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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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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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