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Gender: Female Origin of Plum: Fruit name

The name Plum is a girl's name . Plum and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

British-born novelist Plum Sykes has taken this rich, fruity name out of the produce section and put it into the baby name basket. It's more appealing than Apple, more presentable than Peaches. The French equivalent, Prune, is very fashionable there but would not fly with English speakers.

Plum Sykes was born Victoria, and her nickname derived from the variety of fruit called the Victoria Plum.

Plum makes an appealing middle name choice--Moon Unit Zappa used it as such for her daughter Matilda. The color of the fruit makes it one of the appropriately amethyst-hued names for Aquarius babies.

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Famous People Named Plum

Victoria "Plum" Sykes, British-American novelist and socialite
Milla Plum, daughter of blogger Miss James of Bleubird Vintage
Polly Plum, pen name of New Zealand feminist writer Mary Ann Colclough
Plum, nickname of English male novelist Pelham Grenville "P.G." Wodehouse

Pop Culture References for the name Plum

Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter protagonist of a series written by Janet Evanovich
Professor Plum, character in the board game Clue
Plum Kitaki, character from the video game "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney"
Nanny Plum, character from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Plum Kettle, heroine of the novel "Dietland" written by Sarai Walker


Dev80 Says:


When I hear the name Plum I imagine a British upper class girl, maybe she's an editor at Vogue or Tatler. I'm not British so maybe Plum is not an upper class name at all, but that's my impression of it.

soupmaven Says:


Sounds kind of glum.

EW314 Says:


I think this is a stupid name. It's a nice word, it's a tasty fruit, but it's not a baby name.

Combined with any other name in the middle (like Moon Unit Zappa's Matilda Plum), it just sounds silly, cutesy and like a character from a kids' book.

Zelliew Says:


It sounds a bit silly to me

ElsaAnne Says:


I'm not sure if this is just something I've encountered or if its a Brit thing, but you could say something like 'oh what a plum', meaning what a silly or foolish person. So I could never imagine this as a name!

Piety Says:


Every time I see this, I think of the phrase “plumb crazy!”, even though the spelling and origin are obviously different. Probably better suited as a middle name. Not to disparage the choice, of course — it does sound quite wholesome.

Frankie Says:


I love it for a quirky middle. The (dreadful for a real person) combos Indigo Plum and Indigo Violet Plum have been stuck in my head for years but I haven't found a character to give one to yet.

raevynstar Says:


In-my-opinion. :)

Alicia1 Says:


What does IMO stand for?

mabespark Says:


This would make a really cool middle IMO.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I can't see the appeal of using this fruit as a name, but okay...