...to think it's odd to be smug that your child has the same name as the prince

(74 Posts)
makemineabacardi Thu 25-Jul-13 15:08:12

Seen this quite a lot in the last few days - mostly on Facebook/twitter etc to be fair. People just really smug that one of their DCs shares a name with the new prince.

Wow, get you - three years ago you picked an already popular name which is now also the name of the future king. They must have copied you, you trendsetter. No no, please show me more photos of your 'Prince George'. hmm

I've even seen one post where parent was extremely proud of the fact that his DC shared a middle name with new prince George.

I don't get it tbh. And I'm probably being IR. wink

Iamsparklyknickers Thu 25-Jul-13 15:12:29

"They must have copied you, you trendsetter"


Ah let them have their (grasping at straws) moment. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a feeling of superiority every now and then - so grump away safe in the knowledge you're not a twat wink

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Thu 25-Jul-13 15:14:54

My Granddad is called George - has been for 93 Years! It's like his parents had a crystal ball grin.
I know what you mean and YANBU. 3 of my FB friends have linked the princes name to their family.
To be fair if you chose a fairly regal name for your child (I.E - one that has been used by a king or queen in the past) chances are the royals will use it at some point.

phantomnamechanger Thu 25-Jul-13 15:19:14

If I had just had a baby George, I would be proper pissed off - there will be dozens of them in that peer group now!

phantomnamechanger Thu 25-Jul-13 15:20:42

Oh, and I would feel the need forever more to point out to people who HAD named their George after the prince, that I HAD NOT

(this happened to a friend who had a (very unusual) Leo just before the Blairs!)

EeTraceyluv Thu 25-Jul-13 15:22:25

I have a 13 year old George and I just think it's funny - he is really pissed off though! Especially as we live in Cambridge too grin

My friend's cat is called George. She is bursting with pride. grin

EeTraceyluv Thu 25-Jul-13 15:23:34

I have the same name as a minor (ish) royal who wasn't minor when we were both born. She was born a month before me, which meant that everyone assumed I had been 'named' after her.

BionicEmu Thu 25-Jul-13 15:26:10

I have a 6 month old DD, & was terrified that Kate would have a girl and call her the same name as DD! As they'd be a similar ago I was dreading people thinking I'd just copied, & knew it would make the name popular. I have a DS too, but he's 2.8 years and isn't called George anyway.

So don't really understand people being pleased tbh!

Christelle2207 Thu 25-Jul-13 15:27:21

My baby is due next week. Pleased they've come to a decision, means I can knock George off my list. I'd be annoyed if I'd just had a baby George.

makemineabacardi Thu 25-Jul-13 15:30:25

If I had just had a baby George, I would be proper pissed off - there will be dozens of them in that peer group now!

See, if it was an unusual name I'd understand being pissed/smug (delete as appropriate) but it's a common name, there's going to be dozens of them anyway!

<secretly wishes they'd called him Prince Albert as that would have made for some cracking jokes>

lborolass Thu 25-Jul-13 15:32:36

I'm sure they aren't being serious, it's just a bit of fun, are you sue you aren't overthinking it?

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Thu 25-Jul-13 15:32:40

I have to say that my son is Xander and I did feel happy that they chose Alexander. Not for any showey reason and I wouldn't say it out loud but it was more of a "I knew it was a quality name"

I do however know lots of george's there are 3 in ds2's class and 2 in ds1's

WestieMamma Thu 25-Jul-13 16:59:17

My newborn son is St George. I grew up in Bucklebury and went to the same primary school as Kate, so I know that they really are copying me. wink

Rufus43 Thu 25-Jul-13 17:12:15

All my soft toys were called George. Just saying

StillInBigKnickers Thu 25-Jul-13 17:13:49

We are mainly only impressed due to George of Peppa fame.
dine-saur.... rawwwwrrr....

iwouldgoouttonight Thu 25-Jul-13 17:15:39

I used to have a hamster called George. Makes me 592,895,559 in line to the throne I believe.

I have the same shoe size as Kate Middleton [smug emoticon]

We clearly have LOADS in common!

My uncle is called William. He is older than Prince William. My Nanna was obviously a trendsetter

lborolass Thu 25-Jul-13 17:29:13

Westiemamma - have you really called your son St George? Surely Prince George would have been more apt grin

Iaintdunnuffink Thu 25-Jul-13 17:37:47

It sounds like daft, throw away banter. We have two George's in our office and I've heard a few pleasant & silly comments, it means nothing.

Clary Thu 25-Jul-13 17:40:38

Oh I posted that DS2's middle name is George blush

I wasn't being smug, honestly. It was almost his first name but I am not not not a royalist, quite the opposite.

Panzee Thu 25-Jul-13 17:42:08

Prince George shares my son's birthday. So I'm better than the namesakes, ner grin

DS2 is George and he was very proud that the baby prince has the same name as him. I however couldn't care less!

10 years ago when we chose DS2's name it was more unusual and I didn't know any other children with the name. I am quite disappointed at the popularity it has now and the fact that there will more than likely be hundreds more now.

Thyeternalsummer Thu 25-Jul-13 17:49:45

I'm really pissed off actually.angry My first son is due in the next week and we settled on George months ago - as soon as the sex was confirmed. He's been baby George to family for months. But now it's just going to look like we jumped on the royal bandwagon. Not amused!

Thank goodness they didn't choose my DS's quite uncommon name. I'd have been fuming. There'd be loads of them in school in 5 yrs time.

FirstStopCafe Thu 25-Jul-13 17:51:38

YABU I'm sure people are just having a bit of fun. There's no harm in it

PipkinsPal Thu 25-Jul-13 17:54:45

I bet Asda is chuffed with his name. grin

MrsEricBana Thu 25-Jul-13 17:56:24

My friend has a ds called George-Louis - wonder if she's feeling SUPER smug?

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Thu 25-Jul-13 17:56:41

Just realised Prince George was born on my Granddad Georges 93rd Birthday! Spooky grin

Wouldn't put me up or down if I had a George/was going to have a George simply because it is such a common name. Whatever they named the prince would become extra popular so choosing an already popular name was on the ball of them smile

I loved the name Georgia for dd2 - due in 2 weeks - and if df had let me use it I wouldn't bother if people thought it was after the prince. It'd be an odd thing to do but then I am odd wink

Asdas Facebook feed have 3 'hrh prince George' baby vests I think being released for sale today/tomorrow - they are tacky but almost worth buying grin

My female tortoise is George. <smug>

Hope RMB doesnt get to five years old and then they notice he is indeed a she...

mumofthreeandcounting Thu 25-Jul-13 18:03:00

I think you're overthinking it. Are you possibly a bit @#!*% off that they didn't choose the name of one of your kids? You sound a bit like you're protesting too much, if you know what I mean.

It doesn't actually mean anything, you know?

Footface Thu 25-Jul-13 18:03:01

I have a George, and every git will call their ds George. Great. So thanks wills and kate

Rooners Thu 25-Jul-13 18:23:03

I think they are just being silly. That's all it is. A bit of flim flam.

I wouldn't stress it. (I nearly called my 6mo Georgie, but didn't, and I didn't know it was the most likely name for theirs either - I am quite glad I didn't now)

Mumoftwoyoungkids Thu 25-Jul-13 18:39:10

I have an 8 week old ds with a classical name. I spent the 2 days terrified that they would use it so am very relieved about George!

quoteunquote Thu 25-Jul-13 18:48:16

We have a family member who called her first son William after her father, the year before Diana and Charles did,

then a year and a half later called her second son Henry after FiL, called Harry for short,

she was very unimpressed, and constantly recites their birth dates if anyone comments.

and both parents have names that are in use in the generation of royals, they get teased a lot.

I am properly pissed off my ds is 14 mths and round here george isnt a common name everyones a finn noah alfie or henry but by the time he hit school I bet theres going to be 100s of them. there were 6 people in my year with the same name as me and I hated it but guess I have to man up and deal with this fuckwittedness

littlemisswise Thu 25-Jul-13 19:15:42

I wanted to call DS2(16) George after my great grandfather who was called George William, but DH wasn't keen on it. Obviously my Nan's parents were way ahead of their time!wink

YoniCollette Thu 25-Jul-13 19:22:20

I'm not happy. My baby is George Alexander. I new it was popular. About number 12 in name ranks I think. Surely now it'll be number 1 though? I would have chosen something else if I'd known.

ThePowerof3 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:52:18

My baby boy has a very traditional name but came very close to being a George, I wouldn't worry though its a lovely name

DeathByTray Thu 25-Jul-13 19:55:48

My grandad was George.

DH's dad is called George.

My brother's middle name was George.

My real initials are ER - and they're on cushions and thrones everywhere.


ouryve Thu 25-Jul-13 19:58:30

There used to be lots of Georges in my family. I revived it as DS1's middle name, almost a decade ago.

I am the trendsetter. Go me.

(DS1 is a bit impressed with the prince's name, naturally)

Capitola Thu 25-Jul-13 20:00:54

I'd be really pissed off.

I was worried they might have a girl and give it my name (was always mooted as favourite).

ShadowMeltingInTheSun Thu 25-Jul-13 20:24:20

I've heard the opposite from my friend with a baby George!

She's really hacked off about it - says that everyone will think her DS is named after the prince, despite her baby being 6 months older. Apparently the possibility that the royal baby might be called George never crossed her or her DH's minds until after the royal baby was born grin

Tallalime Thu 25-Jul-13 20:33:59

My old car was called George <smug face>

My new car is called Vladimir <looks pointedly at Zara>

IneedAyoniNickname Thu 25-Jul-13 22:04:40


My friend's cat is called George. She is bursting with pride
I also have a friend who is pleased to have a vat called George, do we know the same person?


My newborn son is St George. I grew up in Bucklebury and went to the same primary school as Kate, so I know that they really are copying me.
My friend (not the one with the cat) also went to school with KM, you probably know him! He has been interviewed by BBC news fairly often as a result.

My claim to closeness to the royal family is..
I was due on the day Prince Harry was born, but was early so wasn't born the same day.
I was born in the same hospital as KM, as were my DC, and admittedly nearly everyone I know.
ds1 was the same birthweight as one of the royals, Harry or William I think.

I have another friend who has casually mentioned (about a million times) on fb that the new Prince has the same name as her ds3s middle name. Based on the fact that all her ds' have middle names that are traditionally used by the royal family, its hardly that surprising.

notasgreenasiamcabbagelooking Thu 25-Jul-13 22:23:12

But will it really mean an increase in Georges? Did we have loads more Williams after he was born?

Are you one of my facebook friends? hmm

My 5yo is called Alexander George (Outing myself here) and yes I am double smug at my good taste.

I wouldn't be so smug if he was a newborn though! grin

Yonionekanobe Thu 25-Jul-13 22:36:31

My next door neighbour is called George.

What do I win?

itchyandscratchy26 Thu 25-Jul-13 22:38:37

My 8 week old boy is George. Chosen for our own personal reasons, as we liked the name. Chosen in fact before we even knew the duchess was pregnant.
And yes, I have posted some comments on facebook, more to amuse rather than any smugness. In fact I'd rather there aren't a flurry of Georges at school. Anyone who interprets it as smug can F**K off and worry about something more important.

Fakebook Thu 25-Jul-13 22:42:58

Some of my children's clothes labels say George. My dd has two George's in her class and I used to have a friend called Georgina back in 1991. Go me.

SarahAndFuck Thu 25-Jul-13 22:55:16

I got married on 22nd July twelve years ago because I knew, I bloody knew, that somebody would have a famous baby on that date eventually. grin

I quite like that people are so pleased to have something in common with them.

My Nana was over the moon once because someone on Corrie had the same set of 'tea coffee sugar' canisters as she did. Every time those canisters got screen time she was happy.

DidRoyalsCopyMe Thu 25-Jul-13 22:57:33

We have a George Alexander - he's 7 and very proud that baby royal has same name as him!

We chose the name George a) because two of his great-grandfathers were Georges, and b) we are from a family of farmers - the name George derives from ancient Greek and means 'farmer'. Felt it was quite apt, plus it's a good solid name.

Oh and c) lived abroad in various European countries, and liked having a name that was easily translatable across many languages ... unlike my own name which is greeted by a perplexed look whenever we go abroad!

I was initially quite keen on Alexander as a first name, but then realised I didn't like any of the shortened versions like Alex or Sandy, so binned that one.

GW297 Thu 25-Jul-13 22:59:39

I have the same initials as the new prince and am ridiculously pleased about this for some unknown and very unexpected reason!

WestieMamma Thu 25-Jul-13 23:08:53

Westiemamma - have you really called your son St George?

Yep, but it's his middle name (family tradition).

beanandspud Thu 25-Jul-13 23:13:08

Surely you have to have a Bungle and a Zippy before you're allowed to have a George? grin

SueDoku Thu 25-Jul-13 23:42:14

Ah this brings back memories of being in labour with DC2 in 1977 - midwife asked whether we'd got names and I told her yes, Richard for a boy and Elizabeth for a girl - then almost yelled, 'But NOT after the Queen - we just like the name...!' She looked most astonished grin

Absolutelylost Fri 26-Jul-13 00:47:57

My 13 year old isn't called George but has the middle names Alexander Louis, not a common combination so I feel a bit pleased - but not quite sure why!

MyBaby1day Fri 26-Jul-13 05:38:12

grin iwouldgoouttonight

I have a baby doll named Alexander!!. Always loved the name!. But well let them enjoy it as long as they're not doing it too much!!.

madasa Fri 26-Jul-13 07:31:36

My cat is walking around with a smug look and an overnight acquired air of superiority

rob99 Fri 26-Jul-13 07:48:53

George is a bit of a cold name IMO and when I was younger the only people called George were old farts. I guess the future king was always going to have a traditional "King-like" name.

riojabotherer Fri 26-Jul-13 08:02:20

I have a toddler George and would far rather they'd picked another name. It's bloody annoying. Luckily he and I know there's only one Prince George.

Lazyjaney Fri 26-Jul-13 08:19:09

Since being ruled by Germans from 1700 we've had 6 Georges, 2 Williams and an Edward. Plus an Anna, a Vicky and a Liz.

Creativity is not their strong suit. Charles will never rule, spoils the pattern.

doingthesplitz Fri 26-Jul-13 12:36:38

I was on the bus this morning and heard someone calling the man beside me 'George'. I often have amazing royal coincidences like that <preen>

Niklepic Fri 26-Jul-13 12:40:49

Four of my cats are called George, Charles, Edward and Harry. All I need is for a princess to be born and named Scruffles.

doingthesplitz Fri 26-Jul-13 12:52:35

Oh Noooo Nikle shock. I don't want everyone to think I copied the royal family with DD's name.

ComposHat Fri 26-Jul-13 13:02:38

I have an 8 week old ds with a classical name




SofaKing Fri 26-Jul-13 13:12:41

My dad was called George Alexander smile

He was not much of a royalist, but has been dead for twelve years so is unlikely to be cross.

Nice of them to call him after my dad though, did make me laugh (in a nice way)

SirBoobAlot Fri 26-Jul-13 13:25:26

DS's first middle name (he has two, flame away...) is George after my Grandad. We weren't going to include it, but exP wanted DS to have his middle name, which starts with J, and the first name we agreed on started with B. I refused to allow DS to have the initials BJ, so added in George as well.

Now THAT is more interesting than "It had to be George, really" as a naming story grin

ComposHat Mon 29-Jul-13 00:31:54

As someone pointed out on my Facebook page, they'll be able to safe time and effort sewing name tags in his clothes, if they get them all from ASDA's clothing range.

squoosh Mon 29-Jul-13 01:00:34

George is a very clammy, squidgy, pink name. Suitable for a new baby and an old man.

SarahAndFuck Mon 29-Jul-13 11:54:58

Surely George is dark brown and tastes like the brown liquorice allsorts?

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