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What will Prince William and Kate name their baby?

Updated on July 25, 2013

It's official

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?

Engraving of the state crown of George IV
Engraving of the state crown of George IV | Source


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.

Sleeping baby- girl or boy? Who knows?
Sleeping baby- girl or boy? Who knows? | Source


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.

The happy parents to be William and Kate
The happy parents to be William and Kate | Source


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.

Portrait of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of Britain
Portrait of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of Britain | Source


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


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    • CASE1WORKER profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Alexander or Alexandra if the second baby is a girl?

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      Ethan, Alexander, and Philip are all nice future choices.

    • CASE1WORKER profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      I guess that George was always the favourite but I still wonder about the next one- I hope it's a girl

    • vespawoolf profile image


      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This was a very interesting list of names and how nice that you included George as a likely choice! I enjoyed the way you developed this Hub. Thank you.

    • CASE1WORKER profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM did not surprise me- but I do wonder what the "spare heir" would be called- after all now that girls have the same rights why not Elizabeth, Alexandra?

      King Charles 3? or maybe Philip1? I think George is left to baby George- but isn't he a cutie!!

      Thanks for your visit

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Did their choice of George surprise you, Case1worker?

      These days the heirs to the throne have a string of names to choose from, Charles being a case in point: 'Charles Philip Arthur George. Wonder which one he'd pick when his mother jacks in the job? (We can open a book on that one, what are the odds on 'Charles' or 'George'?)

      Oliver stems from Old Norse 'OlafR' (later generations omitted the 'R' on the end). There have been several kings of Norway named Olaf, the early ones coming to grief over spreading Christianity in the northern lands - their subjects were less enthusiastic, so they reverted to 'conversion by the sword'. Oliver Cromwell was a very pious man, pious enough to ban Christmas and the Theatre for the duration.

      Maybe not Oliver then; there've been kings of France called Philip (the first one's mother was Greek), and several Greek or Macedonian kings such as Alexander's old man; Charles is fated, what with Mk 1 parting company with his brain some time before parting with his head, his son didn't improve with hiding in an oak tree - by the time he died it was found he'd plotted to have the kingdom invaded through Ireland by the French and Spanish; Arthur is a non-starter, unless you're an advocate of Celto-Roman Britain - the legend owed more to French troubadors than fact; that leaves us with George. George VII? Has a solid, stolid non-controversial ring to it, don't you think (slaying dragons would be the least of his problems)?

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, CASE1WORKER,

      Great hub. Great writing about a great topic. Voted up and all the choices. Keep up the great work.

      Please check your Fan Mail. I am now your follower.

      I cordially-invite you to check one or two of my hubs, if you are in need of a laugh, then be one of my followers.


      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

      P.S. they could have named the little prince, Kenneth

    • CASE1WORKER profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      MazzyBolero- Thanks for your visit- there are just so many. My own girls are Eizabeth, Mary and Victoria Louise but our boy is Daniel Jack so maybe they will pick on a newer name. Arise King Jack!!

    • CASE1WORKER profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      suzettenapeles- thanks for your visit and kind comment I don't think Diana too many links there- the probem is that they have so many names- they all have at least 3 that they are bound to have been used before unless they go for a modern new name

    • CASE1WORKER profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Nell Rose, thanks for your visit. Ah; the crown goes to "who's born first"- I like Aexander(ra) but I have a feeing they may go with somethin more funky

    • Mazzy Bolero profile image

      Mazzy Bolero 

      6 years ago from the U.K.

      For some reason, they seem to get four names. Prince Charles is Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince William is William Arthur Philip Louis and Prince Harry is Henry Charles Albert David. Harry was named Charles after his father and Albert after his grandfather (George VI, really called "Bertie"). William has Philip after his grandfather and Louis after the Queen's second cousin, Louis Mountbatten. Princess Anne is Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Elizabeth after her mother and maternal grandmother, Alice after her paternal grandmother. So the name's going to be pretty traditional. I'd bet Diana is included if it's a girl. It would be fun, though, if they decided to call their daughter Honey-Boo-Boo or their son Floyd.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great Hub! I'm sure they are betting on names in the UK and here in the U.S. Which one will win? My guess of a name if it is a girl is Diana or Elizabeth, or Catherine after the mother. If it is a boy, William after the father, or George, Philip or Charles. But, who knows, they may choose a popular modern common name for the baby.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Case, I straight away said it was going to be Alexandra, or Alexander! lol! I have no idea why! maybe its twins! now wouldn't that be something? fascinating hub, and voted and shared, nell


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