Royal Baby Name Announced and it’s a Big Surprise!

Kate and William have revealed the name of their third born.

Prince William and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed the name of their third child: LOUIS ARTHUR CHARLES.

That’s right. After months of speculation, the new royal baby name is here. And it’s a huge surprise to everyone

Prince Louis Arthur Charles, born on April 23, is now fifth in line to the British throne, behind his grandfather, father and elder siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte. He is the first prince to be preceded in the order of succession by a sister.

Not totally in accordance with the conventions for royal baby names, each of Prince Louis‘s three names nevertheless honors someone of significance to the royal family. Louis is one of the middle names of Princes William and George and honors Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s mentor who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979, Arthur (one of the public’s favorites) was a middle name of William, Charles and King George VI, the Queen‘s father and Charles, of course, refers to Prince Charles, the baby’s paternal grandfather.

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MGK Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 6:11 am

My friend from the UK says that the pronunciation will be “LOU-ee” not
“LOU-iss” as it would be pronounced
in the States. Is that right?
I think the sibset is BRILLIANT.

josephinedagnall Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 6:31 am

MGK, yes, that is correct. In the UK, Louis is pronounced ‘LOU-ee’ and ‘LOU-iss’ is spelt ‘Lewis’.

josephinedagnall Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 6:43 am

I must admit I had hoped the Duke and Duchess would call the baby Arthur, but I suppose it could be seen as unlucky due to the association with Arthur Tudor. I love William and Kate’s other children’s names because they flow so well, and Louis Arthur Charles does disappoint in that respect, although it’s nice how the youngest prince’s name links to both his siblings’ names – Louis is one of George’s middle names, and Charlotte is the feminine version of Charles. I suppose it’s hard choosing names when there’s such a small list of monikers that would be considered acceptable!

jessiemay Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 6:43 am

Gorgeous name but definitely unexpected! I was really expecting Albert or Arthur in the first spot, and with Louis being one of George’s middles I’d never even considered it as an option. My stepson’s name is Louis Valentino (same pronunciation- lou-EE) so I’m really hoping it doesn’t skyrocket too much!
George, Charlotte and Louis… so sweet! Congrats Royals!

Kew Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 6:53 am

I would never have thought that they would have reused one of George’s middle names, AND the masculine form of Charlotte’s name!! It seems that nobody guessed Louis in the contest. The three children’s first names do go beautifully together however, and I’m very happy for the family.

Marli81 Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 7:00 am

not much of a surprise as its one of georges middle names.

paw Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 7:17 am

I think it was a huge surprise partially because it was one of George’s middle names. I do prefer Louis to Albert or Arthur.
I did think Phillip might be in the name to honor his ailing great grandfather but didn’t think it would be a first name because of the confusion of two Prince Phillips alive at the same time (although that probably wouldn’t be an issue for much longer). I thought Michael might be used as a middle name in honor of Kate’s father.

It strikes me that Louis (pronounced (Loowee) is rather fitting for a third child/second son. It sounds more playful and less formal than his older siblings names.

Do any of the young Cambridges have nicknames?

briarblossom Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 7:18 am

So glad the first name isn’t Arthur I detest that one. One branch of my family has overused it . Louis makes me think of Louis Armstrong . Much better.

ecpt Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 7:30 am

I know they have a somewhat limited name pool to begin with, but it makes me crazy that they repeated Louis. Oh well…

holly6174 Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 7:32 am

I am surprised that they used one of Prince George’s middle names as the first name. I’ve been saying all week that I didn’t think it would be Alexander (despite the fact that the odds were pretty high for Alexander) because it was George’s middle name. I never even considered Louis for the same reason.

thesilenceinbetween Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 7:46 am

One the one hand, I’m excited for new blood, so to speak, in the pool of royal British baby names. On the other hand, I’m not a fan of the name Louis, and nothing I’ve read about the namesake (Lord Mountbatten) ever particularly endeared him to me, let alone made me think that he was worthy of having two kids named after him. Over all, I’m not a fan of the repetition (Louis and Charlotte/Charles), but they’re not my kids, and the sibset is definitely a smart one.

steerthestars Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 8:51 am

I was hoping for them to throw us a curveball, but not like this. There are at least forty or fifty possible boys’ names from British monarchy that could have been used, but instead they gave their kid the same name as their other kid? What? And honouring Charles again, when Kate Middleton’s entire family has not been honoured that way? Ugh. Is it normal in Britain to give two of your kids the same name?

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 12:30 pm

I was hoping for Arthur as the first purely because as a Merlin fan I want to see a Prince Arthur. I also think it’s a little weird that they reused Louis (plus Charlotte/Charles)

MargotBear Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 2:52 pm

I was hoping for Arthur – it’s such a cute name. However I love Louis pronounced Lou-ee or Lou-is. I love the fact that they used Arthur as a middle name but I did wonder why they reused one of Prince George’s middle names. The sibling names work really well together, overall they named him well!

minisia Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 9:07 pm

Much in the way of Ryan Gosling’s Esmeralda Amada & Amada Lee, something reallyyyy irks me about reusing names, like one sibling is above the other. I’d probably say it’s my number one naming peeve. Then there’s the issue of Prince Edward’s daughter Louise. Middle names aside, I do admit George, Charlotte & Louis make quite the cute sibset.

McCharlie Says:

April 28th, 2018 at 12:40 pm

I love the name (it is pronounced Lou-ee), but I’m also wondering why the reused Louis and Charles. Especially Charles (because I can understand that they had a crush for Louis as a first name and didn’t want to call their son something they don’t like).

delilah.adkins Says:

April 28th, 2018 at 4:55 pm

I don’t get all the comotion about them naming their son Louis. It’s a name they like. I certaintly wouldn’t want to name my child something I didn’t like. They have limited options already, they probably struggled a bit.
Seriously guys, it’s just a name. You don’t need to be that disappointed

HistoryGirl Says:

April 28th, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Disappointing. So many other names–that aren’t already shared by your siblings–to choose from.

Araminty Says:

April 28th, 2018 at 10:42 pm

I love the name Louis and think it was a great choice! So stylish with siblings George and Charlotte as well. I think Louis Arthur Charles is a nice combo. I imagine they must have been in the situation that I’ve seen on name forums where you have used a middle name for an older child only to find it really is the favourite and best option for a subsequent child. In the end, not a problem to re-use a favourite name.
Both the Louis and Louie spellings are in the UK top 100, so added together its a very popular name, and the parents have continued the pattern of using very popular, very current, traditional names.

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