Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

Are you loving Lily? Maybe the popularity has gotten to you. There is this spunky floral moniker that has already reached outrageous popularity in Great Britain. Poppy is a sweet little floral that has been in usage since at least the 19th century. The name may seem a bit too insubstantial for some, hence is why it is sometimes listed as a nickname for such names as Parthenope, Penelope, Persephone, Pippilotta, Philippa, Pomeline and Perpetua.

The associations with the flower are beautiful! Who wouldn’t want to be named for a deep red, eye popping flower (no pun intended). Then again, its symbolisms with death and sleep can be a bit of a turn off for others.

In Ancient Rome and Greece, the poppy was a funerary flower, they were usually placed on graves. The poppy got the association of death and sleep, since opium, (which is extracted from poppy seeds), was such a strong barbiturate. In fact, it was so strong, that the ancients used it as an anesthetic while conducting surgeries. However, Poppy does have the redeeming qualities of being associated with resurrection, since after being put under a death like sleep from opium during an operation, the patients always seemed to awaken as if they had come back to life. Its symbolism for dead soldiers comes from a poem written by John McCrae, entitled in Flanders Fields (1915). McCrae writes how he witnessed his friend perish amidst a field of poppies during WWI, and he compares the field of poppies to all the fallen dead soldiers. The name could be a nice way to honour a relative that has perished in a war.

As of 2010, Poppy was the 16th most popular female name in England/Wales. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
  • # 47 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 52 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 66 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
In the United States, it doesn’t even rank in the top 1000. However, with its growing popularity in Britain along with its similar appeal to other red hot climbers such as Scarlett and Ruby, she just might be making her way into the top 1000 by next year.
Another interesting side note is that Poppy is the flower of the month of August. Not a bad choice for an August baby.
A famous American bearer is CNN news anchor and reporter, Poppy Harlow (née Katharine) b.1982


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Bosnian
Meaning: “poppy”

The name comes directly from the Bosnian word poppy and was popularized by Bosnian poet, Mak Dizdar (1917-1971). Mak was his pen-name, his real name being, Mehmedalija.

It can also be a short form of Makbula or  Maksud.

As of 2010, Mak was the 79th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Eng (pen-NEL-uh-PEE)

The name is of uncertain origins, many scholars believe that the name is pre-Hellenistic and is related to an ancient word, penelops (πηνελοψ), which means “duck,” others argue that the name is Greek compound name composed of the elements, pene (πηνη) meaning “threads.”  Many scholars feel that the latter is the most appropriate since it was the name of Odysseus wife who kept her suitors at bay by pretending to weave.

The name appears in Greek mythology as the name of a wood nymph who was speculated to be the mother of the god Pan.

The name is occasionally used in German, Italian,

Other forms of the name include:

  • Penèlope (Catalan)
  • Penelopa (Croatian/Polish/Romanian/Serbian: Pela, Pelka and Pelcia are the Polish diminutives)
  • Pénélope (French)
  • Penelópē Πηνελόπεια/Πηνελόπη (Greek)
  • Pénelopé (Hungarian)
  • Penelopė (Lithuanian)
  • Penelopeia (Norwegian/Danish/Swedish)
  • Penélope (Spanish/Portuguese)

The name is currenly borne by Spanish actress Penelope Cruz.

Possible English nickname options, include, Penny, Poppy, Lola, and Nell.

Pomeline, Poméline

Gender: Feminine
Origin: French
Meaning: “apple”
Pronunciation (POM-eh-LEEN; po-MAY-leen)

September and October are apple season. Hence is why I decided to revisit this post.

An obscure French name that had made it to the limelight thanks to Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Charlotte was supposedly named after a distance ancestor from the Middle Ages, a minor Italian or Genovese princess by the name of Pomellina. The name is thought to be derived from the Italian word pomella which is derived from the Italian word poma meaning “apple.” The name was also borne by


  • Pomellina Adorno, the daughter of the duc of Genoa (1355-1410)
  • Pomellina Amandola ( circ. 15th-16th cent)
  • Pomellina Campo Fregoso (1387/88-1462/68), the wife of John I Grimaldi and mother of Catalan Grimaldi the ancestor of Princess Charlotte of Monaco.

The name was adapted into the French Pomelline and evolved into the more modern form of Poméline.

Another French form is Pommeline.

There is also the obscure French name of Pomme, which is also the French word for apple. Pomme was borne by an early French saint, originally spelled Pome.

This is a far less risky choice than the name Apple.

Nicknames include: Apple, Pomme (PUM), Plum and Poppy, Melli, or even Pomé (poe-MAY).