An Apple by Any Other Name

Macintosh has been associated with Apple since the launch of its original all-in-one computer in 1984, reportedly named after the pocket-sized McIntosh apple cultivar. So when it comes to providing names for the external devices I plug into my Mac (backup drives, iPods and my iPhone for example) it seemed like a good idea to follow this convention:

  • Macintosh: Internal hard drives on new Macs are labelled Macintosh HD by default, yet I always found the HD suffix unnecessary, so I remove it.

  • Cameo: My back-up drive is named after the Cameo cultivar. I choose this name as it also refers to actors making short appearances as themselves in film and television, and this seemed to fit somehow.

  • Elstar: My iPod Nano is named after a Dutch cultivar, a cross between Golden Delicious and Ingrid Marie apples. I just liked the name in this particular case!

  • Fireside: The iPod I owned prior to Elstar was named Fireside, a name chosen as it evoked the idea of listening to music by a fire.

  • Braeburn: My iPhone is the newest device to be connected to my Mac. The description of the Braeburn cultivar on Wikipedia seemed to fit well here: “becoming increasingly popular in the UK”.

  • Discovery: Needing a name for my Mac for when it appears on different networks, I choose Discovery as it shares a name with HMS Discovery, and the idea of my Mac docking with different networks around the world.

If you’re facing a similar problem finding naming conventions for use on a Mac, why not go with this list of apple cultivars. After all, there are plenty to choose from!


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Mark Otto Sam Hardacre Andrew Yates Stuart Maynard-Keene trovster

Mark Otto

I’ve got a similar setup, naming all my Apple gear… except mine are named after elderly women.

  • MBP: Blanche
  • 30" Cinema Display: Estelle
  • iPhone: Maude
  • iPod: Edith
  • External HD1: Rosemary
  • External HD2: Agnes

Helps me make my workspace my own… everyone knows their names around the office, too :).

Sam Hardacre

This is a great idea. Unfortunately I’ve no specific naming conventions with the exception of my external hard drives which I named after cartoon characters (Zim and GIR). I might stretch the cartoon naming convention out to my iPhone and other devices but I might try and find something a little more interesting :)

Andrew Yates

Never named any Apple stuff anything different from the normal “Andrew Yates’ X”. Sounds a pretty cool idea, I like the HMS Discovery idea alot.

I wondered what I could use to name all of my Apple gear.