15 food-inspired baby names

Trying to pick the sweetest name for your wee one? Why not take baby name inspiration from these delicious foods!

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Have any weird or constant food cravings during pregnancy? Why not toss around the idea of naming your sweet babe after one of these delicious foods. At the very least, this list of food-inspired baby names could prove helpful in figuring out what to have for a snack.

1. Barry/Berry
Like most names, this one has different meanings in different cultures. In Gaelic, Barry is a male-given name meaning “spear.” In English culture, the rugged name means “fair-haired.” We like to think of it as meaning “fat, juicy fruit.”

2. Clementine
Meaning “mercy” or “clemency,” this is one sweet name. It’s a classic, old-timey name, too. Does the lyric “Oh my darling, Clementine” ring a bell?

3. Cocoa/Coco
Perhaps most well known as the moniker of the woman behind the French design house Chanel, this name originated as a pet name—oh, my sweet Coco! Fun fact: Coco Chanel’s real name was Gabrielle Chanel.

4. Kale
Traditionally, this name has been the shortened version of Kaleb and Kaley. But thanks to the popularity of the leafy superfood, many parents are naming their sweet babes Kale.

5. Hazel
Okay, maybe this is a bit of a stretch, but we derived Hazel from hazelnut and think it’s so adorable. The old-fashioned name means “commander.” Julia Roberts’s daughter dons the name and, more recently, Emily Blunt, chose this name for her new babe—she says her and her husband like “old-lady names.” In pop culture, the heroine from The Fault in Our Stars rocks the name.

6. Chuck
Commonly a shortened form of Charles, this name has English and German roots. Famous Chucks include rock ’n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry and basketball player Chuck Taylor, who inspired the iconic kicks. It’s also the name of a delicious cut of steak. Mmm!

7. Sherry
In French, chéri means “dear one” or “darling” (Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour,” anyone?). For our purposes, it’s a Spanish wine. Treat yourself to some after you get that baby out, Momma!

8. Colby/Colbie
Does anyone else get hungry when they meet someone with this name? If you weren’t already aware, Colby cheese (named for the city in Wisconsin where it was invented) is delicious. The name itself definitely isn’t cheesy—just ask Colbie Caillat.

9. Cherry
This name doesn’t really have any profound meaning beyond “delicious, pitted fruit.”

10. Reuben
The Hebrew name means “behold, a son.” More commonly—like, say, at the deli—a Reuben is warm corned beef with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese sandwiched between toasted rye bread. Having a craving? Sorry….

11. Olive
Olive is the female version of Oliver, and we think it’s beyond adorbs as a baby name. Famous Olives include Drew Barrymore’s daughter and Isla Fisher’s babe.

12. Peach/Peaches
Known mostly as a nickname, Princess Peach from Nintendo’s Mario is one cool chick.

13. Rosemary
The old-timey name is Latin based and mentioned in Greek mythology and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. George Clooney’s aunt (who was quite famous in her own right—White Christmas, guys!) wore the name well. Horror buffs will be familiar with the moniker from the book/movie Rosemary’s Baby. And foodies will be familiar with it as a fragrant herb.

14. Maple
Known for their hearty strength and sweet syrup, maple trees represent great traits for a little lady. This name isn’t very common—yet—but it was catapulted into the spotlight by Jason Bateman after the arrival of his little girl, Maple Sylvie, in 2012.

15. Benedict
Hearing the name Benedict used to conjure up thoughts of brunch and the weekend, but now it probably makes your knees tremble as you picture heartthrob and good guy Benedict Cumberbatch. The name itself is ancient—it’s a Latin name meaning “blessed.”

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