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Girl Names Starting With P

Girl names starting with P have made a radical shift over the past few generations. Move aside Patricia and Pamela — the new most popular P names for girls in the US include only one traditional pick: Top 30 name Penelope.

Along with Penelope, other P-starting girls’ names in the US Top 200 include the much more modern and androgynous Paisley, Piper, Peyton and Parker. A little further down the list, uncommon P girl names like Presley, Paige, Phoenix and Paris are fantastic familiar, but not overused, options to consider.

The Brits really love their P names for girls: the Top 300 girl names in England and Wales includes such pretty P-starting picks as Poppy, Phoebe, Pippa, Polly, Penny, Primrose and Pearl. And in Spain and Portugal, traditional P girls’ names like Paula and Pilar remain in the Top 100.

If you prefer your baby names more unique, some rare but beautiful P names for girls that we recommend are Philippa, Paloma, Posy, Priya, Phaedra and Pallas.

Our full list of girl names beginning with P follows. 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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Top Girl Names Starting with P

  • 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

    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 

  • Payton

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

  • Paige

    Paige is more name, and less word than the occupational Page. Paige is also sleek and sophisticated a la Brooke and Blair and reached as high as Number 47 in 2003, when there was a very popular... Read More 

  • Phoebe

    Phoebe is the Latin variation of the Greek name Phoibe, which derived from phoibos, meaning “bright.” In classical mythology, Phoebe is the by-name of Artemis, goddess of the moon and of... Read More 

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix is a New Age name symbolizing rebirth and immortality; Scary Spice chose Phoenix for her daughter. Read More