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Robert John Lechmere Guppy

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert John Lechmere Guppy was born in San Fernando, Trinidad back in 1836 to Robert and Amelia.  He was raised by his grandparents, Richard Parkinson and Lucy.  His grandfather wanted him to take over the castle, a role in which he had no interest.  He came into an inheritance from other relatives.

He left England at 18 and visited Australia, Tasmania before being shipwrecked on the coast of New Zealand in 1856 for two years.  Later he became Trinidad’s Chief Inspector of Schools until his retirement in 1891. Although he had no formal training he wrote and published numerous articles on the paleontology of the region.  He also served as President of the Scientific Association of Trinidad and the Royal Victoria Institute Board. 

What you may not know about Robert is that in 1866, he discovered a fish of which they carry his name the Guppy fish.  Now you know how they got their name.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that is a fish that everyone knows even if they don't have them as pets.

May 07, 2021 03:22 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Anyone with kids will know the fish.

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 07, 2021 04:21 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is pretty cool to have something named after you.  I don't think anything will ever be named after me, haha.

May 07, 2021 05:24 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net


Love this.  I wonder if I can get a fish named after me? The "Savatore".  I like it.  Thanks for the post, IT'S FRIDAY! Enjoy the weekend.  Bill Salvatore

May 07, 2021 05:25 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What a fun read James Dray . I have to admit that just reading his name in the beginning made me think of the guppies I raised more than 50 years ago.

May 07, 2021 05:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - his surname certainly provided a clue but this is an interesting story nonetheless.  

May 07, 2021 06:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I must admit I never once asked myself where the guppy got its name, but now I know!

May 07, 2021 06:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Growing up Ron had an aqarium and he bought a pregnant guppy.  She had 80 babies and then she died.  It was the only guppy that did that.  LOL A

May 07, 2021 06:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I never had guppies although I did have other fish as a kid.

Have a good weekend!

May 07, 2021 08:44 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, so that how that fish got it name.  Interesting what you come up with all the time.


May 07, 2021 09:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

May 07, 2021 09:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- and how interesting!!!  When we had an aquarium I can remember buying a birthing tank for our mama guppy. 

May 07, 2021 12:51 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

So I guess what we are really saying is that guppies could have been discovered by someone else and had a far worse name?

May 07, 2021 01:04 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good afternoon James. And once again “and now I know”. Thanks for the heads-up. Enjoy your day 

May 07, 2021 02:37 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have never heard this story behind the guppy fish before. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

May 07, 2021 06:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James when I was at West Point the place was broken into four Regiments and Companies consisted from A - I   I was in G-4  and our nickname was Guppies:)) Endre

May 07, 2021 10:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray ,

Well I learned something new today! I've never heard who was instrumental in the naming of a fish he discovered!Thank you for sharing.

May 24, 2021 05:24 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I never gave any thought to the origin of the name "guppy" for a fish. What an interesting story! Mr. Guppy had quite a life. Shipwrecked!

Oct 10, 2021 08:49 AM