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Boy Names Starting With P

Boy Names Starting With P

Boy names starting with P all have a certain peppiness to them, no matter what their origin or style: think Pedro, Pax, Porter, Prince...

In the US, the top-ranking P name for boys is Parker, which just squeaks onto the Top 100.

Along with Parker, other P names for boys in the US Top 400 are Patrick, Peter, Paxton, Paul, Phoenix, Prince, and Pedro.

Along with Parker and Patrick, vintage P-starting picks like Peter, Paul, Philip and Percy rank among the UK's Top 400 boy names.

Similarly classic are the top P boy names in Spain: Pablo, Pedro, Pau and Pol. And in the Netherlands, cute P names Pepijn and Pim come out on top.

Quirky boy names beginning with P have been chosen by famous parents Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (Pax), Julia Roberts and Danny Moder (Phinnaeus), and Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf (Pilot). Other unique options we recommend include upstanding picks like Peregrine, Percival, Pascal and Piers, which are all popular with our visitors.

If you're looking for the perfect boy name beginning with P, start your search with our masterlist. 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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PhoenixHeart

  • Origin:

    Arizona place-name and Greek
  • Meaning:

    "dark red"
  • Description:

    Phoenix rolls a lot of cool trends into one: it's a place-name and a bird name, it ends in the oh-so-hip letter x, and as the mythic bird that rose from the ashes, it's a symbol of immortality. It's also got celebrity chops, via the acting family that includes Joaquin and the late River, and as the child of an ex-Spice Girl.

PeterHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "rock"
  • Description:

    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.

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.

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.

PhilipHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "lover of horses"
  • Description:

    Philip, the name of one of the 12 apostles, is still favored by parents in search of a solid boys' classic that is less neutral than Robert or John and more distinctive than Daniel or Matthew and has many historic, royal ties.
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PaulHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, the boys' name Paul had a thrillingly unique image, but to the rest of the world, then and now, it's a name that's so simple and yet so widely diffuse that it could belong to almost anyone. Paul is an ancient name for boys -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity.

PaxtonHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin and English
  • Meaning:

    "peace town"
  • Description:

    Paxton stands out from a lot of other two-syllable surname names for two reasons: the dynamic letter X in the middle, and its admirable peace association, providing the great nickname Pax.

PrestonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "priest's estate"
  • Description:

    Britney Spears put this old-fashioned surname name back on the map when she chose it as her son Sean's middle name, which the family uses as his first.

PierceHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "son of Piers"
  • Description:

    Actor Pierce Brosnan brings a strong helping of charm to this name.

PorterHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "gatekeeper"
  • Description:

    A quintessential yuppie name, this surname name reentered the US Top 1000 in 1999 after a forty-year absence and has risen almost every year since.
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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.

PeytonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "fighting-man's estate"
  • Description:

    Peyton is the most-used spelling of this popular name, thanks to football star Peyton Manning, but it's playing increasingly for the girls' team. The Manning family excels in all-star names, with brothers Eli and Cooper and dad Archie.

PhillipHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "lover of horses"
  • Description:

    Spelling variation of Philip. Exactly as many baby boys were named with the single 'l' spelling in 2017.

PedroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Peter
  • Description:

    Pedro is one of the most familiar Spanish names for boys, via baseball star Pedro Rodriguez and many others.

PrincetonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "princely town"
  • Description:

    This uppity name has been a fast climber in recent years, but we still think it's a bit much. Even abroad, where the connection to the prestigious university will be weaker, any name beginning with "Prince" will sound pretentious.
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PrinceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "chief, prince"
  • Description:

    Prince rose to its highest ranking in a century in 2015, and the tragic death of its most famous bearer in April 2016 propelled it even higher. The Purple Rain legend isn't its only tie to pop royalty: Michael Jackson chose it for not one but two of his sons. Royal names such as King and Prince, once thought of as canine, have begun to be used by human non-royals for their sons.