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

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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

Peyton

Peyton comes from an English surname meaning "Pæga's town" or "Pæga settlement". The second element comes from Old English tun (enclosure, settlement) while the first part of the name comes from a given name of unknown meaning. Origin: Old English Variants: Payton (English)  

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

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  

Parker

Parker comes from an English surname, an occupational name for someone who was a gamekeeper, meaning "keeper of the park" or "park keeper". It comes from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz (enclosure, fence). Origin: Proto-Germanic  

Pan

Pan is the name of a Greek god of the wild, nature, shepherds, and flocks, depicted as a man with the horns, legs, and tail of a goat, and who often played the pan-pipes. His name is somewhat tricky to pin down- it may be related to Greek pan meaning "all"; it could mean "shepherd" or it … Continue reading Pan

Perry

Perry is a nickname for Peregrine, from Latin Peregrinus meaning "traveler", or Percival, likely based on Welsh Peredur meaning "hard spear" though the spelling of the name was altered to resemble Old French percer val "to pierce the valley". Perry is also an English surname which comes from Middle English perrie meaning "pear tree", referring to someone who lived near a pear tree. It comes … Continue reading Perry

Piper

Piper comes from an English surname meaning "pipe player", from Old English pipere referring to someone who played the pipes. The name is derived from Latin piper meaning "pepper" via Greek piperi  from Sanskrit pippali (long pepper). Origin: Sanskrit, Indo-Aryan Variants: Pyper