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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010


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293k Peggy (English)

How popular is the baby name Peg in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1913 6 6 0
1914 5 5 0
1916 6 6 0
1917 5 5 0
1923 5 5 0
1924 6 6 0
1926 7 7 0
1927 6 6 0
1928 6 6 0
1929 9 9 0
1933 6 6 0
1934 10 10 0
1935 15 15 0
1936 15 15 0
1937 18 18 0
1938 17 17 0
1939 22 22 0
1940 23 23 0
1941 22 22 0
1942 19 19 0
1943 16 16 0
1944 18 18 0
1945 20 20 0
1946 32 32 0
1947 26 26 0
1948 31 31 0
1949 30 30 0
1950 21 21 0
1951 17 17 0
1952 33 33 0
1953 25 25 0
1954 24 24 0
1955 29 29 0
1956 33 33 0
1957 43 43 0
1958 41 41 0
1959 36 36 0
1960 30 30 0
1961 21 21 0
1962 27 27 0
1963 13 13 0
1964 18 18 0
1965 10 10 0
1966 6 6 0
1967 7 7 0
1968 5 5 0

Fun Facts about the name Peg

  • How many people with the first name Peg have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 840 babies born with the first name Peg in the United States. That's more than enough people named Peg to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Peg? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Peg first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Peg is Saturday, August 11th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Peg born? The highest recorded use of the first name Peg was in 1957 with a total of 43 babies.
  • Random Peg Factoid: According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Peg is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1946.
  • Weird things about the name Peg: Your name in reverse order is Gep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gep. How do you pronounce that?
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Origin and Meaning of Peg

The name "Peg" is of English origin, and it means "Pearl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Peg
  1. A small, pointed piece of wood, used in fastening boards together, in attaching the soles of boots or shoes, etc.; as, a shoe peg .
  2. A wooden pin, or nail, on which to hang things, as coats, etc. Hence, colloquially and figuratively: A support; a reason; a pretext; as, a peg to hang a claim upon.
  3. One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
  4. One of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board.
  5. A step; a degree; esp. in the slang phrase β€œTo take one down a peg.”"To screw papal authority to the highest peg." [Barrow.]"And took your grandees down a peg." [Hudibras.]
  6. A drink of spirits, usually whisky or brandy diluted with soda water.(India)"This over, the club will be visited for a β€œ peg,” Anglice drink." [Harper's Mag.]
  7. [Baseball] a hard throw, especially one made to put out a baserunner; as, the peg to the plate went wild.

Etymology: OE. pegge; cf. Sw. pigg, Dan. pig a point, prickle, and E. peak

verb Peg
  1. To put pegs into; to fasten the parts of with pegs; as, to peg shoes; to confine with pegs; to restrict or limit closely."I will rend an oak And peg thee in his knotty entrails." [Shak.]
  2. [Cribbage] To score with a peg, as points in the game; as, she pegged twelwe points.(Colloq)
  3. To identify; to recognize; as, she pegged him as a good carpenter; he was pegged as a blowhard as soon as he started speaking; he was pegged as a exceptional player even in high school.
  4. [Baseball] To throw (a ball); as, he pegged the runner out at second.
verb Peg
To work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; -- usually with on at, or away; as, to peg away at a task.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
  2. A holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
  3. Regulator that can be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument
  4. A prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
  5. Informal terms for the leg
  6. Small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.
  7. Stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations ("The weak currency was pegged to the US Dollar")
  8. Fasten or secure with a wooden pin ("peg a tent")
  9. Pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
  10. Succeed in obtaining a position

From Middle English pegge, from Middle Dutch pegge (“pin, peg”), from Old Saxon *pigg-, *pegg-, from Proto-Germanic *pig-, *pag- (“peg, stake”), from Proto-Indo-European *bak-, *baḱ- (“club, pointed stick, peg”). Cognate with Dutch dialectal peg (“pin”), Low German pig, pigge (“peg, stick with a point”), Low German pegel (“post, stake”), Swedish pigg (“tooth, spike”), Irish bac (“stick, crook”), Latin baculum (“staff”), Latvian bakstît (“to poke”), Ancient Greek βάκτρον (báktron, “staff, walking stick”). Related to beak.

This is one of the very few words in English inherited directly from Proto-Indo-European to begin with a p due to the extreme rarity of *b in Proto-Indo-European, which became *p in Proto-Germanic as described by Grimm's law.

  1. A cylindrical wooden or metal object used to fasten or as a bearing between objects.
  2. Measurement between the pegs: after killing an animal hunters used the distance between a peg near the animal's nose and one near the end of its body to measure its body length.
  3. A protrusion used to hang things on.
    Hang your coat on the and come in.
  4. (figuratively) A support; a reason; a pretext.
    a to hang a claim upon
  5. (cribbage) A peg moved on a crib board to keep score.
  6. (finance) A fixed exchange rate, where a currency's value is matched to the value of another currency or measure such as gold
  7. (Britain) A small quantity of a strong alcoholic beverage.
  8. A place formally allotted for fishing
  9. (colloquial, dated) A leg or foot.
  10. One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
  11. A step; a degree.
  12. Short for clothes peg.

peg was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Middle English

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What does the name Peg mean?

Pis for patience, the best of you!

Eis for easy going, no ruffles here.

Gis for genial, a pleasing personality.

Past life for Peg born May 14, 1925

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Egypt approximately on 1150. Your profession was dancer, singer, and actor.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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