Royal Names

George Alexander Louis.

The moment the world waited for

The moment the world waited for

Totally called George ūüôā

But it was to be expected really, given how much the name George is intertwined with the British Royal Family – we had four King Georges on the trot and the current Queen’s father was King George VI, despite being born a Prince Albert.

Louis is one of Prince William’s middle names, and Alexander is the middle name of Prince Edward’s young son, James, Viscount Severn. The Queen has the middle name Alexandra, also, which means Alexander is likely a nod to her.

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A Royal Baby.

The Sun Front page 23/07/2013

The Sun Front page 23/07/2013

As I write this, the name James is apparently the bookies favourite to be the name for the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

However, Prince Edward already has a son born in 2007 by the name, who would have been styled as Prince James had his parents not chosen to instead style him as Viscount Severn instead.

That makes me highly doubt the child will have James as a first name.

My gut feeling is that George is the top choice for a boy.

Why?

It’s quite simply really: there are only really three living royals who have any likelihood of ascending to the throne: Prince¬†Charles;¬†Prince¬†William;¬†and Prince¬†Harry.

Of those three, only Prince Charles wears the name George, and only as his third middle name.

It seems the most likely, but it’s not a certainty that George will be his name.

It’s worth noting that there¬†has been speculation before that Prince¬†Charles¬†may take¬†George¬†as his regnal name upon his ascension the the throne, i.e. he becomes¬†George¬†VII, not¬†Charles¬†III. The big reason for this lies along the lines of the previous two sovereigns to bear the name¬†Charles¬†both have questionable legacies (one was a playboy, the other was beheaded).

It’s certainly not an uncommon practice, as whilst our current monarch reigns by her first name, her predecessor and father reigned as¬†George¬†VI, but he was born¬†Albert Frederick Arthur George. Good ol’ Queen¬†Victoria¬†reigned by her middle name, as her first name was¬†Alexandrina.

Other choices for boys are a little less intuitive, given that many clear favourites such as¬†James, Edward¬†and¬†Charles¬†are currently ‘assigned’ so to speak to another prince-ly member of the family.

There is the chance of Richard, which is a middle name of Prince Edward, but given that Richard III has been in the news a lot recently (his remains were discovered in Leicester not long ago and he is due to be reburied sometime soon) it seems unlikely for a first name, given the notority of Richard III.

That said, Richard the Lionheart might well balance that out. Especially when you consider we could be seeing a King Charles in the coming years.

I don’t particularly believe that the Duke&Duchess of Cambridge will choose a first name already in use by another male styled a Prince, not least because of the potential confusion, so this automatically rules several names out of the running for first name status:¬†Philip; Charles; Edward; Henry; James; Andrew;¬†and¬†Michael.

These names are all, however, still just as likely to be used for middle names. It’s worth noting that¬†Michael¬†is the name of the Duchess’ father, and thus despite¬†Michael¬†seeing rare use by the royals, this fact really rather increases the likelihood of¬†Michael’s¬†inclusion.

The glaringly obvious name left over to pick from is¬†Arthur,¬†and this is one of¬†William’s¬†middle names and indeed Prince¬†Charles’¬†middle name, too. Of course, Prince¬†William¬†could kick off a new family naming trend and give his eldest son the middle name¬†Arthur,¬†too. There is also the chance of the little one receiving William as a middle name.

Another option is¬†Frederick,¬†also popularly used by royals in the last century or two. It’s also increasingly popular amongst we commoners in the UK at the moment which would appeal to the down-to-earth couple, and the nickname of Freddie could appeal in a similar way to how Prince Henry has always been known by his nickname of Harry to the point that many don’t even realise that it is a nickname.

Then there’s also the possibility of¬†Alexander,¬†too, which is a middle name of the aforementioned Viscount Severn.

If the couple choose to pick a completely different name, possibilities include Rupert, Laurence and Francis, although it’s almost certain that these would be considered for middle names only.

And below, one of the first pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son, the Prince of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing earlier this evening.

The moment the world waited for

The moment the world waited for

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Royal Name Speculation

Normally I try to avoid putting out similar posts to ones already circulating in the blogosphere, but since nameberry so nicely asked me for an opinion over on twitter, I figured I might as well chip in to the discussion.

My gut feeling is that George is the top choice for a boy, and indeed Georgina is a worthy of an outside chance for a girl.

Why?

It’s quite simply really: there are only really three living royals who have any likelihood of ascending to the throne: Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. Of those three, only Prince Charles wears the name George, and only as his third middle name.

That said, the has been speculation before that Prince Charles may take George as his regnal name upon his ascension the the throne, i.e. he becomes George VII, not Charles III. The big reason for this lies along the lines of the previous two sovereigns to bear the name Charles both have questionable legacies (one was a playboy, the other was beheaded).

It’s certainly not an uncommon practice, as whilst our current monarch reigns by her first name, her predecessor and father reigned as George VI, but he was born Albert Frederick Arthur George. Good ol’ Queen Victoria reigned by her middle name, as her first name was Alexandrina.

Other choices for boys are a little less intuitive, given that many clear favourites such as James, Edward and Charles are currently ‘assigned’ so to speak to another prince-ly member of the family (for those wondering, whilst strictly speaking there exists a Prince James, his parents choose to style him as Viscount Severn).

I don’t particularly believe that the Duke&Duchess of Cambridge will choose a first name already in use by another male styled a Prince, not least because of the potential confusion, so this automatically rules several names out of the running for first name status: Philip; Charles; Edward; Henry; James; Andrew; and Michael.

These names are all, however, still just as likely to be used for middle names. It’s worth noting that Michael is the name of the Duchess’ father, and thus despite Michael seeing rare use by the royals, this fact really rather increases the likelihood of Michael’s inclusion.

The glaringly obvious name left over to pick from is Arthur, and this is one of William’s middle names and indeed Prince Charles’ middle name, too. Of course, Prince William could kick off a new family naming trend and give his eldest son the middle name Arthur, too.

Another option is Frederick, also popularly used by royals in the last century or too. Then there’s also the possibility of Alexander, too.

When it comes to the choices for girls, Elizabeth is a clear middle name contender (and there is the chance of her use as a first name, too), being of course the name of our current monarch and the Duchess’ middle name. The variation of Eliza is unlikely for the simple reason that Prince William has a¬†niece¬†via his step-sister Laura Lopes with the name Eliza.¬†Our current Queen was known as Lilibet when she was younger, so one could even speculate about the name Lily being used as a nod to her (although it makes more sense for them to simply use Elizabeth instead). The names Mary and Alexandra are also undeniably in the running, given that both are the Queen’s middle names.

The name Victoria would be a good call as a first name contender, given that currently Princess Eugenie is the only senior royal to bear the name as one of her middles.

Another name I have a gut feeling is in the running is Alice, the name of Prince Philip’s mother. I’m calling this because the name Andrew wasn’t an oft-used royal name in centuries gone by, but ‘lo and behold it was the name of Prince Philip’s father, and now also that of his second eldest son.

A name I’ve yet to see given mention is Margaret, who stands a good chance of being used in the middle name spot as a nod to the late Princess Margaret, younger sister of our current Queen. Her middle name, Rose, is another middle name possibility, albeit more likely for subsequent daughters.

Then we have both Diana and indeed Frances: the name of Prince William’s mother and her middle name. In the eyes of some, Diana is almost a certainty as a middle name should the child be female. It’s also worth noting that the Duchess’ father has Francis as a middle name, creating a greater possibility of the couple’s eventual use of either Frances or Francis.

Sophia is a currently popular name with historical use as a royal name, but she’s not seen much use of late, however, in order to be eligible for the line of succession, you must be a legitimate descendant of Electress Sophia of Hanover.

There’s an outside chance for both Harriet and Henrietta as potential nods to Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Harry.¬†

Final¬†acknowledgements¬†to other names with an outside chance of use goes to several names from the Duchess’ family, which include: Philippa, Charlotte and Carole/Caroline. Then there are a few more royal picks:¬†Marie; Maud; Adelaide; Helena; Louisa.

What’s for certain is that this is an extensive list of names, and at the end of the day many of these names mentioned above are more likely to be in the running for subsequent children, rather than for a child that will one day most likely ascend to the throne.

Thus, I suggest the three most likely names to be used for each gender:

BOY: George, Charles and Michael

GIRL: Elizabeth, Diana and Alice

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Kings&Queens

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Queen is in Nottingham!

Eek! Naturally I have to make the most of this glorious occasion, and it seems the best course of action is to talk about names to do with the monarchy, whilst I’m busy off waving a little flag in the Market Square.

Moreover, this is a list of names which means either King, Queen, Prince or Princess.

Names that mean King/Ruler

Abimelech, my father is King (Biblical)

Alaric, ruler of all (Ancient Germanic)

Artaxerxes, righteous ruler (Ancient Persian)

Basil, king (English)

Berthold, bright ruler (German)

Cadeyrn, battle king (Ancient Celtic)

Cem, ruler (Turkish)

Conrí, wolf king (Irish)

Donald, ruler of the World (English, Scottish)

Edric, blessed ruler (English)

Emyr, king (Welsh)

Eric, ever ruler (English)

Flaithrí, king of princes (Irish)

Frederick, peaceful ruler (English)

Henry, home ruler (English)

Leroy, the king (English)

Malik, king (Arabic)

Melech, king (Hebrew)

Régis, ruler (French)

Rex, king (English)

Reyes, kings (Spanish)

Rhodri, king (Welsh)

Ríoghnán, king (Irish)

Roald, famed ruler (Norwegian)

Rórdán, little poet king (Irish)

Ruaidhrí/Rory, red king (Irish)

Theodoric, ruler of the people (Ancient Germanic)

Tudor, ruler of the people (Welsh)

Names that mean Prince

Amir, prince (Arabic)

Armel, bear prince (French)

Balder, prince (Old Norse)

Brendan, prince (Irish, English)

Brennus, prince/raven/king (Ancient Celtic)

Cadfael, battle prince (Welsh)

Fitzroy, son of the king (English)

Gruffudd, prince/lord (Welsh)

Idris, ardent prince (Welsh)

Ma√ęl, prince (Breton)

Mirza, prince (Persian)

Names that mean Queen

Indrani, queen of Indra (Sanskrit)

Malika, queen (Arabic)

Malka/Milka, queen (Hebrew)

Morrigan, great queen (Irish)

Rajni, queen (Sanskrit)

Rani, queen (Sanskrit)

Ratu, queen (Indonesian)

Regina, queen (English)

Reina, queen (Spanish)

Rhiannon, great queen (Welsh, English)

Ríoghnach, queen (Irish)

Taguhi, queen (Armenian)

Names that mean Princess

Adaeze, king’s daughter (Igbo)

Botum, princess (Khmer)

Gormlaith, illustrious princess (Irish, Scottish)

Kaur, princess (Punjabi)

√ďrfhlaith/Orlagh/Orlaith/Orla, golden princess (Irish)

Putri, princess (Indonesian)

Rajkumari, princess (Sanskrit)

Sarah, princess (English)

Talulla, princess (Irish)

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Eugenie and her royal descent

Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Eugenie is the french form of Eugenia, which comes from the latin Eugenius, meaning well born. It holds the key to the whimsical nickname Genie.

The masculine form, Eugene, ranks in the US Top 1000 at #744, whilst Eugenie does not.

The name is currently borne by the Princess Eugenie of York, who is sixth in line of succession to the thrones of the sixteen Commonwealth realm states, right after her equally well-named sister, Princess Beatrice.

As if that isn’t enough royal pedigree, there is also Princess Eugenie of Sweden and Norway (1830-1889), her father was Oscar I of Sweden. She was the first woman in Sweden to request and be granted legal independance.

Victoria Eugenie of Battenburg (1887-1969) was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Queen Consort of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The current King of Spain is her grandson.

Sainte Eug√©nie is a French saint, who’s feast day is the 7th of February in France.

I find Eugenie to be a delightful name, and can only hope that it begins to receive the attention it deserves. A virtually unknown royal gem, for sure.

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