Peter is a name that originates from the original Greek name Petros, which means ‘Rock’.
Cephas is the name that Jesus gave to his disciple, Simon. This translates to Petros which is anglicized as Peter, hence this disciple is also known as Simon Peter. He is the author of I Peter and II Peter from the New Testament of the Bible.
Saint Peter is the patron saint of Fishermen, Popes, Shipwrights and Locksmiths. His symbol is the Petrine cross (inverted cross) with two keys of heaven.
The name Peter is common in many countries and has many variations, including Peiter, Peta, Perretta, Perica, Perreault, Pierre, Petri and Peru