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Where did the piggy bank's name come from?


Surprisingly, the piggy bank does not owe its name to its traditional shape; it was actually the other way around. In Middle English (between the Norman invasion of 1066 and the mid-to-late 15th century), "pygg" was the name of a type of clay used for making various household objects, such as jars, which people often used for saving money. Around the 18th Century, the spelling of "pygg" changed and the term "pygg jar" evolved to "pig bank." As the pig shape is a child-friendly and easy to model out of clay, the name soon caught on among children.
 
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