some guy on a pokemon forum wrote: The same reason all saiyans are named after vegetables.
Theme naming is quite common in Japanese media, it makes it much easier to remember and come up with new names.
another guy on a pokemon forum wrote: I think it's due to trees being known in folklore to be wise and all knowing, in a sense. Since a Pokemon Professor's basically the embodiment of those attributes, they named them after trees/plants. The trend started strongest with Oak, as oak trees are known as old and wise (exactly what Professor Oak is).
THIS GUY wrote: They're all secretly Ents.
Interestingly enough, people also have the theory that Ash will become a pokemon professor later in his life because of his name.
DaughterOfZion wrote:Not all the themes are as obvious Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald but they're there if you look hard enough for them.
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