Nearly 15 years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when she named her newborn daughter Apple. But she’s not the only celebrity that has the culinary world to thank for inspiration. Many celebrities have intentionally turned to food monikers when naming their children, while others have inherited a hunger-inducing last name.

Whether it’s fruits, meats, spices, or grains, here are a handful of celebrities that share a name with food.

1. Apple Martin

The daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and British singer/musician Chris Martin, Apple was born May 14, 2004 in the midst of a flurry of tabloids reporting her unusual name.

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2. Kevin Bacon

A famous American actor with a lengthy list of roles and accolades including A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, and Footloose. Bacon inherited his crave-worthy last name from his father, Edmund Norwood Bacon, a respected architect in Philadelphia.

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3. Brandy Norwood

Known simply as Brandy, this American singer reps a classic distilled spirit as a name. No word on if it’s a favorite of hers.

4. Maple Bateman

If you say Jason Bateman’s daughter’s full name quickly, it sounds like “Maple Bacon.”


5. Rosemary Clooney

This 1950s singer topped the charts during her day. Her name also tastes great topping chicken and vegetables.

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6. Cherry Jones

The award-winning actress shares a name with this summery fruit. Her screen credits include The Perfect Storm, Signs, Ocean’s Twelve, and The Village.

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7. Alyssa Milano

Milano may best be known for her role as Samantha on the television sitcom Who’s the Boss, but her name makes us want to go scoop up some Pepperidge Farm cookies and milk.

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8. Halle Berry

Of all the fruits to share a name, berry has to be one of the most delicious. Berry was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood in the 2000s with screen credits including Monster’s Ball.

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9. Fiona Apple

This wholesome fruit is a fitting name for this well-known vegan singer and songwriter.

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10. O.J. Simpson

Orenthal James Simpson got the nickname The Juice, but the sweet times turned sour in the 1990s when this former running back was suspected of murdering his ex-wife.


11. John Candy

This lovable Canadian actor has the sweetest name of them all.

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12. Brie Larson

Her name might be cheesy, but she’s a serious actress who won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the 2015 drama Room.

13. Meatloaf

Marvin Lee Aday otherwise known as Meatloaf, can thank his football coach for his meaty moniker, inspired by his weight. The singer and songwriter used his new nickname to create the name of his first band, “Meat Loaf Soul.” The name stuck from there.

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14. Sugar Ray Leonard

An assistant coach of the US Olympic Boxing Team told Ray Charles Leonard’s boxing coach, “That kid you got is sweet as sugar.” The name stuck, and it was only a matter of time before Sugar Ray became known as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

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15. Jerry Rice

Rice. It’s a solid last name for a solid wide receiver. Due to his many records and accomplishments, he’s widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the NFL.


16. Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers was an American actress and dancer who appeared in dozens of films, stage performances and radio and television shows throughout her long 20th century career.

17. Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Eugene Strawberry Sr. is a former professional baseball right fielder, known for his 17-year career in the Major League Baseball. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Strawberry became a household name as one of the most feared sluggers in the sport, but also because he was suspended three times by the MLB for substance abuse.

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18. Shaun Bean

Bean is most recognized in the United States for his performance as Ned Stark in the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones. Others might know him from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or as a villain in any number of flicks including National Treasure, GoldenEye, Essex Boys, and more.

19. Harvey Milk

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay public official to serve in California when he was elected to the San Fransisco Board of Supervisors.

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20. Barry Pepper

Barry Pepper almost scored a double food name, but alas, his name is Barry, not Berry. Barry has acted in blockbusters such as Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, and True Grit.


21. Shirley Temple

What kid doesn’t love the non-alcoholic cocktail known as a Shirley Temple? It’s a refreshing mix of grenadine, lemon-lime soda and, of course, a maraschino cherry. The Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki, one of Temple’s favorite destinations at the height of her fame, reportedly created and named the drink after the child star.


22. Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer now shares his name with a refreshing drink he helped popularize. In the late 1960s, after a long day in Palm Springs, Palmer asked the waitress for a mixture of lemonade and iced tea. A woman at a nearby table overheard and asked the waitress, “I’ll have that Arnold Palmer drink.” Palmer had been requesting the drink from his wife for years, but it was this fateful lunch that started the blended drink on its trajectory into its status as an iconic American beverage.

23. Condolezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th United States Press Secretary of State, the second person to hold the office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Rice was the first female African-American Secretary of State, and the second African-American Secretary of State (after Colin Powell).

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24. Tim Salmon

Nicknamed King Fish, Salmon retired from Major League Baseball after spending his entire career with the team known with various names during his time, as the California Angels, Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Angels.

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25. Heather Graham

Heather Joan Graham starred in various commercials before making it big in huge hits like Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and The Hangover.

Also see: Here’s how all your favorite celebrity chefs make scrambled eggs. 

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.