Picking the ideal baby name is no small feat and with limitless possibilities, many Canadians are turning to food for inspiration. Whether it’s a nostalgic dish that holds special memories or a favourite ingredient, the connection between food and names is more than a passing trend.
In 2024, a growing trend sees individuals turning to TikTok for their baby name inspiration, with #babynames surpassing a staggering 7.1 billion views overall on the platform.
Food box delivery service Chefs Plate has analysed StatCan’s annual baby name report to unveil the most popular food-related baby names for those born since 2022 (until September 2023). They also looked at the most significant movements in popularity for food-related baby names from 2021 to 2023.
While names like Jasmine and Rosemary have more traditional connotations, an increasing number of parents are opting for unique food-related names, such as Saffron and Basil.
Looking at the biggest movements in popularity for food-related baby names from 2021 to 2023, Chefs Plate found that Brie climbed an impressive 340 positions, Rosemary jumped 197 positions, and Maple rose by 141 positions in popularity.
Most popular food-related baby names
Among food-inspired baby names, Jasmine ranks as the 85th most popular baby name in Canada. Followed by Madeleine, a classic name possibly linked to the famous French cake, and Olive, which may evoke the Mediterranean’s hearty, healthy cuisine, which ranked 132nd and 161st most popular baby names retrospectively.
A couple names on the list reflect parents’ national pride: Maple, a quintessential Canadian symbol, embodies the nation’s identity through its sugary sap and Brie, with French origins, adds international flair, celebrating Canada’s bilingual heritage.
For the more unconventional choices, Saffron and Basil bring spice and herbal elegance. Meanwhile, Pepper, and Honey are distinctive ingredients that parents have used to create cute, food-inspired baby names.