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)  

Prunella

Prunella is the name of a genus of herbaceous plants, also known as the self-heals, heal-alls, and allheal as well as the name of a genus of birds. It’s a variant spelling of Medieval Latin brunella, made up from Latin brunus (brown) combined with diminutive suffix ella. Prunella is also the name of a fabric which in this case seems to derive…

Pilar

Pilar (pr. pee-lar) is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan female name meaning “pillar”, taken from the title of the Virgin Mary. Pilar is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Pagan

Pagan comes from Latin Paganus meaning “countryside; rural, rustic” which later became associated with heathens or people who didn’t practice or believe in a specific religion. It’s the opposite of Urban. Pagan is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Pagán (Spanish) Pagen (English) Pagon (English) Payne (English) Paine (English) Paganus (Latin)  

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,…