After introducing their adorable son with the world two days after he was born on May 6, 2019, we finally got baby name news. And Meghan and Harry bucked tradition—and all the bets—with a more modern name for their son: Archie Harrison.
Archie is generally a less formal nickname for Archibald, an English/Scottish name that means bold and true or literally "bold prince." Meghan and Harry are following current British trends by picking the nickname as the official name, rather than opting for the more formal baby name. Archie itself is very popular in the UK. (It's currently in the top 50!)
Harrison literally means "Harry's son," so it's clear where they came up with that one! Put it all together? The new royal baby name translates to "Bold Prince, Son of Harry." And the Mountbatten-Windsor surname is the set of surnames commonly associated with the royal family.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
In the U.S., Archie is most commonly associated with the old-school red-haired comic book high schooler, and it's now been reported that Meghan Markle may have had a cat growing up with the same name!
"The future Duchess of Sussex used to tell friends about her beloved [cat] Archie, who ended up fat after being constantly fed frozen grapes," according to The Sun. "They reckon the newborn’s name could be a nostalgic reference to the pet who was also adored by Meghan’s mum."
Regardless of it's true inspiration, given that Harry goes by a nickname name himself, it's not surprising that the couple went a little more casual with a nickname name. And unlike his cousins and the rest of his family, little Archie only has two names.
His father and uncle each have four names, while his cousins each sport three. And it's significant that he wasn't given any of the common royal baby names—bookmakers had pegged that the little guy would be named Philip after his great-grandfather or Albert after the husband of Queen Victoria.
What's more, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided not to give their son a royal title. Instead, little Archie – who is seventh in line for the throne – will be known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (the baby's royal title would have been Earl of Dumbarton). But Queen Elizabeth II may decide to give Archie the title of prince, as she did with Prince William's children with Kate Middleton.
What do you think of Harry and Meghan's baby name pick? Would you consider it for your son?
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