Peter - boys name

Peter name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 95%

Peter name meaning:

The name Peter is derived from the Greek word "petros," meaning "rock" or "stone." It holds significant historical and religious symbolism, most notably associated with Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and often considered the first Pope of the Catholic Church. The name Peter is frequently interpreted as symbolizing strength and steadfastness. This meaning is further reinforced by the biblical reference where Jesus states, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church."

In addition to its religious connotations, the name Peter has been widely used across different cultures and languages. It is a timeless and classic name that has remained popular throughout history. People named Peter are often described as reliable, loyal, and dependable individuals. They are often seen as natural leaders, possessing qualities of resilience, determination, and practicality. The name Peter also carries a sense of tradition and heritage, representing a connection to the past while remaining relevant in the present.

Origin: Biblical

A rock or stone.


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Related names

Peter , Butrus, Patch, Peadar, Pedar, Pedr, Pedro , Peer, Per, Perren, Perryn, Peta, Pete, Peterson, Petey, Petra , Petrina, Petros , Peyo, Pierce , Pierre , Pieter, Pietrek, Pyotr, Peder

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Overall UK ranking: 233 out of 4789

215 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (262)

Historical popularity of Peter

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