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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Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Philbert

Philbert is a French male name, a later spelling of Filibert meaning "much brightness" from Germanic elements filu (much) and beraht (bright). The spelling of the name seems to have been changed to resemble Greek philos (friend, lover) or to resemble Philippe, the French form of Philip meaning "lover of horses". Philbert is also a French surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Philbert

Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Patroclus

Patroclus is the name of one of the Greek warriors in Homer's Iliad, the best friend of Achilles and portrayed as his lover. In the Iliad, Patroclus persuades Achilles to lend him his armor and lead his men into battle when he refuses to fight after his spat with Agamemnon over Briseis. He is killed by Hector in battle and this… Continue reading Patroclus

Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Prudent

Prudent is the French masculine form of Prudentius, a Late Latin name derived from Latin providere meaning "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 is wise or discreet, and has good sense. Nicknames: Prue/Pru Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Prudentius… Continue reading Prudent

Battle/War, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, P names

Ptolemy

Ptolemy is the name of several Egyptian rulers of Ancient Egypt as well as the name of a Greco-Roman mathmatician, astronomer, astrologer, and geographer. In Greek mythology, one of the rulers of Thebes is Ptolemy. The name comes from Greek polemeios meaning "warlike, aggressive" which comes from Ancient Greek pólemos (war, battle) derived from a pre-Greek origin. Origin: pre-Greek Variants: Ptolemaios… Continue reading Ptolemy

Male, Numbers, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Pompey

Pompey comes from Latin Pompeius, an Ancient Roman family name which derives from Oscan pompe meaning "five" derived from a PIE root word. Pompeii is the name of an ancient Roman city which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius, burying it under layers of ash which preserved most of the bodies and buildings over the millennia,… Continue reading Pompey

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, 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

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

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, Earth, Elements, Greek, Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Pierce

Pierce is a variant of Piers, a medieval form of Peter meaning "stone, rock" which comes from Greek petros (stone, rock) as well as being a surname originating from the given name. Pierce is also an English word meaning "to penetrate; to thrust or bore through" which derives from Latin pertundo which comes from Proto-Indo-European elements per (through) and tundo (beat, strike). Origin: Ancient Greek; Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Pierce

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, Astronomy, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, P names, Stars/Constellation

Perseus

Perseus is a hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Danaë, a princess of Argos and daughter of King Acrisius. Her father had been told by an oracle that his daughter would have a son who would kill him and in response Acrisius imprisoned her either in a high tower or a tomb.… Continue reading Perseus

Ancient Greek, Color, Greek, Male, P names, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Porfirio

Porfirio is the Italian and Spanish form of Porphyrios, an Ancient Greek name meaning "purple dye" from Greek porphyra. Purple (also known as Tyrian purple where it was produced) was an expensive dye in the ancient world, created using sea-snails, and was a color that became associated with royalty and power. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Porphyrios (Ancient Greek)… Continue reading Porfirio

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