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Royal Baby Names

Updated on May 4, 2015
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 30 June 1854
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 30 June 1854 | Source

Choosing A Royal Baby Name for Your Baby

On 8 September 2014 the news broke of a second Royal baby for British Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Kate finally gave birth on 2 May 2015 to a little Princess called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The bets on the top of the list were Elizabeth, Victoria, Philip, Mary and Arthur. According to Today Parents the top picks are Alexandra, Albert, Alfred or Alice. One thing we can be sure of - the name will be an old-fashioned, traditional royal baby name that will be chosen.

Old fashioned names are back in fashion and with the royal baby on the way parent's thoughts are turning to royal names for their newborns. People are tired of strange, wacky, badly spelled and made-up names and they are looking for traditional names that won't go out of fashion, so what could be better than choosing a royal babies name for your little Prince or Princess?

Parents-to-be are held off naming their baby to see what the Royals will call their child. When the last royal baby was born the top choices for mums and dads seems to be Sophie or Harry (after Prince Harry or Harry Potter I wonder?).

Just how much influence does the Royal family have on our choice of babies names?

Yes! It's a baby girl!

The new baby Princess is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The little Princess was born at at 08:34 2nd May 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) at St Mary's Hospital, London. Charlotte is the name of a long line of royals, Elizabeth is the name of the baby's great grandmother, the Queen, and of course Elizabeth 1st of England 'Good Queen Bess'. Diana is the name of William's mother who was tragically killed in a car crash.


Prince George, Alexander Louis

The little Prince was a baby boy weighing in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. - The new prince was born at 4.24 in the afternoon on Monday 22nd July 2013. With the first royal baby, tension rose as the due dates for Kate and William's royal baby came - and went - but eventually, at 4.24 pm On Monday morning 22nd July 2013 the little one arrived and - a boy! The questionwas then, what will the little prince be called?

Of course, nothing like a Royal event like birth, death or marriage to get the Brits in a tiz - after all we're PAYING for all this! But, setting all that aside, don't we all love a new life coming into the world. Aren't we all holding our breath? (Or is that breaths?).

Will it be a boy or a girl? What are your bets? What would you like it to be called?

Well, it's a boy - and a fairly hefty one at that. Never mind.

Add your thoughts to this article. Soon we'll all know for sure!

How Does the Royal Family Choose a Name?

There is such a thing as protocol you know!

I very much doubt that the new little princess or prince will be called Rocky, North, Ace, Jax, Jette or Holiday (all recent names given to babies of celebrities) but on the other hand perhaps Knute stands a chance. On the other hand there is Zara Phillips and Savannah Phillips.

The reason that I don't think these names will be in with a chance is because the Royal family like to keep names in the family. Of course this isn't straightforward. What happens when the royals marry out of the circle? Well, while I very much doubt that any British Prince will be marrying a Kylie or a Princess will wed a Wayne (such a snob!) those new names will sneak in. Has there ever been a Queen Camilla? (Will there ever be a Queen Camilla?)

Victoria is up there at the top of possible names but how did it get there? A traditional Royal Family name? You might think so but Queen Victoria's mother, who married into the family, was named Victoria and when the baby who was to become Queen Victoria was born she was named Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent (later Queen Victoria). The very fact that she was given the name Victoria showed how unlikely it was thought that she would become a monarch.

Princess Grace of Monaco was Grace Kelly, a film star who married into the royal family.

Book of Royal Offspring Through the Ages

Published to coincide with the birth of the new princess or prince, this book will have all the latest on the new arrival - the final cover will even feature Catherine and Wills with the little one.

Amy Licence talks us through the story from conception to birth of this latest arrival, but she also tells us just what it would have been like for other British regal mothers throughout history. The author's last book, 'In Bed With the Tudors' explored the goings on in Henry VIII's bedroom - you'll hardly credit it. This new book comes out just in time to capture much of the current enthusiasm about the British monarchy in general.

This promises to be most beguiling - I'm putting my order in right now!

Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013
Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013

Be the first to get this book. So hot off the press that it isn't actually off the press yet. It will be published in its final form once Prince William and Kate's baby is born.

 

William and Kate - That First Kiss

Look what happened next!

It seemed like only yesterday that Kate Middleton married her Prince, but already we are all awaiting the birth of their first child and speculation is rising as to whether it will be a girl (everyone seems to think so) or a boy. When it does arrive the new royal will receive the title the Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

Mid-July was the estimated time of arrival and everyone is getting into a real tizz worrying about how, where, when and if (if!) the birth is going to take place.

The press are camping outside the hospitals whilst speculating that the couple might pull a fast one and opt for a lesser-know hospital for the birth. At present Catherine is staying with her family - out of the limelight perhaps.

In the meantime all those newspaper columns and chat show slots are being filled by speculation as to where the couple will go after the big event, how the nursery will be decorated, what everyone else in the family thinks, and indeed, what everyone else thinks!

Endless waiting and speculation.

Kate and William seal the deal with a kiss

Mnemonic for the Royal Families of England - A list of the names of the Kings and Queens of England

A whole host of royal baby names!

Anyone remember 'the olden days' when children were expected to be able to reel off the Kings and Queens of England? (that is, I suppose, always assuming that you're English, but I expect every child has been allocated a long list of monarchs to study).

Well, a whole host of mnemonics have been devised so that you can remember the regal monicas without making a mistake. What a list! I've chosen the mnemonic devised for the children's show Horrible Histories. I've had the pleasure of seeing them sing and perform this so perhaps you could jog along to YouTube and see if it's there - it's a scream!

These are not all the names of the Queens and Kings of England and, of course, it doesn't include the names of all the princes and princesses - but it's a good start!

James or Jimmy?

The politics of naming could have affected two nations

Next year there will be a referendum on Scottish independence and the naming of the baby, if it's a boy, could be a bit of a political statement.

The name James has special significance in Britain since King James VI of Scotland became King James I in 1603, thus uniting England and Scotland.

James II, however, was the last Roman Catholic King (or Queen) to reign over Scotland, England and Ireland. James II was finally deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

Well - the couple played safe with George. (Wasn't at least one of the King Georges mad?).

Popular Baby Names - Victoria and James are the People's Choice for the Royal Baby Name - But the odds are in favour of Alexandra or George

According to the BBC news on Radio 4 the 14 July 2013 the most popular baby names for William and Kate's new baby (according to a poll of public opinion) is Victoria or James but at the bookies the odds are on Alexandra, Charlotte, Eleanor or Mary for a girl and for a boy George, Philip, James, John, Louis and Benjamin.

Well, George came first followed by Alexander and Louis. I suppose there's not too much choice.

A bit of chat about the royal baby name, about twins and about whether the birth will be a C section or a natural birth. Is Kate

And What Did David Beckham Think The Royal Baby Name Should Have Been? - He had interesting ideas when it comes to his own babies' names!

David Beckham thinks that David would be a fine name for Princess Kate and Prince William's new babe (and David is a Royal name, albeit biblical, so it is in with a chance) but what did he call his own children? Well, they are not exactly royal names, Beckham's kids are called Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James, Cruz David (born 2005 in Madrid; the word "cruz" is Spanish for "cross"), and Harper Seven.

His wife, though, does have a right royal name, and one at the top of the betting list for the newborn if it's a girl - Victoria.

Boris Johnson's thoughts are running in the same direction as David Beckhams. He too said in a Twitter session that he had "always thought Boris is a nice name - for a girl!". Heaven forbid!

See what David has to say about Kate Middleton's baby

Royal Births on the Way in the UK

We're going to have a whole fistfull of them!

Mike Tindall and Zara (Zara!) Phillips called their baby girl Mia (Queen Mia??) and Lord Freddie Windsor, son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (Marie Christine), and his wife, Sophiecalled their little daughter Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina - quite an array of names there!

Alexandra Elizabeth Ann

- or Charlotte! My choice of name for a little princess

© 2013 Barbara Walton

Tell Me What You Think of Naming for Royalty - I'd love to hear from you

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      markkruzan 4 years ago

      Enjoy the crisp of the new entry of a baby boy in your family and indulge in raising your newborn baby. Name him according to his very first nature which can speak about him.

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      razelle09 4 years ago

      cool lens you've got here

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      Nice lens.

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      I loved the SUN's logo today: The SON. Brilliant. :-)

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      I just hope the baby is healthy, no matter what the name. I can't imagine living life in the spotlight like the royals do. Not my cup of tea!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @LoriBeninger: No, not sure Guinevere will be in there. More interesting, will Diana or James be in with a chance? Hot potatoes where naming future monarchs is concerned.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @Erin Mellor: I've just found out that both my names, Barbara and Louise, are the names of Queens and Princesses - so clearly my parents did the Queen bit. I think Queen Erin sounds lovely.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @LisaAuch1: Thanks, Lisa, for your lovely comment. The Queen can be quite fun, can't she. I must say that I'm not keeping up with all the to-do but must try to tune into the news more often. It must be soon!

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      I don't suppose Guinevere has a chance, does it (too much bad press)? I love old-fashioned names even for commoners!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      When testing out names for children, middle class Brits will try saying the name with King or Queen in front of it. I don't think Queen Erin would make the grade. King Wayne or Queen Chardonnay seem rather unlikely.

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      I did chuckle at the Queen yesterday replying to a child who asked if she would like a boy or a girl creat granchid, and she said either, but I wish it would hurry up as I;'m going on holiday, Its lovely to see such normal family behaviour from the royals, and is a warm welcome these days to help connect them with the public who support them. I don't mind either way as long as baby and Kate are happy and healthy that is all we can ask, but it sure is exciting waiting :)