In case you missed it, here is a recent post from “Rosie to the Rescue”, my blog for Parents Magazine. Using my knowledge of the Brit Royals, I weigh in on the highly anticipated decision: What will Kate Middleton name the baby? Don’t miss the rest of the “Rosie to the Rescue” posts, available here.
Now that Princess Kate is into her second trimester, it’s only natural that England (and the world) is abuzz with the burning question, “What will the baby be called?” Well, if I may I’d like to shed a little light on the royal way of naming, so that you can make your own call!
The Royal Family tend to have multiple names. Prince William alone has four: William Arthur Philip Louis. They also tend towards traditional names, especially those of successful monarchs. Elizabeth and Victoria were both extremely strong and successful, as were Arthur and William. Less likely to make the cut would be Henry, considering King Henry famously married six times–and beheaded two wives. As for nontraditional names, only Princess Anne’s son (Prince William’s cousin) has gone that route, with Savannah and Isla.
To avoid confusion, the royals tend not to use the name of any living monarch. And while Diana is a possibility, her family name Spencer is not! (From the royals’ perspective, the extended Spencer clan has been nothing but trouble.) One good possibility is Louis, as Lord Louis Mountbatten was a close relative of the Queen’s and a favorite of Prince Charles. He was killed by the IRA, and William may choose to honor him. Finally, Kate’s family names are unlikely to be picked for this first baby in line for the throne, but may indeed be possibilities for subsequent siblings.
If I was a betting lady, I would put George and Louis at the top of my boy list, and Victoria or Carole at the top of my girl’s. British bookies have made some picks for Kate and Wills’s firstborn–see their choices below.
P.S. I love that they included Princess Waynetta as a possibility, even if it’s got 1000 to 1 odds!
10 to 1 odds: Diana, Victoria; George
16 to 1 odds: Anne, Frances; Louis, Richard
20 to 1 odds: Grace, Mary; Edward, Henry, James, Peter, Spencer
25 to 1 odds: Alice, Sarah, Catherine; Andrew, William
33 to 1 odds: Alexandra, Amelia, Beatrice, Carole, Charlotte, Margaret, Marie, Philippa, Sophia; Michael, David, Alexander, Stephen, Thomas
50 to 1 odds: Caroline, Jane; Christian, Oliver, Rupert, Bradley
1000 to 1 odds: Waynetta