Family name origins & meanings
- Slovenian and Croatian : from an old pet form of the personal name Peter (Slovenian) or Petar (Croatian).
- Slovenian : from an old pet form of the personal name Bernard. Replacement of initial B- with P- is quite common in Slovenian names.
- Finnish : topographic name from perkiö ‘meadow’, ‘cleared field’. This name is found mainly in southwestern Finland.