Peyton – Girl Name or Boy Name?

peyton girl name or boy name

I was just noticing that the (traditionally male) name Peyton is currently ranked 131st for baby girls and 138th for baby boys. I can’t think of any other baby names with this sort of dual-gender appeal at the moment (not even Payton-with-an-A).

Here’s how Peyton has fared on both lists over the last decade:

  • 2005 – 131st for girls, 138th for boys
  • 2004 – 134th for girls, 163rd for boys
  • 2003 – 192nd for girls, 207th for boys
  • 2002 – 188th for girls, 205th for boys
  • 2001 – 174th for girls, 177th for boys
  • 2000 – 168th for girls, 183rd for boys
  • 1999 – 235th for girls, 234th for boys
  • 1998 – 218th for girls, 221st for boys
  • 1997 – 229th for girls, 254th for boys
  • 1996 – 255th for girls, 335th for boys

So what’s the verdict: Girl name? Boy name? Both?

UPDATE: Here’s how Peyton has been used (raw numbers and rankings) since I first published this post…

  • 2012 – 4,447 girls (53rd) & 2065 boys (183rd)
  • 2011 – 4,663 girls (53rd) & 2286 boys (166th)
  • 2010 – 4,965 girls (51st) & 2639 boys (149th)
  • 2009 – 5,307 girls (42nd) & 2699 boys (148th)
  • 2008 – 4,728 girls (60th) & 3215 boys (130th)
  • 2007 – 2,774 girls (122nd) & 3370 boys (125th)
  • 2006 – 2,534 girls (138th) & 2684 boys (157th)

Click here for Peyton’s popularity graph.

66 Responses to Peyton – Girl Name or Boy Name?

  1. I think of Peyton as a boy name. I don’t care for the trend of using many names for either gender. But that’s just me. :)

  2. Peyton is a girl name….please video.google.com “George Carlin baby names” If you name your little baby boy Peyton hope he grows up to be a big guy or is extremely fast as he is going to get beat up for a girly name like Peyton. Its like calling a guy Lindsey, Courtney, or something similar….

  3. I think Peyton is soo a girls name! I totally agree with Brad on this one. I love the name for a girl and plan to use it with a different spelling. This is a favorite girls name so please stop giving it to poor little boys! Whimpy Whimpy name for a boy!

  4. Wow people saying Peyton is a girl name all the way…I totally disagree. I have this name picked out for my baby if it’s a boy. To me Peyton sounds so masculine…a very strong name. Until today I never would have thought Peyton to be a famine name. I can’t believe how many boy names are becoming girl names these days. Peyton is actually a Surname, but it mostly went for boy names until people thought they should name little girls boy names. I really don’t see how people could think this is a girl name all the way. I have looked at a lot of baby naming websites and many of them list Peyton as a boy name, not even a unisex name. That’s my opinion, I suppose I could see a girl with this name now. Although I still think it’s better suited to a boy.

  5. I totally think Peyton is a boys name, I agree with the top comment. It never was listed under any baby directories as a girls name… when did that start? I agree that it sounds masculine and is a great name for a boy! I am coming acoss the problem of some people (mostly 20 years older than me) telling me its a girls name, yet I have a lot of people (closer to my age) telling me its definately a boys name. I was wanting to use this for my baby boy, but am getting extremely annoyed with people telling me its a girls name! BOYS NAME ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!

  6. I think Peyton is TOTALLY a girl name i have it and i have never met a boy Peyton!!!

  7. Peyton is the masculine form.
    Payton is the feminine form.

    people get this confused a lot since they are somewhat interchangeable.
    its just like how Kendell is a boys name and Kendall is a girls.
    “E” is generally more masculine than “A.”

    and no, i didn’t get beat up in school Brad. i’m not even a muscular guy and boys still never bothered me.

  8. Peyton is totally a BOYS name! I have always thought of it as a boys name and really didn’t hear parents using it for girls until after I named my little boy, Peyton Foster.
    I am really annoyed with parents using true boys names for their girls…..it is as if they wished their little girl was a boy.
    My son will be very tall due to his parents height so I am sure he will carry himself very well and will not be criticized for having such a unique awesome boy’s name!

  9. Peyton is definitely more female. I named my daughter Peyton but would never think to have named my son it. It is moving up the popularity charts must faster on the female side than the male, probably because it sounds very pretty for a girl. Peyton Manning does make many people think of it as a boy’s name, but his popularity simply masks the fact that there are truly more girl Peytons than boys…and there have been for a long time!

  10. Michele so agree with you on the whole girls being called boys names!

    My son is Peyton Thomas Alexander (insert last name here)

    He was named after Peyton Manning. The name Peyton means ‘fighting man’s estate, royal, is a variant of Patrick, from the warrior’s village’ not very girly meanings.

    It is only rising in popularity for girls because stupid parents think it’s ‘cool’ to give their daughter’s what were originally and tradtionally BOY’S names.

    ie

    Hunter
    Jordan
    Cooper
    Hayden
    Jayden
    Quinn
    Cameron
    Parker
    Ashton

    There are thousands of girls names out there – go pick one of those instead of using a boys names. You don’t see boys called Lily or Jessica

  11. @Megan – Peyton was originally a place name meaning “Paega’s settlement.” Paega has no known derivation.

  12. look it goes either way im named peyton and im a girl and i was born right whhen peyton manning was big and my family well we rare huge tennessee fans and my dad named me peyton. i love it for a boy or girl

  13. oh and megan my parents arent stupid. it totally goes either way my dad didnt think it was cute he just liked it. my parents have 6 kids and werent expected and if you think about most girls named peyton were born right when peyton manning was getting big

  14. Yeah Megan, you need to come down off your high horse. i just had a baby girl and her name is Payten. I heard of more girls than boys with this name. Actually it was Rebecca De Mornay’s characters name (spelled Peyton) in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle that came out in 1992. That’s where i got the name from.

  15. I totally think Peyton is a guys name…I am married to a Peyton. It is masculine, like Peyton Manning. Payton is a girls name. End of story. =)

  16. So I am a Peyton and a man! Yeah keep the Peyton name alive for the MEN out there. Grill a steak and eat meat all day! ARRRRGGGHHHH

  17. It’s interesting that two people (Peyton and Laura) have claimed that Payton is the feminine form and Peyton is the masculine form. Payton and Peyton are surnames–no gender attached to either. Also, usage-wise, the numbers don’t back up the claim–both forms are being used more often for girls right now. I wonder how they would respond to that.

  18. This is my response to Nancy…

    I understand that there is no gender association with either version, but due to a long lasting history of the name in my family that was actually brought over from England 80 years after the Mayflower arrived, Peyton and Payton has been very gender specific in the Blue Mountains in the Tennessee and North Carolina region where my family has been from. I have many examples throughout my family lineage where men and women have been named this for the past 150 years based on the gender specific Pe or Pa. I understand the ever changing nature of the name and from a REAL PEYTON, its cool to see more out there.

    I like the debate. Keep Peyton For Da Boys! ARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH

  19. Two thumbs up for your pirate-like enthusiasm! And thanks for the explanation. I was unaware of that bit of regional history. Makes me really curious to know how many other people would agree that Payton and Peyton are gender-specific. (And if those people are concentrated in the Blue Ridge region.)

  20. Boy name all the way. The fact that it’s used more for girls means jack to me, same with girls named Sidney or Shannon. They’re all “wearing” boy names.

  21. i don’t think Peyton is a name. lets just leave it if we can’t come to an agreement.

  22. boys name..

  23. I just wanted to talk about the Peyton-boy/Payton-girl subject. While working today I met four year old twin girls named Jadeyn and Kaidynn, no spelling errors. I thought about this post because to me Jaden and Caden both sound very feminine and if Payton is for girls, can Jaedynn and Kaidynn (spelled that way) be for girls too? And if so, what other names are unisex but have a different, legitimate spelling for each sex? I could only think of Jaden/Jaedynn, Caden/Kaidynn, Peyton/Payton, Alexus/Alexis, and maybe Noah/Noa?

  24. @Allison – That’s an interesting idea, though I think it’s really hard to nail down which spellings are legitimate when it comes to modern unisex names like Jayden and Kaden. Many of these are recently invented names with no real “correct” spelling and no historical gender associations.

    That said, I did a study of ayden-names (given to girls & boys) a while ago, and I noticed (among other things) that versions of these names ending with -don are much more likely to be given to boys, and that versions ending with -dyn more often go to girls. So there are indeed a few gender-based spelling preferences when it comes to modern unisex names.

  25. I feel like that’s because Y’s, A’s and K’s are associated with girls more and E’s, C’s and O’s are associated with boys? I hated that Jadeyn, Kaidynn sibset. Absolutely ridiculous. They went by Jade and Kay… In my line of work I’ve seen much worse though. Like Kyngstyn, Sylys, Nyel and Zynnya, the mother is expecting a fifth. I can’t wait to see what she names her… I think that because I have been exposed to so many names that I kind of have an idea if the child is a boy or a girl, your definitely right about the -dyn and -don/-den being girls and then boys.

  26. Anything that ends in “ton” sounds masculine to me examples….. Anton, Clinton, Cliffton, Clayton, Boston, Elton, Winston, Dalton, Harrington, Berton, etc.

    I think there is truth to the NFL names the late great Walter Payton, Peyton Manning, being that if you did not have a little boy you can’t call a girl “Walter” even though Payton was his surname .

  27. Considering Jayden, Jaeden, Kaeden, Kayden, Kadyn are higher for boys, that puts the -y, -k and -ae theory into wobbly territory. Also, I dont see how Peyton – boy and Payton – girl is legitimate. There is no indication that it’s true since Peyton seems to be more popular for both sexes.
    There is no legitimate feminine spelling for Jaden and Caden for girls. Adding K’s and Y’s is just turning a male name into a mispelled name, not a girls name. That’s how I see it.

  28. i am a girl and the only boy peyton is peyton manning so i think it could be a boy girl name dependent on how you spell it

  29. its your kid, name it whatever you want…

  30. I myself am named Peyton and I am very much so masculine 6’4 and 14, I love George Carlin, Brad I’ve never had to start running ;)

  31. Wow.I am naming my little boy due in December Peyton.I don’t like it with an A. I picked the name out a few years ago thinking it wasn’t really around much anymore,but It’s really getting popular. :(
    My bf’s mom doesn’t like the name-she says it’s for a girl.She said she might call him by his middle name which will be James.Other’s say they really like it.Hopefully my little Peyton won’t be one of many in his class.

  32. Oh,and I actually got it from a Nascar commercial not the football guy.

  33. Well my name is Peyton and I’m a guy. Im 15 I am 6’0 and I’ve never have anyone say to me “Peyton is a girls name!” and I’ve actually never even met another person named Peyton.

  34. I’m pretty neutral about Peyton/Payton. I can see it on a boy or a girl! :)

  35. now it doesn’t matter what the people say its a girls and guys name I HAD TO GROW UP LISTENING TO PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF MY NAME. Yes i am a girl and i hate my name but its still always will be a girls and boys name you can’t change that, girls that say its a guys name change your name to Peyton and you will realize its a girls name cause your a girl! Guys who think its girls name change your name to Peyton and you will think its a boys name!

  36. Peyton is a unisex name no matter how you spell it. Standing in a park calling your child “peyton” from across the playground. nobody is going to be able to tell how you spelt it. So for those of you who believe spelling changes everything you need to put that theory into perspective…and for the people arguing specific gender, you are wrong! just look at this page for proof, there are both men and women with the name peyton (of multiple spelling variations) commenting on here. i am currently 7 months preg and plan on naming my daughter Peyton but who am I or anyone else to tell someone else they cant name their son Peyton. A name becomes unisex when the name becomes closely ranked for both genders. which Peyton has been ranked, therefore it is a unisex name. period. point. blank

  37. Peyton is a beautiful and strong name. It works for either gender. I named my daughter Peyton because I wanted her to have a name that was special. It strikes that perfect balance. It’s perfect for a boy and perfect for a girl. Not weak for a boy at all! Not too masculine for a girl. I love it when I hear of boys named Peyton. My daughter is 10 and she had only one Peyton at her school who was a boy. Peyton is just that perfect name that some only want for boys because they named their boy Peyton or only want for girls because their daughter is named Peyton. Trends change and many names that were orginally male crossed over to female. And let’s also keep open minds and remember the difference between fact and opinon. Not to mention that some names that are traditionally one specific gender in the US, may not be in other areas of the world. Please keep naming your boys and girls Peyton! It’s the perfect name!

  38. I think it works either way as well. I like it for a boys name, but can see how it works for a girl too. Frankly, I think you should name your kid whatever the heck you want; whatever YOU like. People are so opinionated… like, oh it’s definitely “this or that.” It’s obviously NOT one thing or another if it’s popular in both male & female name lists.

  39. Has anyone not heard of Peyton Manning????? Possibly the greatest football player ever. Peyton is a boys name. Period.

  40. I totally DISAGREE with Megan. I’m a girl and my name is Jordan. I have met so many more girls with the name Jordan than guys. And Peyton is totally a girls name. That’s actually my baby girls name. Peyton Nicole… It is WAY too girly for a guy to have the name Peyton

  41. My name is Peyton im a guy im actually pretty short but never had to run my friend is a girl and named Payton Elizabeth_____. My name is Peyton George

  42. You people knocking Peyton as a girls name need to get a life. The world is at war……the economy sucks….there’s other things to think about. I have a Peyton Elizabeth on the way and she will be beautiful regardless.

    And for Tom above, Peyton Manning isn’t even one of the top 10 greatest football players ever.

  43. My name is peyton and i am a boy. There are 2 boys named peyton (including me) and one girl in my school. I think it can be either. Any one agree?

  44. We just called our daughter Peyton and have always thought of it as a girls name. To call a boy that is just cruel, hard times at school to follow unless they are one big boy. Love the name, wouldn’t think of calling our baby it, if she were a he.

  45. My daughter’s name is Peyton, I think it’s actually a unisex name like Sam, Jordan etc… but I definitely wouldn’t call my boy it, it’s definitely a girly name to me!

  46. So I just read everyone’s post and I was laughing my butt off! Thank you for that. Naming a child is so stressful! You just want the best for them. After we announced the name of our baby boy, Peyton David, I was so nervous about it!! What if he gets teased, or bullied because of his name. But you all made me feel so much better about it. I think it works both ways, but I love my little Pey Pey and while he is not yet masculine, since he is just 9 months, it fits him perfect!

  47. Girl name my cousins name is Peyton so yeah she is a girl

  48. I already have a daughter named peyton ryan & have another one on the way& want another girl unisex name that goes well.. any suggestions?

  49. I think Peyton is a beautiful name for either a boy or girl. I especially like the spelling with the a/e. My daughter is expecting a baby in october and will use the name Peyton James if it is a boy.

  50. Why is it a big deal to people when they see the name Peyton/Payton used for a girls name? The name fits both genders. And lets be honest its 2012 not 1980. These days girls have more boy names than actual boys. If the parent loves that name for their child then that’s great. Why would ANYONE care what other people name their kids? Peyton is such a cute name for either a boy or girl. END OF STORY ;)

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