Babies are so adorable we just wanna eat them up. And if there’s something we love just as much as babies, it’s food. So why not combine our two great loves with an epicurean baby name?
If you or someone you know has a bun in the oven, we’ve got a delightful selection of baby names inspired by food, from the preparation techniques to the drinks we toast our dining companions with.
Feast your eyes on the delicious menu of culinary-inspired baby names we’ve whipped up, and savor the flavor of each unique but satisfying choice. Bon appetit!
This is an Old English occupational surname for — you guessed it — a baker! And who doesn’t love someone who can toss a few ingredients into some flour and pull some delicious baked goodies out of the oven?
This name is literally the Japanese name for a type of seaweed, but lovers of exotic cuisine know that it’s also one of the main components of a mouthwatering sushi roll. Also, it’s the preferred nickname of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, North. So really, it’s got two pop culture trends going for it.
Saffron is a warm, visually-appealing red and yellow spice from the Crocus sativus flower, and also one of the most expensive spices in the world. But if you’re having kids, get used to expensive.
This is the name for the technique of cutting food into short, thin strips — but it’s also the French feminine form of the name Julian, which means “youthful.”
Graham is actually a Scottish surname. It’s also where graham flour (a coarse-ground whole wheat flour) got its name: 19th-century Presbyterian minister and dietary reformer Sylvester Graham. But it’s much more synonymous with those sweet crackers, without which we’d never be able to make ooey-gooey s’mores. And that would be a damn shame.
The smallest member of the mandarin family, clementines are those smooth-skinned and seedless oranges bursting with juicy sweetness. But their biggest benefit is not their sunny taste or vitamin C content — it’s the fact that even toddlers can peel one themselves.
While we’re on the subject of fruits, D’Anjou pears (most often referred to as simply “Anjou”) are known for their unsurpassed taste and texture. They’re sweet but firm, which if you think about it are great qualities for a human as well.
Brunch-lovers rejoice! Here’s a subtle ode to your favorite meal, and arguably the best way to prepare eggs: Benedict. It can get you to the nicknames Ben or Benny without using the uber-popular Benjamin, and thanks to actor Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s one of those names that the general public is really getting used to.
This name has been around for a while, in the form of Cale. But thanks to both the clean-eating and K-name trend, you can find Kale in more than just produce aisles and smoothies (that you Instagram with hashtags like #eatclean, and then choke down in the name of health).
This is a unisex name, though it’s often seen as a nickname for Penelope. Either way, it has an undeniably spicy kick.
Even if the only bottles you’re poppin’ are baby bottles, you can’t argue that naming your baby after vintage Champagne label Dom Pérignon (which itself is named after a Benedictine monk) imparts a “bougie” feel.
Oliver and Olivia are two of the most popular baby names going these days — so why not Olive? Like its more popular counterparts, it means “olive tree,” which are the perfect symbol of longevity. They live, on average, 300 to 600 years … and the oldest known olive tree has been alive for over 2,000 years!
Could there be a more perfect name for foodie babies? Potato chips, chocolate chips, wood chips for that perfect hickory flavor on the grill — everybody loves chips. And Chips, too.
This name can stand alone just beautifully, or be a diminutive of Abrielle, Brienne, Briana, Sabrina, or pretty much any other name with the “bri” sound in there somewhere. But its most redeeming quality is that it’s also the name of a delectably smooth, creamy French cheese.
Botanical names are totally an “in” thing right now, and Coriander — the seed of the cilantro plant — is certainly one of the more unique. But we love its versatility when it comes to potential nicknames: Cory, Corian, Ria, Andy, Ander. It can be shortened in a bunch of different ways.
Would you name your kid after a sandwich? (We’re guessing it’s a possibility, or you wouldn’t be reading this right now.) If you’ve ever had a properly prepared Reuben sandwich, the answer is at least a definite “maybe.” Because Reubens are freaking delicious.
BRB, heading to the deli.
So we’ve taken a teeny bit of liberty here, because the culinary technique we’re talking about is spelled “blanch,” and it means to boil a fruit or vegetable, then quickly “shock” it in ice-cold water to halt the cooking process. But spelled this way, it’s a name. And more importantly, it’s the name of one of our beloved “Golden Girls,” which should make every suggested baby name list ever.
If basketball player Kobe Bryant’s parents can name their son after beef, then dammit, so can anybody else! Kobe beef is considered a delicacy, and is super-pricey, because the cattle must meet a list of very strict criteria in order to qualify as Kobe. If you’re into a more reasonably-priced variety of cow, you could always name your son Angus.
This could, of course, be a shortened form of Vincent — but by itself, it’s the French word for “wine.” Which is a smidge less obvious than naming your kid, say, Merlot or Chardonnay.
Speaking of the French, they’re also known for their patisseries … where you might find a Madeleine. It’s a cake traditionally made in the Lorraine region of France, and also a beautiful girl’s name.
Maybe fancy French wines and desserts aren’t your cup of tea (er, flute of champagne?). In that case, there’s always Jameson: the stately, yet fun-loving name shared by Jameson Irish Whiskey.
So what do you think? Have we served up the perfect baby name?
If nothing else, it’s food for thought.
There’s lots more baby name inspiration where this came from — check out Scary Mommy’s baby name database!
This article was originally published on