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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

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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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