PAYNE: Latin for "petite" and a feminine variation of Paul. Relative: Paine. Namesake: Thomas Paine.
PAYTON: Old English for "warrior's estate." Payton has an "old money" ring to it and should be considered for girls as well as boys. Relatives: Peyton, Paxton, Patton, Patten, Paton, Pattin, Pat. Namesakes: Walter Payton, General George Patton, Peyton Place.
PEACE: From the Latin. Give it a chance. Relatives: Paix, Pachem, Paxton, Pax.
PEARL: From the Middle English for "gemstone." Relatives: Pearla, Perle, Pearle, Purlie, Pegeen. Namesakes: Pearl Bailey, Pearl Buck, Perle Mesta, Purlie Victorious.
PELAGIA: Greek for "from the sea." Relatives: Pelga, Pelgia, Pelagie. Namesake: Saint Pelagie.
PELL: Old English for "scarf" and a distinquished surname. Relatives: Pelton, Pelham. Namesake: Claiborne Pell.
PEMBROKE: Welsh for "from the headland" or "rocky hill." Namesakes: Earl of Pembroke, Pembroke College, Pembroke Welsh corgi.
PENELOPE: From the Greek for "weaver." Although popular in the 1950s, this lovely old name has dropped off the charts. Reevaluate it. Relatives: Penny, Penney, Pen. Namesakes: Ulysses's faithful wife, J.C. Penney's department stores.
PENINA: Hebrew for "jewel" or "coral." Relatives: Peninah, Peninit, Penny, Peni, Nina.
PENROD: From the Old German for "esteemed commander." What about Penn for a future writer? Relatives: Penn, Penley (Old English for "enclosed meadow"). Namesakes: William Penn, Sean Penn, Penrod.
PEPIN: Old German for "perseverance." Relatives: Peppy, Pepi, Pippin, Pip, Pippi. Namesakes: King Pepin (Charlemagne's father), Jacques Pepin, Pippi Longstocking, Pippin.