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Poppy derives from the German personal name 'Poppo' or Boppo'. The origin of its meaning are so lost in antiquity as to be obscure. However it is known to have been a pet form of the German name 'Bodebert' meaning 'Messenger of the Gods' and was a well known hereditary name among the counts of Hennenberg and Babenberg in East Frisia between the 9th and 14th Centuries. With the addition of the diminutive suffix 'y' in Poppy, the pet form is emphasized. On February 3rd, 1783, one John Poppy was christened at St.

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