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
The stalwart James, a Top 10 name in England and Wales, would be a safe choice for the royal couple, though a possible problem is that William's Uncle Edward used it for his son in 2007. England has had two kings named James, while Scotland had six—King James VI of Scotland became James I of England in 1625—so it might be time for a new one. Others active on the betting slate: John, Edward, Charles and Richard.