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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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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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Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
We admit it—even here across the pond, we have a bit of royal baby fever. I’ve been trolling the news sites looking for confirmation that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labor—and hit a bit of excitement when Twitter had some (seemingly unsubstantiated) news of the impending arrival of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton’s much-anticipated baby.
But even I’m not quite as crazy as some of the Brit moms to be—who are apparently holding off on naming their already-born progeny in order to give their kids a name befitting royalty. According to Female First, many newborns remain nameless so their moms can commemorate the royal birth by copycatting on the new prince or princess.
Because you have 60 days to register a baby’s name after birth, odds are there could be a huge spate in Alexandras or Georges with summer 2013 birthdays. (Those two monikers are the current frontrunners in betting pools.)
I’m just hoping that all of these moms have a backup plan, given there’s a 50/50 shot that their babies aren’t the same sex as the royal one.
What do you think? Would you copycat the royal baby name?
Keep watching In Name Only on Facebook to get the full scoop the instant the royal baby name is announced.
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Monday, April 1st, 2013
Anyone else catch last night’s premiere of Game of Thrones? I’ll have a full writeup tomorrow of my favorite names from this crazy fantasy series, but my cool name of the week comes from the new princess-in-training.
Margaery proved herself in yesterday’s episode to be the Princess Diana of the Seven Kingdoms, stopping off at an orphanage in a decrepit neighborhood to provide toys and aid. Though she seemed to provoke the current queen, Cersei, with her behavior, she wouldn’t back down (perhaps another nod to recent English royal history).
I like the distinctive spelling used on Game of Thrones and in its source material, A Song of Fire and Ice. But the source of the name is clearly Margery, a variant of Margaret, which means “pearl.” Margery is sometimes given the meaning “child of light.” It’s a lesser-used variant, which hasn’t been in the top 1000 names since the late 1950s. Perhaps this unique spelling, Margaery, will help bring it back to the forefront.
It comes with most of the same nicknames as Margaret—Meg and Maggie, Marge and May. It should be paired with a short and sweet middle name—something like Belle, Anne, or Jane would be perfect.
What do you think of Margaery (or Margery)? Would it be a name you’d pick? Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for my full Game of Thrones name recap.
Photo: Pregnant woman via Ronald Summers/Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, March 14th, 2013
There are a lot of loose lips in the royal inner circle. After the Duchess of Cambridge (AKA the former Kate Middleton) accidentally let slip a “d” that led many to believe that the royal family will be adding a new princess, now there are rumblings that someone has leaked the baby name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen for the future ruler of England: Elizabeth Diana Carole.
Not a bad choice—in fact, I speculated back when the royal couple announced their pregnancy that both Elizabeth and Diana would be among the names given to a future queen.
Elizabeth is obviously in homage to the current and past grand dames of England—and a nice way to pay tribute to William’s grandmother. Diana honors William’s mother, while Carole is Kate’s mother’s name.
I had picked Eleanor Diana Victoria Elizabeth—do I get points for being half right?
What do you think? Is this leak the real deal? And is it what you expected?
Image: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
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