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Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is the official name of the newborn Princess of Cambridge.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have named their new daughter Charlotte, the recent favorite with the betting public.  The baby’s middle names are Elizabeth, after the queen, the baby’s great-grandmother, and Diana, after William‘s late mother and the baby’s grandmother.

Nameberry predicted the name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana correctly on Canadian TV last night.

The name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is rich with meaning on both sides of the baby’s family and also embodies a great deal of modern style.

Charlotte is a feminization of Charles, the name of the baby’s grandfather the Prince of Wales, and may also be a nod to her maternal grandmother Carole Middleton, as Carole also relates to the name Charles.  And Charlotte is also the middle name of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess’s sister.

A classic girls’ name that’s become increasingly popular in recent years, Charlotte is set to break into the USTop 10.  Charlotte is currently Number 20 in England, 21 in Scotland, and also in the Top 50 in Wales, Germany, and the Netherlands.

It takes its meaning “free man” from Charles.

Queen Charlotte was the cultivated wife of George III, who reigned during the time of the American Revolution and who also had a daughter named Charlotte.

In a version of American royalty, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill and presidential candidate Hillary, named her baby daughter Charlotte last year.  Princess Caroline of Monaco also has a now-grown daughter named Charlotte.

Elizabeth is a Hebrew name meaning “pledged to God” and one of the most enduring female names in the Western World.  A royal favorite, Elizabeth is the name of the reigning queen as well as of the queen’s late mother. Elizabeth I was one of the most famous monarch’s of England.

Elizabeth is also Duchess Catherine‘s middle name, as well as her mother’s middle name.  It ranks Number 10 in the US and Number 37 in England, and is also among the Top 100 girls’ names in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

The baby’s third name, Diana, is of course a nod to the Prince‘s late mother.  The mythological Diana was Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon.

Charlotte had been the recent favorite with the bookmakers for the royal baby girl name, pulling ahead of Alice.  Most seemed certain that the reigning monarch’s name, Elizabeth, would be in the mix somewhere.

Diana was a popular choice but there was much speculation around whether William and Catherine would choose a name with mixed associations to the Royal Family.  But true to the couple’s talent for sticking with tradition while also asserting their personal taste, they chose Diana as the baby’s second middle name.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has a total of three names, like her brother, Prince George Alexander Louis, a break from the more traditional four names given to royals.  William‘s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis, while his brother is Henry Charles Albert David.

Kensington Palace announced that the baby will be known as HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

@emekct is the winner of our Guess the Royal Baby Name contest!  She guessed Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on the nose.  Congratulations!  The prize is a complete library of our ebooks.

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The Royal Baby Name Update

royal baby name

The due date of the next British royal baby has now been semi-officially announced as April 25, so we are definitely in the home stretch of the name guessing games. Though overwhelming bets are on the baby being a girl, blue names have to be considered as well. Below are the dozen names considered favorites—though there are also some outliers like Frederick, Richard, Alexander and Alexandra lurking on the betting lists.

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royal princess possibilities

By Anna Otto, Waltzing More than Matilda

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April, and rumour has it that they are going to have a princess, rather than a prince (rumour also said that Prince George was going to be a girl, so don’t get too attached to the notion).

However, suppose Prince George did have a sister rather than a brother, what might her name be? I looked through the names of all those born in the House of Windsor to a monarch, or to an heir to the throne, and found that the names chosen for them tended to follow fairly clear patterns.

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elizabeth nicknames

By Kelli Brady, Name Freak!

Elizabeth is the only girl name that has been in the Top 100 every year since 1880. It’s no wonder though, as it is a classic name with an abundance of nicknames to create some uniqueness to each special girl. But what about the girls who have the nickname on their birth certificate? They are related to the name by custom alone and may have to explain to people that their name is not actually Elizabeth. These girls have parents who simply loved the diminutive more than the full name. And the popularity of these nicknames-as-given-names is pretty grand.

I consulted with my name sums database (all given names since 1880 totaled) and picked out the names that are well known nicknames for Elizabeth. I did not include all possible spellings of each nickname, such as Elleigh or Alyzah.

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By Denise K. Potter, Nameberry

New Jersey gets no respect. We’ve been laughed at, lied to, hell—we’ve even endured some pretty serious storms. But hey, you have to hand it to us, we’re survivors. The Garden State has a lot going for it—like these baby names with history you’ve got to read to believe, written by yours truly, a proud ‘Joi-sey’ girl. You want to make something of it? And for all those who think we’re just a landfill: Dream on, read on, and just remember, we’re Jersey Strong; we can handle anything you’ve got.

Aberdeen- This Scottish place-name for girls can also refer to the beach-township in Monmouth County.

Alice- In 1920, the celebrated suffragist and women’s rights activist, Alice Paul, led the campaign that resulted in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Born in Mount Laurel and died in Moorestown, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1979. A name that is strong and sweet, Alice is also popular, jumping from Number 258 to Number127 this past year!

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