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Why is Peggy not more popular?

(51 Posts)
Manumission Mon 23-Jan-17 07:08:30

I was just reading about Peggy Ashcroft and it made me think.

It's the perfect meeting of the "old lady name" trend (Iris, Sylvia, Elsie, Maude etc) and what I think of as "smiley" names (Poppy, Molly, Ellie, Chloe etc)

So why am I not meeting any tiny Peggys?

Patienceisvirtuous Mon 23-Jan-17 07:11:27

My cat is Peggy (Peg, Pegs, Pegzy) it's an awesome name grin

FannyUmbongo Mon 23-Jan-17 07:12:17


finallyfinishedit Mon 23-Jan-17 07:12:45

Sorry it's just awful! Couldn't tell you why though

OllyBJolly Mon 23-Jan-17 07:12:53

Probably too many of us remember elderly Aunt Peggys? Just about everyone I grew up with had an aunt (or great aunt) Peggy.

Jooni Mon 23-Jan-17 07:15:58

I know a little Peggy, who's about 20 months now. I love it on her - adorable! It is gradually getting more popular now actually.

BikeRunSki Mon 23-Jan-17 07:19:38

Because it's a pet form of Margaret? Many people might not want their child to have the same name as a rather notorious prime minister.

Manumission Mon 23-Jan-17 07:50:20

Uh okay. Some reasons then smile

But Thatcher and Mitchell have gone now so maybe that will help. I didn't have any Gt Aunt Peggys myself, which also helps.

albertcampionscat Mon 23-Jan-17 07:52:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Manumission Mon 23-Jan-17 07:53:41

Oh no. No more googling stuff I read on MN. DD was quite stern on that point grin

ErrolTheDragon Mon 23-Jan-17 07:56:45

I don't think we're allowed a new generation of Peggys until Peggy Archer has shuffled off her immortal coil. grin

How on earth did 'Peggy' arise from 'Margaret'? It's puzzled me since I first twigged this reading Swallows and Amazons.

shaggedthruahedgebackwards Mon 23-Jan-17 07:56:54

I also had a very severe great auntie Peggy!

To me it's too much of a pet name (like Dolly, Biddy, Minnie, Kitty etc) and I'm not keen on using such names unless you give the child a more formal name to fall back on

Rainatnight Mon 23-Jan-17 07:58:10

We (by which I mean DP grin) are considering Margaret and DP keeps saying that Peggy is a lovely NN. I can't quite put my finger on why I'm not into it. It's somehow more properly old fashioned than charming old fashioned?

Manumission Mon 23-Jan-17 07:59:34

I'd guess via "Meg" Errol (?)

It's like Polly being a NN for Mary isn't it? - bit obscure.

Pluto30 Mon 23-Jan-17 08:44:17

Peggy is awful.

Reminds of teeth or "peg leg".

IHeartKingThistle Mon 23-Jan-17 08:48:08

Daisy is the other nn for Margaret isn't it?

I love Margaret and Peggy.

thatstoast Mon 23-Jan-17 08:48:50

I had a great aunt Peggy who was awesome so it was definitely on my girls list. Also Peggy from mad men.

Tweedledee3Tweedledum Mon 23-Jan-17 08:51:57

Oh I like it, or I did, until I googled pegging. Thanks, pp. grin

Loupee Mon 23-Jan-17 08:52:49

We we would never use it as my maiden name was Peggy (spelt slightly differently tho) and I hated, the amount of teasing I got from it growing up, pegleg, Miss Piggy etc etc
I married the first guy I could with a relatively normal name wink

QuimReaper Mon 23-Jan-17 08:53:55

Mmm, another one here who can't put my finger on why it just isn't for me. I think it's that the sound "Peg" is just not very nice. Peggy Mitchell too, undoubtedly - the appeal of the Granny Chic names is surely that everyone's sort of heard of them and knows how to spell them but hasn't ever actually really met / known one, and PM sort of undoes that.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Mon 23-Jan-17 08:56:28


QuimReaper Mon 23-Jan-17 08:57:07

I quite like Penny though.

phoenixnix Mon 23-Jan-17 09:01:22

I couldn't go near Margaret or any derivative due to Thatcher. I'm sure lots of people feel the same.

Manumission Mon 23-Jan-17 09:05:41

I can't imagine anyone calling Mrs T "Peggy". They wouldn't dare.

Milk you need a trigger warning on that smile

NormaSmuff Mon 23-Jan-17 09:06:29

Mitchell for me
I wanted the name for my puppy, but was vetoed.

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