POWELL: Old Welsh for "son of Howell." Relatives: Powers, Power. Namesakes: Powers Boothe, Dick Powell.
PRENTICE: Middle English for "apprentice." An attractive choice that tends to defy nicknames. Relative: Prentiss. Namesake: Paula Prentiss.
PRESTON: Old English for "dweller at the church" or "priest's settlement." It's surprising that this one has not inspired a wider folowing. Relatives: Prescott, Presley, Priestley, Priestly, Priest. Namesakes: Preston Sturges, Preston Tucker, Prescott Bush, Robert Preston.
PREWITT: Old French for "valiant one." Realtives: Pruitt, Pruit, Prue. Namesake: Greg Pruitt.
PRICE: Old Welsh for "urgent one." A staunchly WASP-y name. Relative: Pryce. Namesakes: Reynolds Price, Vincent Price, Leontyne Price, Price Waterhouse, Jonathan Pryce.
PRIMO: Italian for "first one." An appropriate choice for a firstborn, but a hard act to follow. Relative: Prime. Namesake: Primo Levi.
PRISCILLA: Latin for "from ancient times." And this name suggests a gentler time of lemonade and porch swings. Relatives: Priss, Prissy, Prisca, Silla, Cilla, Cyla. Namesakes: Saint Priscilla, Priscilla Presley, Priscilla Mullins.
PRUDENCE: From the Latin for "foresight." Prudence is one of the enduring virtue names. Relatives: Prudy, Prue, Pru.
PRYOR: From the Old French for "head of the priory." Relative: Prior. Namesake: Richard Pryor.
PURVIS: French for "provide." Namesake: Purvis Ellison.
PUTNAM: Old English for "from the sire's estate." In tribute to the Revolutionary War general, Israel Putnam, there are ten counties named for him in New England. Relative: Putney.