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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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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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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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