Millennials Have Started Naming Their Babies After Healthy Foods

Tess Koman
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From Prevention


Every year around this time, BabyCenter drops a year-in-review report, and we all lose our minds about the people out there naming their children after unicorns or fast food Twitter wars or whatever. With that in mind, I am so pleased to inform you there was a spike in babies with fruits and vegetable names this year.

Yes, my leafy loves, BabyCenter says 2018 was a, shall I say, healthy year for baby naming. "For girls, Kale (up 35 percent), Kiwi (up 40 percent), Maple (up 32 percent), and Clementine (up 15 percent) are on the rise," the report explains.

Spicy names soared as well: "Saffron (up 31 percent for girls), Rosemary (up 20 percent for girls), and Sage (up 15 percent for boys)" were a lot more popular in 2018 than in years past.

The site attributes this rise to millennials and Gen Z-ers, who are "choosing baby names that reflect their love of healthy foods."

Keep in mind these names are jumping from the tens-of-thousands-least popular to slightly more popular than that, so there very well could be just a small handful of people who named their babies Lime or Celery or something this year, and that's what put these names on BabyCenter's radar. That said, even two or three Arugulas is a lot more than none.

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