"fighting-man's estate"

Peyton Origin and Meaning

The name Peyton is a girl's name of English origin meaning "fighting-man's estate".

Peyton is a unisex surname that rose to fame in the 90s, with parents drawing inspiration from football star, Peyton Manning, and, oddly enough, from "Peyton Flanders", the villainess of the 1992 film, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Combining gentle sounds with contemporary style and the naughtiness of Peyton Place, the name remains a popular choice in the US today.

Derived from an English place name, Peyton could mean "Pæga's town" or "fighting man's estate", though other sources associate it with Patton and Patrick, giving it the meaning "nobleman's town". In tune with Avery, Paisley, and Harper - and an updated honor for Grandpa Patrick or Aunt Patricia - Peyton is in the US Top 200 and given to nearly 2000 girls every year.

Obscure until the 90s, solidly unisex in the early 2000s, a feminine-leaning, Top 100 choice in the 2010s, and now seemingly in decline, Peyton has had a turbulent time in the charts over the last three decades.

Whether it continues to fall or rise back up remains to be seen, but for now, it still feels like a familiar option, with namesakes ranging from the literary Peyton Loftis to the actress Peyton Roi List.

# 142 in the US

Peyton Rank in US Top 1000

# 990 on Nameberry

Peyton Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Peyton Popularity

Famous People Named Peyton

  • Peyton ListAmerican actress
  • Peyton Roi ListAmerican actress
  • Peyton EllaAmerican actress
  • Peyton Elizabeth LeeAmerican actress
  • Peyton Kaye EvansAmerican dancer and reality TV personality ("Dance Moms")
  • Peyton BrownMiss Alabama USA 2016
  • Peyton Roycering name of Cassie MacIntosh, Australian pro wrestler
  • Peyton Nicole Edmonds (b. 2008)daughter of singer Babyface
  • Peyton Rose Smith (b. 2009)daughter of basketball player JR Smith
  • Peyton Reianne Burke (b. 2013)daughter of Aleah LeBeouf and Shawn Burke of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
  • Peyton Johnson(b. 2013), daughter of YouTubers the "Johnson fam"
  • Peyton Marie Federline (b. 2014)daughter of dancer Kevin Federline

Peyton in Pop Culture

  • Peyton Elizabeth Sawyercharacter on TV's 'One Tree Hill'
  • Peyton Flanders aka Mrs. Mottcharacter in film "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle"
  • Peyton Millercharacter in William Styron's 'Lie Down in Darkness'
  • Peyton Driscollcharacter on TV's "CSI: NY"
  • Peyton Charlescharacter on TV's "iZombie"
  • Peyton Braggcharacter in 'Alas, Babylon' by Pat Frank
  • Peyton Kellycharacter in film "The Game Plan"