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What will Prince William and Kate name their baby?
It's official William and Kate are having a baby, due sometime in early summer 2013. Naming a baby is a difficult decision for most of us let alone a future King or Queen ! I wonder what they will call the baby if he is a boy.
I have looked at the top ten baby names in the USA and UK in 2012 and deemed their royal history and suitability- please comment and let me know what you think.
First choice for American Baby Boys in 2012 is
JACOB - it is an old name with biblical connections as Jacob was the Hewbrew patriarch, son of Isaac and Rebecca. In England the name Jacob was regarded as a Jewish name and still is in some families. The record books say that the name Jacob was anglicised into the name James which has a regal history both in England and Scotland-after all it was King James V1 of Scotland who became King James 1 of England. Perhaps James might be a firm favourite for a boy?
This name means what it says- a bricklayer or a man who works with stone- sorry but I can't see the Royal baby working with stone or bricks! With no royal pedigree King Mason 1 is for me a non starter
Could William and Kate name their baby after daddy? Somehow I doubt it but there is Royal precedence in the name so perhaps it would be King William V?
To be quite honest I had never heard of this name before. According to my research it can be used for either a girl or a boy and means "thankful, God will judge". With no royal connections it would be an outside choice but it is modern so maybe we would be welcoming King Jayden 1
The name Noah is associated with the bible. It was Noah who built the ark to escape the flooding and rescued the animals two by two so that civilization could flourish. The baby would inherit the title of Defender of the faith but I doubt that King Noah 1 would really cut ice with the British public.
King Micheal- actually that has a nice ring to it!! With no precedent for use as a Royal title it probably wont make it but a lovely name anyway.
According to name dictionaries the name Ethan means strong and lasting a solid name that will be long lasting. It is a name that is gaining popularity in the United Kingdom and has a nice meaning and surely relevant to the future of this country as we need someone strong and lasting as head of state.
Another defender of men deriving from the Greek.The name Alexander has biblical connections in that it was he who helped carry the cross with Jesus on his journey to Calvary. The name was proudly borne by two Scottish Kings so maybe it would be an act of appeasement to the Scots who are currently demanding a referendum to stay part of the United Kingdom.
Alexander- Prince George Louis Alexander!
Aiden is a name of Gaelic origin and means "Little Fire". It is not popular in the United Kingdom and would have to be a non runner in the name stakes- I think it is fair to say that King Aiden 1 is a non starter.
Ok I am biased here- my son is named Daniel- my husband wanted to name him Jack, Daniel but I refused to name him after a bottle of bourbon!
Over to the Brits
It seems to me that there are not too many contenders from the most popular baby names from the USA so I have had a look at the British list. This list has been compiled by the members of Babycentre who all gave birth during 2012.
There is probably no need to explain why the name Harry is so popular in this country. It is the name of William's younger brother, the "spare heir" , a young man who exudes his mothers charm and his fathers respect for duty. It would be lovely for the child to be named after Harry but it would probably be Henry as with Harry- roll on King Henry 1X!
Jack is a Hebrew name meaning "God is gracious". The name Jack is often a shortened version of John and has been very popular in the United Kingdom throughout the last decade. Would we welcome King Jack? or ridicule him as King Jack and the Bean stalk.
Trust me Oliver would not be a good name for a Royal baby. The last contact the family had with an Oliver was of the Cromwell type who overthrew King Charles 1 and had him beheaded. A particularly dark period in the history of the Royal family.
Charles or its simpler derivative Charlie would be a welcome name- It's a family name and the baby would be the fourth King to carry that name assuming that Prince Charles becomes King Charles 111-
The anglicized version of Jacob which is very popular in the United Kingdom. I think this could be a real contender in the name stakes- with a pedigree of both Scottish and English history.
George could be a popular choice- we have had rather a lot of King George's from 1 through to 6 , Queen Elizabeth's late father- perhaps it is time for the name to be resurrected and used again?
I was right! Prince George it is- King George VII
I think Thomas is a lovely name for a little boy. It is a name with biblical connections - the "doubting Thomas" and came over to England with the Normans- an illustrious bearer of the name Thomas a Beckett murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. So does Good King Thomas 1 stand a chance at the royal throne- in my mind it could be a good contender.
A mover and shaker in the name stakes in the United Kingdom. A name that is gaining popularity although I still can't see King Ethan 1
Jacob-No1 most popular name for babies in the USA and No 9 in the United Kingdom- however it is likely that the name would be of the derivative James
The name William appears in both the British and the US list so would be a popular choice on both sides of the Atlantic