Pasiphae


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wide shining.”

Pronunciation: (pah-SIH-fah-ee)

Nicknames: Pasi, Posy, Phae, Fae

Detail: In Greek myth, Pasiphae is the daughter of Helios and Perse, and wife of King Minos. When Minos had the misfortune of insulting Poseidon, the god kindled a passionate love in Pasiphae for a bull. She had Daedalus design a construction so that she could mate with the bull, and thus she became the mother of the Minotaur.

Pomona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Fruit tree.”

Pronunciation: (pah-MOH-nah)

Nicknames: Pomme (French word for apple), Pomy, Poppy, Mona

Detail: From the Latin pomus “fruit tree”. This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.

In the Harry Potter series Pomona Sprout the professor of Herbology.

Pandora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “All gifted.”

Pronunciation: (pan-DOR-uh)

Nicknames: Panda, Pan, Dora

Detail: In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. The gods bestowed her with many talents; Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo music, Hermes persuasion, and so forth. Hence her name: Pandora, “All gifted”.

With her, Pandora had a jar which she was not to open under any circumstance. Impelled by her natural curiosity, Pandora opened the jar, and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid, but the whole contents of the jar had escaped, except for one thing which lay at the bottom, and that was Hope.

Persephone


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Bringer of death; Destoyer.”

Pronunciation: (per-SEF-oh-nee)

Nicknames: Sephy, Seffy, Poppy, Phee, Effy, Posy

Detail: As the story goes, one day in the valley of Enna, where spring reigns eternal, Persephone was innocently picking flowers. Hades, god of the underworld, saw her and it was love at first sight. He came charging in his chariot into the valley and snatched her away.

Demeter finally persuaded Zeus through adamant pleading, to demand for her daughter back from Hades. Hades agreed to return Persephone as long as she had not eaten anything from the underworld. (There is a permanent bond for those who consume food in the Underworld; they are bound to it eternally.) However the sly Hades, who fancied Persephone to pieces, duped her into snacking on a few pomegranate seeds.

This caused some intense arguing, but Zeus, being the crafty old mediator that he was, came up with an agreement by which Persephone could stay with Demeter in the spring and summer to help out with the botany business and then go back down to live with Hades for six months or so, creating a season for nature to take time off, winter break.

Demeter has never been satisfied with this, and that is why winters are so gaunt and cold. So you can thank Hades for when you have Jack Frost nipping at you.

Peirene; Pirene


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “The tying; fastening one.”

Pronunciation: (PEY-reh-nee); (pih-REH-nee)

Nicknames: Pay, Pira, Rene

Detail: Daughter of the river god. Pirene was a nymph in Greek and Roman mythology whose unending grief for the loss of her son transformed her into a fountain near Corinth.

Psyche


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Soul.”

Pronunciation: (SAHY-kee) Psyche

Nicknames: Psych

Detail: Personification of the Soul, Goddess of Beauty and wife of Eros.

The ancient Greek word for butterfly.

In this tale Psyche is a young girl of admirable beauty who is unfortunately subject to the jealousy of the goddess Aphrodite. Aphrodite sends her son Eros (Cupid) to Earth to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest living man but the young god falls in love with her himself. She was united with him after Aphrodite’s jealousy was overcome, granted immortality and bore a daughter (Volupta, which means bliss, delight or pleasure).

Peregrine


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Traveller.”

Pronunciation: (PAIR-eh-grin) Peregrine

Nicknames: Pippin, Pip, Grin

Detail: Peregrin “Pippin” Took, a hobbit in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. His first name, Peregrin, is a semi-translation into English of his true hobbit name Razanur.

St. Peregrine is the patron of cancer patients.

Variations:

  • Peregrin
  • Peregrine
  • Peregrino
  • Peregrinus
  • Peregryn