Boys Names P Through T

A long list of boys names beginning with the letters P through T. I hope it is useful.
  1. Paradox
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Description:

      A paradox is a statement that while seeming true contradicts itself. With the less-than-pleasant "Doxy" as an obvious nickname, Paradox is perhaps a better name for a cat than a baby.
  2. Parker
    • 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.
  3. Parsifal
    • Parzival
      • Pascal
        • 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.
      • Pax
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "peaceful"
        • Description:

          Pax, one of the variations of names meaning peace that are newly popular in these less-than-peaceful times, got a lot of publicity when chosen by Brad & Angelina for their Vietnamese-born son. Parents attracted to Pax may also want to consider Paz, the unisex Spanish version, or Paxton, a growing-in-popularity surname choice that shares that magical X-factor.
      • Payne
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "villager, country-dweller"
        • Description:

          The y helps a bit, but still a painful image.
      • Payton
        • Origin:

          Variation of Patton or Peyton, English
        • Meaning:

          "fighting man's estate"
        • Description:

          Once an obscure, surname-inspired option, Payton (and Peyton) hiked up the charts back in the 90s, likely inspired by the football star Peyton Manning.
      • Peace
        • Origin:

          Word name
        • Meaning:

          "peace"
        • Description:

          Peace may be an admirable sentiment to convey in a child's name, but the translated and thus more subtle versions, like Pax or Placido, might work better as first names.
      • Pearson
        • Peidearan
          • Penrose
            • Origin:

              Cornish and Welsh place name and surname
            • Meaning:

              "top of the heath"
            • Description:

              Penrose – an ancient locational surname derived from several villages in Cornwall, Wales, and the Welsh border country of England – might work as a first name, although the "Rose" syllable might lead the uninitiated to assume it's a female name. As a middle name, however, it would make for a surprising and distinguished choice. A male Penrose could be called Pen/Penn, Ross or Roe for short.
          • Pepin
            • Origin:

              German
            • Meaning:

              "awe-inspiring"
            • Description:

              Most famous as the name of King Pepin the Short, this choice might feel somewhat belittling. The even-shorter form is Pippin, a name adopted for musical theater, and the Dutch form Pepijn is in that country's Top 100.
          • Percival
            • Origin:

              French
            • Meaning:

              "one who pierces the valley"
            • Description:

              There are several Percivals scattered through the Harry Potter series, which might help transform the old-fangled, fussy image it has accrued. Actually, the original Percival was the one perfectly pure Knight of the Round Table, a worthy hero. The name was invented in the twelfth century by a poet named Chretien de Troyes, for his ideal knight in the poem Percevale, a Knight of King Arthur.
          • Peregrin
            • Peregrine
              • Origin:

                Latin
              • Meaning:

                "traveler, pilgrim"
              • Description:

                Peregrine is considered to be an elegantly aristocratic name in England, but has never made it to the U.S., where it has been seen as extravagantly eccentric. In the new naming climate, though, it's not beyond consideration — in fact it's already been chosen by at least one Berry.
            • Perran
              • Origin:

                Cornish
              • Meaning:

                "little dark one"
              • Description:

                Also spelled, Piran, this Cornish saint's name is also a village. Perran is thought to be analogous to the Irish name Ciaran.
            • Perrin
              • Origin:

                Variation of Perry or Peter, English or Greek
              • Meaning:

                "dweller near the pear tree or rock"
              • Description:

                Perrin has been in long use as a surname, derived from Peter, and is now used quietly as a first name. It may rise higher now that it's a character name in the popular TV adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy novel series The Wheel of Time.
            • Perseus
              • Origin:

                Greek mythology name
              • Meaning:

                "to destroy"
              • Description:

                Perseus is a godly Greek hero (he was a son of Zeus) whose ancient name just might have modern possibilities along with other so-old-they're-new-again names such as Atticus and Orion.
            • Peru
              • Origin:

                Place name
              • Description:

                An unexplored choice, evocative of the snowcapped Andes, with a pleasant, catchy sound.