Gender: Male Meaning of Peter: "rock" Origin of Peter: Greek Peter's Popularity in 2019: #212

Peter Origin and Meaning

The name Peter is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "rock".

Peter is derived from the Greek Petros, meaning “rock” or “stone.” 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 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.

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.

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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Rank in US: #212

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fearlessfirefly Says:


Maybe you could use it for a middle name.

Marae Grace Says:


I love this name! My husband loves it too.
So many good namesake:
The apostle Peter, Peter Pan, Peter Parker.
The problem is, apparently it's slang for a man's private part. So I'm a little afraid to use it. I don't want our son to be bullied for his name.
Also I can't stand Pete or Petey.
Reminds me of stinky Pete from Toy Story lol.

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!