William and Kate’s First Baby Boy: Top Nameberry Picks
Yesterday we came up with our suggestions for the name of the first baby daughter of Prince William and his bride. With the variety of girl name possibilities, it was relatively easy—almost an embarrassment of riches—but with the boys, there’s a far less fertile field, especially if we stick within our strict confines of names used in British royal history. (Thank goodness for all those middle names!)
Most of the kings’ and princes’ names were repeated over and over again–Edward (William’s uncle), Charles (Wills’ father), George (numerous ancestors), Albert, Arthur John, and the name William itself.
But of course, whatever name they choose, kings oftendo take a different name to rule by than their given first name. As seen in The King‘s Speech, William‘s great grandfather George VI had been Prince Albert (Bertie) before he was crowned, with George being his third middle name.
That said, we were able to unearth a few more unusual boy choices, all of which stay within the royal lines:
Augustus—Augustus was the middle name of George II, father of Amelia. An imposing Latin name of the type bolder parents on both sides of the Atlantic are now daring to reconsider, Augustus can easily be unbuttoned with the friendly nicknames Augie or Gus.
Christian—A middle name of Prince Albert, son of Edward VII, Christian is currently a Top 25 name in the US, with many parents choosing it over the long-running Christopher. Once considered too pious for most people’s tastes, its image has changed partly due to such actors as Christian Bale and Christian Slater and fashion gods Christian Dior and Christian Louboutin.
Duncan—This middle name of Queen Victoria’s son Leopold would make a much more lively, modern-sounding choice for a 21st century prince than his first would. A favorite of the Scots, Duncan would be right at home at the Balmoral Castle retreats of the future royal family. It’s also a Shakespearean name, figuring prominently in Macbeth.
Frederick—Since Freddie is a currently popular nickname name in the UK, a little Prince Freddie would go down very well. The name Frederick has been dotted throughout British royal history—it was given to the son of George III—and so sounds properly regal in its full form.
James—There hasn’t been a King James since the seventeenth century, so the time might be ripe for a new one. Since Kate has a brother named James, this would be a way of incorporating her side of the family into the name as well. James is one of the most enduring classic Anglo-Saxon names—biblical and, in the US, presidential.
Leopold—One of the sons of Queen Victoria, Prince Leopold was named after a favorite uncle of hers. Though it sounds a bit stiff and Germanic, it is one path to the popular short form Leo. In literature, the name is famous via Leopold Bloom, the central character of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and in music as the distinguished conductor Leopold Stokowski.
Do you–especially the BritBerries– have any other suggestions?
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on March 11th, 2011 at 2:47 am
James is definitely a no go as it would cause friction between England and Scotland. Any James would be James IV of England but James IX of Scotland.
on March 11th, 2011 at 5:49 am
I agree – James is out, because there’s already a James in the family, the young son of Prince Edward. A name from historical English royalty that I would LOVE to see resurrected is Alfonso – granted it was spelt Alphonso, but either way I think it would be awesome. It was also pretty common among other European royal families so wouldn’t be out of place. Plus, Prince Alfie would be adorable!
on March 11th, 2011 at 6:56 am
I love all these for potential middle names, but my guess is that for a son who will likely become a monarch, the first name is going to be a very conservative choice. Frederick is the likeliest of these to be used as a first name (and a wonderful name it is, too). Is the monarchy ready for another King Henry, or does the less-than-charming legacy of Henry VIII still make it unusable? James is also probably out as a first name, given that the last King James was unceremoniously deposed.
I think a little Prince Arthur would be awesome, but still probably too daring for the first name of a first son. I also like Stephen, but King Stephen’s legacy wasn’t 100% admirable either, so who knows.
Henry Arthur Frederick William
Edward Charles Henry Leopold
Stephen William Andrew George
George Frederick Philip Charles
on March 11th, 2011 at 8:31 am
Not a Brit, but I too would love to see Stephen again. My vote goes to: Stephen Phillip Arthur Charles. *sigh* so lovely!
Toni Vitanza Said
on March 11th, 2011 at 9:18 am
I adore DUNCAN!
on March 11th, 2011 at 10:36 am
Prince Edward’s son is named James and would be fairly close in age to any children of William and Kate, so it wouldn’t be a likely choice. Frederick might be a possibility since it’s in style, but I think they’re far more likely to use a recent royal name. I’d say George is a very likely possibility as a first name, as is Albert. Middle names for the first son will likely be William, Charles, Michael or Philip.
on March 11th, 2011 at 11:17 am
Frederick/Freddie would be SO adorable!
I also think George, Henry, Edward, John or Richard would be viable choices. There was already a James born to the family in 2007… so I don’t think they’d want to duplicate that name so soon.
on March 11th, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Let’s not forget that Prince Harry is formally Prince Henry (Charles Albert David).
on March 11th, 2011 at 1:43 pm
For the first born I think James is out only because of William’s cousin James and Henry would be unlikely due to it being his brother’s name. Which leaves Charles, George and William for the first boy with Edward being a far outside chance and more likely for the second son. I think William and Kate are hip enough to use a different first name and leave something in the string that would work for a future king – but I think grandma has a lot of influence with William and I would bet heavily on George.
Boston Girl Said
on March 11th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
I like Stephen (it was my dad’s name, coincidentally) and Richard; but my favorites are definitely Christian and Duncan. Maybe they could have a Christian Stephen Duncan Richard? Or does that just sound too weird? On the other hand, it’s the 21st century, and more than that, a new millennium. William and Kate could shake up the royal-baby-naming traditions a bit. It’ll be fun to see what they actually do name their children.
on March 11th, 2011 at 4:50 pm
They cant use John thats what Diana wanted to name William, but that name is unlnucky in the royal family
on March 11th, 2011 at 5:18 pm
sorry i meant unlucky
on March 11th, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Duncan will never happen. You’d be far more likely to come across a tradesman named Duncan than a member of the aristocracy. Duncan is also fairly dated. My first choice is still Alfonso, but since that’s unlikely I’d definitely prefer them to pick something normal like Sam or Daniel rather than choosing from the list of traditional royal names.
on March 11th, 2011 at 5:59 pm
James Christian Augustus William
on March 11th, 2011 at 6:54 pm
I wouldn’t rule out Alexander as a longshot, either. It’s been used a few times as a middle name in the family and was also well used in the Greek royal family that Prince Philip comes from. I really doubt they would use a name that is already in use in the family for uncles, cousins, brother, etc.
on March 11th, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Oh, I hope they don’t use Frederick! It’s the ONLY boy name my husband and I can agree on, and I really like the fact that it’s sort of a hidden gem right now.
I’d much prefer if they used Augustus, James or Leopold, with James being my favorite of the three.
on March 11th, 2011 at 9:50 pm
I would totally swoon if they used Arthur or Augustus. I love Arthur George William Charles and Frederick Charles Augustus William.
on March 11th, 2011 at 10:24 pm
As the mother of a baby Arthur, I *really* hope they pick something else!
on March 12th, 2011 at 10:09 am
I don’t think that William, Henry or James will be chosen for the first name. Charles is William’s father and I think he’s close to him since his mother Diana’s tragic death so I think he’ll honour him somehow(first or middle spot). Stephen, Richard and John were all unlucky kings so it would suprise me if they chose these names as firsts. Augustus, Leopold and Frederick are heavily German and the Royal Family don’t want people to remember that they’re actually more German than English so I don’t think they’ll be picked for first names either. I’ll go with George as my first guess followed by Arthur (I’d love a King Arthur) and Charles.
Other first name options: Alfred and Edmund (names from Saxon times).
Options for the middle spot: Philip (William’s grandfather), Edward (William’s uncle), Andrew (William’s uncle and St. Andrew’s is the name of the university where William and Kate met), Michael (Kate’s father and William’s cousin), Alexander, Constantine and Malcolm (homage to Scotland’s Kings and the country where the couple first met), David (William’s cousin and homage to the patron saint of Wales), Francis (Kate’s father’s middle name), Louis (to honour the late Lord Louis Mountbatten).
on March 12th, 2011 at 4:58 pm
King Arthur would be nice or as I would call him, King Artie!!
Sorry, had a gleek moment there!
on March 13th, 2011 at 1:15 am
I think it would be George, Albert, Fredrick, Nicholas, Alexander, Victor, Alfred (Alfie), Michael.
I like the name Julian as well, but am horribly reminded of the lemur from Madagascar. They seem to of the more up to date mind set so they may not chose an older name. They may also not choose a name that is common amongst the family, they may just buck the trend. I mean don’t people remember Princess Eugenie partly because of her name.
With Charles David Philip as a middle name.
on March 13th, 2011 at 4:47 pm
Leopold Arthur Henry! Totally regal! For a girl Charlotte or Diana in the middle spot would be good. In fact Victoria Diana Charlotte nn Vivi and Leopold Arthur Henry nn Leo make a fab sib set. Sorry that’s not what you were asking…
on March 14th, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I love Mischa’s suggestion of Malcolm!
Leslie Owen Said
on March 22nd, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Many of the lesser royals are very “trendy” in their names, such as Lyla, Senna, and Cosima for girls and Xan, Columbus, and Cassius for boys. Lord Nicholas already has Albert and Leopold; the Earl of St Andrews has a Marina Charlotte and an Amelia….I’m voting for Thomas for a boy — hasn’t been one in the royal family for quite a while yet a number of godparents and family friends are Thomas — and Jane for a girl. Of course, Queen Mary was always called May, and that might be sweet. James Ogilvy has both Alexander and Flora so the Scottish question has already been covered; his sister Marina has a Christian. And since the heir to Denmark will be Christian I doubt that would be a first name. Robert hasn’t been used in a while, nor Humphrey. Hugh hasn’t been used in a while either. And the Scottish James would be James VII, not James IX. The Pretender was never crowned in Scotland.
on March 25th, 2011 at 11:16 am
on March 26th, 2011 at 6:58 am
Frederick Arthur George Charles
Arthur Frederick George Charles
Simply adorable names for a little prince!
on March 27th, 2011 at 4:35 pm
I’m sure Charles will be included somewhere. It’s Will’s dad, as well as Diana’s brother (and his uncle).
It would be intriguing if they named him Spencer, after Diana. I don’t know if the Queen would feel that was a slap or not. Admittedly, I am less than knowledgeable about Royal gossip. 😉
on April 21st, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Duncan won’t happen! and neither will James
Frederick seems like a possibility. As does Alfred and Archibald.
Freddie, Alfie or Archie. Henry is out cos that’s Harry’s name. Thomas, George, Daniel or Peter would also work. As would miles, Rafferty, Hugo or Guy.
I imagine that he will have a formal first name – which will either be nicknamed or he will use his middle name.
on April 21st, 2011 at 4:21 pm
I think that a son of William and Kate would most likely have the name George somewhere. However, the first name doesn’t have to be the one he would use as monarch, so I think that leaves more options.
Emily – I don’t quite understand how Duncan wouldn’t work and yet Rafferty would.
on April 22nd, 2011 at 8:06 pm
Frederick would be great, but isn’t Prince Frederick the next in line to be King of Denmark.
on April 23rd, 2011 at 4:08 am
Alexander Louis Charles Thomas
Nicholas Charles Michael Philip
on April 23rd, 2011 at 5:36 pm
A little prince Leopold would be fantastic! Augustus would be brilliant too, though. I’m having trouble deciding which I prefer!
on May 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 am
I hope that they definitely avoid Frederick! I think that their tastes will be modern conservative. I think Prince Alexander would be great, bad luck James is taken.
Prince Charles is not popular so hopefully Charles won’t be used but as it is his father’s name it is probably a big contender.
I would like to see her father’s name in the mix.
Alexander Thomas Jasper Charles?
Simon Arthur William George?
Anthony Henry Thomas Charles?
on May 7th, 2011 at 2:42 am
If the first child is a boy I would like to see Michael Charles William Windsor. For something different.
If the first boy is the second born Constantine Charles Michael Windsor.
Last if they don’t have a boy until the third child as I think they will stop at three, Nikolaos Henry James Windsor.
They don’t have to go by their first name when they become King, note Bertie (Albert) became King George.
on May 9th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
If I go strictly off the names provided here, I’d vote for Leopold Augustus James Frederick, calling him Leo. Will, Kate, & Leo.
on July 3rd, 2011 at 3:06 am
David is out as he was the king who abdicated. Spencer? you must be joking.
Nicholas or Alexander are names used in royal families that are traditional yet different enough. Middle names, have to go with Charles and George for sure, third name, uncertain
Francis and Michael are too Catholic.
james rooney Said
on July 13th, 2011 at 5:52 pm
william is the king i think his first child boy richard girl joan
Carol Flores Said
on July 15th, 2011 at 9:52 am
If it’s a boy
they will name him
Albert William Henry George
Albert William Henry Charles
Albert William Philip Henry
Arthur Albert William Henry
Albert-is a popular royal name because it’s the name of Queen Victoria’s consort
William-name of dad
Henry-name of uncle
Charles-name of grandfather and grand uncle(Charles Spencer)
Philip-name of great grandfather
Arthur-Prince Charles likes this name, William is supposed to be named Arthur though it was still given to him as a second name
William is going to be King, the names he’ll give his children are within royal boundaries.
on July 24th, 2011 at 1:57 am
Richard – Richard the Lion-Hearted
Lionel – one of Edward’s sons and a knight of the round table
Arthur – King Arthur
Charles – grandfather’s name ad the Last King
not Henry (uncle), not Albert (Bertie and Albie are stupid)
on July 29th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
King Arthur is fiction! Alfred is the real king in the royal lineage.
Remember, William & Kate don’t have the final choice. The monarch has the last word and she won’t allow anything trendy or nontraditional — especially not for a first son who will someday rule.
on November 5th, 2011 at 5:50 am
I think a Thomas might fit well into the British family. I don’t think there has been a King Thomas, so it’s not entirely traditional. But it is a very traditional name amongst the British nobility so I don’t think it would be out of place.
on February 29th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
I think Philip (after Wills Grandfather) is a likely contender and Arthur (Wills second name). Most likely Charles after his father and though it’s unlikely, I think Spencer after his mother (her madien name) is a great option.
Philip Arthur Spencer Charles
on April 15th, 2012 at 9:10 am
I have actuall put much thought into this here is what I think the lad would. E named:
George Arthur Philip Charles ; incidentally that is Prince Charles’ name backwards
Going with what Charles and William are named Philip and Arthur are in both.
I do like Leopold and Augustus, but going with George because mainly King George, Queen Elizabeths’s father. He was a very beloved King and I just see that being a good nice safe choice.
on May 14th, 2012 at 6:28 pm
A little Arthur after King Arthur would be adorable and full of meaning. As a king who united Britain, a modern day future King Arthur might be appropriate, especially if Scotland votes to gain independence. It’s also William’s second name, a favourite of Charles and not really used by other royal family members.
Perhaps they’ll choose to reach back in royal history, further than the obvious Phillip, George or Leopold (Giving them choices such as Edmund, Egbert, Edmund). They might even pick something Welsh or Scottish.
on July 24th, 2012 at 6:02 am
John nn Jack would be adorable as Jack is such a traditional and popular British name; however, King John was a disaster.
Edward could be in for the running as could Arthur and Louis (both Will’s middle names)
I think if any were to honour someone, it would be Phillip/Philip and no doubt it’ll be in the name somewhere as it has many connections on both sides (Pippa Middleton, Prince Philip etc)
I think James would be nice as a middle name though, too much friction for a first and other middle names could be Henry and Charles.
Whatever they choose, I think, will be very British, perhaps using some English favourites such as Andrew or Alfred? Who knows, but I hope when they have a son, He’ll make a fantastic King 🙂
on September 11th, 2012 at 7:01 am
Duncan would never, ever happen. More council estate that King!
on June 3rd, 2013 at 2:32 am
I don’t think they will choose Frederi(c)k, as that is what the heir in Denmark is named. Plus, Frederik’s first son is named Christian, who most likely also be heir, after his father. That rules those two out, or so I am to believe.
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