Pepper is the name of a spice belonging to the genus Piper which comes from Ancient Greek péperi (pepper; black pepper) via an Indo-Aryan source. It's similar to Sanskrit pippali (long pepper). Pepper is often used as a nickname instead of an actual name and is also an English and North German surname which originated as an occupational name for …


Piper comes from an English surname meaning "pipe player", from Old English pipere referring to someone who played the pipes. The name is derived from Latin piper meaning "pepper" via Greek piperi  from Sanskrit pippali (long pepper). Origin: Sanskrit, Indo-Aryan Variants: Pyper