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Coffee-Inspired Baby Names

Valencia Mocha…yum!

It’s Monday after a major holiday. You’ve returned to work, and need a jolt of caffeine to start the day and overcome your likely food coma.  Unfortunately, your thermos is missing, the drive-thru line was too long, and you refuse to drink it without milk or creamer (which is all gone at work). The horror! All you can do is think about this delicious beverage and hope the tiny, burnt remainder of yesterday’s brew that you gulped with breakfast will be enough to keep you going until 5 PM.

Or, maybe you’ve had your coffee and want something else to ponder. Maybe you really like names! So whatever your caffeine dilemma or interests this morning: “Coffee-Inspired Baby Names,” a follow-up to the immensely popular Tea-Inspired Baby Names!

Coffea – The genus of the coffee plant.

Cherry – 42 girls.  The berries of the coffee plant are called cherries. These cherries contain the coffee beans. 

Bean – As in coffee beans! Although Bean didn’t appear in the 2015 data set, this is famously the adorable middle name of Kurt Cobain’s daughter (Frances Bean Cobain).

CascaraCascara is an increasingly popular tea-like coffee made from coffee cherries. 

Brewer – 31 boys. I personally associate this name more with beer, but it works for coffee too. Something tells me that “Barista” wouldn’t work as a baby name…

Kona – 20 boys and 10 girls in 2015, plus 6 boys named Konan. Kona is a delicious coffee from the Big Island of Hawaii.

Maxwell – Maxwell House coffee. Maxwell is a very popular baby name, ranking #113 in 2015. 

Bailey – #108. Irish cream coffee.

Kahlúa – Sounds namey, but this might be like naming a child Kombucha (from the list of tea-names; see above). By the way, Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa is terrible! 

Sheridan – English coffee liqueur; 34 girls.

Melitta – a German company that specializing in coffee and filters. It’s named after the founder! Melita (6 girls) is slightly less obvious.

Duncan – A subtle reference to Dunkin’ Donuts. Rank: #793.

Horton – I hear Tim Horton’s is pretty popular in Canada?

Star97 girls and 5 boys in 2015. Because Starbucks isn’t a baby name! Let’s keep it that way…

Capucine – this French name meaning “nasturtium” sounds suspiciously like “cappuccino.” Only once in the 21st century has Capucine appeared in the SSA data (in 2008), but she was semi-regular in the 60s and 70s. This is probably thanks to the mononymous French actress Capucine, who was in the 1963 film The Pink Panther.

Valencia – 103 girls. The Valencia Mocha is a mocha with bits of orange peel.

Chai – Chai is a tea, but Dirty Chais contain espresso! 

Lottie – 78 girls. This lovely and old-fashioned nickname for Charlotte (#9) is a lot subtler than “Latte,” but similar enough to quench your thirst!

Arista – 13 girls. This astronomy name is just one letter off from “barista.”

Barrister – Another option to honor your favorite barista…or lawyer.

Thoughts?  Can you think of any other coffee-inspired baby names? 

11 thoughts on “Coffee-Inspired Baby Names

  1. Honestly if I ever named anyone something like this, it’d be a dog not a baby xD
    Very interesting blog though, I’m sure it’ll be especially useful when I next need a name for a short story I’m writing haha

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