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First name origin & meaning:

Latin: Rock, stone

First name variations: Pete, Petey, Pietor, Pytor, Petr, Pieter, Piotr, Pietro, Pedro, Pierre, Piers, Pierce, Peer, Pero, Piero, Peder, Per, Pelle, Peadair, Petrus, Peterson, Perrin, Perkin, Perkins, Parnell, Parle, Parkin, Parkinson, Petrie, Petri, Petronio, Pierson, Péter, Petò, Petúr, Pyotr

Last name origin & meaning:

English, Scottish, German, Dutch, etc.: from the personal name Peter (Greek Petros, from petra ‘rock’, ‘stone’). The name was popular throughout Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, having been bestowed by Christ as a byname on the apostle Simon bar Jonah, the brother of Andrew. The name was chosen by Christ for its symbolic significance (John 1:42, Matt. 16:18); St. Peter is regarded as the founding head of the Christian Church in view of Christ’s saying, ‘Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church’. In Christian Germany in the early Middle Ages this was the most frequent personal name of non-Germanic origin until the 14th century. This surname has also absorbed many cognates in other languages, for example Czech Petr, Hungarian Péter. It has also been adopted as a surname by Ashkenazic Jews.

Famous people with this first name: Peter Frampton, Peter Gabriel, Peter Jennings, Peter O'Toole, Peter Sarsgaard, Peter Tork

Famous people who gave their babies this name: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Stephen Colbert, Sally Field, Stephanie Seymour, Anne Mountbatten-Windsor - Princess of England

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