Baby Names: Names Starting with P

Baby Names Starting with P

PAGE: French for "young attendant." Page is finding a place for itself, especially as a distinctive middle name. Relatives: Paige, Payge, Padgett. Namesakes: Page Smith, Patti Page, Geraldine Page.

PALMER: Old English for "palm bearing pilgrim." This surname is making a stab at becoming a first name. Relatives: Palma, Palmyra, Palmira. Namesakes: Palmer Pyle, Betsey Palmer, Arnold Palmer.

PALOMA: Spanish for "dove." A child named Paloma is destined to keep the peace. Relatives: Palometa, Palomita, Palita. Namesake: Paloma Picasso.

PAMELA: Greek for "honeyed." This name was "invented" by Sir Philip Sidney in 1590 for a character in his novel Arcadia and was picked up again some two hundred years later by Samuel Richarson in his novel Pamela. Relatives: Pamyla, Pamilla, Pamella, Pamelia, Pamelyn, Pamelina, Pammy, Pammie, Pam. Namesakes: Pamela Mason, Pam Dawber.

PANDORA: From the Greek for "talented one." Ideal for a little girl who is always getting into things. Relatives: Pan, Dora, Dory. Namesake: the mythological Pandora's box.

PANSY: A flower and French for "thought." Although a charming name, this could be a rough one to carry off. Relatives: Pansee, Pansie, Pense.

PARKER: Old English for "cultivated land." Parker scored high on the preppy scale. You decide. Relatives: Parke, Park, Parkley, Parks. Namesakes: Parker Stevenson, Dorothy Parker, Gordon Parks, Parker pens.

PARR: Old English for "from the stable." For the baby born with a silver tee in his mouth. Namesake: Jack Parr.

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