New Royal Baby Name!
If that name for the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the bookies’ odds at all, it was down there with Boris and Keith and all the other ridiculous ideas.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It’s kind of perfect.
Archie is both quintessentially British and quintessentially American, like the Duke and Duchess themselves.
A Top 20 baby name in England for several years, Archie’s popularity was inspired by a beloved character on the British television show Monarch of the Glen. The Brits love nickname names, and Archie leads the pack, right up there with Alfie, Billy, and Joe.
In the US, it was ironically enough a television show that dampened Archie’s chances as a baby name. The 1970s show All in the Family, which featured the beloved bigot Archie Bunker, associated the name with racism, sexism, and ignorance – not a legacy most parents want to pass on to their babies.
But that image is fading in favor of another iconic American Archie in the comics and now TV’s Riverdale: the redheaded Archie, boyfriend of Betty and Veronica. In fact, Harry and Meghan would be perfectly cast as Archie and Veronica.
Archie is a diminutive of Archibald, an ancient Teutonic name meaning “truly brave.” But like many contemporary British parents, the Duke and Duchess have chosen to simply put the short form on the birth certificate. Harry, by contrast, is short for Henry.
And Harrison is, of course, Harry’s son.
The name also breaks with tradition in following the American convention of having simply a first and a middle name rather than the three that the Cambridges gave their children or the four that William and Harry themselves carry.
Once again, the Duke and Duchess have done it their way, and proven that it’s possible to forge an original path within the Royal Family. They’ve upended the stereotypes and created a singular image for their son, the first biracial child in line for the British throne.
Archie is Number 108 on Nameberry but not even in the official US Top 1000; it’s Number 18 in England. It also ranks in the Top 100 in Scotland, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as for American dogs. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have an Archie.
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on May 8th, 2019 at 11:53 am
Archie was not at all on my radar, but I am SO happy they’ve gone with something modern and completely unexpected. I am generally not a fan of diminutives as given names, but I know this is extremely on-trend in the UK and given that Dad still goes almost exclusively by Harry (and not his given name of Henry), the appeal for this couple is understandable. I have to say I’m surprised with myself that I am genuinely disappointed that they didn’t use Spencer at all!
on May 8th, 2019 at 11:59 am
I was hoping for Spencer as a middle name. Using Mountbatten-Windsor though as the last name, I can totally see why they didn’t go with two middle names. Archie strikes me as a very “down at the pub with my mates” British name.
on May 8th, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Not surpised to see Meghan put less effort in her baby’s name than in her baby shower #tacky
on May 8th, 2019 at 12:06 pm
Archie really is perfect–buttoned-up without being overly stuffy or pretentious. Congratulations and love to Harry and Meghan!
on May 8th, 2019 at 12:07 pm
What a lovely name!
on May 8th, 2019 at 12:14 pm
Cute first name and the middle name is PERFECTION 🙂
on May 8th, 2019 at 12:34 pm
Like them but not the name. I don’t care for Louis either. Maybe next time. Charlotte and Mia have been my favorite names for the family in recent years.
on May 8th, 2019 at 12:36 pm
on May 8th, 2019 at 12:37 pm
@missmini So tired of ugly racist attitudes directed at Meghan.
on May 8th, 2019 at 1:21 pm
I am SO biased because my amazing 6 month old nephew is Archie and being from the UK ive only ever viewed this and a strong English/British name. And ofcourse i think the usd of Harrison is smart with him being Harrys son.
Very smart and a great choice of name in my opinion.
on May 8th, 2019 at 1:23 pm
I love the name they chose! It’s very posh and stylish, yet still feels original in the royal family.
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on May 8th, 2019 at 1:43 pm
Interestingly, “All In The Family” was based on the earlier British sitcom “Till Death Us Do Part” and the “father” character’s name was changed from Alf Garnett to Archie Bunker.
on May 8th, 2019 at 2:22 pm
Even though I like Archie, and am aware of its popularity, as well as the nickname trend in Britain, I was disappointed in the choice. I prefer formal versions behind the familiar ones, especially considering he’s royalty. I don’t care for Archibald, though, and a wasp surname name like Archer seems too American. I’ve recently thought Archie might make a nice derivative of Richard, but I’m sure that’s not on anyone’s radar. All said, Archie Harrison is cute.
on May 8th, 2019 at 3:22 pm
I’m not a huge fan of the name Archie but, hey, it’s not my kid! I love that they went with something so unexpected. I feel like the petty side of me would be driven to go the unexpected route if for some reason I had people betting on what my kid was going to be named lol. I was excited to see what name they would choose and I can’t say I was disappointed.
on May 8th, 2019 at 4:20 pm
@wandsworth I missed where I said something racist. Would you like to point it out to the class?
on May 8th, 2019 at 5:12 pm
I love Archie Harrison. What a fantastic choice! I never expected them to go with the stuffy choices high in the betting – Arthur and Albert are just not them. I’m surprised that people are surprised, really. And mostly only in the US do people feel angst about ‘real’ names and ‘nicknames’. A name is a name no matter how it is derived. And, the name used is the name – so Harry is the dad’s name because that is the name he uses (Henry is just something written on the birth certificate).
on May 8th, 2019 at 6:08 pm
Well that’s completely unexpected and for that I give them kudos. It’s not what I would have picked but I know the nickname names are hot commodities over there. And it does sound good a whole.
on May 8th, 2019 at 9:00 pm
I really dislike nicknames as names, having grown up with one. People always assume my name, Debbie, is short for Debora and it drives me nuts. I had the same teacher for music all through high school and he refused to call me anything but Debora no matter how many times he was corrected. It made me hate both my actual name and the name Debora. Now I see this trend of parents giving their children nicknames for names and I cant help but feel bad for the children. So clearly I’m not the biggest fan of Archie lol. Harrison is cute, though. To be honest, I was rooting for Francis. Nevertheless, I’m super happy for them and I’m happy mommy and baby are doing well.
on May 8th, 2019 at 11:49 pm
I was surprised, but not surprised at the name. I was expecting something unusual, just not that unusual. Somehow it seems to really suit the baby and his parents. Congratulations to the family.
on May 9th, 2019 at 7:15 am
I’d like to say that I’m not all that surprised at Archie. I had a pretty good feeling that the name would be a nickname of a name without recent royal usage (I didn’t think they would use Alec/x or Charlie or Phil) but I was thinking that Teddy, Theo, Artie or maybe Bertie for a boy.
And I called it that they wouldn’t ask for a courtesy title for the baby, bc Meghan has had so many accusations of being a title chaser, if they did people would take it as ‘proof’ that she has mercenary motives. I really love Harrison in the middle spot tho, bc of Harry’s name, i find it boarderline cutesy but it is sort of clever. I wouldn’t have liked it if they had flipped the order like some people have suggested they should to give the baby a more ‘serious’ name for adulthood. I think Harry’s experience is when you’re in the royal family, that’s serious enough.
on May 9th, 2019 at 7:34 am
One of things I find most interesting about the name selection was that there was a story in January that a member of the public had seen Prince George out with his Middleton grandmother. He was petting her dog and she struck up a conversation with George and asked his name. Prince George said it was “Archie.”
The name nerd in me wonders if this is just a coincidence as Archie is a popular name in England, if he heard his aunt and uncle discussing the name, or if they got the idea of the name from him. Of course, it doesn’t really matter but I love knowing the background of how names are chosen regardless of what the name is.
on May 10th, 2019 at 7:13 am
@missmini oh please, I doubt you would have called Princess Anne tacky when she announced that she had named her daughter Zara
on May 10th, 2019 at 8:13 am
@CaitlinBrittin I like unqiue names, and in fact, I like Archie. Zara’s full name is Zara Anne Elizabeth – even with the unique first name, her middle names are still “royal”. The reason I said Archie Harrison was tacky is that to me, it feels like they are deliberately trying to make a point about being so different and cool from the rest of the monarchy. Same thing with them making a fuss about him not using his dad’s “Earl of Dumbarton” title. If they had done Archie Philip or Archie Henry or even Archie Spencer, I would have loved it. Archie Harrison just feels like a name they picked out of a jay to me.
At the end of the day, it’s their baby and my opinion, and I still wish the Sussex family all the best and congratulations
on May 10th, 2019 at 8:14 am
*hat, not jay
on May 10th, 2019 at 11:24 am
I don’t really have a horse in this race as an antimonarchist, but I concede Prince Archie sounds pretty cute, though it wouldn’t be my first choice. Although my choice would definitely be a different one to whatever people commonly bet money on, because I have that sense of humour and disdain for gambling and societal expectations. Props to them for that.
@missmini – Why assume only Meghan chose the name, or organised the baby shower? Maybe Harry chose Archie, maybe they chose it together. Seems like you already assumed something about her character. That’s why people are questioning your intentions.
on May 12th, 2019 at 12:33 pm
I think the name is growing on me! They are not going the usual route in naming their children which is awesome.
on May 12th, 2019 at 12:34 pm
I mean the traditional royal route .
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