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Peter (m) Greek, ‘stone.’ Gaelic Peadair. This name
was popular in all English-speaking countries in the period
1945-60. In Scotland it had long been a steady favourite,
perhaps because of its supposed connection with Patrick.
It was the iith most frequently used name in Scotland in
1858, 12th in 1935, 14th in 1958. It has continued to be
well used in Scotland in the late 1970’s, but its very
popularity is now beginning to cause a reaction against it. The modern popularity of the name outside Scotland was no doubt due to the Scottish playwright, J. M. Barrie. His Peter Pan, first staged in 1904, became an instant success. Feminine forms of Peter include Peta, Petra, Peterina and Petrina.

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