Peter: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Peter
Origin of the name Peter:
From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Petrus and the Greek Petros, names derived from petra (a rock) and petros (a stone). The name is borne in the Bible by one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ. Peter is considered to have been the first pope and cofounder of the Christian Church with Paul.
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My husband's name is Peter and I've always thought it to be very strong, handsome and sophisticated.
I used to know a girl named Peter. She hated her name.
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My friend's name is Peter and he is the best person ever! Peter is such an adorable, cute, lovable, sweet, dreamy name.Because obviously she and I are both describing the name, not the person.
But seriously folks, name your kid Peter. Or if they're a girl opt for the female version: Petrina.
My little brother's name is Peter. He's 12. People call him all sorts of stuff: Pete, Petey, PJ (?), etc. I also know a bunch of kids from school named Peter as well. It's a pretty cool name I guess, and my brother likes it because it's hard to misunderstand and easy to spell. Name your kid Peter, it's a pretty cool name. :)
- Nicknames for Peter: | Edit
Pete - short form
Petey - diminutive
- Meanings and history of the name Peter: | Edit
"Petros" is Greek for rock.
- Famous real-life people named Peter: | Edit
Saint Peter, the first Pope
Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul & Mary
Peter Ustinov, actor
Peter the Great, Russian czar
Peter Fonda, actor
Peter Cetera, singer
Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish baroque painter
Peter O'Toole, Anglo-Irish actor ("Lawrence of Arabia")
Peter Doherty, Nobel laureate
Peter Jackson, filmmaker
- Peter in song, story & screen: | Edit
Peter - of 'Peter and the Wolf'. Russian tale set to music by Sergei Prokofieff.
Peter Pan- fictional character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie.
Peter Rabbit- character in Beatrix Potter's children's books.
Peter Piper -- from the well-known tongue twister "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
"Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater," children's nursery rhyme.
""Pete's Dragon," live action/animation Disney film.
Pete/Peg-leg Pete, one of the classic Disney animated characters, he later appeared in the "Goof Troop" series
Peter Pevensie- eldest in the Pevensie family in Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia"
Peter Parker, Spiderman's alter ego.
Peter Pettigrew- in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books, a follower of Voldemort who was disguised as a rat until the third book.
Peter Griffin- father in "Family Guy" TV series.
Peter Parker - Spider-Man
Peter Petrelli - character in "Heroes" TV series who has the ability to absorb other people's superpowers.
Peter Newkirk - character in 1960s American television show "Hogan's Heroes"