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Claudia Schiffer's Baby Name: Help a Model Out?

Claudia Schiffer's Baby Name: Help a Model Out?
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What do Claudia Schiffer and Demi Moore have in common? I mean, besides naked pregnant photoshoots for the cover of Vogue? And looking sexy for breast cancer awareness ? And, okay, being rich, hot international superstars?

Unusual taste in baby names. (Of course that's our angle! What blog did you think you were reading, anyway?) Demi's kids, famously, are Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Claudia's, so far, are Caspar Matthew and Clementine de Vere. Depending on your take, these unusual sets are hip and sophisticated, or pretentious and weird.

One thing they're not, says Schiffer, is easy. In March, Schiffer explained the difficulty she and husband Matthew Vaughn have with naming. "We're terrible," she told a reporter. "The first two, basically, we were still in hospital and didn't know the name." Time runs short, as the most recent picture of the model (above) reveals. Perhaps we can suggest some names that fit her set?

Caspar is a Dutch form of Gaspar, one of the names of the Three Wise Men. The name doesn't appear in the Bible (it was incorporated into the story centuries later), and may derive from a Persian word meaning "treasure master." If you automatically think of the Friendly Ghost, you shouldn't. Casper (this spelling) was a big hit in the 1880s that whose popularity slipped through the 1920s, and that's a formula that's worked for recent revivals of names like Oscar and Josephine. In fact, our Namipedia contributers pair Caspar with names like Eleanor, Sebastian, Digby, Clara and Vivian. (Twihards take note: Caspar comes from the same root as Jasper, but is less familiar these days!)

Clementine's another name with a prominent childhood association (The ubiquitious "Oh My Darlin'," of which our favorite under-remembered lyrics are Herring boxes without topses sandals were for Clementine). But, as our recent post on Churchill names explored, Clementine is both an offbeat celebrity favorite (the new Tallulah, in fact)  and a sophisticated, cosmpolitan name with a British upper crust sensibility. And much like Casper, Clementine was a turn of the century gem that disappeared. 

In the comments, give your name suggestions for Claudia's baby! Here are some tips.

  • These names are both sophisticated, unusual but classic "C" names. Vaughn and Schiffer might not go with another "C" name, but they might!
  • These names were popular in the US from the 1880's-1920's, but then fell off the charts. (Name Voyager can help you find the popularity history of a name.)
  • These names both evoke strong associations with a song or cartoon most of us know from childhood, but also have cosmpolitan appeal befitting the parents' German and English roots.

What would you name Clementine and Caspar's new sister? And what do you think of Clementine and Caspar?

--L.R.

Comments

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May 13, 2010 10:05 AM
By Lane

My own suggestion is Chevrolet. It starts with a C, it's French, it's a name known round the world. You could call her "Ro" or "Chev." Plus, as we all know, childhood icon Ramona Quimby considered the name the most beautiful in the whole world. Really: was she wrong?

May 13, 2010 11:11 AM
By Elizabeth T. (not verified)

Yeah, but Ramona's doll was named Bendix. Should we really trust her as an arbiter of naming fashion?

May 13, 2010 11:31 AM
By Leeds (not verified)

I'd stick with the "C" trend at this point.

What about Callista, Carys, Clio or Charity?

May 13, 2010 2:59 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Celia if she wants to stick with C. What about Frances or Marigold?

May 13, 2010 3:52 PM
By A Rose (not verified)

Cora, Clara, Cecilia/Cecily/Celia/Cecile, Calla/Callie.

May 13, 2010 8:06 PM
By elleireland (not verified)

Definitely love Charys (meaning "Grace," and Celia, and Charlotte. And Clara is one of the top 10 pretty names of the world.

But I think she should go for a new initial.

How about Fiona, or Juliet, or Phoebe? Or Tess, Naomi, Genevieve?

It has to be a real name, and it has to be special. I'm not too worried about this one using a fruit name.

May 17, 2010 3:54 PM
By Lane

The baby's here, but the name hasn't been released. Any new thoughts?

May 18, 2010 7:10 PM
By Someone (not verified)

Calliope. Caspar, Clementine, and Calliope.

May 18, 2010 10:11 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I would suggest Kaylin. It has a good ring to it.

May 19, 2010 1:25 PM
By NAMES (not verified)

Clementine is a fruit and Casper is a friendly ghost, cannot dissociate the two.

May 21, 2010 4:12 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Calliope!

September 16, 2014 6:56 AM
By read more (not verified)

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