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: Feminine
Origin: Turkish
Meaning: “red ornament.”

The name could actually have a few etymologies, but in Turkish it is a feminine name composed of the elements al (red) and ara (ornament; decoration). It is also the name of a river in Turkey.

In history, it was also borne by a Nubian king, (though in this case the name is of a completely different etymology) who is best known for being the first recorded prince of Nubia.

Alara is currently 471st most popular female name in Germany, (2011).

Rory, Ruaidhrí

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Gaelic (Irish)
Meaning: red king)

Rory is an anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic male name, Ruaidhrí, which is composed of the Gaelic words ruaidh (red) and  (king). The name was borne by two Irish kings, notably the last high king of Ireland who ruled in the 12th-century.

Its more modern Gaelic equivalent of Ruairí is currently the 66th most popular male name in Northern Ireland and the 88th most popular in Ireland (2010). Rory itself is the 37th most popular name in Scotland (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:

# 57 (Ireland, 2010)
# 61 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
#750 (United States, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

Ruairí (Irish)
Ruaidrí (Irish)
Ruairi (Scottish)
Ruairidh/Ruaraidh/Ruaridh (Scottish)


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/rory