ARCHIE HARRISON MOUNTBATTEN-WINDSOR was revealed to be the full name of Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s baby son this week – but where does the Mountbatten part of the name come from?
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their decision to call their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor once the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had met their eighth great-grandchild. The name means Archie does not have a royal title of any kind. But equally fascinating to people was the meaning behind the hyphenated surname given to the royal baby.
Although members of the Royal Family often do not have a surname, they do have the option to take one based on the line of succession.
This ruling started in 1917 and before then royals could only take the name of their given house or dynasty.
George V implemented the monumental change by adopting Windsor as his house and official family surname rather than his German line because of anti-German feeling during World War One.
The change was formally declared by the Privy Council on July 17, 1917, which stated “all descendants in the male line of Queen Victoria, who are subjects of these realms, other than female descendants who marry or who have married, shall bear the name of Windsor”.
Elizabeth II continued with this decision when she was made Queen in 1952.
But eight years later, Her Majesty and Prince Philips decided they wanted their female descendants – and those without Royal Highness in their name – to adopt Mountbatten-Windsor as the surname.
This was a touching reference to Prince Philip’s surname as he took Mountbatten upon becoming Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.
Royals can nowadays choose Mountbatten-Windsor if they so desire a surname, as Meghan and Harry have chosen to do.
BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said their decision was a “strong indication that they don’t want to bring him up as a formal ‘royal’”.
What does Archie mean?
Archie is short for Archibald and originates from Germany. The name means “genuine”, “bold” and “brave”.
While Harrison is of Aboriginal origin and translates as ‘son of Henry’ or ‘son of Harry’.
This means Archie’s full name means “genuine, bold and brave son of Harry”.
Prior to the big reveal, Archie only had 100/1 odds based on punters’ estimations while Harrison did not even register with bookmakers.
The name is currently the UK’s 18th most popular name but genomics website Ancestry.co.uk predicts it will be one the most popular boy’s names by 2022.
Ancestry.co.uk conducted research that found the name George jumped by seven places in popularity after the arrival of Kate and William’s son in 2013.
Based on that information, Archie is expected to be in the top ten names of boys by 2022.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK