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Gender: F Meaning of Peggy: "pearl" Origin of Peggy: Diminutive of Margaret, Greek

Just when we had written off Peggy as the eternal perky, pug-nosed prom-queen she projected from the 1920s into the fifties, along came Mad Men, with intriguing mid-century characters with names like Joan and Betty--and Peggy, causing a bit of a re-think. MM's proto-feminist Peggy Olson was followed by Amy Adams's strong Oscar-nominated Peggy Dodd character in The Master.

Peggy has been used independently since the eighteenth century, later combined with other names such as Peggy Sue, made famous by the Buddy Holly song and the film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Some notable namesakes who have gone by Peggy include jazz singer Peggy Lee (born Norma), art patron Guggenheim (born Marguerite), skater Fleming, and author/speechwriter Noonan (born Margaret).

It's not likely that Peggy will ever regain the 31st position it held in 1937, but we can see it coming into somewhat wider use.

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Famous People Named Peggy

Peggy Lee (born Norma Deloris Egstrom), American singer
Edith Margaret Emily "Peggy" Ashcroft, English actress
Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim, American art collector and socialite
Margaret "Peggy" Seeger, American folk singer
Peggy Orenstein, American writer
Margaret Ann "Peggy" Lipton, American actress
Peggy Gail Fleming, American Olympic figure skater
Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan, American journalist and speechwriter
Margaret "Peggy" O'Neill Eaton, wife of U.S Senator John Eaton, focus of 1830 "Petticoat Affair"
Margaret "Peggy" Shippen, wife of U.S. traitor Benedict Arnold

Pop Culture References for the Name Peggy

Peggy Sue Bodell, main character in 1986 movie "Peggy Sue Got Married"
Peggy Olsen, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Peggy Fowler, character on TV's "Mysterious Ways"
Margaret "Peggy" Dupree, character from movie "Camp Rock"
Peggy Hill, wife of Hank Hill on TV's "King of the Hill"
Margaret "Peggy" Wanker Bundy, character on TV's "Married... with Children"
Margaret "Peggy" Carter, character in Captain America comics
Margaret Ann "Peggy" Mitchell, character on British soap "EastEnders"

Peg, Pegeen, Pegg, Peggi, Peggie

Peggy's International Variations

Peigi (Scottish Gaelic)

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