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Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: The Meaning Behind the Royal Baby Name

Monday, May 4th, 2015

As pretty much everyone in the world now knows, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Kate Middleton and Prince William) welcomed a royal baby girl early May 2nd. But now we know that they gave their daughter a baby name befitting a princess (and those betting that it’d be Chardonnay were sorely disappointed). So let’s get the scoop behind this very traditional and sentimental baby name choice: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Charlotte is an old-school royal name—there was a Queen Charlotte in England during the late 18th century, and it also pays homage to the new princess’s grandpa, Prince Charles. Charles is a French name that means “free man,” and it’s very popular here—just outside the top 10 baby names.

Elizabeth is clearly a homage to the new princess’s great grandmother, the current Queen Elizabeth II (and also goes back to one of the grandest queens in royal history). It’s a perennial top 20 favorite here in the U.S., with Biblical roots and a slew of great nicknames.

Diana is clearly picked to pay honor to the Prince’s late mother, the popular Princess Diana. It’s a lovely name connected to the Roman goddess of the moon, and means “divine.” It’s currently just inside the top 300 in the U.S.

In all, it’s a lovely and not unexpected mix of baby names for this new princess, ones that perfectly mirrors the picks made for her big brother George.

Tell us: What do you think of the royal baby name? Is there anything there you’d pick for your own daughter—or is it too traditional for you?

If you’re still looking for a great name for your heir, check out our lists of names perfect for a princess or prince. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.



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Get Your Own Royal Baby Name

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

So the Duchess of Cambridge is (finally!) in labor, and it looks like we won’t get the royal baby’s name until she and Prince William head home with their new prince or princess. But never fear—there’s a whole slew of tools out there that can help you craft the perfect royal name for you or your baby.

USA Today has a tool that gives you your own little bit of pomp and circumstance—enter your initials and sex, and it’ll come back with a fancy little title for you. (Her Highness Magnolia The Mostly Victorious certainly has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Especially when paired with my husband’s title, The Sultan Leopold de la Noche.)

If you still want to get your bets in with the British bookies, check out the Washington Post’s baby name generator, which gives you possible name combos for the royal baby, based on your preferences—boy or girl, tried-and-true classics or long-shot names. (My best bet currently: We’re welcoming Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Victoria. Though as a history buff who loves Eleanor of Aquitaine, I’m always hopeful they’ll do something unexpected like that.)

Want more royal baby name coverage? You can look back at my royal baby name prognostications, see if a leaked baby name is potentially the winner, find out what the current frontrunners are, get a name fit for a princess (and your daughter, of course), and of course, like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest on the royal baby and more!
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What Should William and Kate Name Their Baby?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, Prince William and Kate are expecting a future king or queen of England–thanks to recent changes in English law, male heirs are no longer given preference in taking over the throne. But while everyone’s abuzz over whether it’s a prince or princess on the way, I’m already skipping ahead to the baby names.

You can already expect that this couple won’t be going for some of the more unusual names of late–so we can forget about Prince Pilot or Princess Hashtag. They may be modern monarchs, but they still have a very healthy respect for tradition. So I’d expect some good, traditional British names. And that means we’re also into Uma Thurman baby-naming territory, as royals tend to give their babies four or five names. (Prince William was christened William Arthur Philip Louis.)

You can probably get a sense of what names will appear in the collection if you get a good look at the British royal lineage–there’s no doubt that most (if not all) of the names will have some historical background.

For boys, we’re talking names like Henry, James, George, Charles and Thomas. Here’s my best guess: The first name will either be James (a common royal name) or Alfred (the nickname Alfie is #4 on Britain’s name popularity list, so this isn’t as out-there as it sounds to American ears). Philip will be one of the middle names (it’s the name of William’s grandfather, and both he and his father have it as one of their middle names). In fact, here’s my best guess: Alfred Charles Philip James. (Alternate name possibilities: Edward or Edmund, George, Albert and John.)

And what name would befit a future queen? I’d like to see an Eleanor (after one of the most powerful women in medieval Europe, Eleanor of Aquitaine) or Victoria (after the vaunted 19th century monarch). I expect to see Diana pop up as one of the middle names, in homage to William’s mother. And don’t entirely discount a slight veer from British royal lineage. A name like Grace, which is currently in the top 10 in the U.K., would be a beautiful choice. Here’s my bet for the princess’s moniker: Eleanor Diana Victoria Elizabeth. (Alternate name possibilities could include Alice, Beatrice, Anne and Margaret.)

What do you think Wills and Kate should name their first born? Share your ideas in the comments.

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