Name new royal baby

What will Meghan and Harry call their son? Brits and Americans have some ideas.


An official notice at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on Monday announces the birth of a son to Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Yui Mok/Pool/AFP/Getty Images) By Jennifer HassanJennifer Hassan Social media editor for the foreign desk May 7, 2019

LONDON — Arthur? Alexander? Thor? Philip? Marvin? WINSTON? There’s a new royal baby in town, but what will his name be?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, more fondly known as Prince Harry and Meghan became parents to a baby boy on Monday. News of the birth of their first son, who is seventh in line to the British throne, came via Buckingham Palace and er, the couple’s Instagram account. Who says centuries of royal tradition and a modern day romance can’t mix?

Following the announcement, crowds gathered clutching balloons, champagne was popped and the words “It’s a baby boy!” glowed blue and danced around the top of London’s BT Tower. On social media, celebrities, politicians and royal fans around the world offered up their congratulations to the dashing ginger prince and the American-born Meghan Markle, who were married in May last year.

But what about the baby’s name. The Name. THE NAME???

For Meghan and Harry, a couple who have already broken with the pressures of royal tradition in so many ways, the naming of their firstborn has the world watching for several reasons: 1) well . . . it’s a royal baby! 2) this is the first interracial British royal baby in modern history 3) the baby is a dual citizen — will his name reflect that he is both a U.S. and British national?

For British bookmakers, who wrongly predicted the baby would be a girl, the current favorites are Alexander and the highly traditional: Arthur and Albert.

“I’ll back Alexander. It’s the new favorite as well. No well-known royal links. If they liked the name it would be a distinctive choice,” said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

Some royal fans say the chosen name could give a nod to the baby’s maternal grandmother, Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in the summer of 1997. Princess Charlotte, first and only daughter of William and Kate, took Diana as one of her middle names when she was born Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, four years ago.

If Harry and Meghan were to follow William and Kate’s lead, many royal fans believe that the name Spencer — after Princess Diana’s side of the family — is another strong option. Earl Charles Spencer is Harry’s uncle and Princess Diana’s younger brother. He offered his congratulations to the new parents Monday, calling the birth “really very lovely news” on Twitter.

Sharing his views of the name Spencer, Fitzwilliams said: “Its links to the earl wouldn’t be popular with all the royal family, especially Charles, but I suspect the queen would also not be enthusiastic.”

Other popular names circulating are Charles and Philip, which would have ties to the baby’s paternal grandfather (who is next in line to the throne) and great-grandfather, Prince Philip, who is 97 years old. In the United States last year, the most popular boys’ names were Jackson, Liam and Noah. Whereas in Britain, the most popular boys’ name last year was Oliver followed by Harry and George.

On social media, users did not disappoint with their predictions. Some were sweet, some were unique and some were simply wild. From Thor to Jamal, Gavin to Gary, Marvin to Ashton, speculation was in full flow on Monday and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Spider-Man also happened to be trending in Britain at the same time, although this is thought to be unrelated to the royal arrival.

But, there are many who think Meghan and Harry will go against royal tradition and pick a name more popular in America than “Arthur” — after all, Meghan was born and raised in the United States. Meghan is also deeply proud of her black heritage, although she has spoken out in the past about her struggle to understand her identity in her early years and how best to find her voice in the world as a mixed-race woman.

“While my mixed heritage may have created a gray area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that,” she wrote for Elle in 2015.

Meghan, Harry and he-who-is-not-yet-named (at least, in public,) are expected to make their first appearance as a family on Wednesday. The baby’s name and title are also expected to be formally revealed. Contrary to popular belief, the child will not automatically assume the title of Prince unless Queen Elizabeth says so.

Until then, place your bets.

Following the First World War King George V of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha decided to Anglicise his family’s German name.

On July 17, 1917, he declared that the royal family house name was now “Windsor,” and that all of his direct descendants would have “Windsor” as their surname.

The Mountbatten surname comes from Prince Phillip’s side of the family.

The Mountbatten family is a German dynasty and the Queen’s husband Prince Phillip adopted the Mountbatten from his mother’s family in 1947.

Mountbatten-Windsor is the surname used by the male-line descendants of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

A declaration made in Privy Council in 1960 declared that the name Mountbatten-Windsor applies to male-line descendants of the Queen without royal styles and titles.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to leave Master Archie title-less for now.

He could have taken on his Dad Harry’s tile of Earl of Dumbarton but it seems the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided against it.

Baby Archie will not automatically be a prince like his little cousin Prince George.

He will, however automatically become the Duke of Sussex when his father Prince Harry dies.

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby boy arrived Monday morning royals fans all over the world have been eagerly anticipating the announcement of the baby’s name. Now, at last, we have an answer—one that might just lose gamblers a bit of coin. This morning after giving the baby his public debut, Harry and Meghan announced that they have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

As early as last October—just days after the news of the pregnancy broke—betting sites like Betfair and Ladbrokes began taking wagers on everything from the baby’s gender and birth weight to the day of the week it would be born. But by far the most contentious bit of betting was the issue of the name. (As we didn’t know that the child would be a boy until he arrived, bets were placed on both girls’ and boys’ names.)

As of early April, Elizabeth was holding on as the crowd favorite on Ladbrokes with 6/1 odds, and there may be a special reason for that. In addition to the obvious—Queen Elizabeth II being Harry’s grandmother—many suspected that the royal baby would be born in late April, possibly on Easter this year, in which case the child would have shared more than just blood with its regal great-grandmother: they would also have shared a birthday. Adding a first name to the list of things that the Queen would have in common with the infant would only make sense.

Of course, Elizabeth was far from the only name in the running.

There’s a long tradition of family names being handed down to royal babies, so it’s no surprise that the betting front-runners were mostly comprised of names with some history.

Diana, the name of Prince Harry’s late mother, ranked high on most lists—it was the top pick on Betfair in April and held second place on Ladbrokes with 8/1 odds. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have certainly proven that they care a great deal about Diana’s legacy, paying tribute to her at their wedding with white garden roses—the late Princess’s favorite flower—in the bouquet and even using gems from her personal collection to craft Meghan’s engagement ring. However, one of Princess Charlotte’s middle names is already Diana, so even if the baby had been a girl, the couple might have opted for something else.

Likewise Victoria, an homage to Prince Harry’s ancestor Queen Victoria, was also a top choice, along with Albert, the name of Queen Victoria’s beloved husband.

Harry and Meghan received baby gifts from the Canadian High Commissioner on Commonwealth Day in March 2019. CHRIS JACKSONGetty Images

High ranking on both sites were the names Arthur and Alice; options that were also popular in the anticipation of Prince William and Kate’s three children. Arthur is one of the middle names of both Prince William and Prince Louis and is, of course, a nod to the great English king of myth and legend (as well as one of Queen Victoria’s sons.) Meanwhile, Alice has remained a favorite of bookies for years given its royal pedigree as the name of both Queen Elizabeth’s aunt and Prince Philip’s mother.

And while the rankings may have made some names seem like shoe-ins, the royals have a history of bucking the odds—Louis was hardly the most likely name for William and Kate’s youngest, coming in at just 33/1 odds. Among the ranks of “Mary”s and “Alexander”s Ladbrokes also included some more esoteric options for fans to bet on, including Barack and Winston at 100/1 odds and Brexit at 500/1.

According to Prince Charles, the public was very forthcoming with ideas for baby Sussex during Harry and Meghan’s royal tour of Australia and New Zealand last fall. “Incidentally, ladies and gentlemen, my son Harry tells me that during their recent tour of Australia, he and his wife were offered countless thoughtful suggestions for the naming of their forthcoming baby,” Charles said. “Just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist.”

Harry and Meghan were quizzed on baby names during a tram ride in Melbourne. Meghan said: “We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone. We’re going to sit down and have a look at them. We haven’t thought of one as it’s still quite early.” #RoyalBaby #RoyalVisitAustralia

— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) October 18, 2018

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Meghan Markle, age 37, and Prince Harry, 34, became parents for the first time on Monday morning. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the good news in the afternoon, having had some time to enjoy the special arrival together. Today, the couple announced the name of their royal baby boy. It came as they posed for a photograph with the youngster, letting the world see the child for the first time.

Twitter users weighed in on the named. One wrote: “Harrison as in ‘Harry’s son’? Loving how modern the name is!”

Another said: “Wonderfull. Archie, like in Archie Leach aka Cary Grant!” (sic)

SJ Ljungstrom from ChannelMum.com said: “Our most modern Royal couple have chosen a fresh, fun and very modern name that both reflects their new family makeup, but also builds bridges across the world.

“Although both names are unusual in Royal circles, Archie – meaning ‘bold or brave’ – is rising high in the UK popularity charts and is currently ranked at number 18 while Harrison has also climbed swiftly to reach 34.

“Archie is a wonderful choice as it encapsulates pomp and tradition while having all the cheeky chappie qualities of Harry himself.

“Meanwhile Harrison is a noble name which traditionally means ‘Son of Harry or Henry’, so there is no moniker which could ever be more appropriate for Harry’s firstborn son.

“Harrison also perfectly encapsulates the American and wider Commonwealth trend for using surnames as first names. It’s currently ranked 113 in the US and was made popular by actor Harrison Ford, but expect to see thousands of newborns given the name now it has the Royal seal of approval.

“The names work as they are noble and regal but also have the warm and caring common touch, just like the couple themselves. The baby has already been hailed as uniting nations as the first bi-racial senior Royal, and now tens of thousands so parents across the globe can say ‘my son has a touch of Royal class too’.”

What does the name Achibald mean?

The name has a German history and was used in Medieval times.

It it is a combination of the German words ‘erchan’, which means genuine or precious, and ‘bald’, which means bold.

Famous Archibalds include American poet, writer, and the Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish.

A number of British earls have also has the name Archibald.

What does the name Harrison mean?

Harrison has a very literal meaning that the Duke of Sussex has put to use.

Originating in the Middle Ages, the name means “son of Henry” or “son of Harry.”

The baby will share the name with famous actor Harrison Ford, who starred as Han Solo in the Stars Wars films.

This choice is rather modern in comparison to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the name of the royal baby: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

According to Babble and Baby Center, the name Archie has English origins and means “genuine and bold.” It’s a variant of the name Archibald, although the Sussexes didn’t specify if that is his whole name. Royal correspondent Emily Andrews reported that the name also has German origins, and that Harry and Meghan chose names for their son that they liked.

Harrison, on the other hand, is a fitting tribute to the baby’s father. It literally means “son of Harry.” Harry’s full name is Henry, though.

Finally, Mountbatten-Windsor is the last name used for descendants of Queen Elizabeth II who don’t have His/Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess titles. It’s a combination of Prince Philip’s former last name and the House of Windsor, which began with Queen Victoria and also applies to the current queen’s family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the news of their son’s name on Instagram with a sweet photo with the queen, Prince Philip, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.

Royal fans have been speculating about the newborn’s possible moniker ever since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were expecting back in October. Common guesses have included royal names from within the family, like Diana (after Harry’s late mother) or Elizabeth (after the Queen, AKA Harry’s grandmother) for a girl, or Albert for a boy.

Harry and Meghan welcomed their son on Monday, May 6 and hours after the delivery, Harry said they were “still thinking about names.” The day after, aunt Kate Middleton said she and Prince William were still looking forward to “finding out what name is going to be.”

Even when they stepped out with their baby boy earlier this morning at Windsor Castle, the new parents didn’t reveal the name yet. It’s believed they wanted to tell the queen the news first before sharing the little one’s moniker with the rest of the world. According to royal reporters on Twitter, the monarch met with the couple and her great-grandchild after the photo call.

During her appearance earlier today, Meghan said of being a mom, “It is magic and it is pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world. And so I am really happy.”

Harry also shared sweet sentiments about being a first-time parent. “It has only been what, two and a half, three days,” he told press. “We are just so thrilled to have our own bundle of joy and to be able to spend some precious time as he slowly starts to grow up.”

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Royal Baby Name: Kate Middleton, Prince William announce name

“Royal baby number 3” no more. Prince William and Duchess Kate have picked a name for their newest little bundle of joy.
The baby’s full name is Louis Arthur Charles, Kensington Palace announced.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.
The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/4DUwsLv5JQ

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018
The little brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte was born Monday. Mom and baby went home from the hospital on the same day.
British media outlets have been pronouncing the new prince’s first name as “Lou-ee.”
“Louis” is a tribute to a mentor of Prince Charles, ABC News reports. Lord Louis Mountbatten was the uncle of Prince Philip and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth. He was killed in a 1979 bombing by the Irish Republican Army in Ireland.
The prince’s first name is also one of Prince William’s middle names and one of Prince George’s middle names, the BCC reports.
“Arthur” was a middle name of Queen Elizabeth II’s father King George VI, according to the BBC. It is also another of Prince William’s middle names.
Prince Charles, the baby’s grandfather, is first in line to the throne.
Bookies had put the best odds on the names “Arthur,” “James” and “Phillip.”
PHOTOS: Will, Kate and the royal family through the years

Nearly four days after welcoming their third child together, Prince William and Kate Middleton have finally revealed the name of the new little prince: Louis Arthur Charles.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.
The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/4DUwsLv5JQ

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018

The tiny royal was “safely delivered” on Monday, April 23 at 11 a.m. London time (6 a.m. ET), weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Prince William was present in the delivery room, Kensington Palace announced.

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Welcome to the family. Thank you everyone for your kind wishes.

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Though we’re just finding out his name today, we already knew the royal baby’s official title weeks ago: His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge. His older siblings have similar appellations.

Baby Louis is fifth in line for the throne, following big brother Prince George, who’s in third place, and two-year-old sister Princess Charlotte, who’s in fourth.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive with The Duke of Cambridge at St Mary’s Hospital to meet their little brother.

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Long before the baby’s arrival, royal fans placed bets on equally regal monikers. At first, bookmakers believed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcoming a girl, with possible names Alice and Mary landing in the lead. But after the couple welcomed a boy, betters banked on princely names like Albert and Arthur (the top favorites). James, Alexander, and Philip (after the child’s great grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh) were also in the running.

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So why did it take so long for the palace to announce the royal baby’s name anyway? There are two possible reasons, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Town & Country.

“On one hand there’s a desire to inform the families before a public declaration is made and any new parent appreciates having a little private time to get to know their new addition before the onslaught of announcements,” she said.

The Cambridges made a similar move before publicizing the baby’s birth on Monday, too. They took a few hours to personally notify their families of the new addition before breaking the news, sources tell BAZAAR.com.

“Royals, however, also have to consider the great responsibility in naming a new member of the family and I expect they want to be a hundred percent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history,” Arbiter added to Town & Country.

Naming a royal baby comes with a royal amount of pressure; it’s understandable if William and Kate took a few days to ensure they found the right moniker for their youngest. The long wait was totally worth it.

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The Meaning Of Kate Middleton’s Baby’s Name Is Seriously Beautiful

It’s official! Kate Middleton and Prince William have welcomed their third child — and it’s a boy, you guys! So exciting! And are you ready for the name? Because lemme tell you, it’s a good one. The new little prince is named Louis Arthur Charles. And if you like the sweet sound of it, the meaning of Kate Middleton’s baby’s name is even better! Louis is a German and French name that means “renowned warrior” and I am so on board with the significance behind this amazing moniker! As for Arthur, it means noble and courageous.

All of little Louis’ names are also steeped in royal history. As for Louis, it’s actually one of Prince George’s middle names (George Alexander Louis) and could be a nod to Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle. Prince William and Prince Charles both have Arthur in their full names and Queen Victoria had a son named Arthur. And Charles, of course, is after the little one’s grandfather, Prince Charles.

It was last fall when Kensington Palace first announced that the Duchess of Cambridge was expected to give birth in April 2018. And, well, here we are! Kensington Palace first shared the news of the new baby’s arrival on Twitter. The post said,

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

An official letter announcing Louis’ birth date, time, and weight was also posted on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, as per royal tradition.

Then, on April 27, the royal baby’s name was announced by Kensington Palace. The announcement read,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

Louis joins his big brother, now 4, and his big sis Princess Charlotte, 2. So, let’s take a look at the meaning behind his/her older siblings names real quick. Prince George was named after the Queen’s father, King George VI. And Charlotte, whose full name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, was named for Queen Elizabeth and William’s late mother, Princess Diana.

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The baby arrived right on schedule, placing the new baby’s birthday right before Princess Charlotte’s on May 2. He will also share a birthday month with great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who was born on April 21, 1926.

UK bookies had been taking bets on the new baby’s name, of course, with Alice and Mary leading the way for a girl (which people were convinced it would be). Mary is actually one of the middle names of Queen Elizabeth, and Alice is both the name of Prince Philip’s late mother, and the name of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters.

As for a baby boy, the top spots went to Albert (after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband) and Arthur (after William and Charles, who both have Arthur in their full names).

I actually love the name Alice. In English Alice means “of the nobility,” so how perfect is that? Oh well, maybe they’ll decide to use it for baby number 4!

The public learned Kate was expecting at the same time they learned she was once again struggling with hyperemesis gravidarum. Kensington Palace released a statement announcing both her third pregnancy and her condition:

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” the statement read. “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

Meanwhile, baby number three already has a page on the royal website. When it first went up back in mid-March, it only said “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby” at the top, then gave visitors a quick recap of the pregnancy and told us all to follow along with the royal family on Kensington Palace’s Twitter account. But now it’s been updated with all the amazing details on the third baby, and TBH I already it bookmarked and plan to keep checking back religiously.

Will the baby’s fist official outing be Prince Harry’s nuptials to Meghan Markle? Stay tuned. Until then, I’ll just be over here refreshing.