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Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: The Meaning Behind the Royal Baby Name

Prince William and Kate Middleton
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?


British Baby Names