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

The name Peggy is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "pearl". Peggy and is often added to lists like Hipster British Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

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 Ann Garner, American actress
Peggy Orenstein, American author
Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer, daughter of General Philip Schuyler and sister-in-law of Alexander Hamilton
Margaret Ann "Peggy" Lipton, American actress
Peggy Gail Fleming, American Olympic figure skater
Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan, American journalist and speechwriter
Margaret Amy "Peggy" Saunders, English tennis player
Margaret Ann "Peggy" Knudsen, American actress
Peggy Cummins (born Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller), Welsh-Irish actress
Peggy Scott-Adams, American R&B singer
Margaret "Peggy" O'Neill Eaton, wife of U.S Senator John Eaton, focus of 1830 "Petticoat Affair"
Peggy McIntaggart, Canadian model
Peggy Shannon (born Winona Sammon), American actress
Mary Margaret "Peggy" Wood, American actress
Margaret Rose "Peggy" Mount, English actress
Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress
Margaret "Peggy" Shippen, wife of American traitor Benedict Arnold
Peggy Steffans Sarno, American actress
Margaret Anne "Peggy" Lennon, American singer of the Lennon Sisters
Peggy-Jean Montgomery aka Baby Peggy, American silent film actress
Peggy Fischer, American child chef
Peggy Brand (b. 2018) daughter of Russell Brand.

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"
Agent Margaret "Peggy" Carter, character in Captain America comics
Margaret Ann "Peggy" Mitchell, character on British soap "EastEnders"
"Peggy Sue," song by Buddy Holly

Pegg, Peggi, Pegeen, Peggie, Peg

Peggy's International Variations

Peigi (Scottish Gaelic)


cheesy-biscuit Says:


I love this name. SO pretty with a great meaning and ages nicely.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I love names like this: Peggy, Betsy

bordercollie Says:


I'm not a huge fan of this name, but Peggy Olson and Agent Peggy Carter are great namesakes.

Miri Says:


And Peggy!

Lena_Aline Says:


And Peggy!

Peggy Knecht Says:


Peggy is my given name. I never liked it until I found out that it was given to me by my Paternal Grandmother. She always loved the name, and no one else could agree on a name, except that one. She always called me her "Peggy Ann".

eveyalecia Says:


Love the association with Agent Peggy Carter!

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pixelatedinfants Says:


nice username. and it's more like: and peggy. no caps XD

Introverted Says:


Just what I was thinking!!

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kertheshe Says:


Rated - PEGI - 16

EvaThyssen Says:


Too close to Piggy.