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By Aimee Reneau Tafreshi
Some of us Berries love food almost as much as we love our own children. What better way to combine two loves than by honoring your favorite noshes by naming your child after them? For years, food and baby names have occasionally overlapped. Established spice names such as Rosemary, Sage and Ginger come to mind. In recent years, more out-of-the-box examples have emerged, such as Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple. I decided to dig beyond the usual suspects to round up a list of food-inspired names that are seldom heard but ripe for the picking.
As the sole contender in the legume category, Pinto makes a colorful choice. Pinto sounds accessible and a tad rugged along the lines of Wyatt and Luke. Beside pinto beans, the name calls to mind coltish pinto horses and the beautiful Indian actress, Freida Pinto.
The biggest catch of names emerged from the deep blue sea. In the fish and seafood category, there are many names that are obscure enough that most will not associate your baby with a fish or gastropod. Abalone conveys an outer toughness with an inner beauty. If you like salmon, then its cousin, Char, might work for a boy’s name, with a hardy nature and coolness. For a name that is sweet and mild-mannered with a hint of the exotic, Swai makes for a unique choice and is reminiscent of Kai. A popular game fish, Cobia has likeability and a twist on the more familiar sounding Coby.
The same phenomenon applies to some names from pop culture, though these can change over time. Juliet has definitely transcended its Shakespearean associations, though is Romeo still rooted to the tragic stage? What about Clementine, which for decades would inspire a chorus of “Oh My Darlin’” but now may have escaped that fate?
Our question of the week is:
Which names are still tied to one person, character, association?
Exactly forty-three years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon, with Armstrong being the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later, famously describing the event as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This effectively ended the space race with Russia and fulfilled a goal set by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Apollo— The Apollo program was named after the Greek god of light, music and the sun by NASA manager Abe Silverstein, who said he chose it “like I’d name my baby,” after perusing a mythology book and seeing an image of Apollo riding his chariot across the sun.
Most of us – whether we’re due next month or many years away from starting a family – immediately search a few key names. If you were hoping to keep your favorite all to yourself, there might have been disappointing news on May 14. Adele and Olive both rose. So did Willow and Beatrice, Declan and Archer, Nico and Enzo. Penelope was up, and Ezra, too. Berries tend to be ahead of the curve, but the wider world does eventually catch on.
But fear not – there is a silver lining. Search for stylish, appealing appellations that remain unranked and outside of the spotlight, and there are plenty to choose from.
I spent yesterday looking for what isn’t on the much-awaited list.
In the never-ending search for fresh green nature names, prospective parents have dug all around the flower garden, looked up at tree names and swum through a sea of water names.
One area of nature names that hasn’t been explored as much is –don’t laugh—fruit names. Maybe this was because there was so much (perhaps unfair) snickering when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their baby girl Apple, even though there were some who liked the fresh-faced, wholesome image it projected.
We’re not suggesting that you call your baby Banana (the pen name of a noted Japanese novelist) or Prune (which happens to be really popular in France these days), but if you look beyond the common fruit names to some of their specific varieties and international variations, you might be surprised to find some interesting—and unusual– nature name choices.
ANJOU—The Anjou is a type of sweet and juicy pear, which originated in Belgium but takes its name from a wine-growing province in the Loire valley with a rich history that includes such characters as Geoffrey the Handsome. As a name, Anjou has a charming Bijou-like feel, and might be seen as a cousin to Anjelica and Angelina.
BERRY—Berry has long been used as a unisex first name reaching a high of Number 435 in 1909 and staying in the Top 100 till 1971. It has one male and one female well-known namesake—Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr, and the late actress-photographer Berry Berenson (born Berinthia).