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Apple? What a pip - but she's no Emily
By Jennifer Quinn
BBC News Online Magazine

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
Some suspected a more traditional name from the pair
Apple Blythe Alison Martin was a gift for both her parents and headline writers.

After all, just think of the possibilities. Pip. Core. Apple of her parents' eye. As one paper put it, at 9 pounds, 11 ounces, she certainly was a "Big Apple."

The child of Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Apple is the recipient of an honest-to-goodness celebrity offspring name.

And her first name has become a topic of Serious Discussion. Some people love it. Others - including a participant on babynames.com message board - think it's "just awful."

"It's very obvious to me that if you give a child a silly name, it affects the child," said Dr Pat Spungin, a psychologist and founder of raisingkids.co.uk, a parenting advice website.

Apple's iMac
Did the iMac inspire Apple's name?
"I always work with the concept that if your child is on the board of the Bank of England, how would the name fit? Apple doesn't. I just think that silly names cut off the child's options."

The couple themselves have said nothing about the genesis of Apple's name, but it's speculated that it could have come from Ms Paltrow's love for New York City.

There's also the possibility, one rumour suggests, that the couple's affinity for Macintosh computers could have inspired the baby's moniker. If true, the little girl may have been lucky not to be Pod.

Unique - but for how long?

One expert told the Boston Herald that there could be a link with "Avalon." That is a mythical Celtic paradise which translates to "Apple Island".

No matter how Ms Paltrow and Mr Martin chose the moniker, it's not the most unique baby name ever to be bestowed upon celebrity offspring. Dandelion, Dweezil, Moon Unit, Peaches Honeyblossom, Fifi Trixibelle, Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q, Honey Kinny and Betty Kitten are just some of those brave children of the famous making their own way in the world.

Most worrying perhaps is that what celebrities call their children has a trickle-down effect among the rest of us. Following Jamie Oliver's example, the names Daisy and Poppy became much more common.

MOST POPULAR GIRLS' NAMES
Emily
Ellie
Chloe
Jessica
Sophie
Source: Office of National Statistics

According to the Office of National Statistics, 1053 babies named Poppy were registered, making it the 43rd most popular name in the UK in 2003. There were 1,373 Daisys registered, moving it up in the rankings from 42nd spot to the 31st spot.

The most popular girl's name is Emily, which also tops the list in the United States, making it the most popular girl's name in the English speaking world.

Apple does not appear in the top 100 girls' names in England and Wales. Not yet, at least.


After Apple, what next? Suggest hi-tech names for future babies, or add your comments.

Megapixel has a certain ring to it as does Laserjet and Harddrive
Nigel Greensitt, UK

In our local paper were several pages showing the results of a baby photo contest. Among all the Jordans and Davids, one of the children was actually called Neo. I doubt he'll be the saviour of mankind somehow after all the bullying at school
Goffee, UK

Switch, Gizmo, BroadBand, Digi,the list really is endless.
Natalie Hornshaw, UK

Sasser would be a great name for a kid.
Ross Taylor, UK

In Honduras some recent bizarre child names include Spark Plug and Miracle Tire.
Andy, UK

Nokia & Motorola have a certian ring to them
Sara, UK

My neighbour has fish named Eudora, Mozilla and Pegasus.
Stewart Holden, UK

What if Apple meets and marries a Mr Mackintosh?
Maggie Taylor, UK

I believe some parents in America have named their children after luxury cars such as Lexus, Acura and Infiniti. The less aspiring among us might consider Astra, Nubira, or perhaps Panda. And in the home, what about Dyson, Kenwood, or even good old Russell Hobbs?
Andrew, UAE

Google, Dongle and Byte sound good
Nick, UK

Bluescreen
Nigel Greensitt, UK

How about "Bluetooth"? At least it's a technology named after a person - albeit an ancient Scandinavian King.
Howard Dickins, UK

Based on my desk at work my first 3 kids will be Samsung (a whizz-kid who is unfortunately reliant on his long hair), SyncMaster (whose wife would never have to do the washing up) and Lucky Goldstar (who is destined for a life of fame and fortune).
Jeff, UK

TiVo? That sounds frighteningly like an actual name.
Suz, France

We've already had version 2.0.... how about WiFi (pronounced to rhyme with "Fifi")
Alex, UK

The triplets, Gigabyte, Megabyte and Kilobyte.
Jason Holdcroft, UK

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