Alternate spellings: Pedro, Pierre, Pete, Piers, Pierce
Peter has Greek roots and means “rock.” St. Peter is considered the founding father of the Christian church and his name is symbolic of the movement. In the Bible, Jesus christens his apostle Simon as Peter, the “rock” upon which the church was to be built. Rocks have long been a symbol of stability and, in this case, the intended stability of the Christian church. That connection is undoubtedly what has made Peter such a popular name going all the way back to the Middle Ages. In the U.S., Peter ranked in the top 100 between 1880 and 1996. It has been on the decline since then, but because of Peter Pan and Peter Rabbit, many new parents still identify the name with their childhoods, which should keep Peter at a respectable rank for many years to come.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008