The Next Royal Baby Name: Place your bets

Alice? Albert? Matilda?

(Image courtesy of RubyandCustard.com)

By Eleanor Nickerson

As April approaches, British Bookies are busy taking bets on the next royal baby names. This is nothing new. Bets were being taken when the Queen was expecting; it’s a tradition we cherish.

And there is something to be said about the bookmakers’ instincts. After all, they got it right with both George and Charlotte.

In this post, I’ll be taking a selection of some of the names that British bookmakers are taking bets for and outlining the bookies’ opinion of how good a bet it is. I’ll also share my own opinion which is based on the Cambridge’s name-style so far.

I’ll spare you the frivolities such as Bear, Netherlands, Daenerys and Waynetta, but if you’re curious, you can view the full list here.

Albert

Bookies’ Guess: Very likely
My Guess: Very likely

Among most of the bookmakers, Albert is in the top 3 choice should the new Cambridge baby be a boy, and I agree. It has a lot going for it: it is impeccably royal; not currently “bagged” by the immediate royal family (the last royal to bear Albert as a first name was the Queen’s father, King George VI); and on a steep upward curve at #59 in England.

Alexander

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely

Alexander has never been borne by a king of England, but there have been several Kings of Scotland with the name, as well as being chosen by King Edward VII for his youngest son. But fashionable and royal though it is, William and Catherine already used Alexander for one of Prince George’s middle names, so I doubt they’d feel the need to reuse names.

Alexandra

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely

Alexandra was a bookmaker top runner for both George and Charlotte before they were born and still boasts high ranking odds of 14/1 and 16/1. For me, it is one of the least likely options next to George and Charlotte. It is little used historically among the British royal family; it is very similar to George’s second name, Alexander; and, at #113 and declining in England and Wales, it is nowhere near as fashionable a choice as George and Charlotte.

Alice

Bookies’ Guess: Very likely
My Guess: Very likely

With odds as high as 6/1, Alice is by far the top name across the board for the bookmakers. It was tied for top with Charlotte before Princess Charlotte was born as well. Alice is a thoroughly royal name (several princesses have borne the name, including Prince Philip’s mother) though not currently in use as a first name among the immediate royal family. It’s also – at #17 in England and rising – a top 20 choice to match George and Charlotte.

Amelia

Bookies’ Guess: Possible
My Guess: Likely

With odds of 33/1 across the board, Amelia is a middling choice for the bookies, but I think its chances are better than that. Like George and Charlotte, Amelia has a Georgian style, top 20 status, and is royal without being “taken” already by the immediate royal family. There have to date been two British princesses named Amelia: a daughter of George II and a daughter of George III, and it has occasionally been used as a royal middle name.

Arthur

Bookies’ Guess: Very likely
My Guess: Very likely

The bookies’ favourite for a boy and, like Alice, I think they are on to a winner. Ranking #27 in England and rising, it’s perfectly fashionable. In fact, if we discount the names currently used by the royal family (Charles, Henry, Edward, William, James etc), then Arthur is the highest ranking of all the royal names left over. Henry VII gave the name Arthur to his eldest son (the “King Arthur” we never had as he died aged 15) and later Queen Victoria reintroduced the name to British royalty when she gave it to one of her sons.

Caroline

Bookies’ Guess: Possible
My Guess: Unlikely first name/Likely middle name

The bookmakers are a little divided over Caroline with odds ranging from 16/1 to 50/1 (most put it as 20/1). It ticks the box of being royal, Georgian (with two Georgian queens and three princesses named Caroline) and not currently in use by the immediate royals. Popularity wise – at #719 – it feels a little out of step with popular George and Charlotte to be a likely first name choice. However, it would be a perfect royal middle name choice to honour Catherine’s mother Carole.

Catherine

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely

With odds no lower than 20/1, curiously Catherine is pretty high in the bookmakers’ lists. I just can’t see the Cambridges going for a Junior.

Charles

Bookies’ Guess: Possible
My Guess: Unlikely

Sitting in the middle with odds of 33/1 is the name of Grandad Charles. Given that William and Catherine have so far avoided using the first names of immediate family for first names, Charles seems very unlikely, especially with a big sister named Charlotte.

Diana

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely

With odds as high as 12/1 and no lower than 20/1, Diana is a sentimental bookmakers’ favourite. But just as Alexander feels unlikely because it’s George’s middle name, Diana feels unlikely as a first name given that it is Charlotte’s third name.

Edward

Bookies’ Guess: Possible
My Guess: Unlikely

Averaging odds of 25/1, Edward is another middling choice for the bookies. It is a popular favourite in England (#23) and impeccably royal, but given that they have avoided first names of immediate royal family so far, Prince Edward, William’s uncle, rules this one out.

Eleanor

Bookies’ Guess: Possible-Unlikely
My Guess: Likely

With odds between 33/1 and 50/1, Eleanor is a bit of an outlier among the bookmakers. I think it has better chances then that, though. Like Charlotte, it is a queenly name with added Georgian style. It is less popular than George and Charlotte were when the Cambridges chose the names, but it respectably ranks at #46 in England at the moment and is showing early signs of being on the rise again. More importantly, it was #9 in the Telegraph birth announcements in 2017 making it popular among the Duke and Duchess’s peers.

Elizabeth

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely

The bookies give regal Elizabeth odds of between 12/1 and 16/1. If weren’t Charlotte’s middle name, I would probably agree, but I doubt the Cambridges will do repeats.

Frances/Francis

Bookies’ Guess: Possible
My Guess: Unlikely first name/Likely middle name

Both feminine Frances and masculine Francis lack both the popularity and royal pedigree to feel right as a first name for the third Cambridge baby. However, as the middle name of their maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother, Francis/Frances makes a great middle name option to honour both sides of the family.

Frederick

Bookies’ Guess: Very likely
My Guess: Very likely

In the top 3 across the betting lists, Frederick is another sure bet. A Georgian royal name borne by several princes and the second name of both King George V and King George VI. Frederick currently ranks at #73 in England and rising (with Freddie at #17) but has been in the top 10 in both The Times and The Telegraph birth announcements for the last decade.

Grace

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely

Averaging odds of 16/1, Grace is one the bookies clearly have their eye on. It does tick the boxes of being currently popular (at #15) and George, Charlotte and Grace – stylistically and historically – do work nicely together. But the stumbling block is that Grace isn’t a British royal name so it feels as if a crucial ingredient is missing.

Henry

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely

The odds for Henry are as high as 8/1. It is perfectly royal, classic and, at #13, undeniably popular. The only problem is that it breaks the rule of being currently used by the immediate royal family as William’s brother’s name. As he goes exclusively by Harry, however, a Prince Henry wouldn’t cause much confusion for the rest of us, but I feel it may be a little too close for the Cambridge’s.

Isabella

Bookies’ Guess: Possible-Unlikely
My Guess: Likely

Like Eleanor, Isabella has odds between 33/1 and 50/1 but I think this is an overlooked option. It has many things going for it: royal namesakes, fashionable ranking (#7) and not “in use” by the Queen’s children and grandchildren.

James

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely / Possible middle

Like Henry, James is high in the bookies’ favour; like Henry, James is also the name of the new royal baby’s uncle – Catherine’s brother. I can’t see it as a first name (especially as it’s also the name of Prince Edward’s son), but it has potential as a middle name.

Mary

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely / Possible middle

A top 5 girl choice for the bookmakers, Mary doesn’t feel “current” enough (at #250) to be used as a first name alongside George and Charlotte. There is no reason that it won’t make the middle name cut, however, especially given that the Queen has it as a middle name.

Matilda

Bookies’ Guess: Unlikely
My Guess: Very Likely

With odds of 66/1, Matilda is an overlooked royal choice. I think it is actually in with a good chance (next to Alice, this actually gets my bet). Matilda was rife among medieval English and Scottish queens – we even had our very own ruling Queen Matilda for a while. Though it hasn’t been used as a royal first name since the Middle Ages, it has been used as a royal middle name and is fashionable at #25 and rising in England.
What’s more, Matilda was the top name in the Telegraph birth announcements in 2017 alongside Charlotte which shows that is a highly fashionable amongst William and Catherine’s peers.

Philip

Bookies’ Guess: Likely
My Guess: Unlikely / Possible middle

Great-grandpa’s name has odds as high as 14/1. For me, it doesn’t feel likely as a first name. They haven’t used immediate family first names “up front” so far, and Philip (at #322) doesn’t have the same fashionable appeal as George and Charlotte.

Sophia

Bookies’ Guess: Possible-Unlikely
My Guess: Likely-Possible

Another name which ticks the boxes of being popular (#11), royal and Georgian, but overlooked by the bookmakers. Princesses with the first or middle name Sophia were plentiful in the 18th century.

Victoria

Bookies’ Guess: Very likely
My Guess: Unlikely

In the top 3 across the betting lists, Victoria is beloved by the bookies but, for me, it is a bit of an outlier. Yes, it’s royal – borne by a ruling queen – but as royal names go it’s a relatively modern one and, unlike Charlotte and George, Victoria was always rare even during Queen Victoria’s reign. In terms of popularity, it has now plateaued at #91 and, tellingly, rarely appears in The Telegraph birth announcements.

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flamingo Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 12:25 am

I really hope it’s Alice!

If not, I’m rooting for Caroline and Eleanor (Princess Ellie!)

Arthur, followed by Frederick, is the obviously the best choice for the boys, in my opinion.

Kate4hisglory Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 1:22 am

From what names are listed here, I like Albert Frederick James, and Eleanor Amelia Caroline.

emekct Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 2:11 am

So, last time there was a contest and I won by exactly guessing Princess Charlotte’s name. Let’s see if I can get it this time.

Arthur Henry Phillip (my second guess would be Frederick, but I’m feeling Arthur for some reason, I’m not a fan of Albert)
Margaret Grace Victoria (closer runners up are Mary and Alice)

ess91 Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 3:07 am

My guesses are Alice or Victoria for a girl, Philip or Arthur for a boy. I’m thinking it could also be Philippa for a girl. It is a royal name, though not a very popular one, but considering that with Charlotte they used a feminine version of William’s father’s name, for a second daughter they might use a feminine version of his grandfather’s name.

Kew Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 3:15 am

I think they like quietly fashionable names, so it’s hard to picture them going for something really trendy like Matilda or Isabella, which would also break with the more buttoned-up style of George and Charlotte. I would expect them to choose Sophia, Eleanor or Alice for a girl, or Albert, Frederick or Arthur for a girl. I do wish they would surprise us though with, say, an Edith or a Constance, or a Harold or a Eustace!

kaiajade Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 3:17 am

I’ve always thought Albert (Albie) for a boy and I think Alice for a girl.

IslandMoon Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 3:25 am

My guess is Alice for a girl, as it was for Charlotte, and Arthur for a boy.

jessiemay Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 3:38 am

I’m guessing either Alice, Arthur or Albert. An A name for sure!

Araminty Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 3:46 am

I agree with your assessment of those, Eleanor. I had been thinking that – besides Alice – Amelia, Eleanor, Sophia and Matilda were all strong possibilities. They all match well and have a strong royal pedigree as well as being current. Like pp, I would love to see something unexpected like Edith or …Bridget though! (One of Edward IV’s daughters was Princess Bridget.) I agree Albert and Frederick seem strong options for boys. I would love to see Rufus though – name given to William II.

elise12 Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 4:31 am

I’m going to go with Eleanor and Arthur. Eleanor Caroline Alice or Arthur Frederick James.

EloiseT Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 6:37 am

Arthur, Philip and Louis are Williams middle names so wouldn’t be surprised if one gets a first or second spot for a boy. I think Eleanor, Alice or Sophia for a girl, or combo thereof. Really like Caroline but possibly too close-looking to Charlotte, and, like Victoria, probably only a middle possibility.

paw Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 7:01 am

Alice Margaret Carole

Or

Albert Phillip Henry

Desdemona Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 7:12 am

My guess is Isabella Cecily Grace and Frederick Albert Thomas

Maerad Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 8:22 am

Alice Victoria Frances or Albert Frederick James (Or Arthur Frederick James).
I’d love it to be Arthur, but I think Albert has more meaning to the family. I could cope with Alice Mary Caroline or something similar.

ssterikoff Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 9:00 am

I feel like you’re missing out on some Royal options 🙂 Aethelred, Aethelstan, Edmund, Harold, Stephen, Richard, John, Adelaide, Maude, Helena, Alfred, Louise, Leopold, and Augusta.

katinka Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 9:41 am

These feel spot-on to me!

I’d put money on Alice, Eleanor or Matilda for a girl and Arthur, Albert or Frederick for a boy.

This being baby #3 and therefore a very unlikely future monarch, I’m hoping that they might go just a liiittle bit more out there this time, though still sticking with the classics. I’d love to see something like Jemima, Louisa, Florence, Elspeth or Annabel for a girl, and Theodore, Maximilian, Rupert, Edmund or Caspar for a boy!

beynotce Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 9:55 am

My guesses are Alice or Arthur for the first names. I’m not sure where I’d put my money for middle names.

I love the couple’s classic style so far, and I don’t have any desire to see more modern or adventurous names on this baby.

ceruleanstardust Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 10:25 am

My guess are Alice Victoria Mary, Amelia Caroline Jane and Henry Edward James or Theodore Albert Philip. I would love to see Frederick used and I think Sebastian would work well.

HistoryGirl Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 10:25 am

I would love to see Cecily, Eleanor, or Adelaide used. They’re all royal names and are so underused.

LouJohnson Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 10:54 am

My top pick for a girl currently is Matilda Caroline Victoria and for a boy it’s Edmund Arthur Philip.

I agree that’s Arthur and Alice are both great choices for first names and probably at the top of their list but I hope they do something a little unexpected! I also doubt they’ll use Albert as a first since his name would be Prince Albert and that would be unfortunate.

peach Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

I will keep my guesses the same as the last blog on this subject but narrow it down more:

#1 Eleanor Amelia Mary
#2 Alice Caroline Victoria

#1 Arthur Philip Edward
#2 Albert James Henry

Gia.berry Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Alice Caroline Frances
Albert Frederick James
Arthur Philip Francis

HistoryGirl Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Alice Victoria Mary

maggiemary Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 2:05 pm

I’m in two minds as to whether they’d use Albert, because he’d (obviously) be Prince Albert formally, and given what that’s British slang for, well I just not sure they’d use it!

texasblue Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 2:58 pm

I’m dreading the possibility of a girl named Alice — for the entirely selfish reason that it’s one of the ONLY girl names my husband and I agree on. If the royals use it, I foresee it becoming hugely popular and I wouldn’t want to name a daughter that— at least not for a few years, to give it time to “cool.” 🙁

JH Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 6:48 pm

I’m pretty sure I remember reading that Arthur, like John, is a taboo name for the British royal family. Those names have been avoided as first names for a long time because of the sad fates that have befallen those who bear them.

I have a 3 year old Frederick, so I love that name but would prefer it not get too popular! I love Matilda or Eleanor for a girl. Many wonderfully strong British royal women have had those names.

holly6174 Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 7:32 pm

My bets are Alice Frances Mary and Albert Philip James

tarahble Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 8:42 pm

#1 Arthur James Philip
# 2 Albert Henry James

Matilda Caroline Mary
Alice Eleanor Mary

Araminty Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 9:22 pm

Eleanor Frances Caroline
Edmund Arthur Philip

Like others have said, Cecily and Helena are gorgeous royal names, as well as Edmund, Edgar, Thomas, Robert – it would be lovely to see one of them.

flamingo Says:

January 30th, 2018 at 10:19 pm

Just a thought: Could you imagine being the Royal Couple, knowing that the multitudes are discussing, guessing, dissecting, and betting on what they’ll name their next child? I wonder if they pay attention to the polls, sites, blogs, public opinions on this, and whether it plays a part in their choices in any way.

What pressure to be under, and such lack of privacy!

(I know that this is a longstanding tradition, guessing the royal baby names, but still.)

Just saying.

amie1la Says:

January 31st, 2018 at 8:08 am

I’m thinking Alice, Victoria, Maude or Adelaide for a girl and Arthur, Henry, Edmund or Frederick for a boy. ‘Prince Albert’ is a euphemism for a genital piercing in much of the commonwealth, so can’t see them using that one.

RubyRedRN Says:

January 31st, 2018 at 8:59 am

What I Would Name A Princess (from these names):
Amelia Elizabeth Grace

What I Think The Royals Will Name a Princess (from these names):
Alice Margaret Victoria

What I Would Name A Prince (from these names):
Alexander Henry James

What I Think The Royals Will Name A Prince (from these names):
Arthur Phillip James (Although I can’t stand the name Arthur, it always makes me think of the child’s storybook character)

klutzy_girl Says:

January 31st, 2018 at 9:39 am

I’m just really hoping it’s a girl, and I definitely think they’ll go with either Alice or Victoria. Going with Arthur for a boy.

Will Harry and Meghan have more freedom with name choices considering he’ll be sixth in line after this baby is born? I’m assuming yes.

Jennai Says:

January 31st, 2018 at 5:36 pm

As I was already saying in September:

Arthur Henry Frederik

Alice Victoria Margaret

mamanmia Says:

January 31st, 2018 at 9:04 pm

Arthur James Philip or Arthur Henry Philip for a boy
Alice Victoria Margaret or Alice Victoria Alexandra for a girl
part of me hopes they won’t pick Alice though, because its my top choice for a girl, and it will become soo popular if the Royals use it.

Gr19 Says:

February 1st, 2018 at 9:40 am

I agree that a little Frederick, Arthur, Alice or Amelia is very likely. I’d say an Isabel is more likely than an Isabella – Isabel is a lot less trendy and more ‘english’. I’d love a little Angus, Toby, Maximilian or Matilda but I doubt they’d stray from solid and safe.

Final guesses:

Alice Philippa Rose or Frederick Henry Philip / Arthur Henry Francis

niteowl13 Says:

February 1st, 2018 at 9:43 am

I agree with ssterikoff. There are lots of names way back to chose from. I am obsessed with The Crown and I think it would be sweet if they used Margaret. Harry doesn’t go by Henry, so that would be nice, as well. They likely wouldn’t use them as first names though. Helena isn’t listed, but it is my choice for a girl. I would love to say Henry for a boy, but that breaks their “rules”. It will probably be Arthur for a boy.

HistoryGirl Says:

February 1st, 2018 at 12:46 pm

I think Edmund and Alfred would also be great choices.

graciebeth Says:

February 1st, 2018 at 1:33 pm

my guess is Alice Victoria Mary but I have been a bad guesser so far, lol

Heival Says:

February 1st, 2018 at 3:14 pm

My guess is going to be that it’s a girl named:
Caroline Amelia Mary

For a boy I’ll say James Arthur Philip.

HistoryGirl Says:

February 1st, 2018 at 4:51 pm

I’m surprised Emma isn’t on the list. It’s a Georgian name and one with royal ties not just in the UK but in other royal families in Europe.

missresincup Says:

February 3rd, 2018 at 9:41 am

My guess:

Thomas Frederick Albert
Louise Amelia Margaret

Ponnybelle15 Says:

February 3rd, 2018 at 1:48 pm

My guesses for a boy are Frederick Philip Arthur and Albert Philip James.
And for a girl I think Alice Caroline Mary or Helena Eleanor Victoria are nice.
I love their style so I think I will love whatever they pick.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

February 4th, 2018 at 1:43 am

My guess is for a boy Albert Frederick James and for A girl Victoria Eleanor Sophia.

Cheshire Cat Says:

February 4th, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Alice

livia Says:

February 4th, 2018 at 5:06 pm

I said before Charlotte was born that I hoped for a Princess Eleanor. I think that it’s so underused as a Royal name and would be slightly left-field since I think most people are expecting Alice for a girl. For a boy, I’d personally pick Henry but I think it’ll most likely be Arthur.

My picks:
Eleanor Caroline Frances/Eleanor Margaret Anne
Alice Victoria Frances

Henry Philip Arthur/Arthur Henry Philip

missmini Says:

February 5th, 2018 at 10:43 am

I love Alice Victoria Mary for a little girl or Albert Michael Philip

clairels Says:

April 6th, 2018 at 11:03 am

Amelia Mary Frances

or

Frederick Philip Arthur

MillieMM Says:

April 9th, 2018 at 6:24 am

Throwing my pics the ring:
Frederick Arthur Henry
OR
Amelia Mary Carole

elliegottliebb Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 11:57 am

Definitely Albert James Philip

Albert was a beloved king. James is a classic royal name, and Philip is the prince consort. What could be more royal?

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