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Gender: male/female
Pronunciation: PAY-tun, PAY-ten, PAY-tin
Meaning: Pœga's town
Related Names: Paden, Payton

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if male/female



Rank in 2000s: 156


Name: peyton Origin: English,, Meaning (no case): pœga's town

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The name Peyton derives from the English surname “Payton,” which stems from the location name “Payton” in Devon, England. The name is thought to originally mean “Pœga's town” as it is a combination of the Anglo-Saxon name “Paegan” and the Old English “tun” meaning “town,” “settlement” or “village.” A Scottish form of Payton is “Paden.”


According to the 1990 United States Census, Peyton ranked as the 3,749th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names three decades since 1880, including the two most recent ones, and in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names two decades since 1880, including the two most recent ones. In the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 300 most popular boys' names every year from 2000 (183rd) through 2006 (154th).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Peyton in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:154th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:138th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:162nd
  • Year: 2003 Rank:207th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:205th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:177th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:183rd

Additionally, in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 200 most popular girls' names every year from 2000 (168th) through 2006 (138th).

United States Popularity of the girl's name Peyton in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:138th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:130th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:134th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:192nd
  • Year: 2002 Rank:188th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:174th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:168th


  • “Peyton” is the name of a town in central Colorado, USA.


  • “Doctor Peyton Driscoll,” played by Claire Forlani, was a character on the television drama “CSI: NY.”
  • “Peyton Elizabeth Sawyer,” played by Hilarie Burton, is a character on the television drama “One Tree Hill.”


  • Peyton Williams Manning – Professional NFL quarterback (QB) with the Indianapolis Colts who was selected to eight Pro Bowls, won Super Bowl XLI – for which he was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) – with the Indianapolis Colts and is the QB with the second longest streak of consecutive games played (only behind Brett Favre).
  • Walter Jerry Payton – Professional football running back who was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a Super Bowl (XX) champion and Hall of Fame inductee in 1993.
  • Gary Dwayne Payton – Professional basketball player (point guard) nicknamed “the glove” who was a member of the 1996 and 2000 United States Olympic basketball teams, which won gold medals.


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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about PeytonRDF feed
Gender male/female  +
Length 6  +
Meaning Pœga's town  +
Meaningnc pœga's town  +
Name peyton  +
Origin English  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation PAY-tun, PAY-ten, PAY-tin  +
Rank in 2000s 156  +
Related Paden  +, and Payton  +
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