George: A Name Fit for a King

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.


George Bailey

Wish: May you be as selfless and honorable as George Bailey, the protagonist of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life; appreciate your own worth and how your life has enriched your world, and may your story have a very happy ending. (And pick a great nickname like Zuzu for your daughter.)

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southern.maple Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

One of my favorite male names of all time. I’d name a son George in a heartbeat.

EmilyVA Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Really?! You chose to post this on the day we are all waiting for the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. You pick this day to talk about what great name George is!! I know one bozo or a few doesn’t ruin a name but really I think this a tackles post on this particular day. You could posted this any time in the last six months!

I am really hoping they don’t pick George in general. I suppose they don’t have a choice, but I hope they pick something else.

alphabetdem Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I love the name George….. and George Clooney. (Washington, Gershwin, Bailey, Orwell, and Lucas aren’t bad namesakes either 😉 )

But I hope they get to have some control over their children’s names. They seem like they’d pick something classic but not stuffy if they could choose anything.

Although, Emily’s got a point about the timing. :/

AnuthriumInvidia Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 12:28 am

Wow! This is one of the most sweetest things I’ve ever seen. I love this!

AnuthriumInvidia Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 12:32 am

I’ll add one. If you ever have a love for writing, don’t kill off all your characters like George R. R. Martin. 😛

tfzolghadr Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 5:03 am

I can’t imagine that the British royalty think highly of George Washington…

BritishAmerican Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 7:59 am

Can I borrow these wishes for my 2 year old George too?! 😉

I do think George would be a great choice. I am starting to wonder if they’d want to pick something more unusual and less expected, since George is popular in the UK already. I know that if everyone had already guessed my baby’s name, that might make it feel slightly less special. I would totally like it if they did pick George though, since I’m a Brit in the USA.

On the subject, my husband was talking to a random coworker yesterday and they started talking about the ‘royal baby watch’ after spotting a magazine cover. My husband mentioned how the name George is a favourite with the bookies. (I’d told him that the night before.) So the coworker starts going on & on about how she doesn’t like the name George at all and how she likes Henry but thinks George is an awful name. Then she’s like “Oh, is your kid named George?!” “Yeah!” Ooops.

aahschlee Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

I can’t love George because I love Georgia MORE!

linda Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 9:27 am

@BritishAmerican: You most certainly can!

Mischa Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 9:42 am

George is a fine name but my heart is still hoping for Arthur for a boy (although a girl is my preference). King Arthur would be awesome! My second choice would be Alfred.

Besides, the real name of the present Queen’s father wasn’t George, it was Albert nn Bertie.

iwillpraise Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 11:38 am

@ tfzolghadr – I was thinking the same thing about George Washington. LOL. But I get why they’d include him. Regardless of his political stance or country, he is certainly a man worthy of honor and a namesake. Thinking about him suddenly gives me a rush of pleasure to be an American at this moment….. 🙂

George Stephanopoulos was unexpected (as was Costanza!!)- The reference definitely brought a smile to my face (Costanza, not so much!).

mellowyellow Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 11:45 am

Love George and would name use this name for my baby boy in if DH was on board. He’s not. It’s gorgeous! You don’t hear it too often in the US right now, which is such a plus in my mind..

LexieM Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 11:48 am

@EmilyVA I think you answered my complaint about the 13th Wish. (Plus, we do all need our flaws to be human. This makes George human, don’t you think?)
(For anyone unfamiliar with the Brother Grimm verison of the Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale – the 13th wish is equivilant to Malificients wish in the Disney version).

Trillium Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Such a great name…unfortunately my husband will be crushed if they have a George because he’s been lobbying for one himself! I can see why he’d have qualms post-royal baby about naming a son George in the wave that is sure to follow. Still secretly hoping they’ll surprise us all and pick something unforeseen!

JadeRain Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Don’t forget Curious Grorge. Everyone loves that little monkey!

hldevine Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I agree about Curious George. He should be there too!

klh1980 Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I’m a little disappointed by the comment regarding King George’s stutter. My little girl stutters, and for some reason this comment rubs me the wrong way.

tomaura226 Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I’m hoping for something a little less predictable. After all, names only sound kingly if they’ve been used on a king. So make a new kingly name!

mge28 Says:

July 12th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Ooh, I was hoping to see George Harrison on this list. My wish was granted. 😀 lol

merrybells Says:

July 14th, 2013 at 11:09 am

No Curious George on the list?

tori101 Says:

July 14th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Ah we were literally just talking about this!
I love Alexandra but hate George, I’ve always hated the name George.

Kateri Says:

July 14th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I love George but I would not wish any child to be like the insufferable George Clooney!

scurbro Says:

July 30th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I have two Geroge’s in my family, they are both Great Uncles on my Maternal side. Its a fine name, and it inspired a name that I prefer more: Gregory. I wanted something similar to George, and found Gregory and liked it instantly.

It is between Winston and Gregory if baby is a boy.

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