Sketch of Big McIntosh for 2008 MLP:FiM pitch bible. He didn't change so much, did he? His original name was simply Big Apple, but (shocker!) that didn't pass legal. Sweet Apple Acres was originally called Big Apple Orchard, the idea being that it was Big Apple, as the eldest, inherited the farm and was actually the one who owned it. Applejack just ran it. I like it better that they own it as a family, though.