Female, Male, Nature, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Palmer

Palmer comes from an English surname meaning "pilgrim" which was originally used to refer to those who had gone to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage. Those who had gone would bring back palm leaves as proof that they had been there. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman palmer via Medieval Latin palmarius via Latin palma (palm of… Continue reading Palmer

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Female, Literature, Nature, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Posey

Posey is a variant spelling of Posy, a shortened form of poesy which originally referred to a small bunch or a bouquet of flowers, or as an archaic word for a motto inscribed inside a ring. The word poesy means "poem" from Middle French poesie (poetry, poem) via Latin poesis (poem, poetry) derived from Ancient Greek poíēsis (poetry, poem; a creation) via poiein (to create, compose) derived from a… Continue reading Posey

Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Polexia

Polexia is not a name that has much information behind it. From what I could find, it seems to be the anglicized spelling of Poleksija (the name of a former Serbian princess who also had a sister named Kleopatra), the Serbian form of Polyxena, an Ancient Greek female name meaning "entertaining many guests" or essentially "very hospitable" from Ancient… Continue reading Polexia

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Female, P names, Place names

Petra

Petra is the feminine form of Peter which is the English form of Greek Petros meaning "stone, rock" as well as being the name of an ancient city in Jordan. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Peta (English) Petrina (English diminutive of Petra) Pietra (Italian) Piera (Italian) Pierina (Italian diminutive of Piero) Peta (English Australian) Perrine (French) Pierrette (French diminutive… Continue reading Petra

Female, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Priscilla

Priscilla originated as a diminutive form of Prisca, the feminine form of Priscus, an Ancient Roman cognomen  meaning "old, ancient" derived from PIE *per (around; through). Nicknames: Pris, Prissy, Sissy, Cilla Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Priscille (French) Pricilla (English) Prisilla (English) Priscila (Spanish, Portuguese) Priskilla (Biblical Greek) Piroska (Hungarian form of Prisca) Prisca (Ancient Roman, Dutch, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek)… Continue reading Priscilla

Emotion/Feelings, Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Sorrow

Penthesilea

Penthesilea is the name of an Amazon Queen in Greek mythology, the daughter of Ares and the sister of Hippolyta. She fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Trojans and was killed in battle by Achilles, who apprently fell in love with her when he took off her helmet and saw her face. A fellow Greek… Continue reading Penthesilea

Elements, Female, Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Pearl

Pearl refers to a smooth rounded bead produced within the shell of a mollusk. This happens when a microscopic object becomes trapped within the mollusk. Natural pearls that occur without human intervention are very rare, making them very valuable. The name comes from Old French perle from Latin perla from perula meaning "little bag" derived from Ancient Greek pḗra (bag, satchel, wallet). It… Continue reading Pearl

Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Psyche

Psyche (pr. sie-kee) is the name of a figure in Greek myth, the youngest of three daughters of a king and queen. She was a very beautiful woman whose beauty rivaled even that of the goddess Aphrodite, which didn't please the goddess at all. She sent her son Eros to make Psyche fall in love with something hideous but he ends… Continue reading Psyche

Female, Hindu mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, P names, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Padma

Padma is an Indian unisex name (though more common for girls) which means "lotus" in Sanskrit. It was one of the names of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and her husband Vishnu and symbolizes purity and divine beauty while its expanding petals signal spiritual growth. It's also the name of a river in Bangladesh. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Padmini… Continue reading Padma

Female, Kin/Family, Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Paget

Paget comes from an English surname, a diminutive of Page which means "servant, page" from French page from Late Latin pagius (servant) deriving from Ancient Greek paidíon (young child) from paîs (child, son, daughter) via a Proto-Indo-European source. Paget was originally an occupational surname for a young male servant who worked in a noble's house. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Padgette (English)- unisex Pagette (English)- unisex Pagett… Continue reading Paget

Ancient Greek, Animals, Birds, Duck, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, P names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Penelope

Penelope is a Greek female name of uncertain etymology but which could be derived from Greek penelops, referring to a type of duck. Penelope could be also be derived from Greek pene (threads, weft) and ops (face, eye). This meaning seems more fitting for the character in Greek mythology: Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, who was apparently faithful to him for the twenty years… Continue reading Penelope

Dutch, Earth, Elements, Female, Greek, Insects, Male, Middle Dutch, Nickname names, P names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Pier

Pier is the Italian and Dutch masculine form of Peter meaning "stone" from Greek petros. In Italian, Pier is usually used in conjunction with another name, like Piermario or Pierluigi. Pier is also a surname, likely derived from Peter, but I've also seen it listed as being Dutch or Middle Low German meaning "worm, earthworm". Pier is also… Continue reading Pier

Female, Hebrew, P names, Seasons, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Pasqua

Pasqua is an Italian female name and word meaning "Easter". It comes from Latin pascuus (pasture, grazing) from Ancient Greek páskha (Passover) derived from Aramaic pasḥā from Hebrew pasách (to pass over, skip). Pasqua is also an Italian surname deirved from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Pascale (French) Pascaline (French) Pasqualina (Italian) Pascuala (Spanish)   Male forms: Pascal (French, German, Dutch) Paskal… Continue reading Pasqua

Animals, Birds, Falcon, Female, Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Peregrine

Peregrine is the English form of Late Latin Peregrinus which means "traveler, foreigner" from Latin peregrē (foreign, abroad) made up from Latin per (through, by means of) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *per- (to go over); and ager (field, farm) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵros (field, pasturage). Peregrine is also a surname usually given to those who went on a pilgrimage so it also connotes the idea of a "pilgrim". It's… Continue reading Peregrine

Ancient Greek, Female, Gaulish, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, P names, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Paris

Paris is the name of the Trojan prince who started the ten year long Trojan War when he abducted Helen, the wife of Menelaus, and brought her to Troy. When Paris was born there was a prophecy that told he would be the cause of Troy's downfall and in response, his father Priam ordered for… Continue reading Paris

Ancient Greek, Female, Food, Latin, Male, P names, Pear, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Parley

Parley is an English word (also spelled parlay) meaning "to talk, to speak, to confer", referring to a temporary truce between enemies. It derives from French parler (to speak, to talk) which comes from Latin parabola (comparison, likeness; parable) via Ancient Greek parabole (to set side by side). Parley is also an English surname derived from a place name meaning "pear… Continue reading Parley

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Green, Kin/Family, Love/Beloved, Male, P names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yellow

Peridot

Peridot is the name of a gemstone in the olivine family which comes in an olive-green color though in some cases it looks like a yellowish-green color. Though the name is of uncertain etymology, it could be derived from Anglo-Norman pedoretés which comes from Ancient Greek paiderôs meaning "child of love" from paîs (child) and eros (love, desire) though it may also come… Continue reading Peridot

Female, Latin, Male, P names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Purvis

Purvis comes from an English surname, originally used as a metonymic occupational surname for an appointed official responsible for providing supplies for a monastary or manor house. The name comes from Middle English purveys meaning "provisions, supplies" from Old French porveoir (to look at, procure) which is ultimately derived from Latin providere (to foresee, anticipate). Origin: Latin Variants: Purves Purvess