Royal baby names: Meghan gives birth to baby boy
The latest on Meghan and Harry's new baby, plus a bit of royal baby name inspiration if you're expecting an arrival of your own. From modern monarchs to ones gone by, we've rounded up the most popular and iconic royal baby names - both from Britain and around the world.
The royal baby has been born
Well, the wait is officially over – The Duke of Sussex has announced that The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby boy early Monday morning and the couple are “absolutely thrilled”. Both mother and baby are said to be doing very well, with the newest addition to the royal family weighing in at 7lb 3oz.
In his announcement, Prince Harry described the birth as “the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine,” adding that “how any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension… I'm so incredibly proud of my wife.”
The baby was photographed for the first time today (Wednesday 7 May), and his first royal visitor was the Queen. The baby is her eighth great-grandchild.
Has the royal baby been named?
Yes – the baby has been named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Bookies' favourites were James, Spencer and Alexander, with Arthur and Oliver following behind.
Where was the royal baby born?
While it's not clear whether the baby was born in hospital or at home, Meghan is now at Frogmore Cottage, with her mother and Prince Harry.
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Royal baby name predictions
If you don't know by now that Meghan and Harry have welcomed their first child, well…we don't believe you. On the Mumsnet Talk boards, speculation about the name for the new royal baby, and whether it would be a boy or a girl, was rife. Turns out, nobody guessed correctly.
“It'll be a girl – I'm positive. I'm just getting a girl vibe.”
“I don't think they'll go at all vintage or retro. They'll play it very straight.”
“It will be Alice or Albert after George the 6th. His real name was Albert and they have to honour William's great grandfather at some point.”
Top royal baby names
When placing a bet on royal baby names, it helps to look back at the ones of yore. William and Kate took a nod from one of the most popular royal baby boy names, George, when they named their first-born. So what other names have stood the test of time?
The most popular royal names for girls
The most popular royal names for boys
Royal names around the world
If Meghan and Harry had wanted to look to distant shores in choosing their newborn's name, there’d have been plenty of inspiration about.
French royal names
Everyone knows that, ultimately, the French weren’t the biggest fans of the monarchy. But well before they were lopping off heads, they were giving them some fairly insulting nicknames. Take ‘Charles the Fat’ for example, or ‘Louis the Quarreller’. We’re not sure how we’d have fared had we been French monarchs, but we hope better than poor Louis XI, the ‘Cunning, Universal Spider’. Ouch.
Anyway, here are some more flattering French names.
Indian royal names
The 18th century was a golden time for Indian maharajas, who lived surrounded by opulence and luxury. They no longer wield any power (since India’s independence in 1947), but they still enjoy lavish lifestyles and hold spectacular weddings.
Swedish royal names
The Swedish monarchy is, in a word, confusing. Sweden is a constitutional and hereditary monarchy and, since 1818, the family has constituted of people from the Royal House of Bernadotte. Anyway, just assume they have great cheekbones and that they’ve chosen some lovely royal baby names. Find the evidence below.
Moroccan royal names
Morocco has been ruled by various dynasties since 789. The current royal family is composed of the Alaouite dynasty, who say that they descend from the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Nigerian royal names
There are many monarchs in Nigeria, hence why it's sometimes referred to as the 'country of kings'. While they may not hold any constitutional power, they exercise a great deal of influence. It’s not known exactly how many Nigerian monarchs there are.
We’ve all heard about Henry VIII and his many unfortunate wives, but what about the lesser-known regals? Turns out they’ve got some interesting stories of their own.
Firefighting royals, anyone? When a blaze broke out at Marlborough House in 1864, Edward discovered his passion for putting them out. Quick to act, he organised the servants in a human chain to pass down buckets and jugs of water. Afterwards, he asked the fire brigade if he could be on-hand to help when future fires broke out.
He assisted with another blaze in Leicester Square a year later, wearing the full firefighter garb. His mother, Queen Victoria, rolled her eyes at this ‘gallivanting’.
Alexandra of Denmark
Alexandra, who married Edward, lived a life that was one part charmed and one part tragic. Her marriage took her from rags to riches, but when Edward wasn’t gallivanting into fires he was with other women. Her pregnancies also took a toll on her health – one birth leaving her with a life-long limp, and hearing troubles that would worsen with age. Her eldest son then died at the age of 28.
But in spite of her misfortunes, Alexandra paved the way for the royal way of life we know now. She threw her efforts into charity work, founding the Alexandra Rose Charity in 1912, which helped impoverished Londoners get access to healthcare. Politically conscious, she was also the first queen consort to visit the House of Commons during a debate.
What happened on George V’s deathbed was… interesting. All seemed above board until 1986, when his physician’s diary was unearthed. It seems that the doctor (Lord Dawson) deliberately euthanized George, administering a lethal cocktail of morphine and cocaine. And according to him, it was all for the sake of the King’s respectability.
Knowing that the regent was already on his way out, Lord Dawson nipped things in the bud so that his death would be covered in the morning papers rather than the “less appropriate… evening journals”. Given that the king’s last words were “God damn you”, it doesn’t seem like he was on board.
Isabella of France
You did not want to mess with the ‘She-Wolf’ of France. Marrying Edward II in 1308, things quickly went south when his court favourite, Hugh Despenser, began to undermine her. After her property was taken and a spy planted in her own home, Isabella set sail for France.
There, she got the backing of a group of English rebels and returned to England with an invading force. The invasion would become a revolution, and Isabella had her own husband imprisoned. If she were alive now, we can only imagine how many ‘LTB’ comments she’d be banding about.