Possible Royal Baby Names and their Significance

Britain is buzzing with excitement over the imminent arrival of Meghan and Harry’s little one. As with each new royal baby, one of the questions on everyone’s lips is “what will they name their new addition?” Many names have gained regal status over the centuries, but will the modern couple choose a name with royal significance? With so many elements and hundreds of years of history to consider, we’ve looked at a few possible options that might make the couple’s baby name shortlist…

 

Royal names for boys:

 

Albert – taken from the German words for ‘noble’ and ‘bright’, the name Albert saw a surge of popularity in the 1800s following the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on 10 February 1840. While fans of the royal family wait to discover if Harry and Meghan will breathe new life into this traditional choice, why not delve into the history of Prince Albert on a visit to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or Osbourne House?

Arthur – associated with the legendary King Arthur, who according to medieval literature led Britain to victory against the Saxons in the fifth century, this historic name conjures images of heroic acts and strong leadership. Having recently seen a surge in popularity, the name ranked in the top 20 baby names in the UK last year, making it a strong contender for Harry and Meghan’s new addition! And while many of the festivities surrounding the royal baby will focus on London, fans of the name (and the legend of King Arthur) can venture further afield to Cornwall – legend has it that King Arthur was conceived in Tintagel, a rocky outcrop upon which Richard, Earl of Cornwall, built a castle in the 1200s.

Alexander – although famous as the name of Alexander III, ‘Kings of Scots’, the name itself comes from the Greek word meaning ‘defender of men’. Could Meghan and Harry bring Alexander back into the royal limelight? While we wait to find out, why not trace the history of this famous Scottish king at the ruins of Roxburgh Castle, his birthplace in 1241, or the astounding Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, his final resting place and the burial ground of many of Scotland’s most renowned medieval rulers.

Charles – not popular in Britain until the reign of King Charles I in the 1600s, today this name is best known for being that of Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles. Would a tribute to the Queen’s eldest son and the baby’s grandfather be a fitting gesture? To really get a feel for the life of Prince Charles, visit the part of Wales where he spends the most time, the picturesque Llwynywermod, in Carmarthenshire.

Edward – a name given to several kings of England throughout history, Edward is said to have originated from the Old English words ead meaning ‘wealth’ and weard meaning ‘guard’. Would Meghan and Harry consider naming their little prince, Edward?  To walk in the footsteps of a royal Edward, explore the grand Eltham Palace. Gifted to the monarch in 1305, it became a highly visited royal residence up until the 1500s.

Henry – famously, or perhaps infamously, known for being the name of many a king of England, including Henry VIII, the moniker originally comes from the German words meaning ‘home-ruler’. Henry has seen a rise in popularity over the last few years, which could make this royal name a tempting choice for the couple. Visitors to London can trace the footsteps of Henry VIII himself on visits to Hampton Court Palace, Hever Castle (the family home of Anne Boleyn), the Banqueting House at Whitehall and Windsor Castle, where he is buried.

 

Royal names for girls:

 

Elizabeth – a name synonymous with strong female monarchs, if the couple choose Elizabeth for their little princess, it could be a fantastic homage to Queen Elizabeth II. Having recently celebrated her 93rd birthday, Her Royal Highness is Britain’s longest reigning monarch and there are plenty of fantastic royal locations where you can walk in her footsteps, from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle and the Sandringham Estate.

Louise – much like Meghan Markle herself, Princess Louise was known as being a strong advocate for feminism, education and the arts. The sixth child of Queen Victoria, the princess was determined to be seen as a normal person and was known for having an unconventional streak, traits that might make this name an appealing option for the royal couple. In the meantime, fans of the name can discover more on trips to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace, some of the favoured residences of Princess Louise.

Matilda – Empress Matilda was the daughter of King Henry I and the first woman in history to make a claim to the English crown. Derived from the German meaning ‘strength in battle’, the name Matilda is another possible choice for the royal couple, while the Empress’ birthplace, Sutton Courtenay, in Oxfordshire, is a former royal vill with an interesting history, making it a popular choice for a day trip for royal fans on a visit to London.

Victoria – perhaps the most famous queen of England, the reign of Queen Victoria has been immortalised throughout the ages in film, literature and art. The name itself comes from the Roman goddess of victory – a fitting namesake for a monarch who defined an era. Although a more unusual choice in recent years, the name’s noble history means it could be an ideal choice for the couple’s first child. Visitors to Britain can discover more about the monarch herself on trips to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Osbourne House.

Baby gifts fit for a Royal

As Meghan Markel and Prince Harry prepare to welcome their new born into the world, the newest addition to the royal family is bound to be lavished with beautiful gifts by excited family members and well-wishers. Set to become the Queen’s eighth great grandchild, the pair’s little one will be seventh in line to the British throne.

Prince George is used to setting fashion trends around the world by now, favouring British designer Rachel Riley for her traditional cuts and styles, while Princess Charlotte has followed suit. Both have been spotted in her creations, evoking memories of royal looks from the 1950s.

Here are a few more charming gift ideas from around Britain fit for any cherished prince or princess...

Style Setter

Stella McCartney Kids has lots of quirky pieces to make little ones stand out from the crowd. The Fruit and Vegetable inspired collections are delightfully playful.

For ultra-stylish unisex designs, look to British brand Tootsa MacGinty. Colourful t-shirts and jumpers with fun animal designs, like the yellow Giraffe Striped Jumper and Fox Jacquard Knit are ideal for playtime.

Bathing Baby

Bath time has never looked so chic with The Little White Company's fabulous hooded robe – a little bit of affordable luxury. Made of super soft, absorbent and fast drying hydrocotton and with cute little teddy bear ears on the hood, it's perfect for wrapping babies in straight from the bath.

Send babies off to sleep after bath time with Earthbound Organics' gentle, soothing, calming and healing Baby's Massage Oil. The independent company handpick many ingredients for their all-natural products from the hedgerows of the Welsh countryside.

Super soft cotton muslins can be used for everything from wiping a little one's face to a cosy comforter. The cloud and star design by My 1st Years can even be personalised with a baby’s name for free.

Practical Magic

Committed to designing products that make life easier for parents, the Hippychick Shell does just that. Waterproof and windproof, the all-in-one is perfect for keeping babies warm and dry and it comes in lots of colours to keep your little one looking fab in the sunshine – no wonder Prince George looked so happy in his!

The modern vintage style of Cath Kidston is another royal favourite, and their wipe-clean nappy bags in funky designs are a huge hit with parents for their practicality and style – after all, babies require a lot of baggage so you might as well carry it all in a cheerful bag!

Baby Boutique

British high-street stalwart John Lewis' much-loved Lewis bear, sports an eye-catching patriotic blue and white jumper emblazoned with the Union Jack and makes a lovely gift for expectant parents. Stores UK wide.

Focusing on ethical craftsmanship and fine organic materials, charming London label Aravore is an excellent place to buys gifts for little ones, like the hand-crochet baby booties made from 100% organic merino wool.

A British brand with a French twist, JoJo Maman Bebe has grown to have stores all over the UK. They sell everything to kit out the nursery, from cribs and moses baskets to night-lights and furniture. Add a lovely finishing touch by fixing Wall Stickers around the little-one’s room.