Pyrrha

Pyrrha is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the wife of Deucalion who were the only survivors of a great flood sent by Zeus during the Bronze Age. They survived having been warned by the Titan Prometheus and after consulting a Delphic oracle, repopulated the earth by throwing the bones of their mother over their shoulders,…

Palmyra

Palmyra was the Greek and Roman name of an ancient city in Syria known as Tadmur/Tadmor in Arabic. The name may have been used as a translation of Tadmor meaning “date palm” or “palm tree” in Arabic; if so, the name would be derived form Latin palma (palm tree; date tree; palm of the hand) or Ancient Greek palame. Palmyra…

Priyanka

Priyanka is an Indian female name meaning “agreeable, ambiable”. Origin: Sanskrit  

Pernell

Pernell is an English surname, a variant spelling of Parnell, a matronymic name of Petronilla, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of Petronius, a Roman family name of uncertain etymology though possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis meaning “rustic; yokel; young ram”. Petronius has also been associated with Ancient Greek petros meaning “rock; stone” but that seems rather shaky. It seems more…

Patricia

Patricia is a female given name, the feminine form of Patrick, an Irish and English name which comes via Latin Patricius meaning “patrician” used to refer to the elite of the Roman aristocracy descended from the founding fathers of Rome. It derives from Latin patres “father” which is the plural form of pater meaning “father; head of the household” derived from a…

Phyllis

Phyllis is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the daughter of a king of Thrace who was in love with a man named Demephon (or Acamas in some versions) who promised to return to her on a certain day. When he didn’t, she killed herself and was transformed into an almond tree. The name means…

Pavo

Pavo is a Latin word meaning “peacock” via Ancient Greek taos (peacock) which derives from an unknown origin though perhaps from Tamil. It’s also possible that it is onomatopoeic, deriving from Latin paupulo. Pavo is also the Croatian short form of Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) which derives from a PIE root word, *peh₂w- (few, little). Pavo…

Poe

Poe comes from an English surname, a variant of Peacock meaning “peacock”, originating as a nickname for someone who was vain or a dandy. It derives from Latin pavo (peacock) via Ancient Greek taos (peacock) which derives from an unknown origin though perhaps from Tamil. It’s also possible that it is onomatopoeic, deriving from Latin paupulo; combined with Old…

Pamela

Pamela was first invented by English poet Sir Philip Sidney in the 16th century. He may have based it on Greek elements pan meaning “all, whole”, the nominative singular form of pâs, and meli “honey; anything sweet”, essentially meaning “all sweetness”. Nicknames: Pam, Pammy/Pammie, Mela Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Pamelia (English) Pamella (English) Pamila (English)