Male forename, name of a number of other real and fictional people.
Peter Pan the hero of J. M. Barrie's play of the same name (1904), a motherless boy with magical powers who never grew up, and who takes the Darling children, Wendy and her brothers, from their unguarded nursery to Never Never Land where he and the Lost Boys struggle against the pirates and Captain Hook. After many adventures, the children go home, but Peter remains in Never Never Land, and Wendy visits him each year to spring-clean the house which he and the Lost Boys had built around her.Peter Pan's name is used allusively for someone who retains youthful features, or who is immature.
Peter Rabbit the blue-coated rabbit who is one of the main characters in the series of children's stories by Beatrix Potter; The Tale of Peter Rabbit (published privately in 1900) was the first of these.
Peter the Great the name given to Peter I (1672–1725), tsar of Russia 1682–1725. Peter modernized his armed forces before waging the Great Northern War (1700–21) and expanding his territory in the Baltic. His extensive administrative reforms were instrumental in transforming Russia into a significant European power.
Peter the Hermit (c. 1050–1115), a French monk. His preaching on the First Crusade was a rallying cry for thousands of peasants throughout Europe to journey to the Holy Land; most were massacred by the Turks in Asia Minor. Peter later became prior of an Augustinian monastery in Flanders.
Peter the Wild Boy (1712–85), found living wild in the woods of Hanover in 1724, and believed by many to have been reared by animals; he was taken to England and presented to George I.