Danish and Swedish pet form of Maria. It came to be used in the English-speaking world largely as a result of the fame of the actress Mia Farrow (b. 1945) and has enjoyed a sharp rise in popularity since the late 1990s.
Scottish: habitational name from Peebles on the river Tweed in southeastern Scotland, or from a smaller place of the same name in the parish of St. Vigeans, Angus. Both place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll ‘tent’, ‘pavilion’, to which the English plural -s has been added.