Peter

First Name
577k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
9k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Peter mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Peter

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pe"ter
A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles,
verb Pet"er
To become exhausted; to run out; to fail; -- used generally with out; as, that mine has petered out.

Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope
Wiktionary

From medieval Petre, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, “stone, rock”), related to πέτρα (pétra)

  1. A male given name.
  2. The leading Apostle in the New Testament.
  3. (biblical) The epistles of Peter in the New Testament of the Bible, 1 Peter and 2 Peter attributed to St. Peter.
  4. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

Peter was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Slovak, Slovene, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Peter

Bruno Mars is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and choreographer. He holds the title Grenade". Bruno was given the name Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8th, 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Peter Benjamin Parker is a comics character.

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Peter Thiel is a managing partner in founders fund, part time partner in y combinator, president of clarium capital, co-founder and chairman of palantir technologies, former ceo and co-founder of paypal, financial backer, board member of facebook, founders fund, y combina. Peter was given the name Peter Andreas Thiel on October 11th, 1967 in Frankfurt.

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Peter Dinklage is an actor and comedian. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Peter was given the name Peter Hayden Dinklage on June 11th, 1969 in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.

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Peter Sarsgaard is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1995. Peter was given the name John Peter Sarsgaard on March 7th, 1971 in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, United States. Peter is also known as Peter Scarsgaard.

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Peter Gabriel is a progressive rock, art rock, experimental music, worldbeat, pop music, and pop rock musician. He plays Keyboard instrument, Flute, and Vocals. He holds the title Don't Give Up". His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Peter was given the name Peter Brian Gabriel on February 13th, 1950 in Chobham, Surrey, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Peter

Peter was a fisherman. Peter was born in -1 in Bethsaida. He passed away in 64.

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Samuel Peter is a boxer. Samuel was born on September 6th, 1980 in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.

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Tom Lantos was a congressman. His career lasted from 2007 to 2008. Tom was given the name Lantos Tamás Péter on February 1st, 1928 in Budapest. He passed away on February 11th, 2008.

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Bence was born on September 5th, 1991.

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Christian Peter is a football player. Christian was born on October 5th, 1972 in Locust, New Jersey.

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Paul St. Peter is a voice actor. Paul was given the name Paul Schmidl Peter .

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 496 0 496 #31 boy name
1881 428 0 428 #37 boy name
1882 461 0 461 #36 boy name
1883 450 0 450 #36 boy name
1884 524 0 524 #34 boy name
1885 516 0 516 #33 boy name
1886 437 0 437 #42 boy name
1887 427 6 421 #43 boy name
1888 498 0 498 #41 boy name
1889 425 0 425 #45 boy name
1890 410 0 410 #43 boy name
1891 396 0 396 #45 boy name
1892 465 0 465 #45 boy name
1893 392 0 392 #53 boy name
1894 391 0 391 #55 boy name
1895 412 0 412 #53 boy name
1896 402 0 402 #52 boy name
1897 397 0 397 #52 boy name
1898 409 0 409 #54 boy name
1899 360 6 354 #53 boy name
1900 443 0 443 #58 boy name
1901 343 0 343 #56 boy name
1902 433 0 433 #51 boy name
1903 372 0 372 #58 boy name
1904 395 0 395 #62 boy name
1905 409 0 409 #62 boy name
1906 433 6 427 #59 boy name
1907 473 0 473 #61 boy name
1908 542 0 542 #53 boy name
1909 539 0 539 #56 boy name
1910 631 0 631 #56 boy name
1911 850 5 845 #50 boy name
1912 1,684 5 1,679 #48 boy name
1913 1,943 9 1,934 #51 boy name
1914 2,636 12 2,624 #48 boy name
1915 3,322 20 3,302 #48 boy name
1916 3,383 13 3,370 #50 boy name
1917 3,477 13 3,464 #50 boy name
1918 3,723 11 3,712 #53 boy name
1919 3,391 16 3,375 #57 boy name
1920 3,514 17 3,497 #57 boy name
1921 3,563 16 3,547 #57 boy name
1922 3,571 24 3,547 #57 boy name
1923 3,427 18 3,409 #58 boy name
1924 3,537 17 3,520 #59 boy name
1925 3,387 13 3,374 #60 boy name
1926 3,377 19 3,358 #58 boy name
1927 3,328 26 3,302 #59 boy name
1928 3,329 29 3,300 #56 boy name
1929 3,241 25 3,216 #55 boy name
1930 3,282 16 3,266 #56 boy name
1931 3,137 16 3,121 #61 boy name
1932 3,152 22 3,130 #62 boy name
1933 3,150 16 3,134 #60 boy name
1934 3,313 23 3,290 #61 boy name
1935 3,433 11 3,422 #59 boy name
1936 3,726 13 3,713 #56 boy name
1937 3,821 14 3,807 #52 boy name
1938 4,311 16 4,295 #48 boy name
1939 4,653 11 4,642 #46 boy name
1940 5,069 20 5,049 #43 boy name
1941 5,624 13 5,611 #44 boy name
1942 6,604 18 6,586 #39 boy name
1943 6,894 17 6,877 #39 boy name
1944 6,363 22 6,341 #40 boy name
1945 6,506 22 6,484 #38 boy name
1946 7,497 15 7,482 #38 boy name
1947 8,610 19 8,591 #36 boy name
1948 8,071 21 8,050 #37 boy name
1949 8,279 16 8,263 #38 boy name
1950 8,373 6 8,367 #37 boy name
1951 9,022 14 9,008 #38 boy name
1952 9,603 13 9,590 #36 boy name
1953 9,753 23 9,730 #38 boy name
1954 10,097 19 10,078 #37 boy name
1955 11,023 19 11,004 #35 boy name
1956 11,337 19 11,318 #37 boy name
1957 11,618 25 11,593 #37 boy name
1958 10,761 20 10,741 #41 boy name
1959 11,313 27 11,286 #40 boy name
1960 10,753 31 10,722 #41 boy name
1961 10,377 39 10,338 #42 boy name
1962 9,599 16 9,583 #43 boy name
1963 9,645 23 9,622 #40 boy name
1964 9,920 16 9,904 #39 boy name
1965 9,415 20 9,395 #39 boy name
1966 8,611 33 8,578 #39 boy name
1967 8,348 24 8,324 #39 boy name
1968 8,161 30 8,131 #39 boy name
1969 7,872 36 7,836 #43 boy name
1970 8,096 40 8,056 #44 boy name
1971 7,074 39 7,035 #47 boy name
1972 6,510 30 6,480 #48 boy name
1973 5,944 26 5,918 #52 boy name
1974 5,977 31 5,946 #50 boy name
1975 5,728 22 5,706 #54 boy name
1976 5,481 34 5,447 #54 boy name
1977 5,858 33 5,825 #54 boy name
1978 5,920 36 5,884 #54 boy name
1979 6,116 38 6,078 #53 boy name
1980 6,014 47 5,967 #55 boy name
1981 6,029 33 5,996 #55 boy name
1982 5,822 41 5,781 #57 boy name
1983 5,519 37 5,482 #59 boy name
1984 5,677 43 5,634 #60 boy name
1985 5,694 30 5,664 #60 boy name
1986 5,842 44 5,798 #60 boy name
1987 5,575 33 5,542 #64 boy name
1988 5,451 29 5,422 #64 boy name
1989 5,427 21 5,406 #66 boy name
1990 5,238 21 5,217 #74 boy name
1991 4,971 11 4,960 #77 boy name
1992 4,613 18 4,595 #81 boy name
1993 4,547 9 4,538 #82 boy name
1994 4,237 16 4,221 #87 boy name
1995 4,125 15 4,110 #89 boy name
1996 4,086 7 4,079 #95 boy name
1997 3,837 10 3,827
1998 3,386 0 3,386
1999 3,434 0 3,434
2000 3,152 6 3,146
2001 2,947 0 2,947
2002 2,867 0 2,867
2003 2,803 0 2,803
2004 2,794 7 2,787
2005 2,557 6 2,551
2006 2,482 5 2,477
2007 2,336 0 2,336
2008 2,181 0 2,181
2009 2,008 0 2,008
2010 1,931 0 1,931
2011 1,835 0 1,835
2012 1,865 0 1,865
2013 1,850 0 1,850
2014 1,919 0 1,919
2015 1,931 0 1,931
2016 1,917 0 1,917
2017 1,777 0 1,777

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Popularity of Peter as a first name

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Popularity of Peter as a last name

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Common last names for Peter

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Peterson
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Williams
  • Hansen
  • Petersen
  • Nelson
  • Jensen
  • Kelly
  • Murphy
  • Jones
  • Thomas
  • Schmidt
  • Pappas
  • White
  • Wilson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Peter U.S.
  White 71.28% 64.26%
  African American 8.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 12.02% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Peter

People with the last name Peter are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Peter

  • What name lists does Peter rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Peter? Peter is the 102nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Peter was the 3,859th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Peter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 576,868 babies born with the first name Peter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Peter to occupy the country of Western Sahara with an estimated population of 567,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Peter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 496 new born babies.
  • When was Peter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Peter is Thursday, May 2nd, 1850.
  • What year had the most people named Peter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Peter was in 1957 with a total of 11,593 babies. That's a lot of babies named Peter!
  • Random Peter Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Peter ranks 24th in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 72 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1944.
  • Weird things about the name Peter: Your name in reverse order is Retep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tepre. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Peter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,191 people with the last name Peter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Peter? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Peter 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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