Naming a baby is serious business, and it’s hard. The moniker you give your little bundle of joy will follow him or her throughout his or her life and could have a serious impact on everything from relationships to job prospects. It only makes sense that you put a lot of thought, care, and love into this decision. And it could help to name your kid after something close to your heart — or your stomach.
If you’re a serious foodie and want your progeny to share your love of cuisine, consider one of these 20 baby names that happen to share something in common with the culinary world:
Angus: This boy’s name, meaning exceptionally strong, is also a breed of cattle. It’s the kind of bovine that is most common in beef production.
Apple: This common fruit rose to prominence as a baby name when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their daughter this in 2004.
Basil: This fragrant herb (which is a key ingredient in pesto) is also a unisex name with Greek origins. This name is a powerful one, with associations to aristocracy and saints.
Bing: Perhaps the most famous crooner of all time, Bing Crosby shares his nickname with a common variety of cherries.
Brandy: This distilled wine spirit is also a feminine version of Brandon. Most notably, pop star Brandy Norwood rocks this name.
Candy: This fun name is as sweet as sugar. It’s a diminutive of Candice, so if you can’t quite commit to this name, consider it as a nickname.
Chip: Short for Charles, this nostalgic name brings to mind some of our favorite snack foods like chocolate chips, potato chips, and even kale chips.
Clementine: Oh my darling! This tart fruit is also a sweet girl’s name, which means mild and merciful. After years away from major popularity lists, it’s finally seeing a rise in popularity. It was the 749th most popular girl name in 2016.
Colby: This old English name is great for a boy or a girl. If you want to really go in on naming your child after cheese, consider calling them Colby Jack.
Frank: Meaning “free man,” this name has fallen from favor in recent years, but it could still be perfect for someone who loves a good frankfurter.
Ginger: This zesty girl’s name started as a nickname for a redhead. It shares a moniker with ginger root, a common spice.
Graham: Originally a surname meaning gravelly homestead, this name is also a type of cracker, developed by Sylvester Graham as a part of the temperance movement.
Herb: Short for Herbert, this fresh and fragrant name is also a type of plant used for food flavoring. If you love herb, consider naming your child Rosemary, Thyme, Dill, or Juniper.
Jasmine: This Persian flower brews a beautiful tea. It also rose to prominence as a girl’s name thanks to Disney’s Princess Jasmine from the hit 1992 film Aladdin.
Nori: This Japanese seaweed also makes for an adorable baby girl’s name. Notably, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s daughter North goes by the nickname Nori.
Olive: This fruit is quite a popular girl’s name, stemming from the ultra-trendy Olivia. Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen, Drew Barrymore, and Jake Owen have all named their daughters Olive.
Reuben: In the game of which came first, the name or the sandwich, the name Reuben actually wins. The corned beef concoction was invented by Reuben Kulakofsky in Omaha, Nebraska.
Sage: This gender-neutral moniker is perfect for the wise child who also loves a wonderfully fragrant herb. In addition to being a food product, sage is used for spiritual cleansing.
Saffron: If you’re looking to spice up your child’s life, consider naming your daughter after this dried flower.
Sherry: If you love Spanish wines, consider skipping out on the more common spelling of Cheri and go all in with this spelling. Notably, actress Sherry Jackson rocks this name.