Peter

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See also: peter, Péter, and péter

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English Peter, from Old English Petrus, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock). Doublet of Pedro, Piers, and Boutros.

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Peter

  1. (World War II era, joint US/RAF) radiotelephony clear-code word for the letter P.
    Synonym: Papa

Proper noun[edit]

Peter (plural Peters)

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  1. A male given name from Ancient Greek.
    • 1911, J. M. Barrie, chapter I, in Peter Pan, Wordsworth Editions Ltd, published 1993:
      She knew of no Peter, and yet he was here and there in John and Michael's minds, while Wendy's began to be scrawled all over with him. The name stood out in bolder letters than any of the other words, and as Mrs Darling gazed she felt that it had an oddly cocky appearance.
    • 1933, Eleanor Farjeon, “Boys' Names”, in Over the Garden Wall, Faber and Faber, page 90:
      What splendid names for boys there are! / There's Carol like a rolling car, / And Martin like a flying bird, / And Adam like the Lord's First Word, / And Raymond like the Harvest Moon, / And Peter like a piper's tune,
  2. The leading Apostle in the New Testament.
  3. (biblical) The epistles of Peter in the New Testament of the Bible, 1 Peter and 2 Peter attributed to St. Peter.
    Synonym: (abbreviation) Pet.
  4. A surname originating as a patronymic.

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Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Peter, from Middle English Petre, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock), related to πέτρα (pétra).

Proper noun[edit]

Peter

  1. a male given name from Ancient Greek

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse Pétr, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock), related to πέτρα (pétra). Later reinforced by the German Peter.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (stressed) IPA(key): /ˈpeːˀtər/, [ˈpʰeːˀd̥ɐ]
  • (unstressed) IPA(key): /petər/, [pʰed̥ɐ]

Proper noun[edit]

Peter

  1. a male given name
  2. Peter (biblical figure).
    Og jeg siger dig, at du er Peter, og på den klippe vil jeg bygge min kirke, --- Bibelen, Matthæus 16:18 (1992 transl.)

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References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 150 294 males with the given name Peter have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with frequency peaks in the 19th century and in the 1960s. Accessed on 19 May, 2011.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch Peter, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, rock, stone), as a name a loan translation of Aramaic כֵּיפָא(stone, rock; Peter, Cephas).

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Peter m

  1. a male given name, equivalent to English Peter

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock), related to πέτρα (pétra).

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Peter m (proper noun, strong, genitive Peters or Peter, plural Peters or Peter)

  1. a male given name, feminine equivalent Petra

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Peter m or f (proper noun, strong, genitive Peters, plural Peters or Peter)

  1. A common surname.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The unchanged plural is preferred in southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
  • In northern and central Germany, both forms are common for the given name, but the surname usually takes -s in the plural.

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from English Peter.

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Peter m or f by sense

  1. A male given name in English
  2. (uncommon) A surname in English

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from German Peter.

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Peter m or f by sense

  1. A male given name and surname in German

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Peter in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English Petrus, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock).

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Peter (genitive Petres)

  1. Peter

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: Peter
  • Scots: Peter
  • Yola: Beedher, Peedher, Peether

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse Pétr, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock), related to πέτρα (pétra). Later reinforced by the German Peter.

Proper noun[edit]

Peter

  1. a male given name
  2. Peter (biblical figure)
    Og det sier jeg deg: Du er Peter; på denne klippe vil jeg bygge min kirke. Bibelen, Matteus 16:18 (1985 transl.)

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References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, →ISBN
  • [3] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 4 327 males with the given name Peter (compared to 10 139 named Petter) living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 19th century. Accessed on 19 May, 2011.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English Peter, from Old English Petrus, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock).

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Peter

  1. a male given name, equivalent to English Peter

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Slovak[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Peter m anim (genitive singular Petra, nominative plural Petrovia, declension pattern of chlap)

  1. a male given name, equivalent to English Peter

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Further reading[edit]

  • Peter”, in Slovníkový portál Jazykovedného ústavu Ľ. Štúra SAV [Dictionary portal of the Ľ. Štúr Institute of Linguistics, Slovak Academy of Science] (in Slovak), https://slovnik.juls.savba.sk, 2023

Slovene[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Pẹ́tər m anim

  1. a male given name, equivalent to English Peter

Inflection[edit]

The diacritics used in this section of the entry are non-tonal. If you are a native tonal speaker, please help by adding the tonal marks.
Masculine anim., hard o-stem
nominative Péter
genitive Pétra
singular
nominative
(imenovȃlnik)
Péter
genitive
(rodȋlnik)
dative
(dajȃlnik)
accusative
(tožȋlnik)
locative
(mẹ̑stnik)
Pétru
instrumental
(orọ̑dnik)
Pétrom

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse Pétr, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, stone, rock), related to πέτρα (pétra). Later reinforced by the German Peter.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /petər/ (without doubled "t")
  • IPA(key): /pɛtər/ (with doubled "t": Petter)

Interjection[edit]

Peter

  1. The letter "P" in the Swedish spelling alphabet

Proper noun[edit]

Peter c (genitive Peters)

  1. a male given name

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variants:

feminine forms:

References[edit]

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, →ISBN
  • [4] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, →ISBN:112 253 males with the given name Peter living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on May 19th, 2011.

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