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Gender: M Meaning of Peter: "rock" Origin of Peter: Greek Peter's Popularity in 2013: #208

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For generations, there have been pleasant childhood associations with this classic New Testament name, what with Peter Rabbit, Peter Pan, et al. But as user-friendly as this makes the name, it has a solid, traditional side as well.

One of the most important figures in the Christian hagiography is Saint Peter, keeper of the Gates of Heaven. Born Simon bar Jonah, he was given the nickname Peter (which means "rock") by Jesus, to signify that he would be the rock on which Christ would build Christianity. Centuries later, there was Peter the Great, the czar who developed Russia as a major European power.

Never as widely used as some of the more traditional Anglo-Saxon stalwarts, Peter, now ranking at Number 208, retains an enduring appeal to parents seeking a less-used classic, with those nice childhood associations. Peter also has some interesting derivatives: The Brits like Piers, the Irish Pierce and Pearse, the Italians Piero and Pietro, the Spanish Pedro, the French Pierre, and the Dutch Piet.

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Famous People Named Peter

Peter Falk, American Actor
Peter Facinelli, American actor
Peter Sarsgaard, American actor
Peter Hernandez (known as Bruno Mars), American singer
Peter O'Toole, English actor
Peter Sellers, English actor
Peter the Great, Russian Tsar
Pete Townsend, English musician
Sir Peter Jackson, film director/producer/screenwriter
Peter Colbert, son of Stephen Colbert & Evelyn McGee-Colbert
Peter Gabriel, English musician
Peter Frampton, English-American musician
Peter Gilyard, son of former American actor Clarence Gilyard
Peter Dinklage, American actor
Peter Onorati, American actor
Peter "Pete" Lewis Kingston Wentz III, Fall Out Boy's bassist, and primary lyricist
Peter S.Beagle, Author of "The Last Unicorn".
Peter Capaldi, Scottish Actor
Peter Jacobson, American actor
Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, German mathematician
Peter Tait, Scottish mathematical physicist
Peter Debye, physicist & chemist (Nobel prize winner in Chemistry)
St. Peter Martyr (aka St. Peter of Verona), Italian martyr
Peter Van Pels (commonly known as Peter Van Daan) friend of Anne Frank

Pop Culture References for the Name Peter

"Peter Rabbit," children's book by Beatrix Potter
Peter Griffin, main character on TV's "Family Guy"
Peter Pan, fictional character created by J. M. Barrie
Peter Parker, the true identity of Spider-Man, a Marvel Comics character
Peter Prentice, character from series "The Mindy Project"
"Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater," nursery rhyme
Peter Barlow, character from British soap opera "Coronation Street"
Peter Pettigrew, character from the "Harry Potter" series
Peter Pevensie, from C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series
Peter Hayes, character in "Divergent" series
Peter Bishop, character on TV show "Fringe"
Peter Petrelli, character on TV show "Heroes"
Peter Kirkland, personification of Sealand in anime "Axis Powers: Hetalia"
Peter Hale, character from TV's "Teen Wolf"
Peter Brady, character on "The Brady Bunch"
Police Constable Peter Noakes, character on series "Call the Midwife"
Peter Malboro, character in Quebec parody show "Le coeur a ses raisons'
Peter Florrick, character on 'The Good Wife"
Peter, main character in "First Light," a novel by Rebecca Stead
Peter Clarkson, antagonist in novel "Ten Things I Hate About Me"
Peter 'Pete' Brockman, Dad in British Comedy "Outnumbered"
Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis, character from movie "Crazy in Alabama"
Peter Jason Quill, character from Guardians of the Galaxy

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