The most popular food and drink inspired baby names, including Poppy, Bailey and Basil

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Hunting for a name for your newborn is a mean feat, there’s no denying that, with such a huge range to choose from.

Perhaps you’re after one of the most searched for baby names of 2020, or maybe you’re after a moniker inspired by royalty?

Whatever you’re going for, there are no shortage of baby name lists compiled to help you pick the perfect one for your tot.

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And have you ever considered a food or drink related baby name?

Luxury wine and food hamper retailer Virginia Hayward analysed recent Office for National Statistics data for England and Wales to discover the most popular baby names related to food and drink, with some intriguing finds.

Topping the list of most popular food-related baby names in England and Wales are Poppy and Reuben according to research.

Here’s a peek at the others…


  • Poppy
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Olive
  • Hazel
  • Clementine
  • Madeleine
  • Honey
  • Juniper
  • Bailey
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Angelica
  • Cherry
  • Peaches
  • Reese
  • Brie
  • Margarita
  • Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lotus
  • Pepper
  • Maple
  • Nori
  • Anise
  • Sultana

Poppy has taken top spot for the girls,with over 2000 girls given this moniker in 2019.

Poppy has been used by a whole host of celebrities, including Jamie Oliver and Jessica Capshaw.

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  • Reuben
  • Dexter
  • Frank
  • Bailey
  • Angus
  • Kobe
  • Benedict
  • Jameson
  • Basil
  • Gordon
  • Caesar
  • Sage
  • Baker
  • Bran
  • Pippin
  • Reese
  • Roe

In 2019, over 14000 boys were named Reuben, with Dexter, Frank, Bailey, and Angus making up the remainder of the top five.

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Over the years 1996 until 2019 there were a handful of culinary-inspired names for girls included fruits such as Apple, Peach, Plum and Strawberry. Alcoholic beverages also featured, including Brandy, Champagne, Chardonnay, and Sherry.

Discussing putting the list together, Alex Walker, Marketing Manager at Virginia Hayward said: “We decided to look into culinary influences on recent baby names, and found that sugar, spice and all things nice (to eat) are inspiring parents in England and Wales.

“Plenty of unisex names featured in the list, as well as various beverages, edible flowers, herbs, spices, and fruits.”

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