Perina

Perina could be a variant spelling of Pierina, an Italian diminutive of Piera, the feminine form of Piero which is the Italian form of Peter meaning “stone, rock” from Greek Petros. It’s also an elaborated form of pera, the Italian word for “pear”; it’s the name of the heroine in the Italian folktale The Little Girl Sold with the Pears. Origin: Ancient…

Paxton

Paxton comes from an English surname meaning “Pœcc’s town”, Pœcc being an Old English given name of unknown meaning. The first part of the name, Pax, sounds exactly like the Latin word for “peace” (which was also the name of the Roman goddess of peace), though I’m not sure if it’s related to the name or just a…

Polina

Polina is either a Slavic and Greek form of Paulina (the feminine form of Paulinus, a Roman cognomen meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) derived from a PIE root word) or it’s a Russian diminutive of Apollinariya, the Russian feminine form of Apollinaris which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. The name is of uncertain etymology and…

Puck

Puck is the name of a mischievous sprite in English folklore, also known as Robin Goodfellow, and appears in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream as a mischievous, clever elf who sets up all the trouble that follows in the play. The name comes from Old English pūca meaning “goblin, demon” via Proto-Germanic *pūkô (goblin, spook) derived from PIE *(s)pāuǵ-, *(s)pāug-…

Phlox

Phlox is the name of a genus of flowers. The name comes from Ancient Greek phlox meaning “flame, blaze” derived from a PIE root word. In the language of flowers, phlox means “sweet dreams”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Page

Page comes from a surname meaning “servant, page”, an occupational name for a young servant or attendant of a knight. It comes from Latin pagius (servant) via Ancient Greek paidíon (little child, young child) made up from paîs (child) with the diminutive suffix -ion. Page is also an English word referring to a sheet of paper. The origin of this word…

Persis

Persis is a female given name meaning “Persian woman”, referring to a woman who came from Persia or had a Persian background, as well as also being another name for Persia. Persia was an empire located in what is now Iran; the name is an Ancient Greek form of Old Persian Pārsa (Persian), derived from an unknown origin. It…

Parvati

Parvati is the name of a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and power, and the wife of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and transformation. Parvati also has been known by other names, such as Uma and Gauri, and along with Lakshmi and Saraswati, forms the Tridev, a trinity of goddesses. Parvati means “mountain” or more implicitly, “she of the mountains”,…

Portia

Portia is an English female name, a variant of Ancient Roman Porcia, the feminine form of Porcius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “pig” via Latin porcus (pig) deriving from a PIE root word. Shakespeare used it for a character in The Merchant of Venice (1596 or 1599) as well being the name of a moon of Uranus. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Pegan

Pegan is a variant form of Pegeen, the anglicized form of Peigín, the Irish form of Peggy which itself is a short form of Margaret meaning “pearl”, derived from a Sanskrit origin. Nicknames: Peg Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Pegeen (Irish, English) Peigín (Irish) Peigi (Scottish)