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Dec 6th, 2011 at 12:47 GMT
Still don't understand the appeal of Peyton/Payton on a girl. Sounds really masculine to me
Feb 11th, 2012 at 18:31 GMT
Makes me wonder how it ever came to be a first name. I know it seems to be common in America to give surnames as first names, but I'd be interested to know what it is about Payton/Peyton that's made them so popular. Why Payton and not Porter or Paxton, for example?
Sep 8th, 2012 at 10:18 GMT
@emmafrisbee: Paxton is becoming popular, so far only for boys. Names that end with an "un" sound are a big trend. (Brandon, Aidan, Hayden, Justin, Dylan, Jayden, Landon, Logan, etc) I think surnames as first names for girls started out as a southern thing - often girls would get mom's & grandmom's maiden names as first names.
Game published: Dec 30th, 2012 at 04:00 GMT
Dec 30th, 2012 at 04:55 GMT
I guess we'll have to wait a few years to know if "Oprah" makes it in this decade. Surprised to find no Polly in earlier decades
Dec 30th, 2012 at 06:07 GMT
I was typing random stuff at the end and started to type "Orange" when, to my surprise, "Ora" popped up as an answer!
Dec 30th, 2012 at 06:36 GMT
@chikka@: I'm not really sure why you say that about "Oprah." Ms Winfrey has been a major celebrity since the mid-1980s (Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for "The Color Purple" with her talk show becoming a major smash a little over a year after the movie). If her name hasn't made it by now, I doubt it will any time soon. And checking the SSA, the name hasn't made it among the Top 1000 names in the last 30 years.
Dec 30th, 2012 at 12:45 GMT
This is a reckless quiz as Prudence doesn't work!
Dec 30th, 2012 at 14:46 GMT
I'm so amazed at Olive's straight drop.
Dec 30th, 2012 at 15:10 GMT
I forgot my middle name...:s
Dec 30th, 2012 at 15:50 GMT
I guess Oprah never really caught on...
Dec 30th, 2012 at 16:08 GMT
Best friend's wife: Penny. Lead actress on one of my favorite sitcoms: Penny. Highest percentage name I missed? Penny.
Dec 30th, 2012 at 16:14 GMT
I pretty much got all my answers from watching TV. Patricia from Damages, Pamela and Phyllis from The Office, Olive and Olivia from Fringe, Peggy from Mad Men, Peyton from One Tree Hill, and Penny from The Big Bang Theory. Conclusion: I need to go out more.
Dec 30th, 2012 at 17:27 GMT
Was I the only one who typed "Oprah" first thing?
Dec 30th, 2012 at 17:30 GMT
Such a horrible performance by my backwards brain. First thought after reading the O and P title? Olive. Second thought? Pickle. I then went on to work through out of the ordinary names like Prudence and Octavia and finally ended with words that aren't remotely close to female names, like pangolin...
Dec 30th, 2012 at 18:16 GMT
Ollie? I mean, I know Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were very popular once, but if you're that big a fan, name the poor kid Laurel instead!
Dec 30th, 2012 at 19:30 GMT
I've never understood trendy names. Payton/Peyton doesn't even sound like a girl's name to me.
Dec 30th, 2012 at 23:52 GMT
I have honestly never met anyone with the name Ora. It must have been an 1800's kind of thing :P
Dec 31st, 2012 at 01:17 GMT
I actually guessed Ora because I know it as a common Hebrew name in Israel, but no way did I actually expect it to be taken! Wonder if the "Ora" on this quiz is even of the same origin.
Dec 31st, 2012 at 01:41 GMT
Sooo, I recall Oprah explaining once that her name was actually a misspelling of 'Orpah' from the bible. I tried both, and wasn't surprised to find neither. I figured I would have met or heard of someone with the name by now if it were popular enough to make a list like this.
Dec 31st, 2012 at 20:17 GMT
suprises - on the names that made the lists and those that missed, like Poppy, Pippa or Penelope. x
Jan 1st, 2013 at 04:15 GMT
@Wren25: I don't know about Penelope, but Poppy and Pippa are definitely much more popular in the UK than the US. @spatulaspatula: I didn't know that, that's interesting!
Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:54 GMT
Surprised at no variant of Phillipa/Philippa, or Polly, on here. Although Peyton AND Payton, come on, that's tricky! Shudder at both names, by the way. Masculine surnames do NOT make pretty girl names (looking at you too, Addison and Harper). Tried Odette, Ophelia and, erm, Princess...fortunately none of them worked.
Jan 2nd, 2013 at 05:33 GMT
The only notable 'P(a/e)yton' during the height of its popularity as a girl's name is Peyton Manning. Nothing about Peyton Manning makes me think it would be appropriate to name a girl after him.
Jan 2nd, 2013 at 14:36 GMT
It's not Manning, it's One Tree Hill. Peyton was the worst, but I noticed the name taking off not long after the show premiered.
Jan 9th, 2013 at 22:27 GMT
The "my aunt..." strategy was good for one name this time (Patsy).
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