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by Ray Mark Rinaldi
St Louis Post-Dispatch
May 24, 2002
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Chelsea Clinton finally has something to say, and it's about her name. She tells this story: When Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the trendy Chelsea section of London in the 1970s, they decided they would give its name to the child they hoped to have.

"My parents were here during Christmas in 1978," the daughter of the former U.S. president said Monday as she visited the Chelsea Flower Show. "They were hoping to have a child and if it was a girl they said it would be called Chelsea."

She continued, "They also loved the song 'Chelsea Morning' by Joni Mitchell, which is great because I love my name."

Chelsea, in west London, was a center for trendy fashion and celebrity hangout in the 1960s. It's now a relatively quiet, upscale residential area.

The 22-year-old, who's studying international relations at Oxford University, posed for photographers in front of a patch of tulips at a special preview of the Royal Horticultural Society's famous flower show.

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