April 5, 2019
The due date for the next royal baby—Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's child—is almost upon us. So naturally, the bookies are doing brisk business laying bets as to what baby name they'll pick. And the front runner for a girl is an iconic one in royal circles (and the world at large): Elizabeth.
It's probably a safe bet, given that the baby's due date is in the same month as the Queen's birthday (April 21st). Elizabeth is a Biblical name that means consecrated to God. Ranked next in likelihood is Diana, the name of Harry's late mother, or Victoria, after the other long-reigning queen—and bookies are still laying 8/1 odds that one of those names is the one.
If it's a boy, Ladbrokes is laying the best odds on Albert (the name of Queen Victoria's beloved spouse) or Philip (the name of Harry's grandfather) as the pick, with 12/1 odds. (Albert means noble, while Philip means horse lover.) Arthur and James come just behind that, with 16/1 odds.
The royal couple, like William and Kate before them, have been completely mum about their picks: “We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone," Markle said, according to People. "We’re going to sit down and have a look at them."
One guess as to which baby name has already been crossed off their list? The long-shot pick, "Brexit." (Though if they do name their baby that, you'd win big, with 500/1 odds!)
Based on the royal couple's penchant for bending the rules, even if they choose a name from that super short list of family names that William and Kate have drawn from for their three children (George, Charlotte, and Louis), they'll likely look at ways to make it more modern, whether it's by selecting a fresh nickname, or giving the baby a more modern middle. And that would make sense for this pair, neither of whom use their formal first name. (Harry's first name is really Henry, and Meghan uses her middle name, instead of her first name, Rachel.)
Elizabeth could actually fit that bill, with its treasure trove of nicknames, including Eliza, Ella, and Betsy. But there's also Eleanor after the medieval grand dame Eleanor of Aquitaine, which comes with the same Ella/Ellie possibilities, along with Nora. Margaret, after Queen Elizabeth's late sister, could become a Maggie, Meg, or Daisy. Frances, Princess Diana's middle name, could be a dark horse option as well—though as a full name, without a nickname.
Among the boys' picks, frontrunner Albert is one of Harry's middle names, and Bert or Albie (or even Albus?) can be nickname options. Alexander, which currently has 20/1 odds comes with the modern nickname Xander, along with the more traditional Alex.
Even though Meghan and Harry's baby will be in line for the throne, it's highly unlikely he or she will get to be king or queen, with their grandfather, uncle, three cousins and dad all in line in front of them. So Meghan might get a little more freedom to pick something a little more creative and modern—such as a name inspired by a name from the list (like Francesca instead of Frances), or something classic, but new to the crown, like British favorite Oliver. Characters from William Shakespeare or Harry Potter could also be possibilities if they're willing to get a little more creative. I love Viola or Hermione for girls, for instance.
Of course, the bookies have been wrong in the past—they expected William and Kate to use Albert for one of their sons, for instance. They have Henry or Rachel as 25/1 odds currently. Or perhaps one of Ladbrokes' dark horse picks, like Poppy or Alistair will end up with the nod?
Hopefully, we won't have to wait too much longer for the answer! The baby's due date is believed to be in late April or early May, but as we all know, babies don't always come right on time!
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