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Quick Facts on Pedro

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 344
Simple meaning:
stone rock

Characteristics of Pedro

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Pedro

Pedro is the Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of Peter. The name Peter is ultimately derived from the Greek word “pétros” meaning ‘stone, rock.’ The name is borne in the New Testament by one of Christ’s apostles, a fisherman and brother of Andrew (another disciple). Originally called Simon, he was given the nickname Peter or ‘rock’ by Jesus himself (Pétros in Greek and Cephas in Aramaic), and is therefore often referred to as Simon-Peter. In Matthew 16:17-18, Jesus says explicitly “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!...And I tell you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Clearly, Jesus played favorites and Peter was his main man. Not only Is Peter considered the founder of the Christian Church (the rock upon which it was built), but he is also regarded as the first pope in Roman Catholic tradition since Jesus gave Peter “the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” In fact, it is Saint Peter that Christians expect to meet at the pearly gates of heaven one day. The name Peter has enjoyed enduring popularity since the Middle Ages throughout Europe. The most familiar forms of the name Peter in other languages include Pedro in Spanish, Pietro in Italian and Pierre in French.

Popularity of the Name Pedro

Pedro has been on the American naming charts for well over a century, and has mostly enjoyed consistently moderate success. The name increased in usage along with the growing Hispanic and Latino populations in the United States. Pedro is still ranked in the Top 50 in Spain and the Top 100 in Mexico. In 2009, Pedro was the third most popular boy’s name in Brazil where it seems to enjoy a particular amount of success. Peitro is ranked high in Italy as is Pierre in France. However, Peter and his Spanish brother Pedro have fallen down the charts in the United States since the turn of the 21st century. Perhaps these names are considered too provincial for Americans today. Nevertheless, Pedro is a time-tested, classical name with a modern sensibility. Pedro is a name loaded with religious importance thanks to San Pedro, but it has also enjoyed the royal treatment as the name of five Portuguese kings dating back to the 14th century. Pedro is no wilting flower – this name is solid like a “rock”. Like the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite asked: we say YES. Let’s all “Vote for Pedro”!
Popularity of the Boy Name Pedro
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Pedro

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Pedro

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Pedro

    Don Pedro (Much Ado About Nothing) Don Pedro is one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s popular 1598/99 comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. He is a prince among men, both literally and figuratively. As a politically prominent figure, he exercises his social rights, and sets about marrying off his good friends, Benedick (to Beatrice) and Claudio (to Hero), often with unexpected results. At one point, he himself asks Beatrice to marry him, but she turns him down. Naturally, there is identity switching going on in all corners, all in the usual Renaissance notion of good fun. Ultimately, Don Pedro’s matchmaking endeavors pay off, and everyone pairs off happily - except – the prince himself! We might advise him to be a little more selfish next time, and don’t take “no” for an answer so easily. Why do the nice guys finish last?

    Don Pedro de Mendez (Gulliver’s Travels) Don Pedro de Mendez is a minor but pivotal character in Jonathan Swift’s 1728 classic, Gulliver’s Travels. He is a sea captain who assists Gulliver in leaving the Island of the Houynhnms, and he does so in a spirit of generosity that is scarcely acknowledged by Gulliver. He brings the brooding Gulliver as far as Lisbon, providing him with passage, food, clothing and money, as well as a patient ear for Gulliver’s rantings and ravings. He stops Gulliver from committing suicide and he persuades him to honor his duty to return to his wife and children. What he gets in return is disdain and mulish behavior. It is often posited that Swift created Pedro de Mendez as a foil for Gulliver, as a shining example of the purity of action of which humans are capable, in stark contrast to the dire and cynical musings of Gulliver. We tend to agree.

    Pedro Romero (The Sun Also Rises) Pedro Romero is a very attractive character in Ernest Hemmingway’s 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises, which was also made into a movie in 1957. He is a gifted young bull fighter with a passion for his chosen profession; he is beautiful both in and out of the arena. Everything that he does is done with grace and dignity, and he makes the expatriate Americans look foolish by comparison. He even gets the girl for a while (Lady Brett Ashley), but even she is moved to lofty heights of character by his person, choosing to leave him rather than be in any way responsible for ruining his career. Remember the Hollywood producer, Robert Evans? He played Pedro in the movie – that’s how good looking this guy is.

    Pedro Tercero Garcia (The House of the Spirits) Pedro is a character in Isabel Allende’s 1982 debut, best-selling novel, The House of the Spirits. His father, Pedro Segundo Garcia is the foreman of Esteban Trueba’s estate; his grandfather, Old Pedro Garcia is a wise old man who has long been a retainer on the estate. Pedro Tercero befriends Trueba’s daughter, Blanca, when they are children and becomes her lover and the father of her child when they grow up. He is a young revolutionary songwriter with dreams of social freedom for his country. Esteban Trueba considers him a communist and despises him for it. Furthermore, he is infuriated by Pedro Tercero’s relationship with his daughter, and tries to kill him. In a twist of fate, Pedro Tercero is placed in a position to later save Esteban’s life and Esteban arranges for the safe escape of his daughter and Pedro Tercero to Canada after the military coup in Chile. Throughout his life, he remains committed to his vision and devoted to Blanca, both of which endeavors bring him much sorrow and pain.

  • Popular Songs on Pedro

    Popular Songs on Pedro

    Little Pedro - a song by David Houston

    No Way Pedro - a song by Van Morrison

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Pedro

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Pedro

    A Piggy Bank for Pedro (Greg Roza) - Featuring high-frequency words, pictures that are tightly correlated to the text, and a charming story, this leveled fiction reader will help emerging readers built early literacy skills. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Ang Alpabeto ni Pedro (Bjorne Levkov) - A Filipino children's book that gives an introduction to the Filipino alphabet. Share Pedro's love for the alphabet. In the book, Pedro takes the reader through all 28 letters of the Filipino Alphabet. Each page provides fun illustrations, words and a sentence dedicated to each letter. The book is written in Tagalog. A fun book that the Filipino kid will love! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    La silla de Pedro (Ezra Jack Keats) - Peter has a new baby sister, and everything is changing. His old cradle is painted pink for the baby; his high chair is painted pink for the baby; next his beloved little chair is going to be painted pink--for the baby. Peter can't stand it! He takes his chair, his dog, and his own baby picture, and he runs away (but he doesn't run too far). Now available in Spanish, this timeless story is the perfect book for any child adjusting to being a big brother or sister. The Library Journal says: "A more charming or contemporary child than hard to bring to mind." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pedro Claver, Santo Patrono de los Esclavos (Julia Durango) - Many people can identify the name of St. Peter Claver from school, church or missals, but they are unfamiliar with this courageous and just man. This beautifully illustrated, bilingual book will introduce young children (and their parents) to his life and times. Peter Claver was a Spanish Jesuit missionary who came to the New World in 1610. When he arrived in Cartagena he was shocked by the slave trade and dedicated himself for forty years to gaining freedom for the slaves while he cared for them, bringing them food and medicine and tending the sick. He caught the plague and died in 1654. Because of his tireless work, he is the patron saint of slaves, African-Americans and race relations. Children will love this colorful story of St. Peter Claver. It is particularly noteworthy for its appeal to African-Americans, appeal to Hispanic people, and its bilingual format. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pedro Fools the Gringo and Other Tales of a Latin American Trickster (Maria Cristina Brusca) - This collection of 12 brief Latin American trickster tales is lively and humorous. From an orphaned childhood in which he uses his wits to survive, through his sneaky ascent into Heaven, Pedro Urdemales (a kindred spirit to Brer Rabbit) gets the better of the rich and powerful, from politicians to priests to the Devil himself. A fine addition to the body of Hispanic folklore. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Pedro of Palestine: A Christmas Story for Children (Ruby Cavanaugh Koerper) - Everyone knows the story of Jesus's birth. But there's someone who's always left out! Who carried Mary to Jerusalem? Who was in the stable when Jesus was born? It was Pedro the donkey! Young readers will love seeing the Christmas story through Pedro's eyes as he meets angels, wise men, and shepherds--and witnesses the greatest miracle of all. Find out what happens to Pedro of Palestine when he sees Jesus! This is an eLIVE book, meaning each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for the free download of the audio version of the book. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pedro's Burro (Alyssa Satin Capucilli) - There are many burros! How will Pedro and Papa find one that is just right? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pedro's Journal (Pam Conrad) - One of the three ship's boys of the Santa Maria keeps a diary of his adventures in Christopher Columbus's company on that famous 1492 journey. A wonderful read! Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Pedro's Whale (Paula Kluth, PhD) - Pedro, a young boy who loves whales more than anything, is heartbroken when he s told to put away his favorite toy whale on the first day of school. But then Pedro s teacher discovers the secret to helping him do his best work: not only giving him his whale, but also incorporating his special interest into the whole curriculum. Soon, Pedro s whale is helping all the children learn, as the teacher works whales into math lessons, storytime, simple science experiments, and more! Pedro s whale helps him make friends, too, as the other children start to share his special interest. An ideal teaching tool, Pedro s Whale will inspire educators to harness their students natural motivations. Everyone who reads Pedro s Whale will remember its eye-opening message: when you work with instead of against what students love, they feel safe, happy, and ready to learn. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street (Leo Politi) - This Caldecott Honor book from beloved children's book author Leo Politi, originally published in 1946, is set on Olvera Street, the site of Los Angeles' original Latino settlement, which is still preserved very much as it once was--a busy and colorful me'lange of small artisan shops, restaurants, and strolling musicians. Pedro tells of the community's Christmas tradition of the "posada," a procession that reenacts Mary and Joseph's pilgrimage to Bethlehem, and of the "piñata," a papier-mâché vessel filled with toys that children break open at the Posada's end. Pedro hopes to find a music box among the toys that will spill out of the piñata. But first, he is asked to don the red wings of an angel and lead the procession. Because he not only is costumed like an angel but also sings like one, he is asked to lead the chorus in the traditional Posada song. Music and lyrics for the song are included, and with them children may create their own Posada pageant. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Pinguino Pedro (Marcus Pfister) - Pete the penguin has a good time playing on land with his fellow birds and learning how to swim in the sea. Booklist says: “Young Spanish-speaking Pfister fans will appreciate these smooth, barebones renditions in board-book format about Pedro, a young penguin. Especially pleasing are Pfister's full-page watercolors that show Pedro eager to grow up and swim with the older penguins.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Pedro

    Famous People Named Pedro

    Famous People Named Pedro - Pedro Martinez (baseball player); Pedro Almodóvar (Spanish film director); Pedro (soccer player); Pedro Alberto José Gnavi (former President of Argentina); Pedro Menendez De Aviles (Spanish explorer, helped colonize Florida)

  • Children of Famous People Named Pedro

    Children of Famous People Named Pedro

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Pedro - Frances McDormand (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Pedro - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Pedro - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Pedro.

Personality of the Boy Name Pedro

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Pedro

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