Choosing a name for your baby can be a chore, but we implore you to go with your gut! Food, cooking, and the best part, eating are all enjoyed by every single human. If you fancy yourself an epicure, a gastronome, a true lover of the art of cooking, consider names inspired by the culinary arts. We’ll look to famous chefs, famous ingredients, and even drinks to inspire some of the very best baby names that are food adjacent.
We found some sweet, spicy, quirky, and cheesy names we think are appropriate for children. We’re not suggesting you name your child broccoli or chorizo, but you should definitely consider names of herbs, berries, and cakes. Without cooking up too much of a mess, we’ve found the 25 best baby names inspired by food we think are delectable. Bon appétit! Mangia!
Pepper is a very cute name for girls that has Latin origins and means “berry.” Pepper, like it’s ingredient inspiration, the peppercorn has a spicy quality while still being widely adored. A little girl with the name Pepper is sure to be a fireball.
Chip is a common nickname for Charles which is a French name that means “free man.” Yay! But, you’re here for the food! Chips as in potato chips or french fries are golden, fried, crunchy treats that we all love and adore. Chip is a classic name for boys that doubles as a food name, hiding in plain sight.
Brie is a French name and feminine form of Brian that means “marshland.” Brie also refers to the famed cheese-making region of France that’s famous for its soft cheeses. Is there anything better than a creamy cheese? Absolutely not! Brie would be a fantastic name for a little girl and you could alternatively spell it, Bree.
Reuben is a Biblical name that has origins in Hebrew and means “behold, a son.” We think it actually means “behold, a sandwich.” The classic deli staple, a Reuben sandwich consists of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread. Reuben is a name that’s simply griddled to perfection.
Names inspired by spice and flavor will always inspire parents. As a name, Ginger started out as a pet form of Virginia and in the UK it was a unisex nickname given to people with red hair. Virginia means “pure.” It stands to reason that the name Ginger means “pure zest.”
Benedict is a Latin name that means “blessed,” but we know why you’re here! Eggs benedict is a classic brunch dish that was invented in New York City to the acclaim of a nation. The dish consists of a toasted English muffin, poached eggs, ham or Canadian bacon, and hollandaise. This food-inspired name offers you the opportunity to give your baby boy a classic moniker that also reminds you of breakfast.
Clementine is the French form of the Latin name Clement and it means “merciful.” A clementine is a citrus fruit that somehow improves on the good old orange. Clementine makes for a cute name for a girl that is both sweet and floral.
Caesar might be a classic Latin name that means “long-haired.” Caesar might have been the name for some of the world’s most powerful emperors. It also belongs to the world’s most powerful salad. This legendary salad is surrounded by myth, but it has been attributed to restauranteur Caesar Cardini who invented the dish in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924. May we forever honor his service and contribution to society.
Rosemary is an English name with Latin origins. It, of course, refers to our favorite plant, but in Latin, it means “dew of the sea.” The name was given to the plant because of its ability to thrive in coastal climates.
Not just a weird kid in Game of Thrones, Bran is an English name with Celtic origins that means “broom-covered hill.” Bran was a Celtic god of the underworld! Yay! Bran is the hard outer layer of cereal grain.
Poppyseed muffins, salad dressings, cookies, and bagels are an integral part of life. We need the humble poppyseed! Poppy is a charming, English name for girls with Latin origin and it refers to the red flower. Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver named his daughter Poppy.
Layton is an Old English name that’s a great alternative to Clayton. It also has a traditional food meaning. Layton means “herb garden” or “settlement with a leek garden.” Yum! Herbs and leeks, we’re all about this suttle food-name for boys.
Saffron is a precious spice that comes from crocus and has a subtle orange-scent and intense yellow hue. Saffron is a much more common name for girls in the UK than the US, but we think some food-inspired Americans are ready to change that! Accomplished British actor Saffron Burrows recently dazzled audiences in Mozart in the Jungle. She wears the name well.
The chef’s chef, Jacques Pépin was born in France, but he’s been teaching Americans to cook for decades. Jacques is a very French name that means “supplanter.” This name would honor a great chef and it’s an excellent alternative to Jack.
Chef Gabrielle Hamilton has been awarded numerous James Beard Awards for both her cooking and her writing. She opened her New York City restaurant, Prune in 1999 and it became a sensation. Gabrielle is a gorgeous name for girls that has French vibes and means “God is my strength.”
Should you name your child after a block of American cheese? 100% yes. Colby cheese hails from Colby, Wisconsin, and is a type of mild cheddar that’s beloved for its creamy texture. The name Colby has emerged as a popular gender-neutral name for children. It’s an English name that means “coal town.”
Anise is a girl’s name that also belongs to a licorice plant. Anise, the spice comes in the shape of a star which gives this warming seasoning even more sweetness. A little girl names Anise will always be your little star!
Traditionally, Sage was a given name for boys, but now, more and more parents are naming their daughters the name. Sage comes from Latin and means “wise and knowing.” The herb, sage is a treasured one that is found in many of the warm, savory dishes of fall.
Mashama is a name from the Shona language that’s widely spoken in Zimbabwe and it means “to surprise.” Mashama Bailey is an American chef who worked with Gabrielle Hamilton at Prune before returning to Savannah, Georgia, and opening her own restaurant, the award-winning, The Grey. We love the name Mashama!
We hope you’ll never tire of the cheese and dairy-inspired names on this list. Cheese is just the greatest! Chadwick is an English name that few people know means “dairy farm.” Sign us up! Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther fame is helping give this name a much-needed boost.
The proper French spelling of this name is Madeleine and it means “woman from the high tower” and is associated with Mary Magdelene. Madeleines also happen to be the name of delicate small cakes baked in shell-shaped molds. This sweet name is perfect for lovers of classic French baked goods.
Grant Achatz is a Chicago-based chef who is known for his progressive culinary takes on his dishes which contributed to the popularity of molecular gastronomy. Grant is an attractive name for boys that has Scottish origins and means “large.”
Classic, simple, and a delicious food, Olive is an unbeatable name for a little girl. Well, Olive didn’t make the top spot, but she came close! People have very strong opinions about olives and we’re here to tell olive detractors of the world to get a grip! Olives are the best and so is this name!
Colorful character and chef, Wolfgang Puck runs more than 50 restaurants and has a frozen food and kitchenware empire. He’s doing fine. We love the Puck. But, we mostly just really enjoy his name. Wolfgang is a German name that means “traveling wolf.” Puck was the name of a mischievous character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was a part of English mythology before that. We think either of these unique names would be great for a baby boy.
Nigella Lawson is a hugely popular food writer and chef based in London. Nigella is the perfect name for a chef because it also belongs to a small black seed that’s absolutely delicious. Nigella seeds taste like a cross between oregano and black pepper and look very similar to sesame seeds. Nigella is the female form of the name Nigel and means “black” or “dark.”
There’s no shame in admitting that the favorite part of your day revolves around a meal. We all love food and it is a source of constant surprise and inspiration. If you want to take your love of food to a whole new level, consider these baby names inspired by food, chefs, and cooking.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Pepper
- 2 24. Chip
- 3 23. Brie
- 4 22. Reuben
- 5 21. Ginger
- 6 20.Benedict
- 7 19. Clementine
- 8 18. Caesar
- 9 17. Rosemary
- 10 16. Bran
- 11 15. Poppy
- 12 14. Layton
- 13 13. Saffron
- 14 12. Jacques
- 15 11. Gabrielle
- 16 10. Colby
- 17 9. Anise
- 18 8. Sage
- 19 7. Mashama
- 20 6. Chadwick
- 21 5. Madeleine
- 22 4. Grant
- 23 3. Olive
- 24 2. Puck
- 25 1. Nigella
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