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Is Peppa or Pippa the diminutive of Josephine? Or is it the diminutive of another name?

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    The most famous Pippa of the moment is named Philippa.
    – Gnawme
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 16:15
  • i made a mistake i was refering most to 'Peppa pig' :D the children series , if Peppa is josephine Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 16:16
  • All the Pippas I have known (I can think of 4) have been Philippas. Whereas I don't believe I've come across "Peppa" as a name for anything but that pig, I always assumed it was coined for her.
    – Rupe
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 16:44
  • In English the diminutive for Joseph is Joe; we don't associate the syllable 'Pep' with Joseph or Josephine as Spanish speakers do. Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 10:00

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Most of the children in Peppa Pig (including all of Peppa's closest friends) are alliterative, so we can assume that either:

  • her full name is Peppa (I know young humans whose official names are normally regarded as contractions)

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  • it's short for something beginning P. I can't think of a likely example that doesn't begin with Ph but considering Suzy Sheep this doesn't rule out something like Phillipa.

I tend towards the former interpretation.

The exceptions I can think of are George, Cousin Chloe, and Baby Alexander, all members of Peppa's family.

Peppa isn't a common (nick)name in real life, so I doubt there's a good out-of-universe answer. It is apparently a real name in full though I've never met one and can't find a famous example.

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    I really hope my daughter is growing out of that show. I know it too well
    – Chris H
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 17:59
  • 'young humans'? You've revealed yourself, Dark Lord. The enthelators have been released. You should just relax and accept the inevitable oblivion.
    – Mitch
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 18:00
  • ' ... we can assume that either ...' and 'I tend towards the former interpretation' do not show the objectivity required in ELU answers. Supporting references are needed. Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 19:12

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