As the due date for the Duchess of Cambridge approaches, the British betting establishments have gone into mad odds-shifting mode on every aspect of William and Kate’s child including the royal baby name. They’re taking bets on the future sovereign’s hair color to future university and career choices and even which magazine will have the exclusive photos. But of course the main focus is on the baby’s name–putting on the table some obvious, conventional royal ancestor options, and also some bizarre, outrageous outliers. Here, the bookmaker’s top options for the royal baby name.
At about 23 to 1, this name would obviously honor William ’s grandfather, who has been ailing of late. But since there has never been a British monarch with the name—there have been only eight names used in almost a thousand years—we’d expect to find this one in middle place, as it is with both Charles and William. Philip is not in the Top 100 in either the UK or US.