Gender: Male Meaning of Casper: "bringer of treasure" Origin of Casper: Dutch form of Jasper, Persian

Casper Origin and Meaning

The name Casper is a boy's name of Scandinavian, Persian origin meaning "bringer of treasure".

This ancient name, also spelled Caspar, is finally shedding its ghostly image and moving into the 21st century. Popular in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, where it's sometimes shortened to Cas, Casper could ride the style coattails of cousin Jasper. Casper was one of the Three Magi who brought gifts to the infant Jesus along with Melchior and Balthasar.

Some notable Caspers are one-time Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger (called Cap) and actor Casper Van Dien, whose son is Casper Robert Van Dien III. Claudia Schiffer and Jenny Frost both used the names for their boys, while Jason Lee did a gender switch when he called his daughter Casper (sister of Pilot Inspektor).

Casper Goodwood was the persistent suitor of the main character, Isabel Archer, in Henry James's novel A Portrait of a Lady.

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Cormorant Says:



HalloweenGirl04 Says:


Being someone who has an odd obsession with Halloween. I love the name Casper. It's a cute halloween related named. Plus, I have a nephew named Casper Jacob.

danirose01 Says:


I love Casper and Caspar as well. It's rare, handsome, comes with a bunch of cool nicknames (I would go with Caz!)... and plus, it's not like he was an UNFRIENDLY ghost (;

ArtemisArtistic Says:


I'm honestly a little sad they don't have this listed as a girl name too. Casper for a girl seems really usable to me, plus the nn Cass or maybe Cassie.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name so much.

headintheclouds Says:


I don't really mind the friendly ghost association, and I don't think it's that bad or prevalent-- same way I feel about Felix and arguments I've heard against it because of the cat cartoon that comes to mind. Casper is a strong, lovely name with deep roots in history; I can see it being edgy-cool and very wearable on an international uber-sophisticated third culture kid. I do personally prefer similar-sounding alternatives Jasper (sounds less lispy without a hard C- at the beginning) or Caspian (seems more of an offbeat but still wearable choice) though.

cabosanmucus Says:


Lately I've been drawn to how intriguing this name is. I'm willing to look past the friendly ghost, I mean we can look past Patrick Star when naming boys Patrick. Jason Lee named his daughter Casper. Edgy, that one. 👀

Ryan Barrett Says:


That's probably true, our perception is different because it's an extremely uncommon name outside of the US. CK marketing probably doesn't help. It's all perception which is context sensitive. Isn't Tyler a synonym for brat? :)

cabosanmucus Says:


uh in America we think of Calvin Klein, if not President Calvin Coolidge. At any rate it's kind of an old man name here... but let Katie Hopkins tell it Tylers and Brandons are the bratty ones.

Ryan Barrett Says:


In The Netherlands the name is mostly associated with a cheeky comic book boy: Casper is the name used in the Dutch translation of Calvin and Hobbes for the titular boy. It's also why we named our boy Casper (Calvin conjure up images of horrible spoilt entitled little American kids who are seen as angels by their parent - not our thing).

eveyalecia Says:


I really love this name. I don't overly associate it with the ghost-- though to be fair I've never actually seen the movies. Still, I think it's lovely and masculine, and a shame not to use it for one (not bad) pop culture reference. People certainly haven't stopped using the names Ariel or Jasmine despite the obvious Disney association, and I'm sure there'll continue to be plenty of Anna's and Elsa's!

clairels Says:


Also still a ghost to me, but at least it's slightly better than Jasper. Casper van Dien helps.

MaryKathryn Says:


Too associated with a friendly ghost in my opinion.