The other day we talked about Princess Names, but what if the royal baby in your family is male? Then you might need one of the Prince Names, and Charming is probably not going to cut it.
There are a handful of appealing names that mean “prince.” Brendan is Irish, Mael is Breton, while Vladimir is Slavic for “renowned prince.” Armel, the name of a Welsh saint who founded abbeys in Brittany, means “stone prince” in French, while Adhit is an Indonesian name with that meaning.
Prince itself is of course also a name, chosen by Michael Jackson for his son — though if you choose it, you’d have to put up with an awful lot of “formerly known as” jokes. Better bets: King, Duke, or maybe even Earl.
Fictional princes who might prove inspirational include:
Caspian – Prince who is the rightful king in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Edvard “Eddie” – Danish prince posing as Wisconsin exchange student in deathless 2004 classic “The Prince and Me.”
Erik – The Prince in The Little Mermaid.
Moses – Biblical baby raised as a prince.
Paris – The Trojan prince who wooed the beautiful Helen, though a certain modern female Paris may knock this ancient royal name out of the running for boys.
Phillip – Sleeping Beauty’s paramour.
William “Will” — The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
And then there are the little princes born to actual royal families over the past decade or so, with William.html”>prince names equally imposing as those of their princess counterparts. I’m especially intrigued by Aymeric, Valdemar, Casimir, Marius, Emmanuel, Froilan, Felix, Baudouin, and Sverre.
Achilleas Andreas — Greece
Aristide Stavros – Greece
Aymeric Auguste Marie — Belgium
Carlos — Spain
Christian Valdemar Henri John – Denmark
Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max — Netherlands
Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie – Belgium
Felipe Juan Froilan — Spain
Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian –Denmark
Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson — Denmark
Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie — Belgium
Hisahito — Japan
James Alexander Philip Theo – Great Britain
Juan Valentín — Spain
Konstantinos Alexios — Greece
Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri — Netherlands
Miguel – Spain
Nicolas Casimir Marie – Belgium
Nikolai William Alexander Frederik — Denmark
Odysseas Kimon — Greece
Pablo Nicolas – Spain
Samuel “Sam” Bernhard Louis — Netherlands
Sverre Magnus — Norway