The name Pete ranked 365th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
Petros, the source of Peter, was a Greek translation of Cephus the Aramaic nickname of one of Jesus' disciples. It was used to distinguish him from another disciple also named Simon, who was known as ''The Zealot.''
Simon the Rock became one of the founders of the Christian religion and, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the first Pope. These achievements, along with Jesus' pun on his name -- ''Upon this Rock I will build my church'' -- assured the evolution of this nickname into a primary name form.
Arts and Music
Pete Seeger (born 1919)
American folk singer and songwriter.
Co-wrote ''''If I Had a Hammer'''' with Lee Hays (see list of Songwriters)
Pete Townshend (born 1945)
English musician, singer and songwriter. Lead singer of The Who.