My Darling Clementine: 11 Delicious Baby Names Inspired By Food

In the run up to Christmas, it’s easy to focus on the one thing that we can enjoy, with or without a lockdown: food.

Mince pies, turkey, brandy butter and crisp roast potatoes with optional goose fat – if you’re pregnant, you’re entitled to sit back and let everyone wait on you.

Enjoy it. But there’s more to be taken from this gluttony than you might think – you can also find some interesting baby names taken straight from the feast.

We have a wealth of baby name inspiration on HuffPost UK Parents. Here are 10 of our edible favourites.


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(Photo: NataliaDeriabina via Getty Images)


The name Saffron means yellow flower, and is also the name for the unique spice that comes from crocus stamens. It is both expensive and precious.


Comes from the Japanese, meaning “doctrine or seaweed”. In fact, many will associate it with the dried seaweed used to wrap sushi. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West call their daughter, North, ‘Nori’ as a cute nickname.


Clementine, meaning “gentle” or “merciful”, of course bears the same name as the sweet orange fruit. “My Darling Clementine” is a famous American folk song.


The name Kobe means “supplanter” and is of Hebrew origin, but can also be traced to Swahili meaning “tortoise”. It is also a delicate cut of beef in Japan.


English, French, and German gave birth to the name ‘Peaches’ – which means “fruit; sin; son of pies”. Peaches Geldof was a TV personality and model, and daughter of Paula Yates and Bob Geldof.


Sticking with fruit and celebrity, Apple was the name Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin gave to their eldest child – who is already a teenager, can you believe it?


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The name Olive comes from the English, meaning “olive tree”. In recent years another form of the name – Olivia – has overtaken its popularity, but we like the original – and so did Popeye. whose girlfriend Olive Oyl actually predates him in the comic strip.


Meaning “herb” or “prophet”, Sage is also the name of a fragrant, edible plant.


The name Quince comes from the Latin, meaning “apple-like fruit”. Great with cheese – and also features in Edward Lear’s poem ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’.


Basil Fawlty made this name famous but it’s also the sweet and aromatic herb used in Italian cooking and means “brave. fearless and intrepid”.


Benedict is a masculine name of Latin origin, meaning “blessed”. It’s also our favourite breakfast, of course: eggs benedict. Rejoice!


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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.