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Poppy’s in Bloom for Jessica Capshaw’s Third Child

Poppy’s in Bloom for Jessica Capshaw’s Third Child

Jessica Capshaw, Grey’s Anatomy star (and stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg), welcomed her third child with husband Christopher Gavigan, a girl named Poppy James Gavigan. Poppy James joins older sibs Luke Hudson and Eve Augusta. Although Poppy has never charted in the top 1000 in the U.S., it is currently #28 in England, and a rising star among celebs, with both Anthony Edwards and Jamie Oliver choosing it for their daughters. With its bubbly consonants and playful -y ending, Poppy is right on-trend, and as bright as its red flower namesake. 

As an addition to the sib-set of Luke (#39) and Eve (#546), Poppy, with its British feel and relative obscurity, is a bit of a surprise. (Although both sibling names are also more popular in England than in the U.S., with Luke at #21 and Eve at #76.) Plugging Luke and Eve into the handy Name MatchMaker, we’re suggested more popular names like Leah, Kate, and a different flower, Lily. Plugging in preferences for less popular names and a length of no more than six letters, the MatchMaker points instead to Leia, Mira, or Susana. Nonetheless, we think the three make a great set.

The ultra-feminine sound of Poppy meets a balance with the masculine (possible surname-inspired) James. James isn’t unheard of as a feminine middle name -- it’s also the middle name of Sean Combs’ daughter, Jessie, and James Marsden’s daughter, Mary

Love Poppy and want more flower-inspired names? Check out our comprehensive list here.

What do you think of Poppy James? What are your favorite flower names? Do you like the pairing of a feminine first name and a masculine middle name?



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June 26, 2012 7:37 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I love the name Poppy. I've been working on a children's novel for nearly 2 years and named my main character Poppy and the other main character Leo. I wanted fresh upcoming names. Looks like I better hurry and finish before they are all out popular.

June 26, 2012 8:14 PM
By Anne (not verified)

Poppy is adorable. James just makes me say, "Seriously?" I admit, I do not like boy names on girls. Period. Some are more acceptable to me as middle names, but James? NO.

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