National Pedro Day – January 23, 2023

National Pedro Day is celebrated every year on 23 January. This date is also the observation of National Pie Day — double celebrations for all Pedros. Pedro is a Spanish and Portuguese name derived from the Latin word ‘petra,’ which means ‘stone’ or ‘rock.’ ‘Pedroza’ is a Spanish word that means ‘rocky.’ Pedro is a well-known surname that denotes a long and illustrious Spanish ancestry. The first kind of hereditary surnames in Spain were patronymic surnames, derived from the fathers’ and mothers’ names.

History of National Pedro Day

The alternative ancient spelling for the name Pedro is Pêro. Pedro is a male-given name. In Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish, Peter is known as Pedro. Peter is equivalent to ‘Pierre’ in French, while Peter is equivalent to English and Germanic. The patronymic surname ‘Pérez’ means “son of Peter” in Spanish, Peres in Galician and Portuguese, Pires in Portuguese, and Peiris in the coastal area of Sri Lanka where Pedro derived from the Portuguese version, all of which means ‘son of Pêro.’ Pedro derives from the Latin word ‘petra,’ which is taken from a Greek word meaning ‘stone,’ or ‘rock.’ The name Peter is derived from the Aramaic word ‘Kephas’ or ‘Cephas,’ which means ‘stone.’

Several notable people bear the name Pedro, including Pedro Alvares Cabral, also known as the European Discoverer of Brazil, was a Portuguese nobleman, military leader, navigator, and explorer born in Gouveia. Cabral led the first significant exploration of South America’s northeast coast in 1500, claiming it for Portugal. Pedro Juan Rosselló González, born on April 5, 1944, is another notable figure. He was the governor of Puerto Rico from 1993 to 2001 and is a Puerto Rican physician and politician. From 1991 to 1999, he presided over the New Progressive Party; from 2003 to 2008, he was the party’s president; and from 2005 to 2008, he represented the District of Arecibo in the Senate. Pedro, a midfielder with F.C. Amares, is another well-known Pedro.

National Pedro Day timeline

1195
The First Recorded Spelling of the Name

Ralph Peter is the first recorded spelling of the family name.

1911
It becomes a Popular Name

Pedro becomes a popular boy's name in the state of New Mexico.

1960
The “Pedro” Hindi Album

“Pedro,” a Hindi album created by Bulo Rani and featuring five songs, is released.

2008
The Film “Pedro”

“Pedro,” an American film, is released.

National Pedro Day FAQs

Is Pedro the most decorated player?

Pedro is the only player in football history to win the Europa League, Euro Champions League, Premier League, and World Cup.

Is Pedro a good name?

Pedro has been on the American naming charts for over a century and has enjoyed moderate success. The name increased in usage along with the growing Hispanic and Latino populations in the United States.

What is Pedro's female counterpart?

Petra.

National Pedro Day Activities

  1. Gift someone named Pedro

    Buy a bouquet or a box of chocolates for somebody named Pedro on their birthday. You can also send them a card with good wishes on it.

  2. Look up the name days of friends

    Tell your friends about National Pedro Day so they can join in the fun. Look up your names' birthdays and plan a surprise for each other on those days.

  3. Learn about your historical namesakes

    Learn about National Pedro Day. Look up famous persons and saints with this name.

5 Interesting Facts About The Name Pedro

  1. It’s the 339th most popular American name

    Pedro is the 399th most prevalent given name in the United States.

  2. It’s more popular than 0%

    Pedro is more popular than approximately 0% of all first names.

  3. 50 out of 100,000 are named Pedro

    For every 100,000 Americans, there are 50 people named Pedro.

  4. 72,320 people are named Pedro

    The projected population of people named Pedro is 72,320, according to an examination of 100 years of data from the S.S.A. baby names database.

  5. It’s mostly a boy’s name

    The S.S.A. data shows that Pedro is mostly used as a boy's name.

Why We Love National Pedro Day

  1. It is an ancient custom

    Name days are an ancient custom, a holdover from an era when birthdays were considered a luxury reserved for the wealthy. The custom began hundreds of years ago as a method to pay homage to Christian Saints and Greek Gods.

  2. It is used by churches

    Churches and governmental committees use name days to select which names are acceptable or not. Apart from their physical features, names are a unique way of identifying people.

  3. It makes people feel special

    Celebrating a person because of their name, despite how odd it sounds, can make them feel special. It can also help them appreciate themselves and their names better.

National Pedro Day dates

YearDateDay
2023January 23Monday
2024January 23Tuesday
2025January 23Thursday
2026January 23Friday
2027January 23Saturday

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