[lit-ideas] Re: Guppy

  • From: david ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2005 16:37:48 -0800

I can supply what none of the guppy websites seems to know--an origin for the popular aquarium fish's name. Whether 'tis a true origin will be for research teams to decide. The guppy was named after a member of a family that was interested in names.

see: http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/DevonSurnames/Part1.html

The story, as my father tells it, is that when he was field engineer of an oil field in Trinidad, someone of that name at an adjacent field became interested in the varieties of fish in local ponds, so interested that he sent some home to England, where they were called "Mr. Guppy's fish," or guppies. Since the websites say the fish originated, like Paddington bear, in Peru, one wonders. But there it is.

David Ritchie
Portland, Oregon

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