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Peregrine



Today's name: Peregrine (male)
The female variant is Peregrina The male Peregrine is sometimes given to girls, however. In 2015 it was given to 6 girls and 16 boys.

Pronunciation: PARE-uh-grinn, and occasionally PARE-uh-gryne (as in grind)
The variations Peregryn and Peregrin are pronounced PARE-uh-grinn
The variation Peregrino is pronounced pay-reh-GREEN-oh

Potential nicknames: Per, Perry, Perrin, Pippin, Grine (Green), Grin, Grey
For a girl, a potential nickname is Birdie, Grina, Peggy, Pear, Pera, Perrie or Pippa.

Origin: (1) Latin, meaning "traveller, wanderer, foreigner" from the word peregrinus. (2) Peregrine falcon.

Popularity: Peregrine has never ranked in the U.S. top 1000. There were 12 baby boys named Peregrine in 2010 and 16 in 2015. By comparison, there were 128 boys named Perry (and 40 Perrin if you were curious) in 2010. As for baby girls, the female variant Peregrina has only been used on 5 girls in 2005. However, Peregrine is sometimes given to girls. In 2015, Peregrine was given to 6 girls. Some parents opt for Peregrin as a simplified, more accessible spelling.

Fun fact: (1) The peregrine falcon is used in the ancient sport of falconry. It is said to be the fastest animal on the planet. (2) Saint Peregrine Laziosi is the patron saint of cancer. There is more than one Saint Peregrine, from the late 100s to the 6th century. I believe there are four total. (3) The first child born in the New World, America, was named Peregrine White. He was born on the Mayflower. (4) 1st century philosopher Peregrinus Proteus. (5) A name commonly used by English aristocrats starting in the 16th century and even to this day.


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