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iBaby: Steve Jobs and the Name Game

What's in a (baby) name?

Though I don’t doubt its existence, I haven’t heard of a baby named after Steve Jobs. I have, coincidentally, heard of a girl named “Apple”—though I don’t think her celebrity mother could foresee that the name she chose for her baby would soon be shared with the most valuable publicly-traded corporation in America.

Since his passing yesterday, and even before, Apple’s Steve Jobs has been frequently compared to Edison and even Einstein. Despite the sphere of influence of these visionaries, neither of their names had much staying power. But today on NPR, I heard a listener explain how Jobs made him “the man he is today,” a phrase usually reserved for fathers, grandfathers, and occasionally, teachers-of-sorts.

So now I’m wondering if “Steve” will jump up on this year’s social security rosters. Or maybe “Jobs” will make an appearance, after all these years.

Jobs himself was a mastermind when it came to naming his own “babies”: There’s iMac, iPod, iPhone and most recently, iPad. Many times I’ve heard reference to Apple’s ubiquitous “i” having more influence than “e=mc squared”. Apple’s naming theory is said to rely on three principles: Big, simple, and true. This recipe doesn’t sound bad for naming kids, either. So how did this theory relate to the names of Steve’s own offspring?

In a story today on NameCandy, I read about Apple’s first computers, given the names “Diana,” “Annie,” and “Sara,” not to mention the supercomputer “Lisa”—also the name of his is-she-or-isn’t-she-his daughter. (She is.) His other children are named “Reed,” “Erin,” and “Eve.” All the monikers are easy to recall and sans-frills, but Eve might be the most memorable: it was the apple that tempted Adam, after all.

Any other Apple- or Jobs-inspired names out there? Ideas? Stories? Share below!

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