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  • Records indicate that 291,177 girls in the United States have been named Peggy since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1958, when 10,074 people in the U.S. were given the name Peggy. Those people are now 61 years old.

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    Comments about the name Peggy

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      11 Positive Comments

  • "I was born in 1957 and I am Peggy Joanne. Not Margaret. I like my name now but not so much as a kid. Nicknames have been Pegleg pegasaurus peggit pegster etc. and yes people sing the Peggy Sue song to me." Jan. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Peggy (meaning a Pearl) born in June (birthstone is a Pearl) I have always loved my name. To me it's Unique and very special. Also, all through my life I have been told I am a very pretty woman. :)" May. 15, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Peggy Lynn. My mother and great grandmother's were both Margarets that went by Peggy. I was named after their nick name. I loved them both dearly but wasn't a fan of having a nickname for a first name. I was born in 1970. Pegalicious is the craziest nickname coworkers have come up with for me. I dig being a Peggy!" Mar. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Peggy (not Margaret) born in 1966. It fits my personality" Mar. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Peggy Sue. I had two childhood friends with the same first name. That was cool since it isn't a common name. I too didn't like it as much when I was younger however I do now. My nickname was pegleg and pegster used by a few when I was a kid. Now it is Peg or Peggy. Interesting how many Peggys there are!" Aug. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1957 and my name is just Peggy Jo. Not Margaret. I like it. People sing me the pretty Peggy Sue song." Jun. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Peggy Sue, born in the late 50's and I've had everybody and their brother sing the song to me, even Donald Trump's father when I worked in one of his complexes years ago. Can't tell you how many times I've been asked if I've gotten married yet. Had a tax client spell out the song at the bottom of a return envelope for something I had sent to him once. Too funny. I hated the name when I was a little girl, even broke my sister's 45 of it; but now I make everybody say the whole name. My mother wanted to name me Margaret but her friend next door had her little girl just before I was born and named her Margaret, so my mother named me Peggy Sue. I've known of other Peggy Sue's but never met them. I once had a teacher who insisted my name was Margaret, and then my mother set her straight. Had to laugh at that one. I've been called Peg, Susie, P Sue, Sue, you name it. It's an interesting name to have been given and I don't think I trade it now for anything." Dec. 27, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my friends called peggy and shes chinese; she says that quite a lot of people over there have that for their english name. i like it bc its really different and rolls off ur tongue kinda nice." Jun. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret but I am called Peggy. I was born in the 50's, and that name was popular then. I have not met many Peggys over the years, and when I do they are usually about the same age as I am. My experience with my name is that I have spent my whole life trying to convince people that Peggy does come from the name Margaret." Oct. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Peggy is short for Margaret. I don't know how, but Margaret is my given name, but I don't think I have ever gone by that. On the phone people tell me that is sounds like Heidi, but it must be the way I say it." Jun. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. Some people ask me if it is from Margaret, but for me it isn't. I was born in 1974 and have yet to meet anyone else named Peggy that is my age. In that way, my name has always felt very unique, but everyone is familiar with it and can pronounce it and usually sings it! The Peggy Sue song, of course." Jan. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "if it's really derived from margaret, why not go with margaret, a beautiful name. peggy sounds eggy and peg-like and ...what?" Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      25 Neutral Comments

  • "My name isPeggy Lee , I was born in 1959. My father loved the singer Peggy Lee my name sake. I love my name. Born in June birth stone ?Pearl? Peggy also means pearl. So it?s a pleasure to carry my name. Thanks dad" Dec. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Peggy is my first name. I was born in 1948. I I I was born in 1948. My middle name is Linda. I was one of two Peggy?s in my neighborhood. I didn?t really like my name when I was little, but love it now. Youn people think it is unique! Enjoy your name girls! Don?t sweat the small stuff!" Nov. 10, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name Peggy (I?m not a Margaret) never bothered me as a kid. I was called Peglet in H.S. Which I thought was really cute. I went to a huge H.S. and only 1 other Peggy in the whole school. Although now I?m taking college classes later in life and Peggy is an unheard of name among my fellow students. They?re like I?ve never heard that name before. I wonder why my parents named me Peggy when it was most popular through the 1950?s. (I was born 1968) It seems like an out dated name to me. Lotsa teasing with Pegleg and PeggySue song. If I was a Margaret I?d go by Maggy or Meg. I?ve thought about changing my name. My parents argue over who really chose my name. My dad or my aunt 😂" Aug. 31, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My true name is Peggy and was born in 1987. I am the youngest Peggy I know by far. I was named after my grandmother. I like it a little more that I have become older but I use to hate it. The nicknames can be crazy, I have also been called piggy, pegalicous, pegster, peggums, peg leg ect. I have heard my fair share of the Peggy Sue song even though that was before my time." Sep. 8, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Peggy Sue and I love my name and I was born in 1968 .I also have an aunt with the name peggy" Aug. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Peggy born in 1954. I hate being asked if my real name is Margaret! I've read that people associate the name Peggy with friendliness and wholesomeness. That's me! The name means "PEARL" and the Bible speaks of a pearl of great price! If I could change my name to a derivative...I would choose "Maggie."" Jul. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well I was born in 1959 and my name is Peggy Lee my father named me after the singer. I've always liked the name. I'm not a Margaret. And when I think of parents naming their child's I'm sure they've given it a lot of thought. So I don't mind it at all." Apr. 3, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never had any trouble with my name and I don;t like my name.That is my real name" Mar. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a true Peggy and understand why there are not many.The meaning of Peggy is a pearl...not every oyster has a pearlvery special. Island style is spelled Peki." Nov. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a true Peggy. Born in 1962. My grandma name was Lilian Margaret But honestly my true name is Peggy Ann" Oct. 26, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Peggy. I am tired of answering the question, "is your name Margaret?" I am tired of people singing the "Peggy Sue" song. Some people even ask me how to spell it! I do not like it when people call me Miss Peggy. It sounds too much like Miss Piggy! It is hard to sign my name since the 2 "g's" and the "y" should line up." Sep. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes my name is Peggy as a kid I hated it. I am not a Margaret. I am born in 1958 and now I know why my siblings chose it. My mom always told me use my middle name which is Lisette. Also a name no one had. As an adult I don't think about it much." Apr. 18, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1952 and my name is Peggy. Not Margaret. I love both names and never minded when the nuns at school called me Margaret. And having been a teacher of small children I have definitely had the experience of being called "Miss Piggy" instead of "Miss Peggy". But I just laugh, gently correct them, and tell them I think it is so wonderful that they think I am like a movie star! It's all in your attitude. Peggy as a name is all but gone - even the youngest of us with it seem to be in their 40s or 50s. I wonder if it will ever come back? I certainly enjoy having it; I think it has a happy sound." Mar. 8, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Peggy and I was born in 1962. I am not a Margaret. Growing up I never liked it because kids would call me "Piggy Peggy" and then along came "Miss Piggy" on Seseme Street and young kids do have a hard time pronouncing it. Somewhere along the road I heard someone say that a person should never ridicule their name because it is the first gift your parents gave you. That struck a cord with me and I have come to terms with my name to the point that I now admire it." Jan. 1, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. Have not met very many peers with my name, though. I have never taught a Peggy. (I am a teacher.) I am really Margaret, named after my mother who hated that name. She went by any number of odd names including Pegi; I never knew how to introduce her to my friends. Since she hated Margaret, I also hate it. Do not call me Margaret!" Nov. 19, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Margaret but was always called Peggy. Didn't like being called Peggy because of what kids do to the name. Piggy Peggy, Peg Board, Piggally, Pegster. Often Margaret would get shorted to Maggie and I wouldn't correct. Now almost 52 years old I am called Peg. I go by Margaret "Peg" Last Name at the signature place on my emails. Its OK when you get older. No one calls me Peggy only Peg." Dec. 21, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born a Peggy in 1957. I've never really like the name, but I'd feel strange being called something else after all these years. I get a lot of laughs because of the "Peggy" commercial where a man is Peggy. Oh well, it is what it is!" Jan. 31, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a true Peggy born in 1962. My father chose my name. If I had been born in December as my due date foretold, my mother was going to name me Holly. It's a more difficult name for children as kids do tend to have a hard time saying it and sometimes it comes out "piggy." Seems a better name for adults. I find either people are amused by my name or really don't like it, but they don't bother me much about it, except to ask if my name is really Margaret. I had a school teacher call me Margaret all through 8th grade, even though I told him it was not my name. I'm just happy now to carry the name that my father wanted for me." Feb. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Peggy is a sweet name though many people in Africa do not know about." Oct. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mother's name is Margaret, but EVERYONE calls her Peggy. she was born in 1968. i think it is a pretty name!" Dec. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never have met another true "Peggy", they are always Margarets. Also, most are old enough to be my grandmother. Moral of the story don't name your daughter Peggy!" Dec. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "peggy is a nice name but usually pepole laugh at it they all think its peggy mitchel" Nov. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Peggy (it's not short for Margaret or anything); I really disliked it as a kid because it sounded too much like "Piggy" and I hated that. I've grown mostly indifferent towards it and don't think too much about it now." Feb. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little sisters name is Peggy, and she was born in 1982. I dont think it so bad, I think Peg is cute. She hates it, and always give our Dad a hard time about naming her that. And people always think her full name is Margret, and Peggy is short for that I guess, but its not it just Peggy." Dec. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother grew up in the 1950's and loved the Peggy Sue song. Twenty years later, I was blessed with it. It has been okay. Not many people my age with the name. I hated it as a kid, but accepting it more as an adult. It had all the cool stuff with being unusual but all the bad stuff with being unusual too." Jun. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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