Names for William & Kate’s First Baby: Ten Princess Picks

Okay, this might be a little premature, since the royal couple isn’t even married yet, let alone pregnant. But at Nameberry, it’s never too early to start offering our ideas.

There are certain limits, however, for even though Princess Anne named her daughter Zara, and Queen Elizabeth’s first great-grandchild was recently christened the Americanized Savannah, it’s pretty doubtful that Prince William and Princess-to-be Kate Middleton will go that far afield for the name of their first son or daughter.  More than likely, they’ll reach back into royal history—but because British rulers typically use three or four middle names, they could slip in something less conventional for third or fourth choice. Not surprisingly, there’s more wiggle room for girls than boys.

Putting aside the most obvious options—such as Queen Mum and Grandmum name Elizabeth (also the middle name of Catherine Middleton herself) and Victoria and Mary and Anne, the royal couple would be staying within the prescribed lines if they considered any of the following names from British royal history:

Adelaide. The capital city of South Australia was named for the beloved 19th century British “Good QueenAdelaide,” the wife of William IV, and could be an appropriate choice for a 21st century “Good Princess Adelaide.”

Alexandrina.  This unusual member of the ‘Alex” family of names was actually the real first name of QueenVictoria, and would make an interesting and unusual pick, even though five syllables is a bit much, especially when followed by several other appellations

Alice – The name of Queen Victoria’s second daughter, the princess who shocked her mother by breastfeeding her baby. Alice is a sweet and pretty classic that is currently considered ultra-stylish in Britain, where it’s in the Top 50.

Amelia— The Princess Amelia Sophia Eleanor was the second daughter of the 18th century KingGeorge II, and, in fact, any of her three names would make a great royal choice. The charming vintage Amelia is in the UK Top Ten, and climbing in popularity in the US as well.

CharlotteCharlotte was the cultivated wife of George III, who also had a daughter named Charlotte. This elegant royal name is appealing to a wide range of parents today because it sounds feminine yet grownup, sophisticated yet lush.

Diana—Considering the closeness of William to his late mother, Diana could be a possibility despite the fact that it is not a royal name by blood. Diana is the Latin name of the Roman goddess of the moon, and means ‘divine.’  At the very least, we would look for it in one of the middle spots.

DorotheaDorothea was the middle name of several early British royals.  Meaning “gift of God” (as does its reverse form Theodora), it would make a lovely, flowing choice, one with literary and religious roots.  It also has numerous nicknames, from Doro and Dot to Thea.

HelenaPrincess Helena was the third daughter of Victoria and Albert.  A pretty, underused name, it’s mainly associated in this country with Helena Bonham Carter. Other possibilities among the names of PrincessHelena’s children: Christian, Louis, Anthony, Augusta, Josepha and Louise.

Margaret—The name of the present QueenElizabeth’s spirited only sister, and that of several Queens of Scotland.  Meaning both ‘pearl” and ‘daisy’, Margaret is open to a variety of nicknames, including the cute ‘Wills’-type Mags.

MaudThe name of the youngest daughter of KingEdward VII, and granddaughter of QueenVictoria went on to become the Queen of Norway.  As a lively young girl, she was given the nickname of Harry. Spelled Maud or Maude, this would make a lacy, mauve-colored choice.

Tomorrow we’ll  look at some princely possibilities.

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Brit Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 2:26 am

“it’s pretty doubtful that Prince Harry and Princess-to-be Kate Middleton will go that far afield for the name of their first son or daughter.”

You got the wrong prince there!

Lauren Kay Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 3:39 am

If they choose Maud I will officially ex communicate myself from the Commonwealth.

Nyx Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 3:47 am

Alice: My favorite possible name. I think a little princess Alice would be so cute! (And maybe do a lot to revive the name in the USA)
Margaret: Another favorite, I would love to see this name used on a little princess 🙂
Maud/Maude: At first, this name didn’t do anything for me… but I find it growing on me (in a good way!)

Lillian Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 5:02 am

I’m considering Helena for my daughter, due in a few weeks, so that’s my favourite – although I would love Amelia and Sophia if they weren’t so popular. I hope they do choose something a bit different…

Noetje Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 6:10 am

I prefer Charlotte. It’s a classic and it has some of the most perfect nicknames I can think of. I think Diana would make a good middle name and I wouldn’t be surprised if they use it.

Namenutt Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 8:40 am

Ooh I’d LOVE to see a little Princess Amelia Diana, or Charlotte Diana or Eleanor Diana! Adelaide would be very refreshing, but unlikely I think. I like Victoria too, but those would be big shoes to fill! I hope they use Diana in a middle spot! Maude and would not be my choice by a long shot, though!

Lola Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oooh, my vote goes for Maud Alexandrina Diana Elizabeth! And if they don’t, *I* will! Love, love, love Maud.

kgbubble Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 10:01 am

Dorothea Diana Kate! Princess Doro-Kate! It suits them.

Andrea Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 10:25 am

If they have children, they might deviate somewhat from the expected pattern. If it’s a family name, Alice is the safest bet, since it was the name of Prince Philip’s mother and hasn’t been used yet as a first name for a girl in this generation. I would also put Elizabeth and Victoria high on the list of possibilities, with Diana and Carole likely middle names as they are the grandmothers. Elizabeth is also Kate Middleton’s middle name and her mother’s middle name, so it would be a pretty strong contender. For a boy, I’d guess Philip as a likely first or middle name, along with Michael and Charles, the grandfathers’ names.

spotlightstarlit Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I had thought of Adelaide for the royal Princess before I saw this post and I think it would make a stunning choice.

Adelaide Diana Charlotte Catherine?

I can’t wait to see selections for the Royal Prince!

Blessings,

Bella <3

SJ Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Actually I disagree just a bit here. I think William has quite shown his independence and should the first child be a girl he and Kate quite possibly could go a bit farther afield with the name choice. The issue at hand at the moment is will the throne go to the first born of William, boy or girl or will it go to the first born boy. If before William has children it is decided to go to the first born, without consideration of sex, it is much more likely to see the name of a past monarch queen. If they are going to be waiting on a boy the first daughter will likely have a conservative name some where in her lineup of names to hold in reserve as a future queen. The future monarch can select any of their names to reign under. William does have the opportunity to reign as King Arthur, not likely – but at option.

Filipa Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Little princess will have Philippa in her name, as in Philippa Middleton, Kate’s dear sister! ;D

Regi Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I adore:

Adelaide Diana Catherine
Helena Diana Catherine
Maude Diana Catherine

Kate sounds good with a lot of names. Thus, I believe it’s going to become the next Rose, Marie, Renee, etc. as far as middle names go. Catherine is sophisticated and feminine without being frilly, a beautiful name.

Kiki Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

“Little princess will have Philippa in her name, as in Philippa Middleton, Kate’s dear sister! ;D”

It could also reference Prince Phillip, William’s grandfather. So there’s a good chance.

What about Matilda, Sophia, Isabella, Frances (Diana’s middle), Rose, Ada or Adela?

babynamesrule Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I could totally see Alice. Charlotte, too. But watch they choose something really crazy, like Harley.

lemon Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is my vote. But, yes, I definitely think Alice or Helena could work, and Philippa as a middle name could be a contender…

I don’t think they’d choose anything like Maud, personally, and even Adelaide feels off. As for Amelia, if it wasn’t the name of one of Princess Diana’s brother’s twin girls, I’d say it was a contender. As it stands? No. Same with Sophie and Sophia, considering Prince Edward (Charles’ brother) is married to a Sophie – they’ve got Louise and James as children.

Taye Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Caroline would be a nice choice for a royal daughter. The name has been used in the royal family before, and could be considered a tribute to Kate’s mum. Carole isn’t a very royal-sounding name, and its dated, so they may lengthen it to Caroline. The queen and prince charles are both old school so there is probably a lot family pressure over what is an appropriate name – I hope they choose a name that sounds good on a 21st century child! But on the other hand I hope they don’t go too far forward in time because it would be weird to have coins engraved with the words “Queen Apple” or ‘Queen Kaedyn”!

Taye Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Just having a quick look on wikipedia, there have been English queen consorts named Emma, Edith, Matilda, Adeliza, Eleanor, Berengaria, Isabel, Isabella, Blanche, and Henrietta. I didn’t look at their individual pages but obviously they’re out if they were involved in any kind of scandal or treasonous activities. My top choice is now Berengaria! The royal family in general have really boring names so this would be a livelier choice imo.

Andrea Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

The Queen apparently had quite a bit of input into the naming of her other grandchildren, at least the ones with titles. I think she’d probably want an heir that close to the throne to have a royal name. I don’t think she particularly likes the idea of a namesake, though, since she made it clear that her granddaughter Louise’s middle name Elizabeth was in honor of “the Queen Mother” instead of the Queen. Margaret is unlikely as a name. The late Princess Margaret’s granddaugher Margarita, who will be one of the little bridesmaids at the royal wedding, was named in her honor already. They apparently wanted to jazz up the name Margaret a bit by changing it to Margarita.

Majotaur Says:

March 11th, 2011 at 7:18 am

I think Eleanor would be a bold and lovely choice, if the royals don’t mind harking back to the Plantagenets. Love and adore Maud (I much prefer this form of the name to Matilda), but it seems likelier for a middle choice. Other possibilities for middles might include Frances (Princess Diana’s middle name) and Rose (Princess Margaret’s middle name).

Love Charlotte, and I think that Princess Charlotte of Wales, George IV’s daughter, is a worthy namesake, but Charlotte’s gotten so popular that it might seem less appropriate for a royal baby. Maybe, maybe not–Caroline could be likelier. I’d think the odds that Elizabeth will be in the middle somewhere are near 100%.

Finally, although it’s no longer really fashionable for royal children to be named directly after their parents, I think Catherine is the perfect strong, distinctive name for a 21st-century queen regnant. Maybe they’ll consider it.

Eleanor Alexandra Diana Elizabeth
Catherine Elizabeth Frances Rose
Alice Elizabeth Diana Catherine
Caroline Anne Elizabeth Maud
Amelia Philippa Elizabeth Anne

Boston Girl Says:

March 11th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Lauren Kay, I gotta say, I’m with you! 🙂

I do think they will use Diana for a daughter, even if it’s not her first name. Of the lot, the ones I like (arranged in no particular order) are Alexandrina Diana Amelia. I left out the usual fourth name, because Pam and Linda have a point with the multisyllabic mouthful of Alexandrina. But I think it’s a very pretty name and would suit a 21st-century princess perfectly.

trich323 Says:

March 11th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Taye,

Adeliza is absolutely the coolest smoosh ever!

Andrea Says:

March 11th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I doubt Alexandrina is in the cards. Queen Victoria herself didn’t like the name Alexandrina and dropped it as soon as she could. Her parents didn’t pick the name; it was foisted on them. They wanted to name her Georgiana or Elizabeth and the king spitefully refused and insisted that she be baptized Alexandrina after her godfather, Alexander the Tsar. Victoria was added as a second name after her mother.

I could see them using Alexandra, though Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin is already named Alexandra after their great- grandmother.

Mischa Says:

March 12th, 2011 at 10:35 am

I think that they’ll honour William’s father with Charlotte for their daughter’s first name. Due to the fact that the Royal Family have tried in vain to wipe Diana’s name off the history books and out of people’s hearts and minds, I would really be delighted if they would choose Diana (my gut says it will be more likely in the middle spot as not to offend Camilla Parker Bowles). In the end, I think they’ll pick something like Charlotte Diana Elizabeth.
Other first name choices: Eleanor, Alice, Helena, Victoria, Margaret (homage to Scotland and the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret Rose), Mary (does anyone remember stoic Queen Mary whom the present Queen resembles in body and mind?), Adelaide (beloved Queen of England and homage to Australia).
Middle name options: Caroline (Kate’s mother’s name is Carole but it’s not upper class enough to be chosen), Philippa (Kate’s sister and William’s grandfather Prince Philip), Catherine/Katherine (homage to Kate and numerous Queens of England), Anne (William’s aunt the Princess Royal), Edith and Matilda (queens of England and Maud is a nn for Matilda), Louisa (William’s uncle has a daughter named Louise), Alexandra (beloved cousin Princess Alexandra of Kent), Henrietta (homage to William’s brother Prince Harry),

justme Says:

March 13th, 2011 at 1:05 am

Personally to me Princess Alice is kind of a mouth full.

I could very much see them using Alexandrina or Victoria, Charlotte, Alberta, Georgia, Eliza or Margaret.

I don’t see them using Maud since it is not only the name of a current European royal, as is Theodora and Dorothea is too close and they are quite old fashioned. It seems to me that they are more up to date then that. It also seems higly unlikely that they will use Sophia since Prince Edward’s wife’s name is Sophie.

As for middles I wouldnt be surprised if her middle was Diana Carole Elizabeth (the Elizabeth part would change if they used Eliza as a first name)

Sparkle Says:

March 14th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Maude Charlotte Diana is my vote! But Phillipa nn Pippa or Pippi is cute!

Custard Says:

March 26th, 2011 at 6:53 am

I can’t really see anything contemporary in the name of a princess (and possible future Queen). Other royal relatives can get away with the likes of Savannah, because there will be no chance of that child ever becoming Queen or a Senior Royal.

My vote goes to Alice Charlotte Diana Elizabeth.

Alice – not been used for a royal first name for a long time, but is still in the family as a middle name.
Charlotte – after Prince Charles
Diana – after Princess Diana
Elizabeth – after the Queen & Queen Mother.

Eliza is also a nice choice, but I believe Camillas grand-daughter is called Eliza – she will be one of William and Kates bridesmaids. I doubt they will go with a name that’s already within their extended family.

Frances or Francesca could also make an appearance to honour Diana.

deanne Says:

April 7th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I believe Olivia is the name of Kate’s grandmother. My guess is that they will name their daughter Olivia.

Nicole Says:

April 8th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Hahahahaha. My daughters first name is Adelaide. She has 2 middle names (daddys choice). They are Victoria and Diane. Safe to say she has the ultimate Princess name? Looks like it!! My middle name is Elizabeth so I guess it fits!!

Genevieve Rodriguez Says:

April 14th, 2011 at 4:27 am

where did my name Genevieve come from love to know the history of my name

Genevieve Rodriguez Says:

April 14th, 2011 at 4:28 am

my girlfriend’s middle name is Elizabeth her first name is Tracey

Lucky*Clover Says:

April 19th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I’m actually hoping they will pick a name few saw coming. A beautiful but distinctive name would be ideal in my opinion but I know they may have to abide by “rules” that I’m unaware of. Diana in the middle name spot would be a lovely tribute to his mother. Amelia is my favorite out of the suggestions above. Other ideas:
Lilian-Lily
Octavia
Cordelia-Cora
It will be interesting to see what names they choose in the future.

Elektra Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 3:43 am

I really think they should have Diana in the name somewhere, as a tribute to William’s mum. I personally love:

Diana Alexandrina Charlotte Alice
Caroline Matilda Diana Amelia
Alexandra Diana Elizabeth Mary
Rose Diana Phillipa Matilda
Diana Helena Alice Elizabeth

Something far-fetched would be:

Diana Bianca Anne-Marie Elizabeth
Diana Sophia Anastasia Abigail
Annamaria Anne Renee Grace

Nora Says:

May 1st, 2011 at 7:39 am

Note, though, that whatever these two select most likely will not be some soon forgotten distant Princess, a la Eugenie (cringe), but may be the name of England’s future queen! So I don’t think a name like Alice would suit a queen very well, as much as I adore it… though in this day and age I guess I can’t see why not. I almost hope they don’t pick it, because chances are if they pick Alice, that name will explode, and I would rather that didn’t happen as I’m attempting to selfishly keep it for myself here.

I’m hoping for Helena, that name strikes me as very much a royal name, and if not that then Diana, so as to honour the late Princess. I think that would be very nice.

Oh, and @Lauren Kay, I wholeheartedly agree. One would hope that our future queen has more common sense than to bestow the name Maud on an innocent child.

samjaymc Says:

May 7th, 2011 at 5:49 am

I know this article was posted quite a long time ago, but my pick for a first daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is

Caroline Diana Elizabeth

tavn Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I think it’s very safe to say that Diana will be used in their daughter’s name. I think Amelia Diana has a nice ring to it.

Caz Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Apparently Diana’s favourite name for a girl (what William would have been) was Eleanor.
So it’s possible that if they had a daughter she would be something like; Eleanor Caroline Elizabeth Diana.

Bettania Says:

June 2nd, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Elizabeth Caroline Diana Catherine

I think Elizabeth is simply the most beautiful, regal name in the world, and the two queens of England have upheld the honor of it. Caroline is iffy because there was a scandal involving a wayward Princes of Wales Caroline, but it does honor Charles and Kate’s mother. Diana must be a middle name, I can’t imagine a ‘Queen Diana’ in her own right. Catherine because it’s beautiful, and after the child’s mother.

tessa magnolia Says:

July 2nd, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I think a Princess Cora would be adorable!!! It could be a nn for Caroline!! It is 21st Century but has a wizened feel about it and sounds nice as a family group– William, Kate, and Cora. It could also honor her mom, Carole. Although I am kind of hoping they don’t so I can keep it for myself.

Cora Elizabeth Diana Olivia
Cora Margaret Phillipa Diana
Cora Frances Elizabeth Rose

penny Says:

July 3rd, 2011 at 3:30 am

Charlotte or Caroline are the feminine versions of Charles and are royal-enough.
Alice and Eleanor are making comebacks.
Victoria and Alexandra are traditional yet contemporary and beautiful.
Elizabeth and maybe Rose for middle names.Or even Phillipa.

“The Queen apparently had quite a bit of input into the naming of her other grandchildren, at least the ones with titles.” and this is why Diana will NEVER be used. All you cult of Diana people are going to have to get over it. It’s not Camilla who would be offended, it’s everyone else. And if you do your homework you will find that even Prince William never forgave her for some of the things she did and said even before the divorce.
Katie Couric made an idiot of herself at the wedding babbling about “the people’s princess, the people’s princess!”. The Brit next to her practically slapped her upside the head and basically shut her up.

Sarah Says:

July 3rd, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I think Alice Philippa Diana 🙂 a lovely name 🙂

Carol Flores Says:

July 15th, 2011 at 9:32 am

I think they will name their daughter

Diana Elizabeth Charlotte

Diana-grand mother
elizabeth-queen mum, queen, grandma and mother’s second name
charlotte-aunt’s second name

additional middle names if she has more godparents/godmother.

most royals name their kid after grandparents or close relatives, or godparents.

for instance Princess Alexandra of Hanover the youngest daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco
was named after her godmothers
full name: Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia

even Queen Victoria was named after her godfather Emperor Alexander I of Russia

If her name will be Diana Elizabeth Charlotte and she becomes queen
she’ll be Elizabeth III

🙂

mark Says:

July 24th, 2011 at 2:12 am

Victoria or Alexandra
middle names, some combination of Alice / Charlotte / Caroline / Eleanor / Elizabeth
I like Olivia, Emily, Claudia but they’re not in the Royal lineage line.

Marina Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I think it would probably be something like Isabella Alexandra Diana

Jessica Says:

August 6th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

i love Alice! i think francis rose is a good combonation. My name is Jessica kate mary margaret! 😛

Cclb119 Says:

August 25th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I like…
Amelia, very royal sounding:)
Charlotte, very elegant, could be cute as a charlie
Helena, nice, but always the obvi nickname, He–
Maude, underused, as a good thing, but could spark a trend

zoghart Says:

November 28th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I actually think that the Palace may pressure William and Kate into avoiding Diana as a middle name for any of their future children. Harry is also Diana’s son, and I think that the Palace may encourage Harry to use Diana (or a male equivalent) for one of his children. That way Diana is honored, but in a second tier kind of way. I know, I know! I hate thinking that way. But the Palace wasn’t all that crazy about Diana, and they may not want her name as part of their legacy.

I could be wrong. I hope I am! Diana would be lovely as a middle name. Just don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen.

ozdust Says:

February 29th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I understand the throne not approving Diana, so my suggestion is Frances (Diana’s MN).

My pick is…
Victoria Catherine Elizabeth Frances

ErinLW Says:

March 2nd, 2012 at 12:01 am

LOVE the name Georgia; it sounds current but still regal and traditional, and it’s also a derivative of George, for William’s great-grandfather.
Charlotte is one of my absolute favorites. It’s very elegant and you can come up with a ton of nicknames for it. It’s the feminine version of Charles, for William’s father.
Caroline is a classic and works well as a royal name. It can also be shortened into Carrie as a nickname.

Possible middle names:

-Diana, obviously for William’s mother.
-Elizabeth, for William’s grandmother the queen(also Kate’s middle name).
-Anastasia is interesting; sounds elegant albeit long.
-Sophia is classic, but may be a bit too popular.
-Annelise or Annalise is a name I like but I’m not sure what the royal family would think of it.

jj1010 Says:

September 15th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Rose Victoria Elizabeth
Mary Rose Amelia
Alice Diana Carolyn
Alexdrina Mary Gemma

sarahmezz Says:

January 27th, 2013 at 7:42 am

I think Adelaide would be an amazing choice! It’s one of my favourites, but, unfortunately, I live in Adelaide, so people would think it weird if I named my daughter after my hometown! So, William and Kate, I hereby grant you that name lol. And please song use Alice because that’s currently top of my list!

sarahmezz Says:

January 27th, 2013 at 7:50 am

I think they will use Diana as a middle name and the Palace, if they know.ehsts good for them, will encourage it. Britons loved.Diana and will be expecting it to be used if they have a daughter. It’d be a slap in the face if it was ignored.

sarahmezz Says:

January 27th, 2013 at 8:21 am

Also, Adelaide (the town) would go NUTS if they named their daughter Adelaide!

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