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Gender: Male Meaning of Peter: "rock" Origin of Peter: Greek Peter's Popularity in 2017: #213

The name Peter is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "rock". Peter is ranked #213 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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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 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.

One potential problem: in some parts of the world, "peter" can be a slang term for "penis".

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Famous People Named Peter

Saint Peter the Apostle
Saint Peter Martyr of Verona, Italian martyr
Peter I aka Peter the Great (born Peter Alekseyevich), Russian Emperor
Peter II Alexeyevich, Russian Emperor
Peter III (born Karl Peter Ulrich), Russian Emperor
Peter I, King of Serbia
Peter II, last King of Yugoslavia
Peter I and II, Kings of Portugal
Peter I and II, Kings of Cyprus
Peter I and II, Emperors of Bulgaria
Peter I-III, Kings of Aragon
Peter I-VII, Popes of Alexandria
Peter, Prince of Greece and Denmark
Peter Seamus O'Toole, British actor
Richard Henry "Peter" Sellers, English actor
Pyotr Alexeyevich "Peter" Kropotkin, Russian revolutionary
Peter James Crouch, English footballer
Peter Wilton Cushing, English actor
Peter Press "Pete" Maravich, American basketball player
Peter 'Pete' O'Hanlon, bassist from Irish band The Strypes
Peter Andreas Thiel, American billionaire founder of PayPal
Peter Michael Falk, American Actor
Peter Facinelli, American actor
(John) Peter Sarsgaard, American actor
Peter Gene Hernandez, birth name of Bruno Mars, American pop singer
Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townsend, English musician of The Who
Peter Robert Jackson, New Zealand film director/producer/screenwriter
Peter Brian Gabriel, English musician
Peter Bogdanovich, American film director
Peter Lawrence Boyle, American actor
Peter Szymon Serafinowicz, British actor
Peter Kenneth Frampton, English-American musician
Peter Hayden Dinklage, American actor
Peter Henry Fonda, American actor
Peter Onorati, American actor
Peter Alexander Ustinov, English actor
Peter Alexis Shukoff aka Nice Peter, Youtube personality of "Epic Rap Battles of History"
Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, Canadian-American TV journalist
Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, American bassist for Fall Out Boy
Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein), Slovakian-American actor
Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert McIntosh), Jamaican reggae musician
Peter Soyer Beagle, American novelist
Peter Dougan Capaldi, Scottish Actor
Peter Jacobson, American actor
Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, German mathematician
Peter Tait, Scottish mathematical physicist
Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter of Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter Tork, stage name of Peter Halsten Thorkelson, American musician of The Monkees
Peter Joseph William Debye, Dutch-American physicist & chemist
(Randolph) Peter "Pete" Best, English original drummer for The Beatles
Peter Van Pels aka Peter Van Daan, German-Dutch boy who appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank
Peter Andrew Furler, Australian Former lead singer of Newsboys
Peter DaCunha, Canadian actor
Peter Ognibene, American child model; twin brother of Caroline
Peter "Pete" Zamperini, brother of WWII POW Louis Zamperini
Peter Arne Jöback, Swedish musician
Peter Colbert, son of Stephen Colbert & Evelyn McGee-Colbert
Peter Gilyard, son of former American actor Clarence Gilyard

Pop Culture References for the name Peter

"Peter Rabbit," children's book by Beatrix Potter
Peter Pan, fictional character created by J. M. Barrie
Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew, character from the "Harry Potter" series
Peter Pevensie, from C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series
"Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater," nursery rhyme
Peter, main character in "First Light," a novel by Rebecca Stead
Peter Barlow, character from British soap opera "Coronation Street"
Peter Bishop, character on TV show "Fringe"
Peter Brady, character on "The Brady Bunch"
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 Florrick, character on 'The Good Wife"
Peter Griffin, main character on TV's "Family Guy"
Peter Hale, character from MTV's "Teen Wolf"
Peter Hayes, character in "Divergent" series
Peter Grant Kavinsky, main character from "To All The Boys I've Loved Before", "P.S. I Still Love Your" and "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" by Jenny Han
Peter Garcia, character in "Sims" series
Peter Burke, character on TV's "White Collar"
Peter Graham, chatacter in "Hereditary"
Peter Kirkland, personification of Sealand in anime "Axis Powers: Hetalia"
Peter Malboro, character in Quebec parody show "Le coeur a ses raisons'
Peter Mills, character on TV's "Chicago Fire"
Peter van Daan, pseudonym for Peter van Pels in The Diary of Anne Frank
Police Constable Peter Noakes, character on series "Call the Midwife"
Peter Port, professor voiced by Ryan Haywood in web series RWBY
Peter Prentice, character from series "The Mindy Project"
Peter Jason Quill, also known as Star-Lord, character in Marvel Universe
Peter Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver, character in Marvel Universe
Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man, character in Marvel Universe
Peter Porker, also known as Spider-Ham, character in Marvel Universe
Peter Petrelli, character on TV show "Heroes"
Peter Hastings, Spencer Hastings' father in "Pretty Little Liars"
Peter Shepherd, boy character in "Jumanji"
Peter the Panda, Dr. Doofenshmirtz's ex nemesis in "Phineas and Ferb"
Peter Bishop, character on JJ Abrams TV series "Fringe"
Peter Nureyevn, character in "The Penumbra Podcast"

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ambercat Says:


In a sense, I thought that Peter was sort of an old fashioned variation of Richard.

bordercollie Says:


I'm starting to fall in love with Peter. It isn't a particularly special name, but it's sweet, handsome, and versatile. I don't like the nickname Pete, but it's only two syllables, there's no real need for a nn.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Classic name, love it, love Pete for short

eveyalecia Says:


I used to think this name was super boring, but I guess I've grown out of that because I think it's rather cute now! First association is Peter Rabbit, followed by Peter Pan and Peter Pevensie.

headintheclouds Says:


There's a bunch of names that are just the ultimate form of meh to me, that I don't have any opinions about/don't see the appeal of, and some that bug me a little for some reason. For Peter, I'm in between having no strong feelings for the name (I can't go out and say I hate it but I don't even remotely like it either) and rather disliking it because in my native language, it's not pronounced "Pee-ter" but "Peh-tehr" (which I don't like) + I really dislike the nickname Pete/Petey.

KassemJ Says:


I adore this fantastic name! On a little boy, it's so cute, but a on grown man, it's strong, sturdy and sophisticated. It's meaning "rock" is certainly fitting!

annwithane Says:


I just love this name. It is strong and handsome. Great for a boy and a grown man.

Essa Says:


A name I've never found the appeal of, perhaps because it seems to be a very popular name for people who are 5-10 years older than me and had pretty much died out by the time I was born apart from that one really annoying Peter in my school! It's a shame as I really like the meaning of Peter and Peter in the Bible. I'd also love to be able to buy an excessive amount of Peter Rabbit things for a boy named Peter.

Catastroffy Says:


I am quite keen on this name. It makes me think of gardens and rabbits (the rabbit association naturally comes from Peter Rabbit), which I find pleasant.

unicornluvgirl Says:


I like this name!