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Nature Names: For the apple of your eye

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By Brooke Cussans of Baby Name Pondering

Gwyneth Paltrow probably had no idea how much controversy she was about to cause when she named her daughter Apple back in May of 2004. “That’s not a name” was the most common judgement on people’s lips, and her daughter’s name is now held up as an example on all “Most Bizarre Celebrity Baby Names” lists.

So why did Gwyneth and her husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, choose the name Apple?  To paraphrase from her interview with Oprah Winfrey at the time, they felt that “apples are sweet, wholesome, biblical and lovely.” They also proposed the question “Is it really so different from the other nature/ noun names out there that are commonly used, such as Rose, Lily or Ivy?”

It’s a little hard to argue with such logic these days, considering the many word names on the rise. Yes, an apple is a fruit, but people mustn’t dislike fruit names that much, since we’re now seeing Plum and Lemon regularly discussed as possible names, albeit usually as middles or nicknames.

If you’re going to be inspired by an object, let’s face it, the humble apple isn’t the worst nature name out there. So here is a collection of apple-inspired options for you if you too love the imagery of the clean, fresh, sweet apple but don’t want people thinking you’ve copied a weird celebrity baby name. Most are varieties, and others are simply apple related.

Girls

Alma

Almata

Ambrosia

Ariane

Avalon

Cybele

Elma

Fearn

Florina

Gala

Garland

Jubilee

Junami

Lodi

Manzana

Melrose

Meridian

Novaspy

Pinova

Poma

Pomeline

Pomona

Reinette

Rubinette

Sansa

Boys

Ashmead

Beacon

Borromeo

Braeburn

Calville

Connell

Coster

Creston

Crispin

Dayton

Epal

Epli

Falstaff

Grove

Hazen

Jonwin

Laxton

Malus

Nehou

Orchard

Orin

Pendragon

Pippin

Pommeroy

Pomon

Rubin

Sagar

What do you think? Are apple-inspired names too sweet for your taste, or nicely refreshing?

Brooke Cussans – better known on the Namberry forums as bluejuniper – is based in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of name blog Baby Name Pondering. She especially loves rare and unusual names.

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Brooke Cussans – better known on the Nameberry forums as bluejuniper – is based in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of name blog Baby Name Pondering. She especially loves rare and unusual names.
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