Born 11th hour, 11/11...Poppy?

(39 Posts)
EspressoMonkey Mon 11-Nov-13 13:33:18

Yey, my BFF's little girl was born this morning at 11am. Just recieved the text and a question "last minute decision to call her Poppy, is it right or am i new mummy crazy, were going to call her Alice".

She is 11 days overdue so Poppy was not on the name cards. Really don't know what to advise her. I like the name but she is obviously picking it because of her DD's time and date of birth. Thoughts? BTW she approved my sharing this with you all. Said i would get back to her this afternoon.

CaptainSweatPants Mon 11-Nov-13 13:34:36

I think it's a lovely idea

Poppy Alice is a good fit too

amyshellfish Mon 11-Nov-13 13:35:22

I wouldn't. Might go Alice Poppy though that's quite nice.

eurochick Mon 11-Nov-13 13:35:55

I think it's really lovely.

nicename Mon 11-Nov-13 13:36:11

I like Poppy. It's not short for anything or a nickname for anything is it? It's a nice 'special' name with such a lovely meaning.

kelda Mon 11-Nov-13 13:36:43

Poppy is lovely.

BeaWheesht Mon 11-Nov-13 13:37:09

I'd go Alice poppy

SirChenjin Mon 11-Nov-13 13:38:01

Poppy/Poppy Alice is a great name - and what a lovely meaning. Tell your BFF many congratulations, and to go for it smile

Weegiemum Mon 11-Nov-13 13:38:03

I'd go Alice Poppy. Like my Dad and ds share a birthday, and ds has my dad's name as a middle name.

Shallishanti Mon 11-Nov-13 13:39:07

hmm, I don't think I would - you dont know what she will think about the poppy thing, especially not in 15-20-30 yrs time. Today is ds's birthday and tbh I wish there wasn't a national day of mourning/remembrance on his birthday.
But congratulations!
And I hoped you observed the silence wink

EspressoMonkey Mon 11-Nov-13 13:39:23

Middle name with be Margaret after her late DM.

I love the name but am a little concerned when people find out her time and date of birth they will think it is a little contrived. Or will they?

amyshellfish Mon 11-Nov-13 13:40:09

I think its contrived

RalphGnu Mon 11-Nov-13 13:41:53

If the circumstances of how she got her name were explained to me, I would think it lovely.

LadyMetroland Mon 11-Nov-13 13:44:17

Brilliant idea! Tell her to go for it.

Rosa Mon 11-Nov-13 13:45:09

I think its lovely Poppy Margaret... Also it has significance.

noblegiraffe Mon 11-Nov-13 13:45:45

Are they honouring a particular serviceman who died? It seems a bit weird if they just thought it was a nice connection, like Holly for Christmas. And a bit morbid to name your baby after a memorial for a lot of dead people.

SirChenjin Mon 11-Nov-13 13:46:02

No, it's not contrived. It's like saying that if you are born in April you can't be called April, or born at Christmas you can't be called Holly. Poppy Margaret is a lovely name, they both go very well together. If I had been born on Remembrance Day I would be very proud of the name I am thankful that my parents didn't name me after Lady Gaga with whom I share a birthday however

EspressoMonkey Mon 11-Nov-13 13:46:04

Just recieved the official birth announcement text, she is Alice Poppy Margaret XXXX. Good choice i think. Thanks for your posts.

SirChenjin Mon 11-Nov-13 13:47:04

Lovely names smile

pmgkt Mon 11-Nov-13 13:47:39

Plenty of people name Xmas time babies holly so why not poppy. Plus it's pretty

NanooCov Mon 11-Nov-13 13:49:32

I think Alice Poppy Margaret is lovely - well done your friend on an excellent choice

Caip Mon 11-Nov-13 15:59:09

I think Alice Poppy Margaret is lovely too

TheNunsOfGavarone Mon 11-Nov-13 21:38:41

I'd go for Alice Poppy.

I'm not all that keen on the name Poppy and particularly if it's her first name I'd wonder how she'll feel in a few years' time about the tradition of wearing poppies (for the record I wear one but I know quite a few people who prefer not to). It may become more political in future... then again maybe it won't.

How about choosing a name with associations of peace? Here are a few:


Plenty more out there in internet land.....

TheNunsOfGavarone Mon 11-Nov-13 21:39:18

Ooops I didn't finish reading the thread, Alice Poppy Margaret sounds good!

Bowlersarm Mon 11-Nov-13 21:39:32

Oh, I would have said Poppy.

toffeesponge Mon 11-Nov-13 21:41:26

Their choice is perfect.

Honouring the day without putting a huge burden on the child. Potential for teasing from idiots, for example.

sittinginthesun Mon 11-Nov-13 21:44:15

Perfect choice - I was going to suggest exactly that.

My DS was born on a Friday, at 5 to 5 - guess what we called him?wink

QOD Mon 11-Nov-13 21:50:21

Sittinginthesun hmmmmm did you call him Fred?

sittinginthesun Mon 11-Nov-13 21:52:01

You're all going to be too young for this, aren't you?

"It's Friday! It's 5 to 5! It's ....."

Crikeyblimey Mon 11-Nov-13 21:55:28

Jack???? I do hope so (well I hope you didn't call him Cracker) smile

sittinginthesun Mon 11-Nov-13 21:56:18


Arohaitis Mon 11-Nov-13 21:58:18

Ha ha I was thinking surely they didn't call him crackerjack!

Op those names are lovely

I can't see Jemima without thinking Puddleduck grin

QOD Mon 11-Nov-13 22:27:14


Mutteroo Mon 11-Nov-13 22:32:05

Its a gorgeous name & your BFF should pick whatever she wants & ignore anyone who thinks its contrived. Margaret is also a smashing middle name. Congrats to your BFF!

Ham69 Mon 11-Nov-13 23:24:56

Perfect names, love it. Funnily enough, today's my birthday and I've often thought it would have been cool to have been called Poppy.

Weegiemum Tue 12-Nov-13 00:47:48

Lovely name.

Margaret is lovely too - it's both my middle name and my best friends name (children of 1970, anyone!!)

extracrunchy Tue 12-Nov-13 00:57:50

I think it's a lovely idea!

amandine07 Tue 12-Nov-13 23:51:20

Aw I love the name Poppy- much more than Alice.
It's a lovely, special reason for the name- who cares if others think that it is contrived? That's their problem

Mim78 Wed 13-Nov-13 13:52:41

There's nothing wrong with calling her Poppy anyway. It's a perfectly nice name. People aren't always going to be thinking of the DOB because they won't know.

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