All families have relatives who insist on certain names to honor ancestors in the family tree. Of course, everyone has the prerogative to either go along with name requests or to overrule as the child's parents.
When you are Kate Middleton your options shrink considerably. Kate must please a queen, a royal hubby, royal in-laws, and I imagine her parents have feelings about baby names, too. There's a history to know, so as to avoid any name pitfalls due to bad associations or history. You must know the extended family tree, in order not to pick a name being used by a current relative. Many names that would be acceptable to the royal family will be so old, you may sneeze from the dust in just pronouncing them.
And then there is a ton of repetition in royal names, as well. Henry I through VIII, comes to mind, for example. Picking a name is hard enough when the decision is simply between two parents, so for the royal couple, this must be a terrible headache. It's not simply a first and middle name, as most royal family members are given three names to accompany the surname.
This one is an obvious off-limits name. Princess Diana was adored by the public and of course, her two beloved sons, but the royal family had real issues with the mother of the heirs to the throne.
Diana seemed to break all the rules, much to the royals' chagrin and the delight of the British people. She was once quoted saying: "I don't go by the rule book; I lead from the heart not the head."
She became the best-loved of all the monarchy, and when she and Charles divorced, he tried to get Camilla to be loved and admired, but it was a tough sell after Diana. When Diana died in 1996, her son William was 15, and Harry was just 12. William and Kate honored Diana with one of the middle names of daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, which is why if this royal thirdborn had been a girl, her first name would not have been Diana. Diana is the Roman goddess of the hunt, childbirth and forests.
It means, according to BabyCenter, "divine," and ranks at #180 for American baby girls in 2018.
The mid-1940s was the heyday of this name, with 4800 Dianas per million babies in the US in 1946.
Edward is an old-fashioned baby name making the rounds once more as it grows in popularity. It comes in at number 261 for American baby boys so far in 2018 and means, "guardian of prosperity."
It's certainly been favored by royalty, and the youngest of Queen Elizabeth's children is named Edward, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex to be exact. But for an actual heir to the throne, Edward would conjure up memories of a former king named Edward. For those rusty on history, King George V died, leaving his son Edward VIII the crown. However, Edward didn't live up to his role very well. He ascended to the throne in 1936 and became somewhat sympathetic if not enamored of the Nazis. Then he fell for an American woman who was a married socialite.
She later divorced and Edward made it clear he intended to marry Wallis Simpson. The royal family, the country and the church made it clear they weren't on board. Thus, in 1937, Edward abdicated the throne, famously stating, according to History.com, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." Thus Edward is not a prime option for a new royal son.
James is a perennial favorite boy's name, ranking in the top 10 at number 9 for US baby boys in 2018.
It is based on the Hebrew name Jacob, meaning "supplanter."
James in royal history is most known as James I the first ruler of all Britain. He also is the monarch who commissioned a new version of the Bible.
His reign was a mixture of successes and failures, but ended more with failure due to his extravagance and lack of respect for Parliament, believing in a God-given right to total rule. So, for that reason, perhaps not the best-loved monarch for Kate and William to bring to mind. But also, Kate's younger sister, Pippa Middleton is married to a James -- James Matthews to be exact. James and Pippa are currently expecting a baby as well, according to People magazine.
James Matthews' name is a bit besmirched right now as well, as his father David Matthews was arrested in March for allegedly raping a minor in 1998/1999 in France. The charges were made in 2017. So probably for the best to leave the whole James Matthews family out of the spotlight as much as possible, although James is a favored name by most English speaking nations.
Henry is another old name coming back into favor with new parents these days. According to BabyCenter, it ranks #28 in the US right now. It is a German name meaning, "ruler of the household," so in that respect a fine royal name. However, it's been the handle for 8 kings of England thus far. Unfortunately, it's mostly associated with Henry VIII who famously wed 6 times, some ending with the wife's head in a basket.
He also brought about the Protestant Reformation for less than religious reasons. Henry VIII ruled from 1509 until 1547, and was from the House of Tudor. He had two of his wives beheaded, Anne Boleyn, who had formerly been his mistress, and Catherine Howard. They were accused of adultery, which was probably true in the latter case but not with Anne.
He wanted to marry Anne Boleyn and be rid of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, via an annulment but the church wasn't having it. So he broke off from the Catholic Church, and made himself head of the Church of England. So Henry in royal circles conjures images of a less than stellar king who changed women like socks and grabbed for power like a reality star.
Mary is another perennial favorite name with oodles of variations and derivatives. Currently, according to BabyCenter, it ranks #152 in the original form alone.
Mary is a Hebrew name meaning "bitter," but most famously it's associated with being the name of the mother of Jesus.
Mary in royal history is most closely linked to Mary Queen of Scots. Henry VIII was her great uncle. Mary ruled from her father's death in 1542 (at 6 days old!) until she was forced from the throne in 1567. She had to abdicate to her infant son, James. She asked for protection from Queen Elizabeth I, but was imprisoned instead and was eventually executed in 1587. A new movie on the topic is coming out in November starring Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth and Saoirse Ronan as Mary.
Mary Queen of Scots was married three times; the first husband died tragically from an ear infection soon after they wed; the second husband died in a mysterious explosion soon after her only child was born, and some say at her request; and husband three brought her downfall. No lucky third time for her! So Mary's not the best life to pattern oneself after, thus not a royal choice even if William and Kate had given birth to another daughter.
Anne was the last Stuart monarch of England, and the first over a United Kingdom of England and Scotland. She was ruler of the UK and Ireland from 1702 to 1714. She had a successful reign and set up England to be a major world power. She was not as lucky personally, according to Britannica, having been pregnant 18 times with only 5 living offspring. Of those, only one survived infancy, but died before reaching adulthood at age 11.
Anne suffered from poor health, apparently autoimmune disorders, including arthritis, and due to gout had to be carried in her coronation ceremony. She was not particularly astute or attractive, either. However, a more likely reason for William and Kate to reject Anne as a baby name for the newest royal would be Anne is the name of William's aunt, Princess Anne is Queen Elizabeth's only daughter, and was born in 1950. She has been very involved in charity work and is an accomplished equestrian. She has two children and has been married twice. Her attempted kidnapping in 1973 led to increased security measures for the royal family, according to Biography.com.
Anne would not be a preferred name due to the close family member with the same first name, but since the royals had another son, it was a moot point anyway.
Andrew is a long-favored throughout English-speaking countries, with America being no exception.
Solidly in the top 100 names, Andrew is charting at #55 for US baby boys so far in 2018. Andrew is a Greek name and means, "manly; strong; courageous."
In the New Testament of the Bible, Andrew was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus and also Peter's brother.
Prince Andrew, born in 1960, is also Prince Charles brother, and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's third child. Since Prince Andrew is William's uncle, it would be unlikely for the new royal baby to be dubbed Andrew as well, especially as the first name, or the name used primarily. Andrew was a bit of a rebel, marrying Sarah Ferguson, nicknamed Fergie, and then getting divorced. The couple shares two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, now aged 28 and 29, respectively.
Prince Andrew and Fergie have made headlines repeatedly through the years for less than flattering reasons. Apparently, their relationship is still close, and controversially so. Andrew and Fergie each have had financial dealings which haven't ended well or made either party look overly ethical. Right now Andrew is campaigning to get earldom for future sons-in-law and better positions in power and wealth within the royal family, according to sources such as Express.
Beatrice is Prince William's first cousin, as she is the 29-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, the Duchess of York. Andrew and William's father, Prince Charles, are brothers. This is why Beatrice would have been a highly unlikely choice for any of the typical three given names for the new royal offspring.
As it turned out the baby was a boy, so Beatrice was not in the running at that point anymore. Beatrice is Latin name with the lovely meaning, "bringer of joy." What a perfect sentiment for a newborn child. Beatrice is not overly popular, but hardly rare, either. Right now, Beatrice comes in at #680 on the name charts for US baby girls. Of course, that doesn't include favored variations such as Beatrix. Beatrice is a name that frequently is shortened to Bea, Trixie or Bee. Or Bebe, Beezus or Bay.
Beatrice was a popular name in literature, such as the character in Dante's Divine Comedy, or in Shakespeare's play, Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice Quimby was the star of many of Beverly Cleary's children's books and was nicknamed Beezus. According to Baby Name Wizard, Beatrice is derived from the Latin word beātus meaning "blessed or happy."
Eugenie is another of Prince William's cousins, via his uncle, Prince Andrew and Sarah, the Duchess of York. Eugenie is not as common a name as her sister, Beatrice's name. It hasn't made the charts so far this year in the US, but ranked at #11738 in 2017. Eugenie means "well born; nobility," and is of Greek origins.
The root "eu" means good, such as eugenics, euthanasia, euphoria and so forth. Eugenie is actually the French form of Eugenia and often has an accent mark over the second "e." Eugenie de Montijo was empress consort of Napoleon.
Victoria Eugenie Julia Ena (what a mouthful!) was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and after whom Princess Eugenie was named by Prince Andrew and Fergie. Charlotta Eugenie August Amalia Albertina was a 19th century princess of Sweden and Norway.
According to Nameberry, Eugénie Hortense Auguste Napoléone de Beauharnais was a Franco-German princess of Leuchtenberg. There was also a Princess Eugenie of Greece and Denmark, born in 1910 and died in 1989. So it's been a favorite name for princesses around Europe for some time. However, since it's a cousin's name, and since the newest addition to Prince William and Kate's family is a boy, Eugenie was a no-go.
Commoners with the name include tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, and French writer, Eugénie de Guérin. Eugenia Price was a Southern US novelist whose works include New Moon Rising and Savannah.
Louise is the name of a rather quirky and controversial royal who to this day confounds historians and regular folk with the seemingly endless rumors about her life. Princess Louise was the daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and she lived a rather odd, and unconventional lifestyle for the time.
She rode a bicycle, smoked and cooked, as well as became a sculptor and advocate for women's suffrage. She reluctantly married and is said to have had an illegitimate son with her brother's tutor while still a teen. The child was supposedly adopted by the queen's gynecologist. Louise was truly a woman ahead of her time and found it hard to fit in. According to the BBC, Louise is also the name of a modern British royal; Lady Louise Windsor is the daughter of Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's son and Prince Charles' brother. Louise was born in 2003 and is 14 years old.
Her parents opted not to call her Princess, although she could have been given that moniker and title. So it's a pretty safe bet that had the third child of Prince William and Kate been a girl, she'd not been named Louise in any case. Being a rebel has always been more of Harry's arena, which his mother Diana seemed to encourage as he grew up.
Spencer was the maiden name of Princess Diana, the mother of William, so it would be a highly unlikely choice for a royal son. However, the Spencer family has long been in England a part of the aristocracy and certainly not plain old working class folks, by any means.
The name Spencer was originally an English surname that came from the Old French word 'despensier' and the Anglo-French word 'espenser', meaning "a butler or steward who managed the household provisions," according to Baby Name Wizard.
Spencer was Winston Churchill's middle name, and indeed, Churchill was a distant cousin of Princess Diana's, according to The Telegraph. Spencer Tracy is a beloved film icon, and star of the memorable last movie of his, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Spencer is a favorite for celebs as well, with skateboarding hero Tony Hawk and Oscar-winning actor, Cuba Gooding, Jr. naming sons Spencer, while actor Kelsey Grammar named his daughter Spencer. The name now ranks at #345 for US baby boys born in 2018. Spencer is simply not royal enough for a potential heir to the throne, and invoking Diana's name once more in a child's name may be a little unpopular with the Queen Mum, particularly for a boy.
Carole is the name of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge's mother. Her full name is Carole Elizabeth Middleton. So when giving their daughter Charlotte the full name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, all the grandmothers were honored. Therefore, choosing Carole would be leaning too heavily towards the baby's maternal family history, which would stand in defiance of tradition.
I see no Carole's in the listing of the British royal family tree until now, when they were grafted into it by marriage with Kate. Carole as a name can be traced a few different ways. One is to say it is derived from the male name, Charles, which is Latin and means "full grown man; freeman." Another way to trace Carole is as a diminutive of the name Caroline, which comes from Carolus, meaning "strong."
Carol is also a word name, from the word carol meaning "joyous song." Carole is an older name not experiencing one of those upswings in popularity now. It ranked at #7218 in 2017 and has not charted yet in 2018. Its heyday was in 1942 when there were 6,226 babies named Carole per million n the US. Carole King, the singer, and songwriter of some of the best-selling songs of all time, including "Natural Woman," sung by Aretha Franklin, is one famed Carole. Carole Bayer Sager is another famous songwriter with the name, and Carole Lombard was a glamorous actress married to Clark Gable.
Grace is a lovely old name enjoying a spike in popularity, as are many such vintage names, in America as well as Europe. While Grace now is high on the baby name charts at #26 in 2018, up a couple spots from last year, and was number #15 for British girls in 2017, it wouldn't work for the newest royal baby, had he been a girl.
The reason is that Dukes and Duchesses, which is mother Kate Middleton's title, are referred to as "your Grace." That could get a bit confusing as to whether someone was referring to Mom or daughter if William and Kate had named a baby girl Grace.
Grace is a Latin name, referring to God's grace and in Greek mythology refers back to the Three Graces. According to Britannica, the Three Graces were Aglaia, meaning "brightness;" Euphrosyne, meaning "joyfulness;" and Thalia meaning "bloom."
Of course, there was a beloved royal named Grace, and that was none other than American film star and beauty, Grace Kelly, who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. She became a real-life princess in 1956 upon her fairytale wedding but died tragically in a car accident in 1982. Other famed Graces include Grace Slick, singer of Starship, Grace Jones, singer/actress, and Grace Hopper, early computer engineer/mathematician and military leader.
While it's funny to even imagine, of course there was no chance in the world that a new royal baby, boy or girl, would ever be named after some of the most controversial policy in Britain's modern history: Brexit. Brexit is the term for Britain leaving the European Union, as in marrying the words Britain and Exit. Needless to say, there would be some folks who would pick a tacky, yet a newsy name for a newborn.
Shortsighted at best, any parent who'd saddle a kid with such a name should be shown the door of the country, anyway! Some political writers have asserted that with all the upheaval, chaos and populist hate politics, the royal family has emerged as a bastion of stability and comfort.
Who will be prime minister next? No one knows, but the queen has been around through 13 prime minister's terms. I definitely wouldn't suggest Brexit as a real name to dub any child, whatever the family's country of origin or political leanings. However, a related name, Brex is a legitimate choice. Brex actually made the boy name charts in the US in 2016, although not too high, coming in at #10,135 according to BabyCenter. Brexi could be another real name for commoners to use.
Arya, for those who aren't binge-watching Game of Thrones, is the name of a female character from this hit series. Obviously due to the series' popularity, this unusual baby girl name has cracked the top 100 at number 67 for 2018 thus far, and that's a 25 place leap up the charts over last year.
Arya is Sanskrit according to Nameberry, and means "noble; a song or air." Arya is also the name of a character in the movie, Eragon which is based on the book trilogy, Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.
Arya can be pronounced ARE-ya, or aria, like the song. However, the likelihood that a Duchess and Prince would name their daughter after fictional princesses in book or film is slim to none. I'm leaning towards none. While this name is lovely, and not only associated with fictional works, they are currently mostly linked in people's minds to the shows.
William and Kate are said to be very traditional in nature, and naming their child something so far off the name choices afforded by the royalty in their family history would be a bridge too far. Kate seems determined to choose names that reflect their family history, the Crown's history and yet is somewhat modern in taste.
Michael is an ever-popular name for boys in most of the English-speaking world. King Michael I was the last king of Romania, and Queen Elizabeth's cousin. Michael also happens to be the name of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, father. Michael Francis Middleton is his whole name, owns a home party planning business with his wife, Carole, whom he met while both were working in the airline industry. It's simply not really royal enough to justify as a given name for the newest royal heir.
The name Michael is Hebrew in origin and has the meaning, "Who is like God?" Michael is the name of one of the seven archangels in the Bible. Michael is one of the most recognized and powerful of those, however, and is responsible for carrying out God's judgments. Interestingly, Michaelf the archangel is recognized not just in Christianity, but also in Jewish and Muslim religion. According to Nameberry, Michael was the number one name for boys in the US for half a century!
Currently, Michael doesn't rank in the top ten for US boys, but so far in 2018, it is at number 17. Famous Michaels are simply too numerous to list, but superfamous recent Mikes include Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. "Michael," is the title of a poem by classic writer, William Wordsworth in 1800.
Charles is, of course, the name of Prince William's father, Prince Charles. Princess Charlotte, William and Kate's daughter and middle child, is sort of giving grandpa a shout-out since Charlotte is considered a feminine form of the name Charles.
Charles is a German as well as a French name, and means, "strong; manly; Freeman." So far this year, it ranks at number 144 for American baby boys. That's down 13 points from 2017, by the way.
Charles has a seemingly endless amount of nicknames such as Chuck, Charlie, Charley, and Chas or Chaz. Some might go a little more ethnic with the name and have Carlo or Carl as nicknames, as well. Of course, one of the most famed rulers with this name would be Charles I, or better known as Charlemagne. He was also Holy Roman Emperor as were Charles II through VI. Other countries with Charles as a ruler include Spain, France, Portugal, and Sweden as well as Hungary and Naples (independent at that time).
Famed Charles includes Darwin, Dickens, Chaplin and Schultz, and Barkley, Bronson and Mingus, Jr. Charles is a long-favored name for sons, whether plain, blue-collar folk, artists, musicians and yes, emperors and kings.
Peter is certainly always a strong contender for royal names, having been one for centuries. It is also the name of the Catholic Church's first pope, Saint Peter, one of Jesus 12 disciples. It means, "a rock," and is Greek in origin. Peter is also a long-favored name, now reaching #272 in the US baby boy name charts for 2018. Since 1965 it's been on a steady decline in popularity, while its zenith was in the 1950s.
It's been on the charts from the start, in the 1800s and was moderately popular then as well. Of course one of the more famed rulers with the name Peter would have to be Peter the Great or Peter I or Peter, Tsar of Russia. Peter I ruled from 1682, and jointly with his brother, Ivan V until Ivan died in 1696, then solely ruled from 1696 until he died in 1725.
According to Biography.com, he instituted many great reforms to bring Russia into a more modern age, but he was also a tyrant at times, even putting his son to death for treason. The main reason why it would not be approved of as the newest royal baby's first name is that he has a first cousin with the name already. Queen Elizabeth's daughter Anne is mom to Peter Phillips, the queen's first grandchild. Peter was born in 1977.
Leopold is an old name from German roots, meaning, "brave or bold people." While it sounds old and archaic even as names go, it has a long history in the world of royal families. However, probably that old-sounding characteristic is a big reason why it was rejected by Kate and William, and even the Queen may understand why.
There were at least 3 Leopolds who were kings of Belgium, including a relative of the British royal family. Queen Victoria had a son named Leopold. There was a Saint Leopold of Austria, and a Saint Leopold of Croatia. Leopold Senghor was a poet and the first president of Senegal. A Leopold was Prince of Bavaria, and also served as a field marshal in WWI. A famed composer held the name Leopold Stokowski, while Leopold Staff is a poet from Poland.
Kate and Leopold was a 2001 film starring Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan, where a historical character, Leopold was a duke in 1876, and time travels to modern America. It's a standard rom-com with a twist of sci-fi, according to Internet Movie Database. However, most Leos today seem to be Leonards or Leons. Very few boys are named Leopold today. The name is on the charts at #1886 for 2018 for US boys.
Margaret is a Greek name meaning "pearl."
Some also trace the name to the Persian language with the meaning, "child of light."
Either way, a cool meaning for a baby girl, even one of royal status. But the Queen Mum would not have approved of Margaret as the the name of William and Kate's third child, had it been a girl.
The main reason would be that Princess Margaret was the name of Queen Elizabeth's younger sister. Margaret died in 2002 at the age of 71. She lived an extraordinary life, even by royalty's standards. A bit of a rabble-rouser for a royal, Margaret fell in love with a divorced man, a captain in the military, and eventually succumbed to public and royal pressure to break off her relationship and planned marriage. Of course, now that'd be no problem, but then it was seemingly insurmountable.
Then she married a photographer, but that didn't end well and they divorced after 18 years. She was called "one hip chick," by musician Louis Armstrong, whose music she adored. She dated Peter Sellers for a time after her divorce, among a number of other men. She is quoted in her New York Times obit as having stated, "Disobedience is my joy."
Sarah would definitely be rejected as a name for William and Kate's child, had it been a girl, solely on the grounds that William's uncle, Prince Andrew was married to a woman named Sarah. Sarah Ferguson, "Fergie" is Duchess of York and ex-wife to Prince Andrew, as well as mom to their two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.
Both Andrew and Fergie are now in their late 50s and they've maintained a close relationship despite their divorce. Rumors swirl frequently about whether they actually still share a residence. Sarah was quite close with Princess Diana, and like her royal counterpart was under intense scrutiny by the royal family, media and the public. She was blunt for a royal and was harangued for her weight issues. She eventually went on to write children's books and was a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. She had some scrapes with ethical concerns, such as if she was selling "access" to ex-hubby Andrew.
In more recent days, Andrew was said to have petitioned his mother, the Queen, for royal full-time roles for his daughters, the only "blood princesses" and for them to reside at Kensington Palace. The request is supposedly due to his concerns of being overshadowed by William and Harry and their respective growing families. Prince Charles put a stop to the request, fearing more royals on payroll would hurt the monarchy's popularity, according to the Daily Mail's sources.
Jack was a name that Prince William teased as a possibility for child number 3 with the press. However, it just isn't very royal and wasn't taken too seriously as a possible choice for the next royal heir. Jack is an older name that is working its way back up the name charts, currently rising high at #22 in the US in 2018 for baby boys.
Jack has traditionally been a nickname for faves like John or James. Historically, jack referred to any given working-class man, or hence the phrase, "jack of all trades."
Nameberry considers Jack to be an English diminutive of John, meaning "God is gracious." While popular here, it was the number one name for boys in England for some time. How is Jack a nickname of John?
According to Nameberry, it went from John, to Johnkin, to Jackin to finally just Jack. You may recall all the nursery rhymes starring a Jack, Jack Sprat, Jack and Jill as well as Jack and the Beanstalk. That's because Jack was a synonym for a man like we do with Joe. An ordinary Joe. And maybe that's why it's definitely off-limits as a royal name. How can a name for a regular guy be a royal name? It just wouldn't add up.
Edgar is an old, old name favored in English speaking areas. According to Oh Baby Names, Edgar probably came to us from ēad, meaning "wealthy," and gār meaning "spear." Probably it was used as a name for a wealthy spearman. There was an English King Edgar, known as Edgar the Peaceful.
He was ruler during the 900s, and his tenure was noted for the lack of foreign invasion, including by those pesky Vikings, as well as the fact that he had united all of England under his rule. Edgar the Aethling ruled England in 1066, but briefly. His reign was cut short by William the Conqueror. He is known for being the last male member of the House of Wessex. There was also a King Edgar of Scotland. Here in the US Edgar was a big name in the 19th century, but fell off during the 20th century.
Currently, it ranks at #690, so not too high, and it dropped 69 places since last year. Edgar Allan Poe was a famed poet and short story writer, as well as a literary critic. Painter Degas' first name was Edgar, and Edgar Rice Burroughs created Tarzan. It's likely that Edgar just doesn't sound modern enough or have enough recent historical appeal to be a good choice for royal offspring in 2018.
Richard was unlikely to be on Queen Elizabeth's short list for the new royal baby. While Richard the Lionhearted was almost of legendary status, later Richards sort of sullied the royal name.
The French Normans carried the name into England in the 11th century. It has the meanings of "rich, powerful, strong and brave."
Richard I, or the Lionhearted, ruled in 1189 to 1199, according to the BBC. He died in battle, back when rulers did not just make wars, they actually participated.
Can you imagine such a thing now? Richard only spent 6 months of his 10-year reign in his own country. Richard II was a ruler from 1377 to 1399, according to Britannica. His rule was marked by difficulties like the Hundred Years War and the Peasants Revolt, but his ideas of monarchy had a real lasting effect. No longer warrior kings, or accessibility, now your majesty, solemn coronations and the like would be the way. However, it was Richard III who really mucked up the name for future royalty. Richard III only ruled for 2 years, but his was a truly chaotic and violent reign.
He is accused of murdering his two nephews to protect his claim to the throne. He was vilified in the play by Shakespeare, and history has had differing accounts. His remains were discovered recently under a parking lot in England and were re-interred in 2015. Richard is a tricky name for royals, so not a popular option.
And The Name She Chose!
So on Monday, April 23, 2018, the newest royal was born and a few days later his full name revealed; Louis Arthur Charles. Louis was not a front-runner by odds-makers, but Arthur was. However, it is an interesting choice in the political conversation considering it is a French and German name. Louis is the middle name of both Prince William and baby Louis' big bro, George.
According to BBC, it is also the name of Lord Mountbatten, who was the baby's great-great-great uncle whose life was taken by the IRA in 1979 in an explosion. He was loved and admired by William's father, Prince Charles, so it was also a nod to both men in honoring them with this name choice. Louis currently ranks at #71 for boys in England and Wales. Here in the US, it is coming in at #299, which is a drop of 10 places.
The name means "renowned battle warrior."
Both actors Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman have sons named Louis. The royals pronounce their son's name as LOO-EE. No pronounced /s/. There have been some 19 or so Kings of France named Louis. Other royals named Louis have been from Monaco, Holland, Spain, and Bavaria, as well as Hungary and Naples.