December 4th, 2012
In the great immortal words of Bill Clinton, let’s get down to the brass tacks here.
What do you name the future King or Queen of England?
That’s right. Kate Middleton has gone and gotten herself knocked up, no doubt about to influence maternity fashion and nursery design the world over. But what about baby names? IF her fashion sense and the way she carries herself can be any indicator, we can expect a solid, traditional choice that is also fashion forward.
The name does have to get approved so those lying in hopeful wait for Holiday or Bear will be sorely disappointed. Names that get a thumbs up are result of process of elimination. The royal child will likely have a royal name that isn’t currently used by any immediate family members. Likewise, names that get an immediate “NO” are those that are already taken by immediate family members and whose association is too strong. The Queen gets ultimate veto power over a name, so expect the name to be used historically in the royal family.
Middles are perhaps easiest to predict. A boy surely will have Charles and Philip as part of his name, with the addition possibly of Michael, Catherine’s father. Coincidentally, Charles and Philip honor Catherine’s mother Carole and sister Philippa Charlotte as well. A no brainer. A girl will likely have Elizabeth and Diana as a middle name, and in addition to being the reigning queen, Elizabeth happens to be Catherine’s middle name as well. But don’t hold out hope for Diana as a first name. She was far too controversial, and remember, the queen gets veto power.
NO: Andrew, Charles, Edward, Henry, James, John, Louis, Peter, Philip
MAYBE: Arthur, William
OUTLIERS: Albert, Alfred, Christian, Frederick, Stephen
MIDDLES: Charles, Michael, Philip, William
YES: Alice, Elizabeth, Victoria
NO: Anne, Beatrice, Diana, Eugenie, Louise, Margaret, Philippa, Sarah, Sophie, Wilhelmina
MAYBE: Alexandra, Eleanor, Frances, Helena, Jane, Mary
OUTLIERS: Adelaide, Albertine, Alexandrina, Amelia, Augusta, Catherine, Caroline, Cecily, Charlotte, Helena, Edith, Georgia, Henrietta, Louisa, Matilda, Michaela, Olive, Rose, Sophia
MIDDLES: Elizabeth, Carole, Caroline, Charlotte, Diana
I suspect George Charles Philip Michael for a boy and Alice Elizabeth Diana Carole for a girl. But how fun would it be to have a Princess Helena or Princess Henrietta? I just read that Princess Helena, daughter of Queen Victoria, founded the Red Cross. Seems worthy of a namesake, no?
What do you think the royal couple will choose? Let’s have fun with combos, shall we?