Vegetables Names

If flowers and now fruit names are popular, why not vegetable names? Flowers are sweet-smelling, and fruits are sweet-tasting, but is the bad rep that vegetables carry? They are nutritionally healthy for you, they're the basic component for any salad, or any meal for that matter. And some of these names could work for your little asparagus. - Created by vintageluvs

  • Artichoke

    No go for the "choke" unless you want your child to permentantly scarred with violent naming calling jokes. However, it does have the hearty nickname "Artie", an early nineteenth century favorite for Arthur.

  • Arugula

  • Asparagus

    First used as a character in T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." The character is nicknamed Gus, so Asparagus could be the new Augustus, Octavius, and other previously considered staunchy names.

  • Beet

    Most people will here Beat, as in the Beatles, Dr. Dre's Beats, etc. But it could be cool, though few will get your reference to the vegetable.

  • Borage

    Most people will think you're saying porrage. Borrage, also known as starflower, has an Old Country feel to it via Boris.

  • Broccoli

  • Broccolini

  • Cabbage

  • Carrot

  • Catsear

    With names like Catherine and Catniss, why not Catear? It could be a new way to get to the beloved nickname Kate or even Kitty.

  • Cauliflower

    A Cal-beginning with the word "flower" in the name, I wouldn't say this name could be the next big thing, but there are daring parents who are willing to try Cauliflower.

  • Celery

    You say Cecily, and I say Celery. This calorie-burning vegetable may be the new Cecily with its airy sound and healthy meaning.

  • Chard

    Like Char, a nickname for Charles, or like charcoal. Either way, this name could catch on. In South Africa, chard is called spinach. Swiss chard is a cultivator of chard, known for their vibrant red color.

  • Chickpea

    Stuck in the same area as Sweet Pea: cute, if only for a nickname.

  • Chives

    Ives and Clive are becoming more mainstream, so will Chives hop on board with Ive-names or will be forever vegetable?

  • Corn

  • Cress

  • Dandelion

    Unbeknown to most of the world, the dandelion is a leafy vegetable whose leaves are good for any healthy diet. The name means "lion's tooth" from dent de lion.

  • Dill

    Remember that kid from To Kill a Mockingbird? I always wondered why his nickname was Dill, but besides that fact, Dill could make a cool addition to the world of Dylans and Dillons.

  • Eggplant

    Why on Earth would I endorse a name like Eggplant? To fuel my whimsies. I don't think Eggplant wil ever catch on, especially for its "egg" beginning.

  • Fennel

    Not the most delicious of vegetables (in my personal opinion), but an interesting choice nonetheless.

  • Ginger

    Isn't ginger a spice? Ginger is botanically a root vegetable. Ginger is a known name and will not make a surprising choice, but adorable for any redhead. Also could be a nickname for beautiful classics like Virginia or Italian beauties like Ginevra.

  • Garbanzo

  • Garlic

    To ward the evil vampires away? Could possibly be a segway into the friendly yet underused nickname Gary. Unfortunately, you can't nickname away "lic".

  • Horseradish

  • Kale

    One of the few vegetable names on Nameberry, Kale could be a nickname for Caleb, but if you want to go all full vegetable, name your darling pea this! It is the most usable name on this list by far for boys.

  • Kohlrabi

    Intersting choice containing the friendly boys' names Cole and Robby, nicknames for classics Nicholas and Robert . The word Kohlrabi actually comes from German. Kohl means "cabbage", and rabi means "turnip." So if you're looking for an extra leafy name, go for Kohlrabi or its elements.

  • Leek

    Sleek or meek? The sound is intriguing, similar to Linc, short for Lincoln.

  • Lemongrass

    Is Lemongrass more masculine or feminine? Your call. Lemon is becoming a trendy fruit name (thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow's Apple), and grass aludes to the front yard, so could Lemongrass make it amonst such other vegetables? Doubtful, but I can see it.

  • Lentil

    Reminds me of the soup, which is a homey and cozy feeling. Could also be nicknamed Lenny, which is rising in ranks due to Leonard of the Leo trend. Or, you could use it on a girl and call her "Tilly." Shocking, either way.

  • Lettuce

    There was Laetitia, then there was Lettice, which is a homophone to Lettuce. The perk is the nickname Letty. Is this too leafy for your little girl to handle, though? Give Lettuce a chace.

  • Lima

    Or Lima Bean, which is endearing. Most people will think you're choosing a place name– Lima, Peru. This makes it exotic and feminista all at once.

  • Mustard

    Shakespeare named one of his fairy's Mustardseed in "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Now slimmed down to Mustard, but unfortunately, Mustard has lost the charm and whimsy of Mustardseed. Plus, the "tard" at the end is a real bummer.

  • Okra

    Oprah or Okra? Okra is a zippy name with a trendy O start, following by the exotic sound of "kra". The word is actually of Nigerian origins. The United States and the Philippines are the main users of the name. Other countries call them Bhindi, Bamia, and Gumbo, all of which could be new names for experimental parents.

  • Onion

  • Parsnip

    Parsley, the herb, fits in with the other -ley names that were once preppy and are now trendy. Parsnip, a similar sounding vegetable, has yet to be discovered by hippie parents. "Snip" is a bit unfortunate, but I think Parsnip is worth a shot.

  • Peanut

    An endearing nickname meant for a two-year-old or the comic strips. Either or, Peanut is not the best choice for your little peanut.

  • Potato

    Say what you want, but Potato has a certain charm to it. Clunky in sound, it hosts a plethora of nickname options. Tate, for one, but when you can nickname your child Tate, why not just go for Tate?

  • Pumpkin

    All "pumpkin poo" comments aside, I think this could be a cool name. It has the friendly "kin" ending that was used in the Middle English as an endearing form of names, like Hopkin, Wilkin, etc. Pump could be taken masculine or feminine, whether you're thinking sporty or shoes. The origins of the word come from the French pompon (related to the word pom-pons), via Latin from the Greek pep on meaning "large melon".

  • Radicchio

    Cooler than Radish because of the saving grace of the Italian flare. Sounds exotic until your son looks it up.

  • Radish

    It has a rad beginning but that might be the only thing cool about this name. People might think you named your son a "Brad" name, close in sound but not in meaning.

  • Rapini

    Are you saying Rap or Panini? Sometimes, its marketed as broccoli raab or rabe.

  • Rutabaga

    Originally a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, rutabaga is now a vegetable all on its own. Ru is a trendy name, not for its association with Ruth from the Bible, but from the beloved character Roo of The Hunger Games series.

  • Shallot

    Reminiscent of the Shelly days.

  • Soybean

    Soy is a popular item in today's food markets, and Bean is often used to refered to your littlel one, so why not Soybean? Soy is also Spanish for "am" as in "I am."

  • Spinach

  • Squash

    Unfortunately, this name is more than a vegetable.

  • Tomatillo

    Means "little tomato" in Spanish. Tomatillos are relatively new to the American diet. Tomatillos are traditionally used to make salsa verde, a nice alternative to the red tomato salsa we're used to. All and all, the Spanish sound makes this name less vegetable and more of exotic. Tillo is cute, especially for a nickname, but if you want something more traditional, go with Tom.

  • Tomato

    The unfortunate thing about Tomato is that it has two well known pronunciation. Has the Tom part, like Tomatillo, but not as cute and has a clunky feeling. Plus, most people will recognize the fruit-vegetable.

  • Turnip

    Like Parsnip.

  • Wasabi

    A Japanese plant similar to cabbage, horseradish, and mustard. One of the only vegetables with a name from Japanese. Its name means "mountain Asarum" and are ultimately of Chinese origins.

  • Watercress

    Known for their use in tiny finger sandwiches, Watercress has a surname-name sound to it.

  • Yarrow

  • Yam

  • Zucchini

    Has a Houdini-air to it. Consider more of a stage name than a name to put a birth certificate.