Peter Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: PEE-ter (key)

Origin of the name Peter:

From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Petrus and the Greek Petros, names derived from petra (a rock) and petros (a stone). The name is borne in the Bible by one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ. Peter is considered to have been the first pope and cofounder of the Christian Church with Paul.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Peder, Pedro, Pete, Petros, Pierre, Pieter, Pietro

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Comments and insights on the name Peter

Popular, Daring, and Dashing.
Hot, sexy, kind, adorable, a cute lil' cinnamon bun and I wish I could marry him. Wait, I'm thinking of Peter Parker....

Personal experiences with the name Peter

Peter is my brothers older name and we all just love it! its a nice common name but not for his age (hes 20) but its always good to have a good old name around.
The name just has bad connotations due the the phrase 'A Peeking Peter'. 'Pyter' from a Game of Thrones who is a weirdo doesn't help either.

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, had a wife but couldn't keep her. Put her in a pumpkin shell and there he kept her very well.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pretty pickled peppers.

My sister is naming her son Peter Louis. Such a strong yet gentle name. i adore it.

He's adorable! My husband adopted him. I found him putting a box over Peter's head one day.


Peter is a family name in my family. My great-grandfather, grandfather, uncle, and cousin are all named Peter. My dad’s name is Peter as well, but the other Peters are all on my mom’s side.

I always liked the name Peter - it was a good old Bible name - but then I was at a baby shower and we were all talking about boys' names, and one lady said "I'd never give my son a name he'd be ashamed of - like Peter." I said "What's wrong with that name?" and they all laughed at me and one of them said "Peter is another word for a guy's thing!" I'd never known that, but later I heard a penis referred to as a peter several times. I like the name, but I wouldn't use it because of the connotation!

When I was a kid, there was a song called "The Purple People Eater." My older brother and his buddies sang it to the words "The Purple Peter Eater." At that time I was very young and I didn't get it, but found out what they were talking about when I was a little older. I would never name a kid Peter.

Because of the above, the name has become extinct.

Nicknames for Peter

Petrík (Slovak)
Peťo (Slovak)
Peťko (Slovak)
The Rock (by Jesus)

Meanings and history of the name Peter

Stone / Rock

Famous real-life people named Peter

Saint Peter, the first Pope
Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul & Mary
Peter Tork, actor and musician
Peter Ustinov, actor
Peter the Great, Russian czar
Peter Fonda, actor
Peter Cetera, singer
Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish baroque painter
Peter O'Toole, Anglo-Irish actor ("Lawrence of Arabia")
Peter Doherty, Nobel laureate
Peter Jackson, filmmaker
Peter "Pete" Steele, (1962 - 2010), Singer of Type ´o Negative, absolutely cool guy. Suffered from alkohol and depression. And died of it.
Peter "Pete" Wentz, member of the alternative band Fall Out Boy. Great band

Peter in song, story & screen

Peter Hale - From MTV's Teen Wolf (Played by Ian Bohen.)
Peter, of Peter and the Wolf, Russian tale set to music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Peter Pan, fictional character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie.
Peter Rabbit, character in Beatrix Potter's children's books.
Peter Piper, from the well-known tongue twister Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater, children's nursery rhyme.
Peter Pevensie, eldest in the Pevensie family in Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia
Peter Parker, Spider-Man's alter ego. Hot as hell.
Peter Pettigrew, in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, a follower of Voldemort who was disguised as a rat until the third book.
Peter Hatcher- The protagonist of Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter from "The Monkees" and "Head"
Peter Griffin, father in Family Guy TV series.
Peter Petrelli, character in Heroes TV series who has the ability to absorb other people's superpowers.
Peter Newkirk, character in 1960s American television show Hogan's Heroes
Peter Beale, character in UK soap "Eastenders"
Peter Hastings TV series Pretty Little Liars
Peter Brady, a main character in the hit 1960's sitcom "The Brady Bunch".
Peter Wright from Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
Peter Ingalls from The Little House series
Peter Quill- Intergalactic superhero from Marvel comics, the main character in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy", and real name of Star-Lord.
Peter Wisdom, a character from Marvel's Excalibur comics
Peter MacLeish, character in "Designated Survivor"
Peter Kirkland, the personification of Sealand in Hetalia
Peter Graham - Hereditary (2018)
Peter Kavinsky - Netflix's "To All The Boys I Loved Before"

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