It’s a quick post today, but one I’ve been chewing (ha ha) for awhile now. Not that I really would be, since I don’t like oranges.
Clementine is a name I’m seeing everywhere now. Part of me is glad to see an under-used classic finally see an increase uptake, but now I feel the need to search out an alternative. The problem? There’s problems with all the names I come up with as potentials, which keeps knocking me back into square one.
Let’s start with Clemastine. Pretty, and only a few letters different from Clementine. She’s also the name of an anti-histamine, but then again, Clementine is the name of an orange. When does one draw the line with what foodstuffs we’re willing to name our offspring after, and ones that just don’t seem like they’ll work. That said, naming your child after a drug is slightly dodgey ground, regardless, no matter how pretty the word may be. Otherwise we’d all be naming our kids Tamiflu, or Tami for short.
Slightly off-the-beaten track is Clemancy, the name of two areas in two different parts of France. Only a syllable altered in this case, and she’s not far removed from Clemency either, so why not just use Clemency, a word one could define as meaning merciful?.
Another slightly out-there option could be Clarinet, which is the name of a woodwind instrument, but not to be confused with Claret, a French red wine. Both lovely words to say, but heavily associated with their objects. Then again, Clementine is also strongly associated with a round, orange thing but it’s never really done her any harm. I just can’t see people who love Clementine embracing either name, it just doesn’t seem like they’d work well.
Talking of out there, one could potential consider Célestine as an option. She’s a slight elaboration of Celeste, which comes from Latin and means of the sky/heavenly. She’s probably the best option I’ve thought of, and one with the least problems.
The final so-called plausible option is Clandestine, which my brother’s dictionary defines as kept secret. I don’t think I know a single mamma-to-be who has keep their pregnancy secret, but it does happen. Then it would work, but that’s only a small minority of cases.
Let’s quickly finish with a handful of other names of other varieties of oranges: