What’s in a Name?

My name is Melanie Perry.  So why, I get asked, is my business called ‘Poppy Perry’ Media?
A very good question – and there is a story behind the answer!  Let me share it with you.
‘Poppy’ is a family nickname that I have had since I was a baby. However, it didn’t start out as ‘Poppy’.  The truth, unfortunately, is somewhat less flattering!

In the beginning …

The story goes that my mother always used to greet my Father at the door when he came in from work with me cradled in her arms.  Now please bear in mind that I was a very, very young baby at this point.  As such, my eyes weren’t fully focussed on the subject in the main frame (my Father) and I used to look at him with a kind of crumpled squint.  Very attractive!  So the standard greeting to me was ‘Wotcha Popeye!’ (The namesake of a cartoon sailor popular in the 1930’s).  For those of you unfamiliar with this pipe-smoking, spinach guzzling, squinty-eyed sailor – here you go:

Time changes everything …

Thankfully over time ‘Popeye’ morphed into the much more attractive (and acceptable!) ‘Poppy’ although I do also answer to ‘Pops’ and ‘Popsy’.

So there you have it – the potted history of the name behind Poppy Perry Media!
Do you have any nicknames? Where or how did they originate? Let me know in the comments!