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)  

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…

Pavo

Pavo is a Latin word meaning “peacock” via Ancient Greek taos (peacock) which derives from an unknown origin though perhaps from Tamil. It’s also possible that it is onomatopoeic, deriving from Latin paupulo. Pavo is also the Croatian short form of Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) which derives from a PIE root word, *peh₂w- (few, little). Pavo…

Poe

Poe comes from an English surname, a variant of Peacock meaning “peacock”, originating as a nickname for someone who was vain or a dandy. It derives from Latin pavo (peacock) via Ancient Greek taos (peacock) which derives from an unknown origin though perhaps from Tamil. It’s also possible that it is onomatopoeic, deriving from Latin paupulo; combined with Old…

Pallas

Pallas is the name of several figures in Greek mythology. A female Pallas belongs to a nymph, the daughter of Triton, who was a foster parent to Athena; Pallas herself was close friends with the goddess Athena. During a mock battle Athena accidentally killed Pallas, she created the palladium in her honor as well as also taking on her name…

Pepper

Pepper is the name of a spice belonging to the genus Piper which comes from Ancient Greek péperi (pepper; black pepper) via an Indo-Aryan source. It’s similar to Sanskrit pippali (long pepper). Pepper is often used as a nickname instead of an actual name and is also an English and North German surname which originated as an occupational name for…

Pax

Pax is the name of the Roman goddess of peace which comes from Latin meaning “peace”  derived from a PIE root word. It could also be a short form of Paxton, an English surname meaning “Pæcc’s settlement”, Pæcc being an Old English male name of unknown meaning; Paxson, an English patronymic surname meaning “son of Pack”, Pack being derived from Pæcc though it…

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…

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…