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Pablo m (Sp.) < L. Paulus.

Paddy m (E.) pet form of Patrick.

Paden m (E.) pet form of Patrick.

Page f (E.) ME. < OF. page a youth being trained for the medieval rank of knight and in the personal service of a knight, possibly through L. paedium (cf. It. paggio) < Gk. paidIon, tO little child < pa;S, paidOS, v child. Originally surname denoting a person who was a page to a lord.

Paige f (E.) variant of Page.

Palacio m (Sp.) < LL. Palatius.

Palatius m (LL.) L. palatium palace < Palatium the Palatine Hill in Rome where the emperors' residences were built.

Paola f (It.) < L. Paula.

Paolo m (It.) < L. Paulus.

Parker m (E.) ME. parker keeper of the park < OF. parc enclosure < ML. parricus. Originally a surname.

Parzival m (G.) < OF. Perceval.

Pascal m (F.) < LL. Paschalis.

Paschalis m (L.) paschal, borne on Easter < LL. Pascha Easter < LGk. < Gk. PAsca Passover < Heb. pesah. Name of two popes.

Pascual m (Sp., G.) < ML. Pascualis.

Pascuale m (It.) < ML. Pascualis.

Pascualis m (ML.) alteration of LL. Paschalis.

Pasquale m (It.) popular variant of It. Pascuale.

Pat mf (E.) short form of Patrick or Patricia.

Patience f (E.) < F. patience < L. patientia patience < pati to suffer.

Patrice m (F.) < L. Patricius.

Patricia f (L., Sp., Port., E.) feminine form of Patricius.

Patricius m (L.) L. patricius noble < pater father. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

Patrick m (F., E.) < L. Patricius.

Patti, Pattie or Patty f (E.) pet form of Patricia.

Patton m (E.) pet form of Patrick.

Paul m (F., E., G. [paul]) < L. Paulus.

Paula f (Port, E., G. [paul]) feminine form of Paulus.

Paulene f (Am.) misspelled variant of Pauline.

Pauletta f (It., Am.) diminutive form of L. Paula.

Paulette f (F.) diminutive form of L. Paula.

Paulina f (L., Sp., Am., Bul.) belonging to Paulus; see Paulus.

Pauline f (F., E.) < L. Paulina.

Paulita f (Sp.) diminutive form of L. Paula.

Paulo m (Port.) < L. Paulus.

Paulus m (L.) L. paulus small, humble. St Paul was apostle of the early Christian church who authored most of the epistles in the New Testament. Also the name of six popes.

Pavel m (Cz.., Bul., Rus.) (Ïàâåë) OS. ïàâåëú < Gk. PaUloS < L. Paulus.

Pavla f (Cz..) < L. Paula.

Pavle m (Serb.) Ïàâëå) OS. ïàâåëú; see Pavel.

Pavlina f (Bul.) (Ïàâëèíà) OS. ïàâëèíà < Gk. PaulInh < L. Paulina.

Pavlíni f (Gk.) (PaulInh) < L. Paulina.

Pavlo m (Ukr.) Ïàâëî) OS. ïàâåëú; see Pavel.

Pávlos m (Gk.) (PaUloS) < L. Paulus.

Pawel m (Pol.) OCz.. < OS. ïàâåëú; see Pavel.

Paz f (Sp., Port., Am.) peace < L. pax, pacis peace.

Pearl f (E.) ME. perle < MF. perle, probably < VL. *pernula, diminutive of L. perna upper leg, kind of sea mussel.

Pearle f (E.) variant of Pearl.

Pearlene or Pearline f (Am.) alteration of Pearl on the pattern of Pauline (Paulene).

Pearlie or Pearly f (E.) pet form of Pearl.

Pedro m (Sp., Port.) < L. Petrus.

Pelegrinus m (ML.) < L. Peregrinus through distant dissimilation of r-r into l-r.

Pellegrino m (It.) < L. Peregrinus.

Perceval m (F., Sp.) Perceval was a hero of Robert de Borron's poem "Joseph d'Arimathie" (written c. 1200), who was seeking the Holy Grail. The name is possibly derived from OF. words percer to pierce, to penetrate and val valley; ultimately < VL. *pertusiare, frequentative of pertundere to perforate and L. valles vale.

Percival m (E.) < OF. Perceval.

Percy m (E.) short form of Percival or, possibly, from a Norman place name.

Peregrinus m (L.) foreigner, wayfarer, pilgrim < peregri abroad < per through + ager land.

Perla f (Sp., Am.) pearl; the Spanish equivalent of Pearl.

Per m (Swed.) < L. Petrus.

Perry m (E.) shortened popular form < L. Peregrinus.

Peter m (E., G., Du.) < L. Petrus.

Petra f (L., G.) feminine form of Petrus; < L. petra stone, rock < Gk. pEtra.

Petronius m (L.) The name is probably connected with < Gk. pEtra stone, rock. Petronius (d. 66 A.D.) was a famous Roman bon vivant, considered by emperor Nero (ruled 54-68 A.D.) to be his arbiter elegantiae (i.e. director of elegance), who wrote the masterpiece book of Satyricon.

Petrus m (L.) < L. petra stone, rock < Gk. pEtra. St Peter (d. c. 64 A.D.) was one of the 12th apostles to whom Jesus said: "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). For that reason St Peter is considered the first pope of Rome.

Pia f (L., Sp., Port., It., E.) feminine form of Pius.

Pictor m (L.) L. pictor, -oris painter < pingere to paint.

Piedad f (Sp.) fidelity, devoutnes < L. pietas, -atis < pius dutiful, pious.

Pierce m (E.) variant of Piers.

Pierina f (It.) feminine form of Piero.

Piero m (It.) < L. Petrus.

Pierre m (F.) < L. Petrus.

Pierrot m (F.) diminutive of F. Pierre.

Piers m (E.) ME. Piers < OF. Piers, subject case of Pierre; see Pierre.

Pietro m (It.) < L. Petrus.

Pio m (Sp., Port., It.) < L. Pius.

Piso m (L.) Name of a Roman gens; < L. pisum pea < Gk. pIson.

Pius m (L.) L. pius pious.

Placida f (L.) feminine form of Placidus.

Plácida f (Sp., Port.) < L. Placida.

Placidas m (L.) variant of Placidus.

Placide m (F.) < L. Placidus.

Plácido m (Sp., Port.) < L. Placidus.

Placidus m (L.) gentle, mild, placid < placare to appease, to placate.

Plautus m (L.) L. plautus plat foot < planipes, -pedis < planus flat + pes, pedis foot. Originally a nickname. Plautus (fl. 254-184 B.C.) was a great Roman comic dramatist.

Poli f (Bul.) pet form of Pavlina or Polina.

Polina f (Bul.) < F. Pauline.

Polly f (Am.) pet form of Pauline.

Porcia f (L.) feminine form of Porcius. See also Portia.

Porcius m (L.) Name of a Roman gens; < porcus pig.

Porsha f (Am.) popular phonetic spelling of Portia.

Portia f (ML., E.) Popular misspelling variant of Porcia, adopted in Middle ages. Portia is a character in Shakespeares "The Merchant of Venice".

Portunus m (L.) Name of the Roman god of the ports; < portus port.

Precious f (E.) of great value; ME. < MF. precios < L. pretiosus < pretium price.

Pricila f (Am.) misspelled variant of Priscilla, influenced by the word price.

Princess f (Am.) ME. < OF. princesse, feminine of prince, < L. princeps who begins first, leader < prae before + incipere to begin.

Prisca f (L.) feminine form of Priscus. St Prisca is one of the most ancient church in Rome, devoted to an early Christian saint woman.

Priscila f (Am.) misspelled variant of Priscilla.

Priscilla f (L., E.) diminutive form of Prisca. Priscilla was a prophetess that joined the heretic sect of Montanus in Asia Minor (4th c.).

Priscus f (L.) L. priscus ancient.

Prosper m (L., F., E.) < L. prosperus successful, propitious; < pro fore- + sperare to hope. St Prosper of Aquitaine (390-463) was a Christian polemicist famous for his defense of St Augustine of Hippo and his doctrine on grace, predestination, and free will which became a norm for the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Prospero m (It.) < L. prosperus successful, propitious; see Prosper.

Providencia f (Sp., Am.) providence < L. providentia < providere to foresee; < pro fore- + videre to see.

Prudence f (F., E.) < L. Prudentia.

Prudencia f (Sp., Port., Am.) < L. Prudentia.

Prudencio m (Sp., Port., Am.) < L. Prudentius.

Prudens m (Du.) < L. prudens, -entis prudent; see Prudentius.

Prudente m (Sp., Port.) < L. prudens, -entis prudent; see Prudentius.

Prudentia f (L.) feminine form of Prudentius.

Prudentius m. (L.) < L. prudens, -entis prudent, contracted form of providens, -entis, pres. part. of providere to foresee; cf. Providencia.

Publia f (L.) feminine form of Publius.

Publius m (L.) Roman personal name; < L. publicus public, akin to populus people. Publius Mucius Scaevola (d. 115 B.C.) was one of the foremost Roman jurists of his time.

Pulcheria [pul'xEria] f (L.) < L. pulcher pretty, beautiful.

Pura f (L., Sp. Port., It., Am.) pure < L. purus.