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Quick Facts on Poppy

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Poppy flower; to swell

Characteristics of Poppy

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Poppy

A poppy is a type of flower from the Papaveraceae family – a bright, colorful, happy looking flower that also (in some species) happens to produce opium from its seed pods. The name is derived from the Olde English “popæg” (poppy), probably borrowed from the Latin root “*pap-“ meaning “to swell”, perhaps in reference to the swell of the flowers’ gorgeous, ornamental blooms. There are several species of the Poppy familiar to most folks. The corn poppy is blood red with a black center; it’s used in commemoration of dead soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefields of war. The opium poppy contains the alkaloid morphine (from which heroin is synthesized) and is therefore associated with both pharmaceutical and recreational drug use. This particular poppy plant is symbolic of sleepiness and peacefulness (putting people in dreamlike states released from their pain). For instance, Morpheus was the Greek god of dreams (see the connection to morphine)? Lastly, the poppies used ornamentally to beautify any garden might include the yellowish-orange California poppy (the state flower) or the gorgeous blue Himalayan poppy. Watch out for the bright and friendly Mexican prickly poppy, though – that one is poisonous! Even though the poppy has hidden dangers lingering behind her external beauty, there’s no doubt this is a universally admired flower. Plus, there’s just something about the name “poppy” that “pops” – it’s upbeat, happy, and approachable. What’s amazing is just how “pop”ular this name is outside of the United States. Apparently American parents haven’t gotten the memo from our fellow-English speaking countries who are fully embracing this name. For instance, it’s currently ranked #16 in England/Wales. It’s also a Top 50 female name of choice in Scotland and Northern Ireland and a Top 100 in Australia. North America? Not so much.

Popularity of the Name Poppy

Poppy has never been a name used with enough frequency in the United States to achieve Top 1000 status. That means Poppy is very rare here, and always has been. While we see this name flourishing in Great Britain, Americans seem to be rejecting it outright. Opinions on the name appear to be mixed. Some think it’s perfectly adorable, while others feel it’s much too youthful. Then there’s the potential for “poopy poppy” schoolyard jokes (which are thankfully short-lived). It’s very difficult not to find the name Poppy appealing – it’s just a feel good flower and bright sounding name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Poppy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Poppy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Poppy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Poppy

    Poppy We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Poppy.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Poppy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Poppy

    Poppy's Perfect Home: A Flower Fairies Friends Chapter Book (Cicely Mary Barker) - Poppy’s meadow life is blissful, she is surrounded by friends and she loves living in the wild. That is until a farmer buys the field and suddenly the Flower Fairies are faced not only with a threat to their peaceful existence but to the possible extinction of their flowers! Will Poppy be able to lead the Flower Fairies to find a new home and will she ever feel at home anywhere other than her precious meadow? Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Poppy

    Famous People Named Poppy

    Famous People Named Poppy - Poppy Montgomery (Australian actress); Poppy Z. Brite (American writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Poppy

    Children of Famous People Named Poppy

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Poppy - Jamie Oliver (celebrity chef); Jessica Capshaw (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Poppy - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Poppy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Poppy.

Personality of the Girl Name Poppy

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Poppy

  • No Variations Found.
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