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George: A Name Fit for a King

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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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by Eleanor Nickerson of British Baby Names

It’s July!  Which means, the month of the Royal Baby’s arrival is here. Many assume that the Royal couple only have a very small pool of names to choose from and, while this is true, royal history shows us that William and Catherine actually have a lot of flexibility in the way they can use those names.

Let’s take the example of King George V and Queen Mary who named two consecutive kings: Edward VIII and George VI. Their eldest son was given the appropriately “kingly” first name of Edward, but was actually known as David to the family – his full name being “Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David”.

The second son was named “Albert Frederick Arthur George”, but called Bertie by his family and friends. When he became king, the name Albert had no precedent as a regnal name (and was deemed a bit too ‘Germanic’ in the aftermath of WWI) so it was easy enough to use one of his middle names instead.

They were also creative with their daughter’s name. She was given the names “Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary“, but was always known as Princess Mary.

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Royal Baby Name: All bets are on!

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As the due date for the Duchess of Cambridge approaches, the British betting establishments have gone into mad odds-shifting mode on every aspect of William and Kate’s child including the royal baby name.  They’re taking bets on the future sovereign’s hair color to future university and career choices and even which magazine will have the exclusive photos. But of course the main focus is on the baby’s name–putting on the table some obvious, conventional royal ancestor options, and also some bizarre, outrageous outliers.  Here, the bookmaker’s top options for the royal baby name.

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Royal Baby Names: Our Top 12 Choices

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Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge are naming not simply any royal baby but the future king or queen – the accession rules were recently changed and so the first child of either gender will ascend the throne – of England.  That means the royal baby name will more closely adhere to protocol, which dictates a name previously used by British royalty as well as one with positive connotations: no unlucky choices (sorry, John) or inharmonious history (bye bye, Diana, at least as a first name).

One thing is for certain: the royal name will influence trends in baby names for decades to come, just as William and Henry have become the fashionable classic name choices for boys over the years since their births in the 1980s.

Our top 12 name choices, then, for the royal baby-to-be, with runners-up that don’t make first place predicted to appear somewhere in the usual four-name lineup.  Other likely middle names not among our picks here include Diana and Elizabeth, Charles and Michael.

Click here for the full list of the new royal baby names.

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Victorian Names: A Royal Legacy

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For this royal week, Eleanor Nickerson starts her guest blog with name-loving Queen Victoria herself, then goes on to explore the name trends in the Britain of her era.

Queen Victoria not only gave her name to an entire era, she also ‘gave’ her name to generations of children who were named for her, and was arguably a huge name icon of the nineteenth century.

It is said that Victoria was very particular about the names she chose, selecting from family members and friends, and even tried to dictate what her grandchildren were named.  Her nine children were named:

It is clear to see from the vast number of children named Victoria and Albert (or Victor and Alberta/Albertine for the opposite gender) that the Royal couple were huge namesakes for British Victorians, as were the queen’s children and grandchildren.  Many a Victorian child had at least one name that was also used by a member of the royal family –in many cases, the whole name – as can be seen in the records by the great number of children named Albert Victor (after Prince Albert Victor) and Helena Victoria (after Princess Helena Victoria).

Some lovely Royal names include:

 

The Birth Index clearly shows that if a name was used for a Royal baby, that name would most likely rocket in popularity. For example, Melita is recorded for 104 children from 1837-1876. In November 1876 Prince Alfred named his daughter Victoria Melita and in 1877 alone 41 children were given the name –with 276 more Melitas recorded over the following twenty years, peaking again in 1894 when the Princess married.

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