How Meghan & Harry’s Baby Name Could Honor Diana
by Pamela Redmond Satran
Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the next big even we can look forward to is a royal baby — and a royal baby name.
The name possibilities for Harry and Meghan’s theoretical children are wider and more wonderful than they’ve been for big brother William and Kate. As Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson did when they named their daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, Harry and Meghan can choose from a more expansive lexicon of royal names. And as evidenced in their wedding, Meghan is likely to assert her American heritage and personal beliefs in the baby’s name.
Here are our 10 ideas for what the royals might name their firstborn:
Diana is of course Harry’s mother’s name and the people’s top choice of a name for Meghan and Harry’s daughter. William and Kate broke some royal ice when they used Diana for one of Princess Charlotte’s middle names, but Harry and Meghan could take that one step further by using Diana as a first name. Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt. Her Greek equivalent is Artemis, which might be an alternative choice.
- Diana is of course Harry’s mother’s name and the people’s top choice of a name for Meghan and Harry’s daughter. William and Kate broke some royal ice when they used Diana for one of Princess Charlotte’s middle names, but Harry and Meghan could take that one step further by using Diana as a first name. Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt. Her Greek equivalent is Artemis, which might be an alternative choice." >
- Sophia-Dorothea was the name of the daughter of King George I, and that royal credibility combined with it being a long form of Doria, the name of Meghan’s mother, makes it a good bet. Greek for “gift of god,” it’s also the name of American feminist icons Dorothea Dix, a Civil War nurse and activist for the mentally ill, and Great Depression photographer Dorothea Lange." >
- Eleanor is an iconic name in both royal circles and American political feminism. Eleanor of Aquitaine was the powerful wife of King Henry II, with whom she had eight children including a namesake daughter. And Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of America’s longest-ruling president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a human rights champion." >
- How cute would it be to have a baby royal princess named after her dad? Close Meghan Markle friend Serena Williams’ baby daughter is named Alexis, after her father Alexis Ohanian, and Harry and Meghan might take inspiration from that. Henrietta Maria of France was the consort of Britain’s Charles I and made her name fashionable in England in the 17th century, and Henrietta Lacks became an unwitting African-American heroine when her cells became the basis of decades of cancer research." >
- Sophia is a British royal name that’s also hugely popular in the US. Meaning wisdom, it’s a favored name of feminist parents. While Sophia is a name that perfectly bridges the American and British cultures, the only question is whether the couple will pronounce it with a long E or long I sound in the middle." >
- Alvin was the name of Meghan’s adored maternal grandfather Alvin Ragland, an antique dealer who left his house in Los Angeles to Meghan’s mom Doria. Meaning “noble friend” or “friend of the elves,” Alvin could fit in with the British trend for nickname names such as Alfie, Albie, and….Alvie." >
- Arthur reached favorites status for all three of Catherine and William’s children, but never made it to first place. Perhaps Harry and Meghan will choose this royal name, with shades of Camelot. Arthur is also the name of a longtime friend of the Prince’s, Arthur Landon." >
- James is both a royal name with a long pedigree and the name of one of Meghan’s maternal great-grandfathers. Fashionable in both the US and the UK, James is also the name of Duchess Catherine’s brother and so was largely considered off the table for that royal couple, but may be possible for Harry and Meghan." >
- Noble Sissle. Related choice popular in the US: Royal." >
- Diana’s original surname could make the perfect way for Harry to honor his mother’s family. A middle name of Winston Churchill and first name of classic American actor Spencer Tracy, Spencer is in the US Top 300 and ranks even higher – Number 146 – in England and Wales." >
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on July 30th, 2018 at 10:07 am
Several of these names are good contenders, but I don’t think they’d use Sophia (Harry’s aunt, Prince Edward’s wife, is named Sophie), James (Harry’s cousin, Prince Edward’s son, is named James), or Noble (WAY too modern/American/lower class). I’m not sure I can see them using Spencer as a first name, either, but maybe as a middle. I’m torn on Diana as a first name too, because Harry and Meghan’s future children will one day be princes and princesses after the Queen passes, and being a second “Princess Diana” would be a lot to live up to. The options I like best from this list are Eleanor, Henrietta, and Arthur. I’m not sure if Dorothea is pronounced like it’s spelled or as a variant to Dorothy, but I’m not fond of it either way.
Since Harry and Meghan have a bit more leeway in the name that they choose, I’d love for them to go for names that still have a royal history but haven’t been used in a long time or are maybe considered a bit more controversial. Edith (especially with the nickname Edie) would be cute (it was the name of a few pre-Norman Conquest queens, I believe), as would Emma (another pre-conquest queen) and Isabella (the name of three English queens and several princesses).
on October 15th, 2018 at 12:30 pm
I love Eleanor – great ties to both US and UK heroines. I’d love it if they used Frances (Diana’s middle name) – it’s so classic. I expect to see Philip in the name if it’s a boy.
on October 17th, 2018 at 8:45 pm
Yes, I agree on Philip!
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