ROYAL baby names often have strong links to past members of the Royal Family, so could the next royal baby be given one very historic name in the future?
Over the last few years the Royal Family have welcomed many new additions, to the delight of royal fans across the world. Most recently Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019. And while there has been no announcement of another impending royal arrival from any royals, we can still speculate on what the next royal baby name will be.
In recent years royal babies have often been born with very traditional names, often associated with past members of the Royal Family.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William welcomed their first child in 2013 and they named him Prince George – thought to be a touching tribute to the Queen’s grandfather, King George VI.
Over the course of British history there has been a long line of King George’s, making the name a popular choice for royals when naming their new bundles of joy.
Princess Charlotte followed later, with the name Charlotte also having strong links to past queens and princesses of the Royal Family.
Royal baby: Could this historic name be given to the next royal baby? (Image: GETTY)
Royal baby: Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have three royal children (Image: GETTY)
While the Cambridges’ choice of name for their youngest child, Prince Louis, may seem a less common royal name, the name Louis also has strong links to monarchy.
Louis was a common name during the time of the French monarchy of the past, and was the name held by many French kings.
But the name also appears in the middle names of members of the British Royal Family today.
Prince William holds the name Louis as his third middle name, and it is also the second middle name of Prince George.
Royal baby: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry welcomed their first child in 2019 (Image: GETTY)
But there is also another middle name frequently used in the Royal Family, but it is rarely used as a royal first name.
The name Arthur features in many royal names today, with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Louis all holding the name.
Of course, the name Arthur has royal connotations, as the name of the legendary British leader King Arthur.
It has been used in some cases historically, as it was the name of King Henry VII’s first son, Prince Arthur, who died before he could ascend the throne.
Following Arthur’s death his brother Prince Henry took the throne as King Henry VIII.
But in modern royal history, the name Arthur has only been used as middle names by those directly in line to the throne.
So could it be that the name might be given to one of the next royal babies?
The prevalence of the name in royal middle names certainly proves it is popular with the royals, with Prince Charles said to have wanted to name his own son Arthur, although Princess Diana disagreed and opted for William.
Royal baby: Meghan and Harry celebrated Archie’s first birthday on May 6, 2020 (Image: GETTY)
It could also be possible as in recent years some royals have also delved into the royal archives to pick popular royal names from years gone by.
Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew chose the names Beatrice and Eugenie for their two daughters.
While unusual royal names now, both names held strong historic links to Queen Victoria and her children.
While the Cambridge children all hold rather traditional royal baby names, in recent years a number of royals have also steered clear of recycling any royal names and have picked new names altogether.
Most recently Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry named their son Archie Harrison, which is an unusual choice of name in the Royal Family.
The decision not to award their son any titles was also very unusual, as Archie is seventh in line to the throne.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK