Christina Ricci recalled the story of her daughter’s birth during an interview for “The Ellen Show,” and the “Casper” actress revealed she was surprised by her own daughter’s name following her surgery to deliver the baby via C-section (via YouTube). Ricci said that while she was being prepped by the hospital staff, she spoke to her husband, Mark Hampton, about the information they needed for the birth certificate (via HuffPost). Apparently, Ricci and Hampton had already decided to name their daughter Cleo, but Hampton was confused as to whether Cleo was just a nickname.
“My husband was like, ‘Well, we’re going to give her a full name, right? And then the nickname’s Cleo?'” Ricci told Ellen DeGeneres. Ricci added, “I was like, ‘Cleopatra?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, the full name’s Cleopatra,'” and then the actress was whisked away to deliver the baby. Ricci assumed they would continue to discuss prospective names later on, but Hampton assumed that Cleopatra was the final decision.
Right after Ricci gave birth, Hampton excitedly took to Instagram to share the news, posting a photo of the newborn along with a caption that read, “Welcome to the world baby Cleopatra Ricci Hampton.” As Ricci recounted to DeGeneres, “He got so excited that he put it on Instagram and media outlets picked up that her full name is Cleopatra Ricci Hampton.” She added, “And so I was like, ‘I guess we named her Cleopatra.'”