Even before his or her birth, Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby is world famous. What will Baby Cambridge's parents name the tot? While naming is a private decision, it's a safe bet that North, Apple, or Suri won't be making the cut. British royal family members are, after all, a traditional lot. And while William and Kate are decidedly modern in their approach to royalty, they aren't rebels. Here are a couple baby names you might expect.
As soon as Kate entered the hospital last December and her pregnancy was announced, the world breathlessly wondered if their firstborn would be named after William's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who died tragically in a Paris car accident in 1997. Most likely, they won't choose that name. Diana was beloved worldwide, and it would be a heavy burden to give a child her name. Using Diana as a middle name (royals often have several) could be a good way to pay tribute to her. Another option for a first or middle name to honor William's mum is Frances, Diana's middle name.
Philip would be a fitting name for a little Prince of Cambridge, and would honor William's grandfather, current Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip. By all accounts, Philip has done a royally impressive job supporting the Queen through 60 years of royal rule. He's still going strong at 92, despite recent health problems. William and Kate could do worse than name a child in his honor. Philip would be a bit of a novelty as well; there's never been a British monarch with the name.
Currently the #1 favorite girl name in British betting pools is Alexandra. The name has a modern feel and historic roots. It's one of current Queen Elizabeth's middle names, the name of one of William's godmothers, and also the name of British King Edward VII's wife. How does HRH Alex sound?
It may sound stodgy to us Americans, but George is leading the pack among boy name choices for the royal couple. It has great royal roots: The current Queen's father was named George, and there have been six King Georges. A possible downside to the name's choice is that William's father, Prince Charles, is said to be considering ruling as King George VII when he ascends the throne, due to the negative influences of previous kings reigning under the name Charles. The name George is much more popular in Britain than it is in America.
"Charlotte's Web" isn't the inspiration here, but Charlotte is the middle name of Kate's sister and maid of honor, Pippa. It's a popular name among the posh set of young adults that form William and Kate's world. It's also got royal roots: Charlotte was the wife of King George III, who reigned when the American colonies broke away from England.
It's fun to speculate that the baby could be named Elizabeth, like her great-grandmother. But for that very reason, it's unlikely that the name will be used again so soon as a first name. Elizabeth is Kate's middle name, as well.
The Waiting Game
Once Baby Cambridge arrives, don't expect the modern custom of gender and name being announced all at once. It's traditional for royals to wait with naming. William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, waited a week before announcing William's name. William's cousin, Princess Beatrice, didn't have a name for two weeks. And Prince Charles himself wasn't named for a month!
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