PLEASANCE f English (Archaic)
From the medieval name Plaisance, which meant "pleasant" in Old French.
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.
POCAHONTAS f Indigenous American, Powhatan
Means "playful one" in Powhatan, an Algonquian language. This was the nickname 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.
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.
POLA f Polish
Short form of APOLONIA.
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.
POLINA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
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