Apple baby names lean surprisingly ordinary. You can enjoy the Alexander, the Anna, and the Annie Elizabeth – and that’s just the letter A!
I say surprising because Apple might be the most controversial celebrity baby name ever, right up there with Dweezil and Moon Unit, North West and Saint. We love to talk about how we’d never use a name so far out there.
But apples can inspire some names that strike a balance between the familiar and the unusual. You might think of apple baby names like Pomeline, rarities that refer to the fruit.
Or maybe you think of the thousands – actually over 7,500! – varieties of apples. A tremendous number of them might inspire apple baby names.
Apple Baby Names: A through C
Ariane – Just like Top 100 favorites Arianna and Ariana, this name traces its roots to the mythological Ariadne. The tailored French form strikes an appealingly different note. It works well in the middle spot, too.
Crispin – Little wonder that someone called an apple the Crispin. But Saint Crispin’s Day features large in Shakespeare’s Henry V. It actually derives from the Latin crispus – curly. While Crispin remains rare, it could fit right in with two-syllable, ends-in-n names for boys.
Cybele – An ancient goddess predating the Greek pantheon, Cybele serves as the equivalent of Gaia or Rhea. It sounds something like the stylish -bell names, and brings to mind Zoe, Chloe, and Penelope, too.
Apple Baby Names: D through G
Darcy – The D’Arcy Spice apple has history, plus it brings to mind Pride and Prejudice. That makes it a romantic, dramatic name that also happens to make the list of apple baby names.
Elise – As a variety, Elise debuted in the world of apples recently. As a name, Elise feels traditional without being quite as expected as classic Elizabeth.
Evelina – Evelina follows logically from Evelyn and Eva. A lovely, surprising name, Evelina also belongs to a variety of apple, a cousin to the Golden Delicious.
Everard – Saint Everard apples take their name from a Duke of Friuli born during the reign of Charlemagne. We know Everard as Everett, but the original also appeals.
Franklin – If you love names like Oliver and Henry, Franklin might appeal, too. Worn by a near-legendary president and an animated turtle, Franklin also grows on trees, making it a great choice for apple baby names!
Gala – Party and Festival fall flat, but Gala? As apple baby names go, Gala seems like one you’ll probably find in most grocery stores. But it’s also an interesting, unexpected word name possibility. It might be short for Galilea, or maybe even Galatea, too.
Apple Baby Names: H through J
Ingrid – Sweden’s Ingrid Bergman became a Hollywood legend. Her given name marries the fierce and the feminine. It makes a great Scandinavian heritage choice, but works for families of any background.
Jubilee – Jubilee shares the ‘oo’ sound of Ruby, Lucy, and Jude. A few high profile mentions of the namehave put it on some parents’ radar. As of 2015, Jubilee is poised just outside of the current US Top 1000 for girls. The spiritual associations suggest that it might work well for a daughter or a son.
Apple Baby Names: K through L
Katya – A Slavic and Scandinavian short form of Katherine, this name is also spelled Katia and Katja. Kaitlyn is fading today, but Katherine remains a classic forever open to reinvention.
Lilibet – Apple baby names should be sweet, right? The Sweet Lilibet apple might inspire some families. The current Queen Elizabeth answered to Lilibet as a during her childhood. Maybe this belongs with the intriguing smooshes. Or maybe it fits with all of those popular Lily names. Either way, Lilibet might belong with the wearable rarities.
Apple Baby Names: M through P
Marigold – Marigold counts as a botanical baby name, but it is also found in the apple orchard.
Milo Gibson – Milo feels bright and wearable, an upbeat name with history to spare. Gibson also intrigues, and the combination sounds like a super stylish first-middle combination.
Mollie – This Mary variant is typically spelled Molly. But the apple baby names version is Mollie with an ie.
Opal – Two apples are called Opal. While most see this as a gemstone name, that makes it a nature name, too.
Pilot – Gwyneth Paltrow’s Apple inspired this post, but Jason Lee’s son Pilot Inspektor makes those same bad baby name lists. And yet we’re naming our children Mason by the thousands. Jett charts well, too. Wouldn’t you know it? There’s a large, stripy yellow fruit that puts this among the apple baby names.
Priscilla – Pretty, elegant Priscilla seems like a logical successor to names like Isabella and Penelope.
Apple Baby Names: Q through Z
Spencer – Spencer kept company with Tanner and Tyler in the 1990s, but has faded slightly since then. It makes the apple baby names list, too.
Tioga – Tioga comes from an Iroquois word referring to the place where tow rivers meet. Plenty appear on the map, and place names often make great choices for daring baby namers. It brings to mind Diego and Santiago, but it might work equally well for a daughter.
Yates – Poetic and preppy, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly gave the name to her son. Ends-in-s names are having a moment, like Brooks and Ames.
Zari – Zari fits with names like Zuri and Zoe, and yes, it’s on the list of apple baby names, too.
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This post was published on October 13, 2011. Following substantial revision, it was reposted on October 21, 2016.