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:
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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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