The meaning of the name “Peter” is: “A stone or rock”.
Additional information: This name was originally derived from the Greek word πέτρα for “stone”. It has shown up in many different civilizations around the world, but one of the most well-known Peters in history is Simon Peter, a disciple of Jesus. Peter's original name was Simon, but it was changed by Jesus to the Aramaic name Cephas (rock). Peter is the Greek equivalent of Cephas. The first Russian emperor was Peter the Great, he attempted to 'westernize' Russia, and built St Petersburg as an alternative capital to Moscow.
Variations of the name Peter include Piers, Petrus, Pieter, Peder, and Petter. These names are generally used in non-English speaking countries. Sometimes a feminine form of the name is used, such as Petra, Petrina, or Peta. Short forms of the name include Pete, Piet, Per, or Pelle.
The popularity of the name Peter shows a huge spike in recorded history in the early and mid-1990s, but it took a downward trend after its peak to reach an all-time low in 2014 in many countries. Peter was most popular in Switzerland between 1954 and 1961 when it was ranked as the most popular male name. It was in the top 5 in Switzerland for even longer, between 1936 and 1968. In the US, it was within the top 100 names between 1880 and 1996, but it became less popular afterwards, reaching a low point at 204th most popular in 2014. In 2014 it was ranked as the 15th most popular name in Hungary, the 77th most popular in Ireland, the 90th most popular in Northern Ireland, and the 152nd most popular in England and Wales.
Some celebrities and famous people that have shared the name Peter include Peter Dinklage, an actor; Peter Capaldi, an actor; Peter Jackson, a movie director; Peter Kay, a comedian; Peter Crouch, a soccer player; Peter Criss, a drummer; Peter Schmeichel, a soccer player; Peter Gabriel, a rock singer; Peter Frampton, a guitarist; and Peter Quillin, a professional boxer. 'Peter Pan' was a play by JM Barrie about a boy who 'wouldn't grow up'.
The name Peter is used by William Shakespeare in his plays "Winter's Tale","Romeo & Juliet", "Taming of the Shrew", "King John", "Henry IV (Part I)", "Henry IV (Part II)", "Henry VI (Part II)", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" for several characters like Peter of Pomfret, Peter Bullcalf, Peter Quince, Peter Simple, Peter Thump.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Peter for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Peter is a boy name.
The name Peter is of Greek origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Dutch speaking countries, English speaking countries, German speaking countries, Hungarian speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Peter we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Peter Name Meaning
The meaning of Peter is “A stone or rock”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Peter and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Peter and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Peter is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Peter
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Peter displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Peter Boy Name Popularity Chart
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Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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