Perry

Origin: English, Welsh

Meaning: an English surname meaning “pear tree”.

It’s also a Welsh surname from ap Herry meaning “son of Herry”, the later a medieval English form of Henry meaning “home ruler”.

Perry or Peri is also a short form of Peregrine meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”.

Spelled Perri, it becomes an Italian surname derived from Peter meaning “stone”.

Variants: Perri, Peri, Perrie

Piers

Origin: English, Medieval French

Meaning: a medieval form of Peter from Greek Petros meaning “stone”.

Piers is also the plural form of pier. Pier also happens to be the Dutch form of Peter, as well as being the English term for a raised structure extending from land over water and usually used as a landing place for ships.

Perimede

Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek peri meaning “around”, “exceedingly” and medos  meaning “plans” or “schemes” ultinateky meaning “surrounded by schemes” or “around schemes”.

Perimede is the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology, as well as another name for Agamede, a witch mentioned in the Iliad as someone who knew the healing powers of every plant in the world.

The name is pronounced pe-ree-MEED-ee

Perun

Origin: Slavic

Meaning: “thunder”. I’ve also seen it listed as coming from an Indo-European root word parg meaning “to strike, to slay”, or perhaps coming from another Proto-Indo-European root word perku “oak”.

In Slavic mythology, Perun is the god of thunder and lightning and the highest god in the Slavic pantheon. He’s also associated with the oak tree.

Pandora

Origin: Greek

Πανδωρα (Greek)

Meaning: from Greek elements pan “all” and doron “gift” meaning “all gifted” or “all giving”.

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first mortal woman created by the gods for the Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire and given it to the humans. Displeased with this, Zeus and the other gods created Pandora, each giving her a particular gift such as beauty, cunning, needlework, etc., explaining the meaning of her name such since she’d been given a gift by the gods. Pandora is given a jar by Zeus and warned never to open it; her curioisty got the best of her and when she finally did open the jar she let out all the evils in the world, except for hope, which remained in the jar, although I’ve never understood that particular part of the myth. If hope remained in the jar, wouldn’t that mean it never got into the world?

Phyllis

Origin: Greek

Φυλλις (Greek)

Meaning: foliage

In Greek mythology, Phyllis was the daughter of a king of Thrace who was in love with Demephon (or Acamas in some versions), who promised to return to her on a certain day. When he didn’t, she killed herself and was transformed into an almond tree.

Variants: Phillis, Phyliss

Phoebe

Origin: Greek

Φοιβη (Greek) Phoibe

Meaning: the name has been associated with  Greek phoibos meaning “bright, light, radiant”, phoibaô “to purify” or phoibazô “to give prophesy”.

Variants: Phoibe, Phebe, Phoibe; Phoebus (m)

In Greek mythology, Phoebe was a Titan, goddess of the moon and the consort of her brother Coeus with whom she had two children, Asteria and Leto, the latter of whom would become the mother of Apollo and Artemis. Phoebe was later associated with Artemis, her name used as an epithet for Artemis while Phoebus was used for Apollo.

Peregrine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Latin Peregrinus meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”, the latter referring to those who went on pilgramages.

Peregrina is the strictly feminine form of the name.

Peregrine is also the name of the Peregrine falcon.

Variants: Peregrinus, Pellegrino (Italian), Peregrin, Peregrina (f)

Pavo

Origin: Croatian, Latin

Meaning: a short form of masculine name Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble”.

Pavo is also Latin for “peacock”, which is what makes it a unisex name in my opinion. Pavo is also the name of a constellation.

Pax

 

Origin: Latin, English

Meaning: it means “peace” in Latin, the name of the Roman goddess of peace in Roman mythology.

It could also be a variant spelling of an English surname, Packs or Pachs referring to a place name Pacca, as well as from Old French pasques meaning “Easter”. Pax is also an English word  meaning peace.

Paden

Origin: Irish, Scottish, English

Meaning: I’ve seen it described as a modern invention using the popular aden suffix but it also has a long history as a surname as well. It could be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Páidín meaning “son of Páidín”, Páidín being a pet form of Pádraig/Patrick (Patrician/nobleman).

It could also be a variant spelling of Patton, also a surname which is either a short form of Patrick + the diminutive suffix -in meaning “little Pat” or “son of Pat”; or it could be from Middle English pate meaning “head” or “skull” referring to someone who was either bald or had cropped hair.

Variants: Peden, Patton, Padden, Padon, Patten