Peter Name Meaning

English, Scottish, German, Dutch, etc.: from the personal name Peter (Greek Petros, from petra ‘rock’, ‘stone’). The name was popular throughout Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, having been bestowed by Christ as a byname on the apostle Simon bar Jonah, the brother of Andrew. The name was chosen by Christ for its symbolic significance (John 1:42, Matt. 16:18); St. Peter is regarded as the founding head of the Christian Church in view of Christ’s saying, ‘Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church’. In Christian Germany in the early Middle Ages this was the most frequent personal name of non-Germanic origin until the 14th century. This surname has also absorbed many cognates in other languages, for example Czech Petr, Hungarian Péter. It has also been adopted as a surname by Ashkenazic Jews.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Petek, Peters, Petter, Pester, Pete, Peer, Deter, Peper, Petr, Reder

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Peter Family Origin

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Peter Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    7%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Annuitant

    2%
  • Fisherman

    2%

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Peter. A less common occupation for the Peter family was Fisherman. The most common Peter occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Peter's were Farmers.

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Between 1944 and 2004, Peter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Peter in 1944 was 25, and 82 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Peter

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