The Royal Baby Name Update
By far the current favorite for a girl, the sweet and pretty classic Alice has been common in England since medieval times--and is currently seeing a revival. Royal cred includes the princess who was Queen Victoria’s second daughter, and it was also the name of Prince Philip’s mother. Rank in the UK: 27; in the US, 107.
- Alice has been common in England since medieval times--and is currently seeing a revival. Royal cred includes the princess who was Queen Victoria’s second daughter, and it was also the name of Prince Philip’s mother. Rank in the UK: 27; in the US, 107." >
- Arthur comes with the romantic associations to the legendary King Arthur of Camelot, and all the chivalry and valor that implies, making it a popular favorite. Queen Victoria chose the name for her 7th son, and it’s a middle name of both Prince Charles and Prince William. Rank in the UK: 43, in the US 323, but trending up." >
- England and Wales since 2011, Amelia was the appellation of two British princesses, the daughters of George II and George III, and there are currently Amelias in both the Windsor and Spencer families. Rank in the UK: 1, in the US, 17." >
- William’s father, Charles is definitely a contender for at least middle place. Long an elegant international royal name that goes back to Charlemagne (Charles the Great) and the 17th century Bonnie Prince Charlie, which would make a cute, if inevitable, nickname for a new little Charlie. Rank in England & Wales: 61; in the US, 57. Charlie is the fifth most popular name in the UK." >
- Charles, this choice could be seen as honoring the baby’s grandpa, as well as Kate’s mother Carole. England’s one Queen Charlotte was the wife of George III, a cultivated patron of the arts and mother of 15. It was the recent choice here of Chelsea Clinton. Rank in the UK: 21; 11 in the US (and #1 on Nameberry!)" >
- King Henrys, as well as the current Prince Harry, and it’s considered quite fashionable in the contemporary world, now at its highest point since 1956. Numerous celebs have chosen it for their sons—from Julia Roberts to Colin Farrell to Amanda Peet. The royals would have to pick a new nickname, though, because of Uncle Harry." >
- James has been the frontrunner for a boy. The name has strong royal ties, with two English and six Scottish kings; it’s also the name of Catherine’s brother—and the son of Prince Edward. There hasn’t been a King James since the 17th century, and it does have valuable Scottish connections. Rank in England & Wales: 10; in the US: 13. It was the top name in Scotland for 13 straight years." >
- Eleanor of Aquitaine, the wife of Henry II and mother of two kings, is associated here with activist First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Rank in the UK: 9, in the US: 106—and Number 9 on Nameberry." >
- Queen’s birthday—April 21—this choice would make a lovely and meaningful gift. In addition to the current monarch, it was also borne by William’s great-grandmother, five British and one Scottish queen. Plus it’s Kate’s middle name and a perpetually popular choice with a million nicknames (the Queen’s was Lilibet). Rank in the UK: 39, Number 10 in the US." >
- Queen, Philip is another name more likely to be used in the middle, largely because it has never been a British royal name. It’s another middle name of both Charles and William, a trend that will probably continue. Rank in England and Wales: 288; in the US, 386." >
- New Testament name was the most enduring and popular female Christian name in the English-speaking world for 400 years, until it was finally dethroned in 1950. It was the name of two reigning queens and three princesses, and is one of Queen Elizabeth’s middle names. Probably the most unstylish girl on the list, Mary has been somewhat refreshed by the lovely Downton Abbey character. Rank in England and Wales: 244, in the US 121." >
- Alexandrina but used her mother’s name—her own middle—to rule through most of the 19th century. A name said to be a Catherine fave, it was the original first name of Prince Philip’s mother—who went by Alice. Rank in England and Wales: 88, in the US, 25." >
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on April 16th, 2015 at 11:34 pm
I wish this list was a bit more serious in its analysis of what this baby is likely to be called. Right now it’s more just a list of “royal style” names and would be more honestly just labeled as such (nothing wrong with that!). It’s not at all an update.
For example, it’s clear from studying Windsor naming patterns and family politics that Charles, Charlotte, James, and Philip are just not happening (at least not in the first name spot, and probably not at all). Arthur is also much too loaded for a second in line to the throne– it’s tempting fate, and the royal family is a fairly superstitious bunch. I’m surprised Frederick and Alfred aren’t included in the round up, since they tick all the right boxes (royal but neutral, no close living family members, and populist not “posh”). My guess is for one of them. I could also see Henry being used though it would mean a very public display of brotherly affection, and I’m not sure Will is into that, he might be too shy–though, maybe. It would be very revealing of a sincere and loyal side to his personality.
I’m by no means an expert, but I know the above. I’d love to hear from people who know even more.
on April 17th, 2015 at 12:09 am
I wish they’d choose Diana as a middle!!
on April 17th, 2015 at 1:12 am
I kind of took this as an analysis of popular royal names and the names that everyone is betting on. I’m not an expert, but I agree with rosierose that Charles, Charlotte, James, Arthur, and Philip are extremely unlikely first names, as is Alexandra with one of George’s middles being Alexander. I think Frederick, Alfred, and even Albert should be seen as contenders. For a girl, I’m leaning towards Alice or Mary with Elizabeth as an almost-guaranteed middle. Will and Kate seem just going-our-own-way to eschew Elizabeth and Victoria as a first.
on April 17th, 2015 at 9:02 am
I would be over the moon if the new baby is a boy and was named either Frederick or Alfred. Then there would be a royal George and Fred and all the HP fans would rejoice.
on April 17th, 2015 at 10:35 am
W/Will & Kate having chosen George as their first baby’s name, a nod to George VI & Elizabeth’s father, I think Elizabeth might be higher up on the list than many people think, as Elizabeth’s mother was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon & was the beloved “Queen Mum.” Choosing Elizabeth would honor not only the current queen, but her mother as well. Mary was the name of George V’s wife; IIRC she went by May, so choosing Mary & using the nn May wouldn’t surprise me either. I don’t know if using Diana as a name for a daughter would be too frowned upon by the Queen; Diana’s middle name was Frances, which isn’t well known as a royal name (offhand I can’t think of any royals that are/have been close to the throne that were named Frances). If Will & Kate are being urged to consider names w/a Scottish influence, Margaret might be an option w/a nn of Daisy. One name that I’m quite sure is off the list entirely is Camilla!
on April 17th, 2015 at 2:21 pm
Personally, I favor Alice Charlotte Elizabeth with either Victoria or Mary in there somewhere, or even Alexandra or Caroline.
James Frederick sounds good for a boy; Philip in the middle could refer to both Prince Philip and Kate’s sister Pippa. I expect whatever name will be classic and classy. William the Conqueror’s wife was Matilda!
on April 17th, 2015 at 2:29 pm
I also think Frederick should be on the list, but I kind of hope they don’t choose it because we named our 2 month old son Frederick & I don’t want it to become too popular. Arthur & John are kind of taboo for British royal first names, so it definitely won’t be either of those. I highly doubt Diana or Elizabeth will be first names but they’re good contenders for middles. I think Alice & Mary are very likely for a girl. Mary has ties to both Scottish and English history, so that would be a good choice.
on April 17th, 2015 at 7:30 pm
How amazing would an Eugenie Victoria (nn Bonnie) be? I think we can safely cross that one out, though.
I would love to see a James, Henry, Charlotte, or a Mary.
on April 18th, 2015 at 12:41 am
Alice Victoria Mary, Victoria Alice Mary, or Mary Victoria Alice, any of these would be lovely, and you could pop Elizabeth on the end of any of them. My preference would to Alice, or Mary leading.
As much as I love James, with Prince Edward’s young son, I don’t see it being used. Alfred or Albert would be wonderful, with Henry Charles Philip hanging on behind either.
on April 18th, 2015 at 9:49 am
@TeacherMA: How does this have anything to do with Harry Potter?
on April 18th, 2015 at 12:32 pm
How exciting! Personally, I think they may well go for that lovely middle ground of a name which more than holds it’s own at the Palace but doesn’t sound too expected. They were very public at saying that they choose George primarily because they truly liked it, regardless of Royal connotations. I think for a girl they may well be influenced by their friendship circle, I can see something like Clara Elizabeth, Olivia or even Emilia.
on April 19th, 2015 at 10:09 am
@clairels – The Weasley twins (from the Harry Potter books) were Fred and George. I’ve never read the books but I know the Fred and George characters in the movies are pretty adored. That was TeacherMA’s point.
on April 20th, 2015 at 5:37 pm
This article feels massively out of touch…
on April 22nd, 2015 at 4:58 pm
I agree with what people are saying, Charles Henry, James and Phillip are very unlikely considering that they are both close living family members. For this reason I’d also include Elizabeth as a no for a first name, the queen has been known to disapprove of extended family members naming children after her and in fact when one was named so a while back she made it clear it was not after her but after her mother. Arthur too is unlikely, as lovely as it is with the King Arthur mythology it’s just too loaded and will most likely be seen as too gimmicky.
They’re likely to pick something classic, with royal connections and perhaps underused and not too trendy. I think Alice ticks all the boxes, it appeals to their generation and honors Queen Victorias daughter and Prince Phillips mother. Margaret could also honour the late Princess Margaret and has appealing nicknames like Daisy and Maggie. Mary, Adelaide, Matilda, Helena, Alexandra and Eleanor are possible candidates too. Frederick and Alexander might be options if its a boy, as could Alfred (Alfie and Freddie are popular in the UK). There’s also Augustus, a bit of a wild card, but with royal history and considering the sweet and increasingly popular Gus, might be an option. I think as it’s the second they’ll be less rigid in their choice and we may see something not traditionally associated with the royal family, although probably still a classic.
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on April 22nd, 2015 at 10:46 pm
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on May 4th, 2015 at 9:49 am
@rosierose: they picked Charlotte 🙂
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