As you well know, British royal name fever is at its peak, with barriers already in place around the Lindo Wing of London‘s St. Mary‘s Hospital. The bookmakers have been solidifying their odds, shifting the top three among Mary, Alice and Victoria for a girl. And berries have cast their votes.
Most of the current faves have fairly recent antecedents but if they had wanted to the Cambridges could have looked further back at some much more unexpected choices. Here are some first and middle names of ‘Princesses of the Royal Blood’, dating from 1714 on, all daughters, granddaughters, or male line great- grandchildren of a British Sovereign. Since none of them is on the bookies’ radar, they’d be perfect choices if you’re looking for a non-obvious choice with royal connections.
Bertha—a middle name of the granddaughter of Edward VII. Still not quite ready for 21st century birth certificates, Bertha was a Top 100 US name until the 1930s, and the 7th most popular girl name in the 1880s.
Christa—the 8th middle name of George III’s great-great-great granddaughter Frederica. This member of the Christine family peaked in 1986 at #178, but swiftly slid out of favor.
Ernestine—one of the 7 middle names of Marie, great granddaughter of George III—another of which was Adolphine. Ernestine, which ranked as high as #193 in the US in the 1920s, fell off the list in 1973. It was the name of LilyTomlin’s iconic telephone operator character back in the day.
Thyra—a middle name of George III’s great-great-great granddaughter Frederica. Daughter of KingFrederick VIII of Denmark, she was named after an aunt. Thyra appeared on the US popularity list for three years in the early 1900s.
Vera—the sixth middle name of George II’s great-great granddaughter Alexandra, Vera has been zooming up the popularity charts, now 308 in the US and 142 on Nameberry.
Wilhelmina—a middle name of George III’s granddaughter Mary, it has been making a surprising comeback.