Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Pepper

From the Genus “Piper,” pepper is a climbing plant whose unripen and ripened berries are dried and grounded into a pungent seasoning. From the Genus “Capsicum”, pepper is a hollow green, red, purple or yellow edible fruit containing removable seeds (with milder pungency). Finally, “to pepper” is a colloquial transitive verb meaning to bombard, to scatter and/or to enliven something or someone. Pepper also developed into an English surname derived from an occupational name; to identify a person who held the position of a pepperer or spicer (a servant in a manor or large estate, perhaps, or one who worked at an eatery). In any case, Pepper is not technically considered a given name (it has more often been used as a nickname).

All About the Baby Name – Pepper

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME PEPPER

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME PEPPER

Remarkably, Pepper has actually appeared once on the U.S. female naming charts (i.e., Top 1000 list). That happened in 1975. One random year, and that’s all. We just knew there was some pop-culture influence behind this development and we were determined to find it. After much research, we finally did. At the end of 1974, a new television drama series debuted starring Angie Dickenson as the titular “Policewoman” (1974-1975). Her character’s name was Sgt. “Pepper” Anderson, and TV viewers responded to it in high enough numbers to place the name on America’s Top 1000 list for the first and only time ever (1975). The feminist movement was sweeping the country, and Dickenson’s performance hit a nerve (“Policewoman” was the first primetime drama series to feature a woman in a starring role). Pepper is no longer on anyone’s radar, but the name is still given to over 100 baby girls born per year. We like the feisty, spicy nature of this name. It is a bit informal and nicknamey – but it’s super cute. It's as "peppy" as Pepper!

Quick Facts

ON PEPPER

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

PEP-ər

SIMPLE MEANING:

Enliven (from the spicy seasoning)

Characteristics

OF PEPPER

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Pepper

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME PEPPER

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Pepper

Popular Songs

ON PEPPER

Salt and Pepper
a song by Harry Chapin

Pepper
a song by Butthole Surfers

Gal Yu A Pepper
a song by Shaggy

Famous People

NAMED PEPPER

Pepper Adams (jazz musician)
Pepper Martin (baseball player)
Pepper MaShay (soul musician)
Pepper Johnson (football player)
Pepper Keenan (musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED PEPPER

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Pepper

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME PEPPER

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Pepper