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  1. #6
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    See, that's the problem I have with Poppy. I am an Aussie and everyone hear uses "Poppy" for their grandfathers too. But I think it's popular enough that it works and you won't get very many queer looks. I think it works well with Maple. Your taste is interesting as both those names (in my mind) portray this imagery of red
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    I have a male family member with the nickname Poppy so I see it as masculine but it could definitely work for a girl as a nn or full name. Maple & Poppy/Penelope "Poppy" are great together!
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    It's what we called my (upstate NY, Dutch- descended) grandfather, so Poppy is more grizzled old man than dainty blossom to me. It's not a name I would use on its own.

    Penelope, nn Poppy, is very usable, but I think it might sound a little formal and buttoned up next to Maple.
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    I agree, Maple and Penelope "Poppy" are adorable!

    I happen to be one of those that loves Poppy for both grandpas and little girls. I mentioned Poppy to my dad once and he's completely obsessed with it now--I don't think we get a say in what our children call my dad from here on in, lol. On the other hand, I love flower names (in a very nostalgic way, they honor my mom, which is probably why I love them so much!), and I love the veterans' connection to poppies, and they're beautiful flowers, but obviously if my dad is Poppy my daughter can't be Poppy, too. Which is why I keep it as a MN. But I would absolutely love to meet a little girl named Poppy, I think it's so fiery and sweet and unexpected. I think Maple and Poppy are great.
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    Definitely grandpa to me. It's one of those names I just can't see the appeal of at all, I think the sound is really harsh and when I hear it I can't help but imagine the Wicked Witch of the West cackling: "poppies...poppies will make them sleeeep." I also think it's too theme-y with Maple, if that's something you care about.

    Penelope, on the other hand, is lovely. I'd go with one of the other nickname options. Penny and Nellie are both very spunky and cute.
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