Baby girl names beginning with P

On the search for baby name ideas for a girl that start with the 16th letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some perfect suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

The letter P

Let us help you with your newborn baby name list. Read our list of popular girl names beginning with P to find out their origin and meaning and see whether Paige, Perdita or Poonam will make your shortlist

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1. Padma

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: lotus flower
  • Also: Padmal, Padmini, Padmavati

2. Paige

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: page to a lord; a surname used as a first name
  • Also: Page

3. Paisley

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: church; the name of a town in Scotland
  • Also: Paislee, Payzlee, Paizley

4. Pallas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: goddess

5. Palma

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: palm of the hand

6. Paloma

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: dove

7. Pamela

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: honey
  • Also: Pam

8. Pandora

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: clever; a name from Greek mythology

9. Panphila

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: love

10. Pansy

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: The name of the flower (which is a symbol of remembrance)

11. Paris

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: The capital city of France

12. Parker

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: park keeper; also used as a boy’s name

13. Parvati

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: from the mountain

14. Pascale

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Easter

15. Patience

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: a word for the virtue used as a first name

16. Patricia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: high-born the feminine form of Patrick
  • Also: Pat, Patsy, Patti, Pattie, Patty, Tricia

17. Paula

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: small; the English form of Paola; the feminine form of Paul
  • Also: Paulina, Pauline, Paulette, Paola (Italian form), Polly

18. Payal

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: ankle decoration

19. Payton

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: fighting man’s estate
  • Also: Peyton

20. Pearl

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: the jewel found inside an oyster

21. Peggie

  • Origin: Greek/Latin
  • Meaning: short form of Margaret
  • Also: Peg, Peggy

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22. Peke

  • Origin: old German
  • Meaning: shining and glorious

23. Penelope

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: she who weaves; Penelope was the wife of Odysseus
  • Also: Pen, Penny

24. Peony

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: healing; the name of a plant used as a first name

25. Perdita

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: lost; a name created by Shakespeare for A Winter’s Tale

26. Persephone

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Persephone was the goddess of spring

27. Persis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a woman from Persia

28. Petra

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: rock; the feminine form of Peter
  • Also: Petrina and Peta

29. Petronella

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: derived from a Roman family name
  • Also: Petronilla

30. Petula

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a seeker

31. Petunia

  • Origin: English/Scottish
  • Meaning: the name of a trumpet-shaped flower

32. Phemie

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: the good little omen
  • Also: Euphemia

33. Philberta

  • Origin: Greek/Middle English
  • Meaning: glowing with love

34. Philippa

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lover of horses: the feminine form of Philip
  • Also: Philipa, Phillippa, Pippa

35. Philomena

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: well-loved

36. Phoebe

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: the moon
  • Also: Phebe

37. Phoenix

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: dark red or purple; the name of a mythical bird
  • Also: Phoenyx

38. Phyllis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: leafy
  • Also: Phyllida

39. Pia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: pious

40. Piper

  • Origin: English, Romanian
  • Meaning: flute or pipe player

41. Pixie

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: fairy

42. Poko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: poetry

43. Polly

  • Origin: Latin/Hebrew
  • Meaning: the short form of Paula (see above) or an alternate form of Molly, derived from Mary

44. Pollyanna

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: one who sees the bright side of every situation; a combination of Polly and Anna

45. Pooja

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: worship
  • Also: Puja

46. Poojita

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: one who is worshipped
  • Also: Pujita

47. Poonam

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: full moon
  • Also: Punam

48. Poppy

  • Origin: Latin/Old English
  • Meaning: the name of a red flower

49. Portia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: doorway; Roman family name and name of Shakespearean heroine in The Merchant of Venice

50. Presley

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: priest’s meadow; also used as a boy’s name

51. Primrose

  • Origin: Welsh/English
  • Meaning: first rose; the name of a spring flower
  • Also: Prim

52. Priscilla

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: former
  • Also: Cilla, Pris, Prissy

53. Priyal

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: well-loved
  • Also: Priyam, Priyanka, Priyasha.

54. Prudence

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: good judgement, wisdom
  • Also: Prue, Pru, Prudie

55. Prunella

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: little plum

56. Punita

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: pure

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years.

Illustration: Emma Winchester

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