Hops As Baby Names

Michael Donato, May 05, 2014

Choosing a name for a child is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make. It’s a name that will follow that kid for his or her entire life, and, as names often are, may be passed along further down the genealogical line. Some kid 300 years from now may have a name that’s a direct result of what you choose for your child today.


So how do you pick? For girls, flowers are very common. Daisy, Iris, Jasmine, Lily, Rose, and Violet to name just a few common US names. This got me thinking; hops are flowers too aren’t they? Is naming a kid, boy or girl, after a hop flower something that will start becoming common? Ignoring for now that the hop is the female flower of the hop plant, what hop names would make good names?


My first thought was perhaps one of the noble hops, but none of Saaz, Tettnang, Hallertau, or Spalt seem right, even given a predominantly German baby.


Some hops are already names, like Galena, Dana and Bianca, even if they’re not all common hops. Other’s invoke old gods like Zeus, Apollo, and Atlas, which seems a bit much.


Ahtanum - Boy
From the Yakima Valley.
Boys named Ahtanum have a sweet personality and a uniquely creative mind.
Possible occupations: Artist, Entrepreneur 


Chinook - Boy
Chinooks are type-A personalities. Some of them can be a bit prickly but you never forget meeting a Chinook.
Possible occupations: Finance, Lawyer


Simcoe - Girl
Simcoes are the life of the party. They are always looking for the next big adventure and tagging along with them will be great fun.
Possible occupations: Architect, Urban designer


Motueka - Boy or Girl
New Zealand
As easy-going as they come, Motuekas are hard to upset. They’re very caring and understanding people. 
Possible occupations: Pyschiatrist, Public Relations Expert


Sylva -  Girl
Meaning “of the forest” Sylvas are quiet girls but with deep thoughts when they do open up. 
Possible Occupations - Philosophy guru, Professor


Nelson Sauvin - Boy
New Zealand
Nelson is obviously already a name, so this one is really like choosing Sauvin as a middle name and would be great if your last name was Hopps.
Nelson Sauvins are the hippies of the 21st century. They’re generally pleasant but possess a deep and complex personality that doesn’t fit well into any common societal buckets. 
Possible Occupations: Eccentric Billionaire, Barista, Doomsday Blogger


Thanks to Wikimedia Commons user Jacopo Werther for the header image.

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