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Royal Baby Names: Our Top 12 Choices

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge are naming not simply any royal baby but the future king or queen – the accession rules were recently changed and so the first child of either gender will ascend the throne – of England.  That means the royal baby name will more closely adhere to protocol, which dictates a name previously used by British royalty as well as one with positive connotations: no unlucky choices (sorry, John) or inharmonious history (bye bye, Diana, at least as a first name).

One thing is for certain: the royal name will influence trends in baby names for decades to come, just as William and Henry have become the fashionable classic name choices for boys over the years since their births in the 1980s.

Our top 12 name choices, then, for the royal baby-to-be, with runners-up that don’t make first place predicted to appear somewhere in the usual four-name lineup.  Other likely middle names not among our picks here include Diana and Elizabeth, Charles and Michael.

Click here for the full list of the new royal baby names.

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Princess Names: Fictional Picks

Nameberry intern Hannah Tenison, a University of Michigan senior planning on a law career, picks twelve of the most charming fictional princess names, from fairy tales to video games.

Fiery and feisty princess Merida has come bounding into the spotlight with the release of the newest animated Pixar film, “Brave,” and with her, a whole slew of marketing fixated on the newest animated princess. With all the recent focus on royal ladies, it seems only fitting to take a look at all the other fictional princesses and the world of princess names.  These fictional princess names range from strong, to elegant, to frilly—just right for a modern day little girl. Here are some of the best, from Arwen to Zelda, Aurora to Rosalina

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Princess names are a subject of fascination for us, one we last covered by detailing all the names of the next generation of little princesses, from Aiko to Eleonore.

Now, in honor of the newest princess by marriage, Catherine of Wales, we look at the names of women who, like fairy tale Cinderellas, became princesses when they married princes. Most of those listed here are contemporary princess in Europe and Japan, though there are historical examples too.

The most common princess names are the classics: Mary, Louise, Victoria, Charlotte, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Caroline, Sophia and Sophie. But there are some more adventurous examples that might inspire: Augusta, Letizia, Tatiana.

And what of Princess Kate? Princess Catherine? For her moment in the spotlight, we declare hers the loveliest princess name of all.

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Victorian Names: A Royal Legacy

For this royal week, Eleanor Nickerson starts her guest blog with name-loving Queen Victoria herself, then goes on to explore the name trends in the Britain of her era.

Queen Victoria not only gave her name to an entire era, she also ‘gave’ her name to generations of children who were named for her, and was arguably a huge name icon of the nineteenth century.

It is said that Victoria was very particular about the names she chose, selecting from family members and friends, and even tried to dictate what her grandchildren were named.  Her nine children were named:

It is clear to see from the vast number of children named Victoria and Albert (or Victor and Alberta/Albertine for the opposite gender) that the Royal couple were huge namesakes for British Victorians, as were the queen’s children and grandchildren.  Many a Victorian child had at least one name that was also used by a member of the royal family –in many cases, the whole name – as can be seen in the records by the great number of children named Albert Victor (after Prince Albert Victor) and Helena Victoria (after Princess Helena Victoria).

Some lovely Royal names include:

 

The Birth Index clearly shows that if a name was used for a Royal baby, that name would most likely rocket in popularity. For example, Melita is recorded for 104 children from 1837-1876. In November 1876 Prince Alfred named his daughter Victoria Melita and in 1877 alone 41 children were given the name –with 276 more Melitas recorded over the following twenty years, peaking again in 1894 when the Princess married.

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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

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