Nature Names: For the apple of your eye
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.
What do you think? Are apple-inspired names too sweet for your taste, or nicely refreshing?
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on June 18th, 2013 at 8:53 am
Cute post! I’m really starting to like Grove lately, and Orchard is a cute way to get the nn Orry.
I have some more types of apples to add: Courtland, Jonagold (I feel like this is more of a sibset smoosh – Jonathon and Goldie, or something), Jonathan, Fuji (for the adventurous), and Macintosh (Mac). Though I wouldn’t advise Macintosh for other reasons, I think Courtland’s kind of cute; a more male alternative to Courtney.
It’s funny, when one looks up a listing of apples, most of them are names already: Anna, Alexander, Walter…
on June 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am
There’s a litte girl in my mother-in-law’s school system named Peaches…Peach might have been okay, but plural is kinda strange to me. That would be like naming a kid Apples or Orchards.
on June 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am
@yw2 : Perhaps they were inspired by Peaches Geldof…?
on June 18th, 2013 at 12:36 pm
This post seems out of season to me. Apple season is fall!
on June 19th, 2013 at 7:24 pm
Braeburn would make a pretty awesome name.
on June 21st, 2013 at 3:52 am
Avalon and Pippin are both lovely!
@EmilyVA Apples are still considered to be in season now in Australia (where Brooke is from).
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