Okay, this might be a little premature, since the royal couple isn’t even married yet, let alone pregnant. But at Nameberry, it’s never too early to start offering our ideas.
There are certain limits, however, for even though Princess Anne named her daughter Zara, and Queen Elizabeth’s first great-grandchild was recently christened the Americanized Savannah, it’s pretty doubtful that Prince William and Princess-to-be Kate Middleton will go that far afield for the name of their first son or daughter. More than likely, they’ll reach back into royal history—but because British rulers typically use three or four middle names, they could slip in something less conventional for third or fourth choice. Not surprisingly, there’s more wiggle room for girls than boys.
Putting aside the most obvious options—such as Queen Mum and Grandmum name Elizabeth (also the middle name of Catherine Middleton herself) and Victoria and Mary and Anne, the royal couple would be staying within the prescribed lines if they considered any of the following names from British royal history:
Adelaide. The capital city of South Australia was named for the beloved 19th century British “Good QueenAdelaide,” the wife of William IV, and could be an appropriate choice for a 21st century “Good Princess Adelaide.”
Alexandrina. This unusual member of the ‘Alex” family of names was actually the real first name of QueenVictoria, and would make an interesting and unusual pick, even though five syllables is a bit much, especially when followed by several other appellations
Alice – The name of Queen Victoria’s second daughter, the princess who shocked her mother by breastfeeding her baby. Alice is a sweet and pretty classic that is currently considered ultra-stylish in Britain, where it’s in the Top 50.
Amelia– The Princess Amelia Sophia Eleanor was the second daughter of the 18th century KingGeorge II, and, in fact, any of her three names would make a great royal choice. The charming vintage Amelia is in the UK Top Ten, and climbing in popularity in the US as well.
Charlotte—Charlotte was the cultivated wife of George III, who also had a daughter named Charlotte. This elegant royal name is appealing to a wide range of parents today because it sounds feminine yet grownup, sophisticated yet lush.
Diana—Considering the closeness of William to his late mother, Diana could be a possibility despite the fact that it is not a royal name by blood. Diana is the Latin name of the Roman goddess of the moon, and means ‘divine.’ At the very least, we would look for it in one of the middle spots.
Dorothea—Dorothea was the middle name of several early British royals. Meaning “gift of God” (as does its reverse form Theodora), it would make a lovely, flowing choice, one with literary and religious roots. It also has numerous nicknames, from Doro and Dot to Thea.
Helena—Princess Helena was the third daughter of Victoria and Albert. A pretty, underused name, it’s mainly associated in this country with Helena Bonham Carter. Other possibilities among the names of PrincessHelena’s children: Christian, Louis, Anthony, Augusta, Josepha and Louise.
Margaret—The name of the present QueenElizabeth’s spirited only sister, and that of several Queens of Scotland. Meaning both ‘pearl” and ‘daisy’, Margaret is open to a variety of nicknames, including the cute ‘Wills’-type Mags.
Maud—The name of the youngest daughter of KingEdward VII, and granddaughter of QueenVictoria went on to become the Queen of Norway. As a lively young girl, she was given the nickname of Harry. Spelled Maud or Maude, this would make a lacy, mauve-colored choice.
Tomorrow we’ll look at some princely possibilities.