The Royal Baby Name: All bets are on
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Now that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is officially on maternity leave, it seems like a good moment for an update on the current royal baby name expectations and prognostications. And just think– although royal babies are almost always given previously used royal names, William and Kate might find they have a little more wiggle room with this second child. But probably not.
The wishful thinking-general feeling among Britishers seems to be that it will be a little princess this time rather than a spare prince. This sentiment was helped along by the occasion at which Kate seemed to catch herself just as she was starting to say a word following ‘my’ with the letter ‘d’ in reference to the forthcoming babe.
As we all know by now, the Brits are big on betting, and both past and future royal offspring have incited a tsunami of wagering activity. As of this moment, the odds heavily favor Alice, having dropped precipitously from 14-1 to 4-1 in recent days at bookmaker William Hill and now at 9-2 at Paddy Power, and 3-1 at Betfair. In fact, Betfair reported “an unexpected rush of support for Alice over the last 24 hours.”
Alice has impeccable royal credentials, most notably as the name given by Queen Victoria to her second daughter. Then there was the present Queen’s aunt, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who died a decade ago at the age of 102. Not to mention that Alice, with its romantic and sweet storybook aura, is a name everybody loves.
Following behind Alice are Elizabeth (9-2 and 5-1), Charlotte—the wife of George III (11-2, 9-2), Victoria (12-1, 10-1), Alexandra—Edward VII’s Queen— at (14-1, 12-1). This goes against the results of the Corgi race held by the Ladbrokes firm, in which the dog labeled Alexandra was the winner.
As for the boys, Arthur, Henry and James are running a close race, all at 20-1 odds set by William Hill, while Paddy Power has James and Arthur at 12-1 and Philip at 14-1. There have been two King Jameses of the United Kingdom and seven in Scotland—which would surely win it points north of the border. Arthur is a popular middle name in the royal family, worn as such by both Prince William and his father.
It’s always fun to take a look at some of the names with the worst odds. This time around we have Stephanie at 80-1, Camilla at 100-1 (indeed), Aldona at 250-1, Chardonnay and Mercedes at 500-1; Trevor at 100-1, Raheem, Joffrey, Ringo, Macbeth and Sepp at 500-1 and Wayne and Derek at 1000-1.
Additional odds have been given for the hair color of the baby (blonde), the day of birth (Thursday) and the date (April 20). The Coral agency is offering 66-1 odds on the chance of triplets, and 3-1 odds that the color Kate will be wearing as she leaves the hospital is blue.
As was done last time, news of the baby’s birth will be delivered via a bulletin taken from the hospital to Buckingham Palace, where it will be placed on an easel at the palace gates. It will state the time of birth, gender and birth. But we’ll probably have to wait with baited breath for a few days for the announcement of the name.
What are you picks–both which you like best and which you think will be chosen?
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on March 31st, 2015 at 12:06 am
Alice and Arthur are lovely!
I wish they could just choose names they liked though. A little Princess Forsythia or Prince Caradoc would be refreshing…
on March 31st, 2015 at 12:08 am
Her name is Catherine, not Katherine.
I’m betting on Alice and Henry.
on March 31st, 2015 at 12:10 am
Elizabeth or James
on March 31st, 2015 at 2:15 am
It won’t be James. There was another royal boy named James just before George was born, and they try not to double up.
on March 31st, 2015 at 2:16 am
Arthur Philip James or Elizabeth Alice Victoria
on March 31st, 2015 at 3:44 am
I’m still betting on Charlotte
on March 31st, 2015 at 7:41 am
I’m with everyone else hoping for a girl, but something tells me it will be another boy.
For a girl, I am predicting Alice Elizabeth Diana or Mary Elizabeth Diana. I doubt Victoria or Alexandra will be in there, or that Elizabeth will be in the first position. Charlotte could be an interesting option but I’m not sure if the connection to Prince Charles helps or hurts her chances. I wonder about Diana being in there somewhere, or if they leave that out. I’ve heard Eleanor was her choice for a girl, so maybe they use that, or her middle name Frances, for a more subtle connection?
For a boy, I am going with Philip Henry Albert, Philip being a middle name of Princes William and Charles, Henry for its constant use and connection to the prince, and Albert was King George IV’s given name. I am almost leaning towards Albert as a surprise pick as the first name, but I’m having a hard time picturing it. Arthur seems likely to make an appearance somewhere, but it’s not a favorite of mine so I’m leaving it out.
on March 31st, 2015 at 7:50 am
I am betting on Charlotte, Mary, and Alice. I’m about 100% sure that Elizabeth will be somewhere in her name. Being obviously the queen’s name, but Kate’s and her mothers middle name. For a boy, probably Philip or Arthur. Maybe even Charles or Henry. I love George Alexander Louis though!
on March 31st, 2015 at 8:26 am
Royal Princess Name
I think they’ll choose a first name that no female in the immediate family bears at this time. If they follow a traditional route, I’ll pick one of the following: Mary, Eleanor, Matilda, Alice, Victoria or Caroline (this name would honour Prince Charles and Catherine’s mother, Carolyn). Charlotte is already taken by Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother. I’m secretly hoping that they’ll have the guts to use Diana.
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I would love for them to choose Arthur. Alfred and Philip are other options. For some reason, I’m not getting very excited about the choices for a boy. They did a great job with George Alexander Louis.
on March 31st, 2015 at 8:30 am
Well, since Williams cousin (Edwards son) is called James, I doubt they will choose that name. I don’t think they will choose the name Henry either, since it might be strange with it beeing Prince Harrys given name.
Alexandra is a beautiful name, but it might be wierd to use it since Prince Georges middle name Alexander.
But you never know it is so hard to predict royal baby names….lol 🙂
If it is a girl I guess they will pick something like..
If it turns out to be another Prince;
on March 31st, 2015 at 10:02 am
My vote for a little princess would be: Victoria Diana Caroline
and another little prince would be: Edmund Francis Albert (Francis is after both Diana’s maiden name and the middle name of Duchess Kate’s father’s mn)
on March 31st, 2015 at 10:03 am
My vote for a little princess would be: Victoria Diana Caroline
and another little prince would be: Edmund Francis Albert (Francis is after both Diana’s mn and the middle name of Duchess Kate’s father’s mn)
on March 31st, 2015 at 10:23 am
The “my d…” comment was actually during her pregnancy with George. Will and Kate said that they weren’t going to find out the gender before the birth for their first pregnancy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they did the same again this time.
Many royal watchers speculate that she was actually about to say “my dog”–someone had handed her a stuffed animal, and she probably realized that it would seem rude to say that her dog would love the gift, especially if it were intended for the baby.
That said, I still have my fingers crossed for a girl! I’d like to see an Eleanor or Matilda. For a boy I’d love an Arthur.
I’m always surprised to see James high on the bookies’ list–it’s the name of Kate’s brother and Will’s cousin, so I doubt they’d pick it, at least as a first.
on March 31st, 2015 at 10:56 am
I really want there to be a Princess Willow but that’s wishful thinking I suppose.
on March 31st, 2015 at 11:21 am
I like Alice Elizabeth Victoria & Arthur Frederick James. I’m hoping they’ll choose something that nobody expects.
on March 31st, 2015 at 12:27 pm
I meant to put my money is on Caroline.
on March 31st, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Eleanor would be an inspired choice since it hasn’t been used in the direct line for so long but still has all the connections needed I think Alice has a better shot though.
I don’t see Henry being used since that’s Prince Harry’s given name and will probably be reserved for his use, if he chooses to use it. I’d prefer to see them use Arthur since again it hasn’t been given lately.
on March 31st, 2015 at 1:51 pm
I think it’ll be Alice Elizabeth Diana for a princess, and Arthur Henry Charles for a prince.
I highly doubt Henry will be in the FN spot as it’s Harry’s full name and James will most likely not be used either as it is already used in the family.
on March 31st, 2015 at 2:45 pm
Mary Elizabeth Diana for a girl.
Alfred Thomas Charles for a boy.
on March 31st, 2015 at 3:04 pm
I think that if it is a girl her name will be Alice Diana Charlotte and if it is a boy his name will be Arthur Charles Andrew.
on March 31st, 2015 at 3:14 pm
There’s no wiggle room with this name, whether it’s a boy or girl, as regardless of the gender he or she will be the spare heir.
I think Alice is a good shout for a girl, and for a boy, I think possibly Philip.
on March 31st, 2015 at 4:28 pm
Don’t forget that Prince Philip’s mother was also an Alice: Princess Alice of Battenberg, then later Prince Alice of Greece and Denmark.
on March 31st, 2015 at 5:25 pm
I definitely think Alice or Henry will be their choice!
on March 31st, 2015 at 7:27 pm
Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is this month. I really think they will use Elizabeth if it’s a girl. Elizabeth has a lot of nicknames that they could use in private. For I boy, I think Henry, since Prince Harry is a Henry but doesn’t go by that name.
on March 31st, 2015 at 9:11 pm
I’d love something like Eleanor Alice Diana, although I think Elizabeth will be in there somewhere. Victoria would be lovely too – I’ve always loved that name.
on March 31st, 2015 at 9:28 pm
I’d love to see Alexandria Diane for a girl and Henry Alexander for a boy.
I think they will go with Charlotte Elizabeth or Arthur Henry though.
on March 31st, 2015 at 10:41 pm
It won’t be James. It’s already in use this generation (James, Viscount Severn– Edward’s son who is around 7), and furthermore I doubt that Will’s side of the family would approve of use a Middleton name (it’s also Catherine’s brother). Philip in the first name spot might even be out for the same reason– too close to Pippa– and besides they tend not to use names from living relatives (Prince Philip).
I agree Alice has a very strong chance, but I’m still wagering for Mary if it’s a girl– it would be a huge nod to Scotland, which may yet try for independence again in the next few years. If they did, and this time actually left, then there would be a second referendum about whether to keep the monarchy. Having a Princess Mary might be helpful.
I also think Eleanor has a strong chance (it was rumored to be Diana’s pick for a girl). Charlotte not so much– they won’t want to harken any attention towards Charles.
For a boy, Frederick seems very obvious. Maybe Henry, though it would be go against the not-named-after-living-relatives pattern. A total wildcard Scottish name, like Malcolm or Alexander, doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility. I’d even wager Kenneth if it wasn’t so dated feeling.
I’d also guess Alfred– it would be quite nice, a nod to Alfred the Great and quite populist too.
Arthur, no. It is too loaded and unlucky. A previous one died in youth, and it’s quite fateful to have a second-born prince named Arthur when there’s the whole myth about the future king who will rule…doesn’t that set up a bit of an odd, ominous dynamic with George? I just don’t think it flies in the first name spot.
Mary Elizabeth Victoria
(Runner up: Alice Elizabeth Victoria)
Alfred William Philip
(Runner up: Frederick William Philip)
on April 1st, 2015 at 12:14 am
I think Edward has a strong chance for a boy. For a girl I think Alice, Charlotte, Eleanor or Amelia.
on April 1st, 2015 at 4:35 am
My guesses are Caroline, Eleanor, Arthur or James.
on April 1st, 2015 at 11:46 am
I’d love for her -if it’s a girl- to be an Alice! I’m guessing Elizabeth will be her second name, given that it’s both Kate and her mother’s middle names (not to mention Queen Elizabeth’s the child’s great-grandmother).
If baby’s a boy, I’m guessing Philip or maybe Edward.
on April 1st, 2015 at 12:07 pm
My guesses are
Alice Elizabeth Diana or Alice Elizabeth Victoria
on April 1st, 2015 at 4:06 pm
I think Arthur is a terriable boring name. I Think George also is a terriable boring name!
Also, isn’t kind of disgusting that there are bets on which colour she will have at her outfit when she levaes the hospital?
on April 1st, 2015 at 4:57 pm
James will be somewhere in there for a boy, because her brother is James.
For a girl, I like Charlotte and Alice.
on April 1st, 2015 at 4:58 pm
If it is a girl and they name her James, I am swearing off caring about the royals!
on April 1st, 2015 at 6:12 pm
I have many names, but I’ll choose just two:
Alice Diana or Arthur James.
Love those names…….
on April 1st, 2015 at 6:48 pm
My two month old is Frederick, so I hope they pick it because it’s a great name but at the same time I don’t want it to become super popular!
I think it’ll be Alice, Victoria, or Caroline if it’s a girl.
on April 2nd, 2015 at 12:37 pm
I think Ethelred would be awesome, but I have a feeling it isn’t on their list 😉
on April 2nd, 2015 at 2:25 pm
I’d love a little Mathilda or Alice, though Eleanor or Charlotte would be amazing as well.
For a boy I’m still hoping for a little Leopold, but I doubt it will happen. 🙁
on April 4th, 2015 at 10:18 am
Last night I had a dream that there was a Belle in her name or a Brooke but the name in my dream was very crazy so my conservative guess is Princess Annabelle! Since there was a Queen Anne. Annabelle Caroline Diana is my guess. If not then Alice Diana Elizabeth Catherine, something like that!
on April 4th, 2015 at 11:44 am
I’d love to see Eleanor, Victoria, or Cecily used as a first name. I think it would be nice if they included Diana’s name.
I can’t see Henry being used as it’s Harry’s real name.
on April 4th, 2015 at 1:44 pm
I’d love to see names outside of tradition and outside of the it history but still lovely and worthy for a princess
Prince George and:
Athena (I’d LOVE to see this)
Clara or Claire
those are some ideas for an “out there” name that’s still safe
on April 4th, 2015 at 6:59 pm
I really do love the idea of Princess Alice. Something like Alice Elizabeth Diana or Alice Diana Eleanor would be beautiful with George Alexander Louis.
As for a boy, Im hoping for Arthur Henry Philip or Arthur Henry Frederick, although that may be a little R heavy.
on April 5th, 2015 at 12:10 pm
I’m betting that, if it is a girl, one of her names will be Diana, because of William’s relationship with his mom, although it would be a bit controversius among the royal family.
For boy, I think Arthur is an amazing choice.
on April 5th, 2015 at 1:34 pm
Matilda or Alice or Rupert or Frederick
on April 11th, 2015 at 2:36 pm
Alice is my pick for a first name and Diana, Frances, Elizabeth, and Caroline would be nice in there somewhere. Arthur or Albert would be my picks for a boy, and I wish someone would have the guts to use Leopold! That was the name of one of Queen Victoria sons, but no one seems to one to use it again. Prince Leo, what a great name!
on April 19th, 2015 at 11:22 am
My guess for Princess Kate and Prince William’s little Princess is either Victoria Elizabeth Frances or Adelaide Elizabeth Frances. Here are my reasons:
Victoria – Not the name of a current member of the Royal Family but one of the most notable in British History and apparently also one of Kate’s Favourites!
Elizabeth – Honours the Queen (her Grandmother with whom she will share a Birth Month and very possibly a Birth Day!), and both Kate and her Mother who both have the Middle Name Elizabeth!
Frances – the Middle Name of both Diana and Kate’s Father, as well as being a very Royal Name!
Adelaide – a lesser used Royal Name which is my personal favourite and has a beautiful meaning too! 🙂
on April 23rd, 2015 at 1:54 pm
As much as I’d love them to have a girl, I think it’ll be a boy. I also think they’re quite down to earth so will choose quite a relaxed first name so I’m going to go with…
James Arthur Philip
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