Of Greek origin.
From the Greek name “Πέτρος”, deriving from the word “πέτρα”, meaning stone and rock.
The name was widely used due to apostle Peter.
His name was Simon, until Jesus gave him the name Peter, to signify the importance of his presence upon which Christ would build Christianity.
The name was common in the Christian world in different spellings.
It was introduced in England by the Normans, in the form of Piers.
Many rulers were named Peter, in Russia and Portugal, including the czar Peter the Great, a reformer of the country.
Saint Peter is connected with the Roman Catholics and is consider as one of two founders of the Church in Rome, with apostle Paul. Clement of Alexandria wrote that Peter preached the word of Christ in Rome.
Feminine forms of the name are Petra, Peta, Petrina, Perrine, Pierrette.
Other forms of the name are: Petros, Pierre, Piers, Pier, Petter, Peer, Pete, Pyotr, Piero, Pietro, Pedro, Pierce, Petia, Petya, Péter.
Famous bearers are Peter Gabriel, Peter Frampton, Peter Brook, Peter Ustinov, Peter Sellers, Peter Jackson, Peter O’Tool, Peter Tosh, Peter Dinklage, Peter Sarsgaard, Peter Falk, Peter Fonda, Peter Weller, Peter Lorre, Peter Krause, Peter Green, Peter Graves.
Peter is a popular name in Greece, Hungary and France.