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Vintage names that have been used by queens from 1066 to the present day. Enjoy! - Created by rachelizann

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  • Matilda

    Matilda of Flanders, Matilda of Scotland and Matilda of Boulagne all bore this name.

  • Adeliza

    One of my favourites - worn by Adeliza of Louvain, Henry I's second wife.

  • Eleanor

    Eleanor of Aquitaine makes, in my opinion, a brilliant namesake. Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor of Castile were also bearers.

  • Isabelle

    Although this is popular these days, it's use by royals could add another layer of meaning. Isabelle of Angoulême was King John's wife.

  • Margaret

    Margaret of France was Edward I's second wife. Margaret of Anjou married Henry VI.

  • Isabella

    Yes, this is super popular - but I think the historical Isabellas have something more to offer the name. Tragic Isabella of Valois married Richard II at 7 (!) and died in childbirth at the age of 19. Isabella of France was the firey, femme fatale, "she-wolf of France".

  • Philippa

    Philippa of Hainault wore this name, which has modern day royal connections as the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton.

  • Anne

    Although this name may look dowdy and plain, Anne of Bohemia was the beautiful, kind and popular wife of Richard II. Also worn by the popular Anne of Great Britain, the 18th century monarch, Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves.

  • Joan

    Another old-fashioned name, this time the moniker of Joan of Navarre, the Spanish wife of Henry IV. She was convicted of being a witch - interesting namesake!

  • Catherine

    Catherine, as well as being associated with a future queen, was the name of Catherine of Valois, as well as three of Henry VIII's wives (all different spellings).

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - this name seems perfect for a little princess.

  • Jane

    Jane Seymour technically wasn't a queen, but with her pretty name and status as Henry VIII's favourite wife, I couldn't keep her off this list.

  • Henrietta

    Henrietta Maria was the wife of tragic Charles I. Although I'm not a fan of the name Henrietta, this queen's name always struck me as elegant and beautiful.

  • Mary

    Worn by Mary of Modena, Mary II and the contemporary Mary of Teck.

  • Caroline

    Caroline of Ansbach is a historical heroine of mine - intelligent, attractive, and wife of Hanover bad boy George II. Caroline of Brunswick, however, was regared as unattractive and unhygenic by her husband, George IV, who was drunk at their wedding.

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was the German wife of George III.

  • Victoria

    Queen Victoria needs no introduction.

  • Adelaide

    Adelaide is slowly becoming fashionable again, and Adelaide of Saxe-Meningen makes a delightful namesake. The wife of William IV had the Australian city of Adelaide named after her.

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra of Denmark was a style icon for Victorian women. Her nickname was Alix, a sweet variant of the popular Alex.

  • Berengaria

    Berengaria of Navarre wore this unusual appellation. This has never really caught on.

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