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Cool Baby Names That Start with P

Cool Baby Names That Start with P
Peter, Paul, and…uh…Patty are three of the names that made P such a ubiquitous first initial at the middle of the last century. It's been keeping a low profile for a while now, but there are a lot of cool baby names that start with P. The most popular P name for girls is Penelope, while Parker holds the title for boys.

Along with Penelope and Parker, other cool baby names that start with P in the US Top 1000 include Palmer, Paloma, Paxton, Pearl, Poppy, Pierce, Phoenix, and Preston. Vintage P names due for revival include Percy, Phineas, Polly, and Prue.

The initial P lends itself to many interesting names, most of them quite uncommon. Here, our picks for the coolest baby names beginning with P.

PabloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Paul
  • Description:

    Pablo, the commonly used Spanish version of Paul, has the added bonus of some fantastic artistic bearers: painter Picasso, cellist Casals, and poet Neruda.

PaceHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Calm, straightforward, patrician sounding: Pace is one new-style name that's well grounded.

PaisleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "church, cemetery"
  • Description:

    For a name related to a Scottish town, a richly patterned Indian fabric, and a country singer named Brad, Paisley has been a remarkable success story. She entered the Top 1000 in 2006, and broke into the Top 50 for the first time in 2015, and is now one of the most popular girl names that start with P.

PallasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "wisdom"
  • Description:

    This rarified Greek name -- in classical mythology Pallas Athena was the goddess of wisdom and the arts -- might appeal to literary-minded parents. Among the raft of stylish girl names that start with P, Pallas is one rare choice that is often overlooked....but shouldn't be.

PalmerHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname and occupational
  • Meaning:

    "he who holds the palm"
  • Description:

    Palmer is one of the many boy names for girls that's climbing the popularity ladder. It could make a very modern honor name for grandma Pamela.

PalomaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "dove"
  • Description:

    Paloma is vibrant and ruby-lipped a la jewelry designer Paloma Picasso, but it also suggests peace, as symbolized by the dove. Paloma is a highly recommended striking but soft name, one of the best of the names that mean peace and girls' names starting with P.

PandoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "all gifted"
  • Description:

    Pandora has occasionally been used by the British gentry (for girls with brothers who might be called Peregrine) and is now starting to be heard in the US too: It was given to 39 baby girls last year.

ParkHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    A grassy place with trees is a nice image to attach to a name.

ParkerHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "park-keeper"
  • Description:

    One of the first generation of surname names, along with Porter and Morgan, Parker's still one of the most appealing and remains firmly in the Top 100 for boys. About three times as many boys as girls get this occupational name. The association with Charlie Parker gives Parker itself a jazzy edge, and it also has a nature-related meaning. Rosie O'Donnell has a son named Parker.

ParsonHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "clergyman"
  • Description:

    The name Parson might have seemed ridiculous even a few years ago, but when Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe named their son Deacon, they opened up a whole new field of ecclesiastical cool. Bishop, Priest, and Pastor are other possibilities.

ParvatiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "the daughter of the mountain"
  • Description:

    This Hindu goddess name is very popular in India. The goddess of love, fertility and devotion, representing female force, Parvati is the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesh. There is a Harry Potter character named Parvati Patil, a twin sister of Padma..

PascalHeart

  • Origin:

    French; English
  • Meaning:

    "of the Passover; Easter"
  • Description:

    The French-accented Pascal was historically used for sons born at Easter, and can make an interesting choice for a boy with Gallic roots arriving around that holiday.

PascoeHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish variation of Pascal
  • Meaning:

    "Easter"
  • Description:

    Pascoe was popular in medieval times and is definitely deserving of revival, especially for a child born in the Easter season. Other spellings are Pasco and Pascow.

PatienceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin virtue name
  • Description:

    Patience is a passive virtue turned engaging name, fresher than Hope, Faith, or even Charity. Its resemblance to the trendy Payton may be one reason for its recent spike in popularity.

PatrickHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "noble, patrician"
  • Description:

    Patrick, long tied to a hyper-Irish image, is enjoying something of a renaissance as a stylish classic, as it has long been considered in England. Along with such choices as Charles and George, Patrick has escaped overuse in recent decades.

PatsyHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Patricia
  • Meaning:

    "noble, patrician"
  • Description:

    This sassy, spunky name was used for the mostly Irish jump-roping pigtailed girls of the thirties and forties -- and some Irish and Italian boys as well. Its most noted bearer was iconic country music singer Patsy Cline (born Virginia), and was sighted most recently in the Ab Fab movie. After reaching Number 52 in the late thirties, it dropped off the list completely in 1970--and we're not anticipating a return.

PattersonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "son of Peter"
  • Description:

    Patterson is an upscale name worth considering if you're looking to continue a line of Peters, but soundalike Paterson is a downscale city in New Jersey.

PaulinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, feminine variation of Paul
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    More stylish than either Paula or Pauline, it was given a glamour gloss by model Paulina Porizkova in the nineties.