Baby Names: Names Starting with P


PASCAL: Italian for "born at Easter." You would always remember his birthday. Relatives: Paschal, Pasqual, Pascali, Pascha, Pace. Namesake: Blaise Pascal.

PATIENCE: Latin for "suffering." A virtue name. Relatives: Patty, Patsy, Pat. Namesakes: Patience and Prudence, Patience.

PATRICIA: From the Latin for "noble one" and a feminine variation of Patrick. Patricia has fallen off the charts recently but will no doubt make a comeback when your children are using this book. Relatives: Patrice, Patrizia, Patsy, Patty, Pattie, Patia, Pat, Tricia, Trish, Tish, Rickie, Ricky. Namesakes: Patricia Neal, Patsy Kline, Pat Nixon, Tricia Nixon Cox, Tish Alsop.

PATRICK: From the Latin for "noble one." Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland honored every March 17. The name also shares the Latin root "patres," which refers to the nobility or patricians. Relatives: Patrice, Padraic, Padraig, Padruig, Pat, Paddy, Patterson, Paterson, Pattison, Rick, Ricky. Namesakes: Patrick Henry, Patrick Swayze, Patrick McGoohan, Pat Boone.

PAUL: Latin for "little one." A biblical standard, Paul hasn't been much action in recent years. Start a trend. Relatives: Pol, Pawl, Pablo, Paolo, Pauly, Pauley, Pawley, Pavel, Paulin, Pavlo, Paulo, Paulus, Powell. Namesakes: Saint Paul, Paul McCartney, Paul Revere, Paul Newman, Pablo Picasso, Pablo Casals, Paolo Soleri.

PAULA: Latin for "petite" and a feminine variation of Paul. Relatives: Pauline, Paulette, Paulina, Paulita, Poalina, Paola, Pauly, Polly, Pavla, Pavlina. Namesakes: Paula Prentiss, Paulina Porizkova, Paulette Goddard.

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