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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Per

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  • A submission from Norway says the name Per means "Rock or stone" and is of Norwegian origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
preposition Per
Through; by means of; through the agency of; by; for; for each; as, per annum; per capita, by heads, or according to individuals; per curiam, by the court; per se, by itself, of itself. Per is also sometimes used with English words.

Etymology: L. Cf. Far For- Pardon, and cf. Par prep


From Latin per (“through, during”), from Proto-Indo-European *per.

shortening of person, coined by Marge Piercy in Woman on the Edge of Time (1979)

per was also found in the following language(s): Aromanian, Asturian, Breton, Catalan, Cornish, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, German, Hungarian, Ido, Italian, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Norwegian, Novial, Romani, Swedish, and Volapük

Notable Persons Named Per

Per Mertesacker is a soccer player for the Arsenal F.C., Hannover 96, SV Werder Bremen, Germany national youth football team, Germany national under-21 football team, and Germany national football team. Per was born on September 29th, 1984 in Hanover, West Germany.


Per Gessle is a musician. He plays Gibson SG. He has been prominent since 1976. Per was given the name Per Håkan Gessle on January 12th, 1959 in Halmstad.


Gottfrid was given the name Per Gottfrid Svartholm Warg on October 17th, 1984. Gottfrid is also known as anakata.


Jonas was given the name Per Ola Jonasson on July 6th, 1961 in Växjö.


Per Degaton is a comics character.


Per Ciljan Skjelbred is a soccer player for the Hertha BSC, Rosenborg BK, Hamburger SV, and Norway national football team. Per was born on June 16th, 1987 in Trondheim, Norway.


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Popularity of Per as a last name

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Common last names for Per

  • Johnson
  • Pearson
  • Peterson
  • Anderson
  • Nelson
  • Carlson
  • Persson
  • Larson
  • Larsen
  • Johansson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Per U.S.
  White 51.52% 64.26%
  African American 11.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 14.29% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 22.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Per

People with the last name Per are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Per

  • How Popular is the name Per? Per is the 19,864th most popular name of all time. As a last name Per was the 81,772nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Per have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 356 babies born with the first name Per in the United States. That's more than enough people named Per to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Per? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1923 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Per first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Per is Wednesday, December 15th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Per born? The highest recorded use of the first name Per was in 1964 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Per: Your name in reverse order is Rep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rpe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Per? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 231 people with the last name Per.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Per? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Per as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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