Top Baby Names Starting with P

Baby names starting with P encompass time-honored, traditional picks along with newer favorites. Mythological Penelope holds the top spot for girls. The classic name increased in use dramatically after celebrities such as Tina Fey and Kourtney Kardashian used it for their daughters. The most popular P name for boys is Parker, a unisex name that is also common among girls. Gender-neutral P names are a substantive mini-trend. In addition to Parker, Peyton, Presley, Phoenix, and Palmer are among the most stylish.

Along with Penelope, other girl names beginning with P in the US Top 400 include Paisley, Piper, Paige, Phoebe, and Paris. Along with Parker, other boy name starting with P in the US Top 400 include Patrick, Preston, Peter, Paxton, and Prince.

Names with the P initial are beloved in the Netherlands, where you can find many unusual-but-usable choices including Puck, Philou, and Petronella for girls and Pim, a diminutive of Willem, for boys. Rare P names with a connection to the natural world include Pepper, Peregrine, Posie, Prairie, and one of our favorite fruit names, Plum.

Explore our complete set of baby names starting with P. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 baby names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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  • Penelope

    Penelope is a name from Greek mythology; she was the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. It has two possible origin stories—Penelope was either derived from the Greek pēnē,... Read More 

  • Paisley

    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... Read More 

  • Piper

    Piper is a bright, musical name that entered the list in 1999, one year after the debut of the TV series Charmed, which featured a Piper, and it's been a consistent riser since. Piper... Read More 

  • Peyton

    Peyton is a unisex surname that's not only survived but continues to grow in popularity because of its rich southern-accented softness combined with the pre-Desperate Housewives... Read More 

  • Parker

    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... Read More 

  • Parker

    Indie actress Parker Posey put a female imprint on this sophisticated surname that's still about three times as common for boys but rising for both sexes. Parker has the advantage of its nature... Read More 

  • Presley

    For those not ready to name their daughters Elvis; and used more often than you might think ever since Tanya Tucker chose it for her little girl.Read More 

  • Patrick

    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,... Read More 

  • Peter

    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... Read More 

  • Payton

    While the Peyton spelling is used more equally for both sexes, Payton is much favored by parents of girls.Read More