Delicious names

While we all know common food names like Ginger, Candy, Cherry, Honey, and Brandy there are a number of other food names many people may not have considered.


Guiying is a Chinese name composed of the elements gui (cinnamon, cassia, laurel) and ying (flower, petal, hero, brave). Other meanings also exist with different characters.

Kyou can mean “apricot” in Japanese.

Shaked means “almond” in Hebrew.


Grozdan means “grapes” in Bulgarian and Macedonian.


Ambrosia means “immortal” in Greek, taken from the male name Ambrosios. This was of course the nectar the deities drank on Mount Olympus to gain immortality. An alternate English form is Ambrosine. The Hungarian form is Ambrózia.

Anara means “pomegranate” in Kyrgyz and Kazakh, by way of Persian.

Anargul means “blooming pomegranate tree” in Kazakh.

Apricot. I don’t know if I’d like this name so much if I hadn’t used it for a character (and a doll my parents couldn’t afford) all those years ago, but as it stands, I really like this name. I’ve always used the pronunciation AP-er-cot, not AYP-er-cot.

Arista means “ear of corn” in Latin. This is another name for the star Spica in the constellation of Virgo.

Çağla means “almonds” in Turkish.

Cam means “orange” in Vietnamese.

Cerise means “cherry” in French.

Golnar means “pomegranate flower” in Persian.

Jagoda means “strawberry” in Serbian, Macedonian, and Croatian, and “berry” in Polish.

Keziah means “cassia, cinnamon” in Hebrew.

Kiraz means “cherry” in Turkish.

Kirsikka means “cherry” in Finnish.

Mai means “plum, apricot” in Vietnamese. This is also a Japanese name, though it has many other, non-food, meanings in that language.

Maire means “sugary, gushing” in Finnish.

Makvala means “blackberry” in Georgian.

Mei can mean “plum” in Chinese. This too is also a Japanese name, though none of its meanings involve food.

Mio can mean “beautiful cherry blossom” in Japanese.

Momoka can mean “peach flower” or “peach fragrance” in Japanese.

Momoko can mean “peach child” in Japanese.

Olive has been steadily creeping towards the Top 100 in recent years, perhaps as a replacement for the oversaturated Olivia. While I genuinely like this name and think it’s cute, I can’t help but wonder what the next formerly geriatric name to be reclaimed by hipsters and yuppies will be.

Paniz means “sugar” in Persian. For obvious reasons, I wouldn’t recommend this in an Anglophone country!




Sakura can mean “cherry blossom” in Japanese.

Sakurako can mean “cherry blossom child” in Japanese.

Salacia means “salt” in Latin. The original bearer was the Roman goddess of salt water.

Ume most commonly means “plum” in Japanese. Plum blossoms symbolize devotion in Japan.

Umeko can mean “plum child” in Japanese.

Vanilla. My character Cinnimin uses this name for her ninth child and fourth daughter. I always thought it was a soft, pretty, feminine, unique name, really fitting this character. Only years later did I hear comments about it supposedly sounding like a porn star or stripper’s name. Because of my character, I can’t see it in that negative light.

Višnja means “sour cherry” in Serbian and Croatian.

Yuuna is a Japanese name composed of the elements yuu (grapefruit, pomelo, citrus fruit) and na (greens, vegetables). Other meanings also exist, depending upon the characters used.

Yuzuki is a Japanese name composed of the elements yuzu (grapefruit, pomelo, citrus fruit) and ki (hope).