I'm going to be completely honest, and I really hope this doesn't come across wrong. Apple is a great name for a 3 year old, but a horrible name for a 30 year old. I don't really think I could take someone seriously named Apple... I feel the same way about most edible names, especially since it seems like sooner or later they end up on the "stripper" list. I teach English to Chinese college students... whenever one says their name is something edible, it gets changed right away (granted, I've had Apple, Lemon, Celery, Cordon bleu, Bacon, Water, Cherry, Cookie, etc.)... One of my biggest concerns for them is how it will come across in the business world, especially since a bad or juvenile English name can actually reflect badly on their English skills. If I met a white Apple, I'd assume their parents were hippies. Apple could be great as a nn or mn... to give something a bit more grown up for the resume/ academia/ business world... As a mn it would give her a lot of control over whether and when to use it. This could be very useful when she's a middle-aged lawyer who wants to command authority and be taken seriously.
thanks for all the support from the ladies telling us to just go for it! I will say since I've talked more to my mom about it she is fully supportive of us doing what makes us happy.
Part of the appeal of a name like Apple is it's sweet, wholesome, and unique. And I don't think the remarks about her suffering as an adult make much sense to me. Maybe because I come from a rural/southern family, and I have family members with legal names ranging from Honey to Minnie to Bud....with that, Apple doesn't seem too strange after all (but maybe just a little to the in-laws). I also know grown women with the names Toody (a successful businesswoman with easily a 6 figure salary) and Poppy, and it hasn't seemed to affect them at all academically or professionally.
My beau and I have very simple names - William and Lauren. I was that stereotype of a child having 3 other kids in her class with my name (and there were only 35 in my whole grade!). I don't want that for my child. I got teased because I had the same name as everyone else, kids are just mean. Apple is nowhere near as bad as a McKinley, Hadley, Jaylee, Brantley, or whatever BS (no offense) EE names people are coming up with nowadays.
At this juncture I think we're gonna go for it! Even if baby number 1 isn't a girl, we'll definitely be saving it for later.
I'm going to be honest but I hope it doesn't come across rude.
I really dislike Apple as a name. If I met a young girl named Apple I would actually feel pity for he that her parents chose to name her that. Don't get me wrong, Apple is a very sweet and cute name for a young girl but I can't imagine meeting a 40 year old called Apple. I think it also restricts the kind of professions she could have. If I had the choice between a lawyer named Lucille or Apple I would choose Lucille.
Having said all that though you shouldn't let the opinion others, including me, have change your decision. If you think your baby girl meant to be named Apple, name her that!
Very well put.
Originally Posted by tfzolghadr
Apple is definately not my style and I would definately think the kids parents where into Ipads or Gwynth Paltrow if I met a girl with that name. That said, your parents and inlaws had their chance at naming kids so what they think doesn't really matter.
I think it is great your are pairing up Apple with the beautiful name Lucille. If your daughter grows up hating her name, she can always use her middle name.
As cute as it is, I don't think it would age well at all. You've got to think of your kid. If you can picture an adult Ms. Apple Lastname then go for it, but personally i think it falters in a professional setting. The name Avalon means apple tree, so you could use Apple as a nn or pet name. Or Appoline is nice.
Hahaha I think it's a stripper name as well...
I have been in the same boat as you, I like names that are different and make a statement. I wanted to name our future son Lion. I always dance to the beat of my own drum anyway. But that being said after asking the berries what they think I was swayed to find a name where I could use the nick name Lion. I am not worried about career so much because I have half sleeve tattoos, and run my own business. I am respected and people see my tattoos as classy and tasteful. BUT a particular statement you made was "I got teased because I had the same name as everyone else, kids are just mean." The kids are just mean part sticks out. Children these days are ten times worse. I was picked on growing up (I am 23) and not saying your child will be picked on for her name but you are kind of putting a target on her back. That is why I chose to go with a name that Lion can be formed but if my son hates it he can fall back on his given name which ever we may choose.
This is just my opinion. And I am not good with deflecting bad comments so I do not want to put myself in that situation. I rather be able to say no his real name is blah blah But in the end you go with what YOU want, that's all that really matters!
I'm glad you're sticking to your guns!
Regarding the teasing thing: I don't think it's got anything to do with the name at all. Some kids will be teased no matter what their name is, I know that's cruel but it is how it is. And frankly, I'd rather my child be teased because of her name than, for example, physical appearance or other personality traits. However, if you do think your child will be a timid little wallflower, I'd hesitate about more out there names. As for everyone's worry about professionalism, that's just silly. That's what middle names are for. And I never see anyone worry the other way, what if you name your child Jane and she wants to be a shaman or a circus director? Uh oh...
I like Apple! Let everyone else have the trendy stuff; if you feel right about this name, do your thang:)
Also: I think it's a mistake to pass up a name you love because of the potential for teasing. Kids don't get teased *because* of their unusual names--they get teased because they're shy or smart or socially awkward or physically awkward, or because other kids are envious of them or have a crush on them, or any number of other reasons. I've known Johns and Katies to get their names turned into insults because they were going to get teased regardless of the commonness of their names. (I used to teach high school.)
Anyway, sure, the name can be used as ammo if the kid is already a likely target for teasing, but it seems like a poor reason to miss out on giving your child a name that's meaningful to you.