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Pete

First Name
43k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
5k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Pete mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Pete

"Pete" is a name of English origin, and it means "Rock". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Peter

Notable Persons Named Pete

Pete Burns is a pop music, dance music, new wave music, and hi-nrg musician. He was most active from 1977 to present. Pete was given the name Peter Jozzeppi Burns on August 5th, 1959 in Bebington.

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Pete Sampras is a tennis player. Pete was born on August 12th, 1971 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Pete Townshend is a rock music, art rock, hard rock, power pop, and jazz musician. He plays Rickenbacker 330, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Gibson SG, Gibson Les Paul, Gretsch 6120, Gibson J-200, ARP 2600, and Synclavier. He has had major accomplishments since 1962. Pete was given the name Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend on May 19th, 1945 in Chiswick, London, England. Pete is also known as Bijou Drains.

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Pete Maravich is a basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, and Boston Celtics. He was most prominent from 1970 to 1980. Pete was born on June 22nd, 1947 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

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Pete Wentz is a pop punk, pop rock, alternative rock, emo, post-hardcore, metalcore, and techno musician, songwriter, music executive, artists, and repertoire. He has been prominent since 1993. Pete was given the name Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III on June 5th, 1979.

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Pete Rose is a baseball player. Pete was born on April 14th, 1941 in Cincinnati.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Pete

Pete is a fictional character. Pete is also known as Percy P. Percival, Louie the Leg, Sylvester Macaroni, Tiny Tom, and Captain Black.

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Mr. was born on January 30th, 1980 in Las Vegas.

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Jr. Peter Pete is a fictional character. Jr. is also known as PJ, Peej, Junior, and Boy.

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Popin' Pete is a dance, choreography, dancer, and choreographer. Popin' was given the name Timothy Earl Solomon on August 5th, 1961 in Fresno, California.

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Cool Calm Pete is an alternative hip hop rapping and hip hop production. Cool was given the name Peter Chung .

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Little was born in 1864. He passed away in 1897.

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How popular is the baby name Pete in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 50 0 50
1881 57 0 57
1882 60 0 60
1883 43 0 43
1884 81 0 81
1885 56 0 56
1886 54 0 54
1887 47 0 47
1888 82 0 82
1889 60 0 60
1890 60 0 60
1891 53 0 53
1892 74 0 74
1893 64 0 64
1894 68 0 68
1895 66 0 66
1896 63 0 63
1897 76 0 76
1898 53 0 53
1899 74 0 74
1900 116 0 116
1901 79 0 79
1902 75 0 75
1903 69 0 69
1904 71 0 71
1905 86 0 86
1906 80 0 80
1907 122 0 122
1908 131 0 131
1909 120 0 120
1910 156 0 156
1911 143 0 143
1912 263 0 263
1913 340 0 340
1914 432 0 432
1915 531 0 531
1916 587 5 582
1917 644 5 639
1918 638 0 638
1919 634 6 628
1920 636 0 636
1921 675 7 668
1922 649 5 644
1923 628 5 623
1924 632 5 627
1925 653 5 648
1926 648 6 642
1927 608 8 600
1928 614 0 614
1929 590 6 584
1930 577 0 577
1931 596 5 591
1932 536 6 530
1933 520 7 513
1934 602 0 602
1935 588 0 588
1936 559 0 559
1937 510 0 510
1938 521 8 513
1939 544 0 544
1940 521 8 513
1941 534 0 534
1942 560 0 560
1943 640 0 640
1944 654 6 648
1945 578 0 578
1946 688 5 683
1947 739 0 739
1948 653 0 653
1949 580 0 580
1950 561 0 561
1951 536 0 536
1952 507 0 507
1953 530 0 530
1954 499 5 494
1955 555 5 550
1956 573 0 573
1957 651 0 651
1958 757 0 757
1959 767 0 767
1960 755 0 755
1961 700 0 700
1962 636 5 631
1963 608 0 608
1964 554 5 549
1965 449 0 449
1966 395 6 389
1967 384 5 379
1968 357 0 357
1969 342 0 342
1970 374 0 374
1971 367 7 360
1972 318 5 313
1973 284 5 279
1974 269 0 269
1975 259 0 259
1976 261 0 261
1977 271 9 262
1978 215 5 210
1979 268 0 268
1980 219 0 219
1981 236 0 236
1982 208 0 208
1983 205 0 205
1984 195 0 195
1985 181 0 181
1986 187 0 187
1987 172 0 172
1988 179 0 179
1989 179 0 179
1990 169 0 169
1991 167 0 167
1992 128 0 128
1993 146 0 146
1994 130 0 130
1995 118 0 118
1996 126 0 126
1997 121 0 121
1998 121 0 121
1999 110 0 110
2000 99 0 99
2001 90 0 90
2002 97 0 97
2003 94 0 94
2004 86 0 86
2005 80 0 80
2006 87 0 87
2007 88 0 88
2008 88 0 88
2009 82 0 82
2010 65 0 65
2011 66 0 66
2012 64 0 64
2013 63 0 63
2014 68 0 68
2015 62 0 62
2016 49 0 49

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Popularity of Pete as a first name

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Popularity of Pete as a last name

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Common last names for Pete

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  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Gonzales
  • Hernandez
  • Williams
  • Lopez
  • Rodriguez
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Sanchez
  • Perez
  • Anderson
  • Ramirez
  • Jones
  • Torres
  • Gomez

Common first names for Pete

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pete U.S.
  White 29.03% 64.26%
  African American 43.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 21.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.73% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pete

People with the last name Pete are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Pete

  • How Popular is the name Pete? Pete is the 1,092nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Pete was the 7,228th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Pete have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43,218 babies born with the first name Pete in the United States. That's more than enough people named Pete to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Pete? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 50 new born babies.
  • When was Pete first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pete is Saturday, August 8th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Pete born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pete was in 1959 with a total of 767 babies.
  • Random Pete Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Pete ranks 40th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 33 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1939.
  • Weird things about the name Pete: Your name in reverse order is Etep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tpee. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pete? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,619 people with the last name Pete.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pete? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Pete as their last name.

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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).
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