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Payton is a popular name for girls now, but it was originally intended for boys and as a surname. The name still is unisex, however, as though spelled differently, Peyton Manning is a user of this baby name. In the early twenty-first century, this name was on the top 100 list. In recent years, its popularity has declined.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Payton:

Payton originally began as an English surname that represented families that were from what was known as Pacca's town. The name did begin in the 1700s, but the spelling of Payton is more modern. Some say that this spelling originated in England as a variation of a first name for boys from the surname Peyton. The name alternatively means “fighting man's estate”, giving it a strong and commanding connotation.

Symbolism of the Name Payton:

Payton means “from Pacca's town” as it was a surname for individuals from towns called this in England. The name is still regarded as a location-based name. It is often associated with a fighting spirit, due to its alternative meaning of “fighting man's estate”.

Nicknames for the Name Payton:

  • Pay
  • Paypay
  • Payt
  • Tony
  • Toni 
  • Ton
  • Paylie
  • Paytato
  • Tonny
  • Ay
  • Patty
  • Pippy
  • Poppy 
  • Ayton
  • Payday
Baby name Payton


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Gender of the Name Payton:

Both boys and girls can use the name Payton, but it is slightly more popular with girls.

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Emotion Evoked from the Name Payton:

Payton is a lighthearted and fun name. It is very wholesome and even feels southern.

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Popularity of the Name Payton:

Payton found a place on the Social Security Index in 1992, and it entered the top 100 list from 2008 to 2011. The name declined to the top 200 list after this until 2017. Now, it has gone down the rankings even further at number 218 as of 2020.

Great Middle Names for Payton and Their Meanings:

  • Beau (beautiful)
  • Blythe (merry, cheerful)
  • Camille (helper of the priest)
  • Jolie (pretty)
  • Nicole (people of victory)
  • Reese (ardent, fiery)
  • Shane (God is gracious)

Famous People with the Name Payton:

  • Payton Jordan (professional track coach)
  • Payton Brady (professional model)
  • Payton Haas (actor, “Flipper”)
  • Payton Hazzard (professional sprinter)
  • Payton Wells (character in “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”)
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