Category: royal baby names
By Abby Sandel
Mardi Gras is tomorrow, and in New Orleans, that means one thing: a parade featuring Rex, King of Carnival. Mardi Gras parades begin days earlier, and every parade organization – called a krewe – has its royalty. But Rex and his Queen, along with their court of Maids, Dukes, and Pages, occupy a special place in the revels.
Rex traces its roots to 1872, and their royals have been drawn from the most prominent of New Orleans families. The men named Rex are accomplished civic leaders; their consorts are chosen from the season’s debutantes.
Over the years, Rex and his court have worn some fascinating names – a mix of old Southern tradition and French influence. Here are some of my favorites, drawn from decades of Mardi Gras’ reigning royals:
There are several kinds of royal baby names, as these 20+ names with meanings that relate to king attest. While many are traditionally male names, some are used for both genders today or have feminine counterparts. One might be right for the new king — or queen — of your household.
Ara — In Armenian mythology, Ara was a king so handsome that a rival queen went to war in order to capture him. Handsome and unusual, Ara was given to only seven boys in the US last year….but nearly 50 girls.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April, and rumour has it that they are going to have a princess, rather than a prince (rumour also said that Prince George was going to be a girl, so don’t get too attached to the notion).
However, suppose Prince George did have a sister rather than a brother, what might her name be? I looked through the names of all those born in the House of Windsor to a monarch, or to an heir to the throne, and found that the names chosen for them tended to follow fairly clear patterns.
Nameberry’s 2015 trend report started with Defining Names – names that create a clear and powerful identity.
A great many of those identities are clad in purple and ermine – tiny royals, with names to declare they rule.
While we look forward to all of next year’s birth announcements, here’s a piece of baby name advice gleaned from this week’s newest arrivals:
Traditional with a twist is a foolproof strategy.