June 6th, 2008
Names irrevocably associated with food include:
Amandine- Almond flavor
Ambrose- Rice pudding (UK)
Angus- Evokes both a burger and Scottish flair
Apple- Though this happens to be the name of one famous little girl, it may not be name enough for widespread use.
Arista- Ear of corn (courtesy Eli[zabeth])
Avalon- From King Arthur’s paradise island, possibly related to Afal, the Welsh word for apple (Also courtesy Eli[zabeth], Thank you!)
Basil- Yummy herb
Berry- Surname, occasionally used as a first name
Brandy- Liquor; I wouldn’t if I were you
Brie- I can’t help but always think of cheese when I hear this relatively common name. May I suggest it as a nickname for Gabrielle, Brianna, Cambria, or Bridget?
Caesar- I’ll wager people recall the salad just as much as they do the emporer, sadly
Candy- Since the 70s, this name rarely appears on the birth certificate. It’s more often used as a name a stripper might give to herself.
Cassia- The Greek prettier version of cinnamon
Cerise- Cherry in French
Ceylon- A kind of tea and a place name, this has a lilting sound
Chablis- Heard more frequently, to our dismay
Chardonnay- Chablis’ unfortunate sister
Charlotte- A delectable chocolate cake (Merci Gaelle)
Cherry- Too much teasing potential!
Cicely- Similar to Cecily, but this is an herb name that Sandra Bernhard chose for her daughter.
Cinnamon- Yep, like the toast
Claret- A kind of wine (Bordeaux), and a color
Clementine- One of the food names I would like to see get beyond its breakfast table association.
Clover- Heard this on a little girl the other day and was charmed.
Coco - Cute and feasible as a nickname (think Colette, Cosette, Cora, Cordelia, Corinne, Corisande, Cornelia, Cosima)
Colby- I still think Wisconsin cheese, but this is really is a surname.
Curry- Kind of a spicy possibility
Dulcie, Dulce- Dulce is climbing the charts in the Latino community, where it means caramel. Dulcie is an old British name with a bit more style.
Flora- Brits associate this with margarine. The rest of us hear “flowers” and “floor.”
Ginger- A spice that has entered (and for the most part exited) common use
Haddock- A fish
Ham- Hebrew “hot, warm.” Something tells me this one isn’t tempting you.
Jasmine- Very popular these days, I’m sure it will start a wave of fragrance names
Jemima- Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all get past the syrup connotations and remember this lovely daughter of Job whose name means “dove”? Clementine’s sister?
Julienne- Thinly sliced strips of vegetables. Julianne is so much better.
Kobe- Beef, named after the city in Japan. Pronounced “KOH-bee”
Madeleine- (France) A kind of shell-shaped pastry
Margarita- We all know this is really Margaret in Spanish, right kids?
Maize- Still corn
Mirabelle- (France) Plum
Myrtille- Blueberry (France)
Pepper- A great name for a dog or cat
Poppy- Like the seed? Clementine and Jemima’s baby sister
Quince- OK, so the name is usually Quincy, but this could be a fruity nickname
Reuben- Anyone fancy corned beef?
Rosemary- Clementine, Jemima, and Poppy’s mum
Saffron- A yellow spice that recalls the studious child on “Absolutely Fabulous”
Earl of Sandwich- His name sounds like a food because he invented it.
Sorrel- Reminiscent of Laurel but with the soft S at the start
Sara Lee- Frozen foods
Tamar- Hebrew for “date palm”
Did I miss any of your favorite food groups?
Yes, I did. Edited to add Olive (thanks, Jess), Charlotte (thanks, Gaelle), and Reuben.