PerenellefFrench, English, Literature, Medieval French Old French form of Petronilla borne by Perenelle Flamel (1320-1402), wife and fellow alchemist of Nicolas Flamel. They are known for their quest to discover the philosopher's stone, a legendary substance said to turn any metal into gold and to make its owner immortal.... [more]
PerennafHungarian (Rare) Derived from the name of the old Roman deity of the circle or "ring" of the year, Anna Perenna. The name itself is derived from Classical Latin perennis "perennial; everlasting, perpetual" (ultimately from Latin per- “throughout” and annus “the year”).
PeriboiafGreek Mythology Derived from the Greek word περιβοάω (periboaô) meaning "to defame", composed of περι (peri) "around" and βοάω (boaô) "to shout, to proclaim" (when used of the wind and waves, "to roar" and "to howl")... [more]
Peridotf & mEnglish (Rare) 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".... [more]
PerileosmGreek Mythology Derived from Greek περί (peri) meaning "around, near, surrounding" combined with λεώς (leos) meaning "the people" (see Leos), which is the Attic Greek form of ancient Greek λαος (laos) meaning "the people"... [more]
PeriphronmGreek Mythology The first element of this name is derived from Greek περί (peri) meaning "around, near, surrounding". The second element is derived from either the Greek noun φρόνις (phronis) meaning "prudence, wisdom" or the Greek verb φρονέω (phroneo) meaning "to think" as well as "to be minded"... [more]
PeristerafGreek From Greek περιστέρι (peristeri) meaning "dove, pigeon," from Ancient Greek περῐστέρῐον (peristérion), the diminutive of περιστερᾱ́ (peristerā́).... [more]
PerkūnasmBaltic Mythology, Lithuanian (Rare) Derived from Proto-Indo-European *perkwunos or *perkunos, which itself is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *perkwus or *perkṷu meaning "oak tree" or "fir tree"... [more]
PernafJudeo-Italian, Judeo-Greek Derived from Greek pernas "to pass", this name was historically given to a girl with older sisters whose parents desperately hoped for a son. They "were literally praying for the curse of daughters to pass".
PerniefAmerican (South) This appears sporadically outside the U.S. Top 1000 and was found mainly in Southern States. My speculation is that it is an offshoot of Calpurnia, but I cannot verify if this is the source of the name.
PerpugilliamfPopular Culture This is the full first name of Peri Brown, a companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctors in 'Doctor Who'. The character claims that her name means "she who lives in the hills", though the accuracy of this is unknown as she does not specify the name's language or origin.
PerseverancefMedieval English Meaning, "steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success." Referring to persevering through the trials and tribulations that may come as a believer of Christ.
PershingmEnglish (American) Most likely used as a first name due to John Joseph Pershing, General of the Armies for the United States at the end of World War I. His paternal ancestors were of German descent, and the original spelling was likely Pfoersching... [more]
PersiafEnglish (Rare) From the name of the Middle Eastern country Persia, now referred to as Iran. Its name is derived from Avestan Parsa, the ancient tribal name of the people ruled by Cyrus the Great.... [more]
Persimmonm & fEnglish (Rare) From the name of the Persimmon, a brightly colored fruit. The word persimmon is derived from Powhatan, an Algonquian language of the eastern United States, meaning "a dry fruit".... [more]
PersinettefLiterature "Persinette" is a 1698 French fairy-tale by novelist Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force which was later adapted by the Grimms brothers to become "Rapunzel"
PersinnafAncient Greek, Literature Possibly means "Persian woman" in Greek, thus making it related to Persis. This is the name of a character from the Ancient Roman novel "Aethiopica" by Heliodorus of Emesa... [more]
PertundafRoman Mythology Pertunda enabled sexual penetration. Pertunda is the female personification of the verb pertundere, "to penetrate", and seems to be a name for invoking a divine power specific to this function.
PetamComanche Peta Nocona (d. 1864) was a chief of the Comanche band Noconi. He led his tribe during the extensive Indian Wars in Texas from the 1830s to 1860. He was the son of the Comanche chief Iron Jacket and father of chief Quanah Parker with Nadua... [more]
PetalafBrazilian Are constituent parts of the flower, located at its most protective whorl. They are normally membranous structures, broad, colorful and have many functions, among them the attraction of pollinators.
PethuelmBiblical, Hebrew Apparently means "God's opening" or "persuasion of God" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew pathah "to open, to allure, to persuade" combined with el "God". In the bible, this was the name of the father of the prophet Joel.
PetitomJudeo-Italian Petito is my family name, but it has often been used in Italy as person first name in work and social environment. My family is Jew and Israeli originated. Still today, if you check the Israel phone book there are a lot of Petito all over (www.israelpb.com)... [more]