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Pedro Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Pedro is of Spanish and Portuguese origin.

The meaning of Pedro is "rock, stone".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 354 in baby name popularity for boys with 902 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Pedro Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Pedro has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Pedro to other names.


The name Peter is derived via Latin from the Greek word petros meaning "stone or rock".

The name has very been popular through the ages and was the given name of many famous people including the most well known of Christ's apostles and a Russian Tsar.

Many children's book characters have also been bestowed the name including "Peter Pan", "Peter Rabbit" and Peter from "Peter and the Wolf".

The Russian Tsar, Peter The Great, (officially Peter I) was born in 1672 and died in 1725. He ruled Russia and later the Russian Empire from 1682 until his death.

He has been credited with bringing great reforms to Russia including centralizing the government, modernizing the army, creating a navy and transforming Russia into a major European Empire via land conquests.

Peter opened Russia to Western influences, encouraging the best European engineers, architects, craftsmen and shipbuilders to come to Russia to help modernize the country.

Visually breathtaking and hidden amidst nearly impenetrable mountains to the east running from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea the ancient city of Petra is an abandoned necropolis of temples and tombs cut directly into towering cliffs of red, pink and orange sandstone.

The city of Petra (meaning the rock in Greek) was discovered in 1812 by the young Swiss explorer Johan Ludwig Burckhardt. The area harbors archaeological evidence of many cultures from many periods. Around 1200 BCE, the Edomites (Edom, meaning red, is the Biblical name for this region of the Middle East) occupied the area. During the 6th 4th centuries BCE, the Nabataeans, a nomadic tribe from the northwestern part of Arabia, began to take over the lands making this area their capital.

By far the best known tourist attraction in Jordan, the "lost city" of Petra was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Tours enter through a 1.5 km winding narrow gorge (Siq) surrounded by soaring vertical cliffs of sandstone which exit upon the most famous Petra structure, the 40 meter high Treasury (Al-Khazneh). Petra may be reached by day tour from the Israeli resort city of Eilat or Amman, Jordan.

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Related Names

Pedro is a form of the name Peter.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Pedro Delgado.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Pedro in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Pedro.

Just for fun, see the name Pedro in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Pedro in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Spanish names consist of one or more given names followed by TWO family names. Generally the first surname is the father's first surname and the second is the mother's first surname but this traditional order no longer required. Generally the second surname is only used for formal and legal matters.

Although a child may have only one or two given names for official civil records, they may be given several names when baptized.

Given names are simple such as Juan or composite such as Juan Pablo. Composite names are considered single unit first names and not first and second names.

Parents give names that just appeal to them, honor relatives or saints, or are of traditional Spanish origin.

Many Spanish given names honor the Virgin Mary. Girls are frequently given the name Maria or Maria followed by a suffix name and boys are sometimes given the name Maria as a middle name. Girls with Marian composite names may use the suffix portion of their name as their main informal name. For example Maria de los Angeles, Maria del Pilar and Maria de la Luz, may go by the names Angeles, Pilar and Luz.

Although the first name within a composite name generally reflects the gender of the holder, the second name need not, as in Jose Maria or Maria Jose.