Prudence

Prudence is a female given name, the medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of Prudentius, a Late Roman name which comes from Latin prudens meaning “wise, prudent”, a contracted form of providere (to see ahead, to forsee, provide) derived from a PIE root word. As an English word it refers to someone who shows good judgment or someone who…

Paloma

Paloma is a Spanish female name meaning “dove, pigeon” which comes from Vulgar Latin palumba via Latin palumbus, palumbēs (wood pigeon) derived from PIE *pal-wo- (dark-colored, gray) via root word *pel (gray; pale). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Poppy

Poppy is the name of a flower which symbolizes death, sleep, and resurrection, and from which morphine and opium are derived from. Poppies come colors of red, orange, yellow, white, pink, and purple. The name comes from Latin papaver meaning “poppy; poppy-seed”, a reduplicated form of PIE root word *pap- (to swell). Poppies are also used to…

Primrose

Primrose is the name of a flower belonging to the genus Primula. The name is made up of Medieval Latin prima rosa meaning “first rose”, apparently because it was the first flower to start blooming in spring. Primrose is also a Scottish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Prenrhos, made up…

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…