|Peder and Mali named their 4th child Peter (he died in childhood) |
and their 6th child Petter (born after his brother died)
thus continuing the name Peder found on both sides of the family
Today's given name is both a popular one and an easy way to figure out. Peder is the Scandinavian form of Peter and is widely used in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. In Norway Peder ranks among the top 100 male names. Variations on the given name Peder include Petter, Per, Peer, and Pehr; and, for females, Petra. In my family file we have 15 males named Peder (all Norwegian), 18 name Per (all Swedish), 6 named Pehr (all Swedish), 4 named Petter (all Norwegian), and 22 named Peter (my Swedish, Norwegian, Irish and Italians all used the spelling of Peter with their children born in the 1900s).
Peter is derived from the Greek Petros meaning stone or rock. Probably the most famous Peter is Simon Peter, one of Jesus' apostles and the first bishop of Rome (Pope of the Roman Catholic Church). The New Testament text for this is "I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; ...." Matthew 16:18, emphasis added. The name day (feast day) for Peter in most countries is June 29th. (If you want to find your name day check out Happy Name Day).
The given name Peter is used in most countries and shows up as Botros (Arabic), Petri (Finnish), Petera (Maori), Pyotr (Russian) and Pedr (Welsh) as well as most languages/countries in between. To learn more about the given name Peder and all its variations - check out Behind the Name.
See you back here on Monday for the letter Q (that one might require some work!)