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Gourmet Baby Names


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    1: Brandy

    BrandyOrigin: English; meaning: burning wine
    An intoxicating baby name, no? Aside from being associated with the alcohol, Brandy also contains some musical notes; it’s the first name of pop singer Brandy Norwood and featured in Looking Glass’ 1972 hit, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).”

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    2: Honey

    HoneyOrigin: Old English; meaning: nectar, sweet as honey
    Want your baby to be as sweet as her namesake? This moniker might be a good choice — it’s also a nickname for Honora and a common term of endearment.

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    3: Pepper

    PepperOrigin: English; meaning: hot spice
    Nothing to sneeze at, this English name refers to the spice — or a spicy temperament. (Watch out for Pepper’s terrible twos!)

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    4: Olive

    OliveOrigin: Latin; meaning: olive, variant of Olivia
    For a peaceful baby experience, try extending the branch to this Latin name that evokes tapenades and classic martinis. It’s an oldie-but-goodie that’s just coming back into fashion in recent years.

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    5: Candy

    CandyOrigin: American; meaning: bright or sweet
    No sweeter name exists! Not a bad pick if your kid is born near Halloween.

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    6: Pumpkin

    PumpkinOrigin: English; meaning: spice
    Another choice name for an autumn baby, Pumpkin is a sweet pick for the newest addition to your family patch.

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    7: Paprika

    PaprikaOrigin: English; meaning: spice
    This spice has a typically reddish color — a good choice if you’re from a family of redheads and hope baby Paprika will have equally fiery hair. And let’s not forget that Paprika is also the adorable offspring of Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper from the kids’ hit Blue’s Clues.

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    8: Jasmine

    JasmineOrigin: Old French and Persian; meaning: refers to Jasmine flower
    This fragrant flower is also popular in hot drinks and a variety of recipes — and is an exotic-but-familiar (thanks to Aladdin) choice for a baby girl.

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    9: Patty

    PattyOrigin: Latin; meaning: nickname for Patricia, which means “noble”
    A bite-sized version of the longer Patricia, Patty is the preferred name for Peanuts character Peppermint Patty ... which, in turn, also happens to be the name of a beloved minty, chocolaty treat.

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    10: Saffron

    SaffronOrigin: English; meaning: yellow flower
    Another piquant baby name like Pepper, this English moniker evokes the spice commonly used in dishes like Spanish paella, as well as a bright orange-yellow dye.

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    11: Brie

    BrieOrigin: French and Latin; meaning: marshland
    Despite its muddy origins, this name makes us want to travel to a Parisian cheese shop straightaway. An alternative to Brianne or Brianna, Brie is perfect for parents who dislike nicknames — its nearly impossible to slice this name even shorter.

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    12: Peach

    PeachOrigin: unknown; meaning: the fruit
    We’re keen on Peach. This sweet name makes us think of the juicy summer fruit and all the desserts it’s baked into (hello, peach pie). Though if you’d prefer a less-obvious tribute to the fruit, Melba’s always an alternative ...

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    13: Rosemary

    RosemaryOrigin: Latin; meaning: dew of the sea
    While the herb related to this name has a bitter taste, it seasons Mediterranean dishes to perfection — so we find this pick just as palatable. Perfect for nickname-loving parents; Rose, Rosie, or Mary are all options.

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    14: Ambrosia

    AmbrosiaOrigin: Greek; meaning: immortal
    In ancient Greek mythology, consuming this drink of the gods would lead to immortality — perhaps a tall order for a newborn, but one we think she’ll grow into just fine. Similar names are Amarissa and Amandine.

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    15: Sherry

    SherryOrigin: English; meaning: derivative of “cherie” meaning dear
    Sherry, strong wine originally from Spain, is actually fortified with Brandy, another name on our list. Parents who prefer a shorter version of Sharon might like this pick.

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    16: Sugar

    SugarOrigin: American; meaning: sweet, refers to the sweet crystal
    It’s no surprise that this American name means “sweet” — just remember that anytime little Sugar throws a tantrum.

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    17: Plum

    PlumOrigin: unknown; meaning: refers to the fruit
    We’re plumb smitten with Plum as a sweet homage to the fruit. It also works as a cute nickname, as in the case of fashion writer Plum Sykes — originally born as Victoria, she got her nickname from the Victoria plum.

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    18: Sage

    SageOrigin: Latin; meaning: wise, healthy
    Sage is a healing herb that some people burn to rid a space or person of negativity. It’s also a name that’s climbing in popularity — pop star Pink used it as her firstborn daughter, Willow’s, middle name.

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    19: Clementine

    ClementineOrigin: Latin; meaning: merciful
    Oh my darling, oh my darling … A perfect choice for citrus-loving parents who couldn’t deal with the obvious “Orange.” Supermodel Claudia Schiffer even used it for her daughter’s name.

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    21: Julienne

    JulienneOrigin: Latin; meaning: youthful, Jove’s child
    Naming your baby after this culinary technique of cutting food into long thin strips may predict future success as a famous chef. A variant of Julia or Julianne, maybe baby Julienne will be more apt to eat fries, carrots, or anything else that’s served the way her name suggests ...

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    22: Coco

    CocoOrigin: French; meaning: diminutive of Nicolette
    This chic name, a French diminutive of Nicolette, is a favorite among celebrities (it’s the name of Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s first daughter), Chanel fans, or anyone who likes cozying up with a cup of hot chocolate.

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    23: Margarita

    MargaritaOrigin: Greek; meaning: pearl
    Missing a certain tequila drink during pregnancy? Aside from being featured on drink menus everywhere, Margarita is a beautiful variant of Margaret. Margarita has royal roots, too: princesses of Romania and the Netherlands have had this regal moniker. This name makes one think of either the small, shell-shaped cookies popular in France or the yellow hat-wearing children’s book character. So it’s a great pick if you have hopes of your daughter studying cooking in Paris, a la Julia Child.

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    23: Reese

    ReeseOrigin: Welsh; meaning: enthusiasm
    This Welsh name was actually the last name of the peanut-butter-cup creator when he made his now-famous candy, but it makes for a chic first name today.

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    24: Madeleine

    MadeleineOrigin: Hebrew; meaning: woman from Magdala
    This name evokes both the small, shell-shaped cookies popular in France as well as the yellow-hat-wearing children’s book character. Thus, this is a great pick if you have hopes of your child studying cooking in Paris, a la Julia Child.

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    25: Ginger

    GingerOrigin: English; meaning: pungent root used as spice
    Another great name for a spicy personality that’s got classic film-star flair: little Ginger would share a name with actress Ginger Rogers, who was popular for most of the 20th century. How’s this for a well-seasoned family? Her husband’s last name was Pepper!

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    1: Benedict

    BenedictOrigin: Latin; meaning: blessed
    Perhaps baby Benedict will be blessed with a refined culinary taste, preferring Hollandaise sauce on his poached eggs and ham over plain-old scrambled eggs. Parents looking for similar names can try Bennett, Benito, or the unadorned Ben.

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    2: Reuben

    ReubenOrigin: Hebrew; meaning: “see, a son”
    Planning a big family? In the Bible, Reuben was the firstborn of Jacob’s 12 sons. Though foodies might just think of the Swiss, meat, and sauerkraut on rye sandwich found in diners and delis across the U.S.

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    3: Frank

    FrankOrigin: shortened form of Latin Francis or Middle English Franklin; meaning: free man
    Frank dates back to the 17th century and has several variants for parents who like choices: Franz, François, and Frankie, for example. We love this version — and hope that little Frank loves hot dogs.

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    4: Chip

    ChipOrigin: English, short for Old German Charles; meaning: free man
    Whether your favorite chip is chocolate, tortilla, or sour cream and onion, this name is ideal for parents looking for something retro but still fresh.

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    5: Alfredo

    AlfredoOrigin: Old English; meaning: elf or magical counsel
    A variant of Alfred, here’s a name both Lord of the Rings fans and Italian-food lovers can agree on. Maybe baby Alfredo will turn out to be a wizard in the kitchen.

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    6: Miller

    MillerOrigin: Old English; meaning: one who grinds grain
    The name Miller calls to mind both its old English meaning as well as the well-known Milwaukee brewing company. Similar names for parents who like the sound of last names as first names: Hunter, Smith, or Spencer.

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    7: Caesar

    CaesarOrigin: Latin; meaning: head of hair
    Does balding run in the family? Perhaps a name like this will inspire little Caesar’s follicles to activate. Plus, your son will have a Roman statesman and the most ubiquitous salad ever on his side. Not bad odds.

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    8: Colby

    ColbyOrigin: Old Norse; meaning: charcoal, person’s settlement
    Want to make sure your kid eats from all the food groups? We think this Wisconsin-dairy-inspired name is cute — not cheesy. For more variants, try Collby, Kolby, or Colton.

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    9: Kobe

    KobeOrigin: variant of Hungarian Kobi; meaning: he who supplants
    Maybe this name initially makes you think more of the controversial Lakers player before your dinner plate, but word is Kobe Bryant’s parents were inspired by the top-quality Japanese beef when naming their son.

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    10: Graham

    GrahamOrigin: Old English; meaning: home, dwelling
    Stumped on a baby name? Look no s’more! Though Hershey and Marshmallow aren’t likely to climb the baby name charts anytime soon, Graham is a classic Old English name meaning “home, dwelling” — maybe your son will take roost around a campfire.

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    11: Huckleberry

    HuckleberryOrigin: American; meaning: sweet berry
    Reminding us of Mark Twain’s classic character and the sweet blueberry-like fruit, this name may suggest a nature-loving, outdoorsy boyhood. Parents who want a shorter version can try Huck, Hank, or Henry.

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    12: Heath

    HeathOrigin: English variant of Heathcliff; meaning: cliff near a heath
    Aside from paying homage to the hard toffee and chocolate candy bar, this name could satisfy lovers of the arts: it brings to mind both late actor Heath Ledger and the dark hero of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

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    13: Basil

    BasilOrigin: Greek; meaning: royal, kingly
    You say bah-zil, we say bay-zil: either way, this herb-inspired name also means “brave” in Arabic — a regal seasoning for any son.

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    14: Kale

    KaleOrigin: Gaelic; meaning: thin, slender, free man
    The leafy, vitamin-packed vegetable that shares a name with this moniker is a staple of many healthy snacks and meals — here’s hoping that baby Kale loves his veggies. Variants include Cale and Karl.

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    15: Cobb

    CobbOrigin: Old English; meaning: cottage
    Cobb salads have a little bit of everything — lettuce, bacon, tomato, avocado, hard-boiled eggs — so this could be a great name if you hope your kid has an expansive palate. We also like Cobb as a unique alternative to ever-popular Jacob.

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    16: Cane

    CaneOrigin: Hebrew, Welsh; meaning: spear and beautiful, respectively
    This name makes us think of one-half of the dueling Biblical brother duo, who spent most of his adult life in exile — but if you want Cane to call every week while he’s in college, you could chalk up his name to the sugar that sweetens everything from cakes to coffee.

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    17: Herb

    HerbOrigin: Old German; meaning: illustrious warrior
    While we pronounce the plant differently from this diminutive of Herbert, we hope every time baby Herb sees his name he’ll be inspired to whip up a delightfully seasoned dish.

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    18: Mac

    MacOrigin: Gaelic; meaning: son of
    This name had a solid spot in the top 1000 baby names until the ‘70s, maybe a result of the growing prevalence of Apple computers. All we can picture when we think of Mac are heaping bowlfuls of the most kid-beloved cheesy dish we know.

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    19: Collins

    CollinsOrigin: Irish and Gaelic; meaning: holly
    Collins reminds us of Tom Collins, the classic drink that’s a little sweet, a little sour, and immensely popular. We hope baby waits until well after his first birthday to “meet” his namesake.

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    20: Foster

    FosterOrigin: English; meaning: one who keeps the forest
    This occupational name may be Australian for beer, but it’s English for “one who keeps the forest,” and it’s another sleek last name that looks just as good as a first. Parents looking for alternatives can try the equally wood-themed moniker, Forest.

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    21: Tate

    TateOrigin: Middle English; meaning: cheerful
    Think your baby looks a little … spud-like? From French fries to pierogies and beyond, there’s tons of delicious foods related to this tot.

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    22: Oscar

    OscarOrigin: Old English; meaning: spear of the gods
    Think of all the personal theme song opportunities: “My baby has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R…” Besides the famous jingle, Little Oscar would have a variety of well-known namesakes to choose from, like fashion designer Oscar de la Renta or the unmistakable Oscar the Grouch.

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    23: Ale

    AleOrigin: Frisian; meaning: noble
    The ultimate beer-lover baby name, this name also means “defender of mankind.” It’s a cute variant of Kale or Al for parents who like a little twist on more traditional-sounding names.

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    24: Bartlett

    BartlettOrigin: Hebrew version of Bartholomew; meaning: son of Talamai (the farmer)
    Love fruit? Bearing to mind a type of pear, this Hebrew name could be a twin with Apple or Clementine — wouldn’t they make a great duo? Other options for parents include Bart, Bartlitt, or Bartley.

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    25: Rye

    RyeOrigin: English; meaning: a grain used in cereal and whiskey
    This is a name Dr. Atkins isn’t likely to recommend anytime soon — but it’s perfect for parents looking for a unique yet classic-sounding name. It could also pay homage to J.D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

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