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These Food Baby Names Will Have You Scratching Your Head

From healthy to unhealthy and everything in between, these food-inspired names made us look twice.

By Emma Kumer, Digital Editorial Intern

Baby look straight at the camera, one hand reached out to the edge of an orange bowl in front of them while a spoon filled with yellow mush is being pushed into their mouth

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When I was in fifth grade, my teacher promised extended recess time to any students who could correctly guess the first name of his baby. We had only two hints: the child was a son; the middle name was Jack. From there on, we predicted that it would have to be Colby. No respectable fifth-grade teacher with a sense of humor would bypass the opportunity to name his firstborn son Colby Jack.

Colby doesn't hold a candle to some of the more exotic options out there today. Here are some of the most head-scratching choices we've heard, from sweet to spicy and everything in between:



The Trendy


Quinoa

A super-popular ingredient right, quinoa connotes trendiness, wholesomeness and wellness. Trouble is, trends come and go. Imagine if you were named "Bran" or "Tofu" in the 1970s. That wouldn't have aged particularly well....


Fennel

As a name, Fennel has a perky, cute sound. Unfortunately, fennel is one of the most polarizing veggies out there. (That licorice taste, ick!) Proceed with caution.


Kale

Ah, kale. Another polarizing ingredient, with many purporting to love it, and others loathing the stuff on principle. (For the record, we're in the former camp, mostly.) Your child might have to hear people's opinions on the leafy greens every time they introduce themselves. Plus, this is another trend that may sound incredibly dated in 10 years.



The Sweet


Honey

This one might be tough to nail with a tone. Even if you spoke nicely, it might sound condescending, like "How are you doing, Honey?" Or worse, it might sound a bit too intimate. Might be strange to have your boss greet you with "Morning, Honey!"


Tea

Pardon the pun, but this name will make your kids' ears steam. In addition to sounding like the beverage, the name may make people assume it's a first initial.


Peaches

This name isn't extraordinarily weird—after all, everyone loves peaches!—but it does stand out for being plural. Why not just "Peach"? Like "Honey," though, this name might sound a bit too cozy for strangers.



The Spicy


Cayenne

This name connotes fiery spice! Though some people may always associate it with chili, we think this is a baby name worth a try.


Margarita

Tequila good baby name, all you have to do is add alcohol. (Har!) Actually, we quite like this name, and it's actually the Spanish version of "Margaret." Want to spice it up? Spell it "Margherita" like the pizza.


Cinnamon

Sugar and spice and everything nice. While most people enjoy cinnamon treats, this name is a mouthful, and nicknames are tough. Think "Cinna," like the fabulous Hunger Games character? "Mon" could be cool, though.



The Grainy


Chip

OK, chips are delicious and wildly popular. Maybe this name's not so bad. Plus, he'd be in good company: remember the cute lil' cup from Beauty and the Beast?


Miller

Last names as first names is a trend, with names like Smith, Walker and Carter taking off. The only trouble with this one is that I keep picturing it ending in "Lite."


Rye

We love this dark-hued bread, and the name has a rugged appeal. And think of the pun opportunities. Imagine this: He's taking his first steps, waddles into your outstretched arms, and you snatch him. That's right. You're the Catcher of the Rye. (Couldn't help it, sorry!)


There is one advantage to sharing a name with a food. You're memorable. And your parents had a super easy time picking out your baby shower recipes!

What did you think of these head-scratching baby names? Let us know the strangest you've heard!