Would the Royal baby name put you off one you had chosen?

(61 Posts)
lisbapalea Tue 25-Jun-13 15:09:34

Sorry if this has been done before but I wondered what the general feeling is about naming a child in the next 6-12 months with the same name as the impending Royal sprog.

I am expecting DC2 in December and if it's a boy we are really keen on George but someone this morning said that is odds on favourite for Wills and Kate's baby if it's a boy.

It's really put me off, but am I being an idiot?

I am guessing lots of Williams were born in the early 80s and I can't say I think 'Prince William' any time I meet a Will...

MonstersDontCry Tue 25-Jun-13 15:12:03

It would put me off too. I was considering the name George too, but I'm due in 2 weeks and don't want to risk having the same name as the royal baby. Silly really but that's just me. smile

Hawkmoth Tue 25-Jun-13 15:14:09

I'm due any time and thinking of waiting to choose a name until they have. This might be an excuse though as I've got no shortlist for either sex and am hoping it comes out with a label.

jellybeans Tue 25-Jun-13 15:17:36

Yes it would put me off. I prefer unusual names or at least non top 50.

lisbapalea Tue 25-Jun-13 15:31:26

I've heard that Charlotte is odds on favourite for a girl, which thankfully isn't on my 'girls' list, so I think I will just keep my fingers crossed that it's a girl so I can keep George!

I am sure there will still be hundreds of other Georges born this year, just hopefully no Royal ones!

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Tue 25-Jun-13 15:35:23

I think it would depend on the name.

From your title my immediate reaction was 'Yes it would' but then when I read it was 'George' probably not as it's a name that's already used A LOT so I don't think it would stand out - whereas something used less frequently used would.

andadietcoke Tue 25-Jun-13 15:36:06

Yep - Charlotte is on our list at the moment but might not be come mid July!

squoosh Tue 25-Jun-13 15:38:55

I can't imagine anything more hideous than people mistakenly thinking you'd named your baby after The Baby.

Smudging Tue 25-Jun-13 15:48:18

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morethanpotatoprints Tue 25-Jun-13 15:52:55

Yes and it was annoying.

I always wanted William (long standing family name) and Harry (husbands side of family)
Unfortunately, I only had one of those as people would have presumed we'd chosen them as Royal princes.
Worst thing is the one I chose has a 4 year old relationship with a girl called Kate arghhhhh

morethanpotatoprints Tue 25-Jun-13 15:57:24

OP, meant to add he was born early 90's and nobody has ever asked us honestly. although he and his girlfriend get comments constantly grin

Thurlow Tue 25-Jun-13 16:00:32

Yes. I am rather irrationally annoyed that DD's name is almost (slight change in spelling) one of the favourites for a girls name. There'll only be 18 months between them so when they are older people might say "oh, after Princess X?", as it's not the commonest of names.

rockybalboa Tue 25-Jun-13 16:29:52

Friend of mine just had a baby and moved George to middle name for precisely that reason. I'm due on the same day as the Duchess and to be honest, I think it's unlikely they'd use anything off our list but yes, I think it would put me off. However as you're not due until December, I wouldn't even worry about it yet.

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 25-Jun-13 16:58:57

I was due a week before the Duchess, but my daughter ended up arriving a little over 4 weeks early (perfectly healthy), so we went with our heart and named her Mary.

It's said to be a "contender" for the Most Important Baby Ever™ but I can't see it myself.

If they do use it, well hey, we got their first!!


Our chosen name for Oct/Nov DS3 is a royal name. I'm going to have serious pangs if they use it.

I thought I was safe because I thought theirs would be a girl, but now I'm not so sure. Argh.

Turniptwirl Tue 25-Jun-13 17:10:19

I agree with whoever said I don't think of Prince William anytime I meet a William even if its someone the same age as the royal William. I might query the wisdom of having two DC both with the same name as royals as another poster said she didn't feel she could have a William and Harry!

I'm sure for a while anyone with a dc roughly the same age and with the same name as the royal baby will get comments, but why let it ruin a name you otherwise love? Especially a popular name like George that won't only ever be the baby prince, everyone will know another George as well.

If they call the baby something outlandish and made up and you give your child the same name then I think you would get ridicule and tbh would probably deserve it! But I highly doubt the royal baby will have a made up name!

YoniMitchell Tue 25-Jun-13 17:12:58

Bollocks, Charlotte is my top girl's name (family ties). Buggering arse, I will NOT be happy if TRB nicks my name!

halcyondays Tue 25-Jun-13 17:19:50

If I really liked the name it wouldn't put me off.

FobblyWoof Tue 25-Jun-13 17:24:20

It would put me off, yes.

Alice is another name being guessed and DD is an Alice. Shes a year older but that won't make much of a difference in 20 years time when everyone will think I jumped on the bandwagon as they know three million other Alice's!

blueemerald Tue 25-Jun-13 17:46:33

I have the same name as one of the princesses and, despite the fact that she is almost exactly two years younger, my mum used to get asked if it was after the princess. Used to make her hmm

CruCru Tue 25-Jun-13 18:33:24

My brother was born on the same day as Prince Harry. My folks waited until the name had been announced before choosing one.

Yep, I'll definitely avoid whatever name they choose (due in Sept/oct so should be safe).

xXjunebugXx Tue 25-Jun-13 18:52:38

It absolutely would.

RaisingHooligirls Tue 25-Jun-13 18:56:26

yes. I think it would make you look like a sad ol' royalist copy cat.

KittenofDoom Tue 25-Jun-13 19:23:22

It is likely to be a very common name, so no. All the front-runners are names that I would class as unexceptional (George, Charlotte, Alexandra etc.

In the unlikely event that they went for something unusual, then I would probably avoid it.

mrspaddy Tue 25-Jun-13 19:29:22

I have heard someone betted 100 on Mary at the bookies and they thought they'd got a tip off.. we are going for Mary regardless... would be annoyed if they go for it.. but I honestly can't see why they would and we are going for it anyway.

RaisingHooligirls Tue 25-Jun-13 19:40:21

I like Mary. I think Kate & William are pretty dull (in a nice way)and their choice won't be as surprising as Beatrice and Eugenie were at the time. So whatever she chooses, Mary, Jane, George, Frederick, I think it'll be a normal name or a name that is rising in popularity anyway. I'd put a fiver on that!

squoosh Tue 25-Jun-13 19:47:22

Can I just add that I love the fact that the Queen has a great granddaughter called Savannah grin

Weren't Fergie and Awful Andrew sent back to the drawing board by the Queen when they told her they wanted to call one of their kids Annabell?

RaisingHooligirls Tue 25-Jun-13 19:50:34

yeh, if she'd known then she'd have a gd called Savannah! I think there are more night clubs called Savannah. Obviously Peter and Autumn did not need to run their choice past the queen. I like Autumn though. And to be fair, Savannah just sounds American. I know it's not a Royal choice but She is American and their choice proves they're their own people if you know what I mean.

RaisingHooligirls Tue 25-Jun-13 19:50:58

a great gd

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 25-Jun-13 20:33:22

Autumn is not American, she is Canadian.

hollyisalovelyname Tue 25-Jun-13 20:39:23

I had a dd. gave her an (for that time) unusual name. 3 months later a celebrity gave her dd the same name with loads of publicity. This celebrity is never out the newspapers.. Aghhhh. Now the name is as common as muck.....Sigh.hmm

PrincessOfChina Tue 25-Jun-13 20:58:52

George is so popular anyway, along with William and Harry, I would only think to myself "Oh right, another one". Sorry if that sounds harsh.

Elquota Tue 25-Jun-13 21:49:24

No, it wouldn't bother me.

If I meet a 20-something William, I don't think "Prince William" at all.

IsThisAGoodIdea Tue 25-Jun-13 22:37:20

I don't think it will be a problem because it's bound to be something very normal and middle-class and not unusual. I mean, if you named your DD Kate now, nobody would think it was after Kate Middleton would they?

Yes it definitely would- at least for a few years.

aftermay Wed 26-Jun-13 09:17:13

I agree that it's going to be something pretty bland so it shouldn't put you off any more than using any of the other common middle class names around - if that had been your intention!

themaltesecat Wed 26-Jun-13 09:41:21

Not our fault if the royals also favour the prettier, more traditional names.

I wouldn't worry about it.

(My short-list for my baby born in late 2010 was William and Kathryn, as it happens, though I'd only heard of the prince at that stage.)

PerksOfBeingNorthern Wed 26-Jun-13 19:20:49

Charlotte and George have been my guesses since the wedding but now I'm hoping they pick something that hasn't been mentioned.
I'm sure any baby with the same name in next couple of years will get "as in Prince/Princess" then it won't be noticed after that.

Peter and Autumn have an Isla now to go with Savannah blush that I know that grin

looki Wed 26-Jun-13 23:13:17

Gosh yes, it would put me off it completely.

I went out with a guy from an European country who had the same name as one of the royal princes of that country and everytime he said his name he added 'after Prince X, we were born in the same year'.

How sad.

MissHC Thu 27-Jun-13 11:16:41

For me that would really be a reason to NOT use that name. Due in November so everyone will probably think it's after Prince/Princess X.
We like George too but if it turns out to be a George we'll definitely not use that name.

badguider Thu 27-Jun-13 11:18:30

Argh. I hadn't thought of that. Yes it would. She'd better not take our boys name!!!!

Doubt she would though as its got no royal history and is too Scottish.

Dackyduddles Thu 27-Jun-13 11:24:07

Really? I mean there are an awful lot of any name born. Does it really matter if someone, (oh the shame!), royal has it? At least it's a royal baby not Geordie shore surely?

badguider Thu 27-Jun-13 17:36:50

The main reason I'd change if she used our name is that it'll probably ticket into the top 5 names of the year and we've deliberately avoided anything top 20 as I has a fashionable name for my year and hated it!

badguider Thu 27-Jun-13 17:37:14

Rocket not ticket

KittenofDoom Thu 27-Jun-13 18:19:16

I've said it before, but I don't think royal babies do increase the popularity of names. It's taken Beatrice 25 years to catch on, for instance. Eugenie still hasn't. Zara didn't rocket to the top of the charts. Most of the other names are fairly common anyway, William and Henry/Harry were already popular names when the princes were born.

PeriodMath Thu 27-Jun-13 18:24:26

Actually I think Harry was the one name that did take off as a result of the baby prince.

I distinctly remember everyone thought it was a really old-fashioned name, esp the Henry version.

Now we are falling over Harrys.

RaisingHooligirls Thu 27-Jun-13 19:30:58

/true. I think they chose names that were at least ten years away from their (cyclical) turn in the sun. there were no harrys at that point although there were a few Williams because my cousin who is 35 was named William after our gd

squoosh Thu 27-Jun-13 19:35:29

The fact that royal babies don't influence naming trends would make me even more anxious not to use the same name as Will and Kate's baby. If no one else was using the name and you did it would mark you out as a royal Superfan! The type who collects 'lovely' royal plates and teapots from the Telegraph magazine.

RaisingHooligirls Thu 27-Jun-13 19:54:44

yeah! morto! If they pick Alice, no worries, but if they pick Ethelreid or Alfreida then scarleh forya

worldcitizen Thu 27-Jun-13 21:59:37

Autumn might not be U.S.American, but an American she is smile, if you get my drift

May I ask from outside the UK, if there is also talk of giving the child the name Diana as the second or third name possibly, or would this be too touchy?

fuckwittery Thu 27-Jun-13 22:03:52

Holly the names not Ava and Myleene bloody Klass is it?

Essexgirlupnorth Thu 27-Jun-13 22:06:23

No due till October and having a girl but if they do have a girl we won't be using the same name. Not that I think they will use any of my favourite names.

Christelle2207 Thu 27-Jun-13 23:29:00

My baby is due a couple of weeks after theirs and am inpatient to find out its name so that I know what not to call mine.

hollyisalovelyname Sun 30-Jun-13 13:28:18

Fuckwittery no it's not Ava/ Myleene Klass grin

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 30-Jun-13 20:25:00

Not if was a name I really liked.

Royals always tend to go for classic names anyway rather than rare ones that make people think "oh like so and so". For example,Sienna is a lovely name but virtually everybody will think "oh like Sienna Miller" upon meeting a young one because for most people it hadn't occurred to them to name a daughter Sienna until she popped up in the early 00's.

missusmrs Sun 30-Jun-13 20:39:36

Probably yes, my brother was born a week after Harry and despite a boys name been agreed from the outset - Henry (dads middle name) it was swiftly changed!

amessagetoyouYoni Sun 30-Jun-13 20:58:57

Gergeis super common, though. Theyre everywhere, so does it matter?

amessagetoyouYoni Sun 30-Jun-13 20:59:06

George is

Bodicea Mon 01-Jul-13 22:06:00

oh no charlotte is my girls name!!! Never thought about this before. God would be gutted.
James is my boys name. Reckon that could be have a chance too. Aargh!
Need to sort some reserves out.

ElleCloughie Mon 01-Jul-13 22:09:36

I am very pleased that I am due after the Cambridge sprog, because if they chose one of the names we are thinking of we wouldn't use it - mostly because everyone would presume we had just copied something that was suddely made popular, and not that it was a name we had loved and chosen. Figers crossed!

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Mon 01-Jul-13 23:29:24

Yes, it would put me off big time.

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