I thought it was a funny name. But hey, this is New Orleans. We have alligators. Why not name it something kind of fancy sounding?
And then while I was looking up some Nahuatl/Spanish words for the post below, I came across the etymology of avocado and found:
n. See avocado.
[By folk etymology from American Spanish aguacate, avocado (the trees are said to grow in areas infested by alligators); see aguacate.]'
The fruit is sometimes called an avocado pear and alligator pear (due to its shape and the rough green skin of some cultivars).