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Meaning of Peter

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The name Peter has the following meaning:

As solid as a rock. Derived from the Greek "Petros" (stone).
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Peter is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 145 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Peter fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 10 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 191 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Peter in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Peter is pronounced as pee-tur


Peter originates from the Greek language.

See other suggested Greek boy baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Peter and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Peter: Boys - Adonis, Alek, Alexander, Ambrose, Ammon, Anacletus, Basil, Cletus, Cole, Cristopher, Cyril, Girls - Danae, Neola, Zoe, Both genders - Eunice, Phoenix


Popular Variants for the name Peter: Peader, Peat, Peate, Peder, Pedro (Portuguese), Pekka, Per, Petar, Pete (English), Petenka, Peterka, Peterke, Peterson, Petre, Petros, Petrov, Petrus, Petruso, Petter, Petur, Petya, Peytr, Pierre (French), Piet, Pieter, Piotr, Pyotr, Pytor


Common nicknames for the name Peter are: Pete


We think the name Peter should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Peter to be: Ambitious, honest and unpretentious

In one word, you might describe Peter as a(n) "unpretentious" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Peter (or its variants) are:

Peter Charles Doherty, born on 15 October, a famous surgeon. Peter Charles Doherty's background: An Australian Veterinary Surgeon and researcher in the field of medicine. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1995, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996, and was named Australian of the Year in 1997.

Peter Dennis Mitchell, born on 29 September, a famous biochemist. Peter Dennis Mitchell's background: A British biochemist who was awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his discovery of the chemiosmotic mechanism of ATP synthesis.

Peter Agre, born on 30 January, a famous doctor. Peter Agre's background: An American medical doctor and molecular biologist who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (which he shared with Roderick MacKinnon) for his discovery of aquaporins.
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Pablo (290)
Pierce (517)
Porter (626)
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