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Royal Baby Name? The Bets Are Already On!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

British bookies are already laying odds on what name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Prince William and Kate) will pick for the fourth in line to the British Throne. (Never mind the fact that the big royal baby news was just announced—and it’s still way too early to find out if it’s a future prince or princess!)

The current front runners? Depending on the bookie you bet with, it could be James, Arthur, Alexander or Henry for a future prince, and Elizabeth, Catherine, Alexandra and Victoria for a future princess.

Because royals tend to be confined to names with historic precedence within their families, there’s a relatively small pool of names to choose from. (There will be no Princess North or Prince Buddy of England!) Last time around, I guessed Alfred Charles Philip James for a boy, and Eleanor Diana Victoria Elizabeth for a girl. But Prince George only got three names, all on my list of alternates—George Alexander Louis.

This time around, I think they may pay homage to dearer family members. My guess: Henry Arthur James for a boy, and Elizabeth Victoria Diana for a girl.

Tell me what you think the royals should name their baby! If you’re still looking for a name perfect for your prince or princess, look no further: Check out my lists of royal baby names for princes and princesses. Not feeling so formal? Our Baby Name Finder can help you find names a little more off the beaten path (and give you the scoop on all the classics, too). And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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Cool Name of the Week: Pippa

Monday, January 20th, 2014

I’m always intrigued by the names authors select for their characters. It’s pretty clear when an author really has fun naming her characters—think J.K. Rowling with Harry Potter, or Suzanne Collins with the Hunger Games. But some of those offbeat names (a la Severus and Glimmer) aren’t exactly wearable in the real world, so you need to look to other lit for inspiration.

I just finished Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which was chosen as one of the top novels of the year. (She also wrote the amazing The Secret History, which I loved.) With The Goldfinch, Donna shares a story of a decades-long (and possibly unrequited) love, of art theft—and lots and lots of crime. I couldn’t put it down.

Protagonist Theo Decker has a pretty standard name, but Donna Tartt came up with some other intriguing characters and names—from tatty Vegas cocktail waitress Xandra to eccentric best bud Boris. But name wise I loved Pippa, for whom Theo bears a torch, most of all.

Pippa is generally considered a nickname of Philippa, a name that means “lover of horses,” and hit the limelight first a few years ago, when Kate Middleton first became engaged to Prince William—and her sister Pippa Middleton a bit of a British style icon. But more people are intrigued by the shortened Pippa than the longer name now—and I’m imagining that this character, a lively and beautiful young musician whose life has been touched by tragedy, may help bring it into the top 1000.

As for middle names, I’d pair Pippa with something equally fun and fresh: Mae, Jade, and Quinn.

What do you think of Pippa? Would you pick it for your daughter?

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Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Cool Name of the Week: Louis

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

We’re still coming down from all the royal baby hoopla here—and while George seems like it’s absolutely going to get its resurgence, thanks to Prince William and Duchess Kate’s selection, I feel like the future king’s middle names might get lost in the shuffle.

And Louis doesn’t deserve that fate. It’s a name that means renowned warrior, and comes from a German and French background. It dropped out of the top 100 back in the 1960s, but just recently had a small spike, and currently sits at number 312 in the U.S.

It’s a truly royal name, used for a series of French kings, and several German royals—and it’s one of Prince William’s middle names, too. You’ll find some other famous namesakes—jazz great Louis Armstrong, comedian Louis C.K., and Louis de Pointe du Lac, Anne Rice’s tortured Interview with the Vampire protagonist. And it’s a name I would have picked if I’d had a son, after my beloved grandfather.

One thing you need to decide with this name is whether you’re pronouncing the “s” at the end, making it Lew-iss vs. the more Frenchified Lew-ee. (My grandfather was a Lew-iss, but I’m loving the fancier Lew-ee.)

And of course, you have to pick a middle name. I like Louis with Alexander (Prince William and Duchess Kate = excellent baby namers!), Abraham, Henry or Frederick.

What do you think of Louis? Is it a baby name you’d pick?

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George Alexander Louis: Baby Cambridge’s Name Revealed!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

For name nerds like me, the big story wasn’t whether Prince William and Duchess Kate had a boy or girl—it’s what names they picked for the royal baby. Following tradition, the future King of England was given almost as many names as Uma Thurman’s daughter, Luna—three. And here it is: George Alexander Louis! Read below for the full scoop on these names.

George This lovely name, which means “farmer,” has a long history with British royalty—there was a King George in charge of England for a stretch of more than a century. It’s also rumored to be the name Prince Charles will take on when he becomes king.

Alexander Alexander the Great was an early conquerer of Asia—and Alexander was a common royal name for Russian and Greek monarchs. The name means defender of men—a wonderful meaning for a future king’s name. The female version, Alexandra, is part of Queen Elizabeth’s name.

Louis The legendary kings of France (who ended their reign when they were snuffed out in the French Revolution) wore this moniker, which means warrior. (It’s also one of Prince William’s middle names!)

What do you think of Kate and William’s choices? Still not loving any of the prince’s names? Try one of these other royal boys’ names on for size! (Or if you have a little princess to name, check out our list of royal names for girls!)

Take a look back at Kate’s pregnancy, her marriage, and more! (And see our special message about the royal baby!)

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Photo: Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince George Alexander Louis

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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!
Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, by Featureflash /

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