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The Royal Baby Name Update

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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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The Royal Baby Name: All bets are on

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Now that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is officially on maternity leave, it seems like a good moment for an update on the current royal baby name expectations and prognostications. And just think– although royal babies are almost always given previously used royal names, William and Kate might find they have a little more wiggle room with this second child. But probably not.

The wishful thinking-general feeling among Britishers seems to be that it will be a little princess this time rather than a spare prince. This sentiment was helped along by the occasion at which Kate seemed to catch herself just as she was starting to say a word following ‘my’ with the letter ‘d’ in reference to the forthcoming babe.

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George Alexander Louis is the name of the new Royal Baby, a traditional choice as well as a departure from the expected.

The royal baby has three names rather than the traditional four as borne by his father and grandfather.  And his middle names, Alexander and Louis, while royal, are a surprise as they’re not the names of his father, grandfather, or great-grandfather.

The British public has been rooting for George all along– it has been the consistent top name choice at the betting parlors.

George is the name of more kings of England over the past three centuries than any other name.  A Greek name meaning “farmer,” George was the name used as king by Queen Elizabeth’s father, called King George VI but whose given name was AlbertGeorge VII is expected to be the name used by Prince Charles should he ascend the throne. In addition, Saint George is the patron saint of England, known for his legendary defeat of a dragon.

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Even if the royal baby is born this week as predicted, we may not know the royal baby name for some time.

But we can guess, can’t we?

Guess the full royal baby name, complete with multiple middles in the correct order FOR ONE GENDER ONLY, and win your choice of any item in the Nameberry store, up to a value of $100!

For inspiration, Prince William‘s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis.  Prince Harry is officially Henry Charles Albert David.

Prince Edward‘s daughter is named Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary, and his son is James Alexander Philip Theo.

While four names are usual for the British royals, they’re not strictly required.  Princess Beatrice is Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, while her sister is Eugenie Victoria Helena.

What’s your guess for the full name of the imminent royal baby, child of William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (just so we’re absolutely clear which royal baby we’re talking about)?

One guess per person, and don’t duplicate as only the first correct guess will win.  And one guess means ONE GUESS — one gender, one name only.  If you’ve already guessed two, please tell us which you want to keep or we’ll only count the first one.

One more rule: We’ll keep the contest open until the birth — not the actual name — is announced, as no fair to let anyone guess after the royal baby’s gender is known.

The winner gets to choose one item, anything you like, from the Nameberry Store.

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George: A Name Fit for a King


Ever since the Royal Pregnancy was announced, there has been a shifting set of girls’ name possibilities set forth, with Alexandra, Charlotte and Victoria in the lead. But when it comes to the little prince, the frontrunner has been George all the way. George is the name of six previous kings, including Queen Elizabeth’s father. Now, in true fairy tale tradition, we want to bestow our wishes for a possible Prince George—based on the attributes of some notable bearers of his name.

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