The Most Popular British Royal Family Baby Names
Choosing a name for your new arrival is one of the biggest joys for new parents, but it can also be a difficult decision for many parents. Over the years, baby names have been inspired by everything from ancestors on family trees to the natural world; from characters and actors in big TV and cinema hits to royal family members.
One of the most popular naming trends is classic and traditional, names that have been used for centuries and have stood the test of time. These are the style of names usually used by royal families. They’re often regarded as iconic to the culture of their home country, and this is why these names often seem to be “recycled” among royal families.
With Princess Eugenie and husband, Jack Brooksbank, welcoming their son into the world yesterday, everyone’s wondering what the new arrival’s name will be. We’ve taken a look at naming traditions in the British royal family as well as how they compare to the highest ranking baby names according to the most recent ONS datasets.
The most popular first names for babies in the British royal family in the past 200 years are:
The royal family have, in fact, used these names even more frequently in various combinations for second, third or even fourth names, for example:
- Prince William’s full name: William Arthur Philip Louis
- Prince George’s full name: George Alexander Louis
- Prince Louis’ full name: Louis Arthur Charles
- Prince Charlotte’s full name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Comparing the most popular British royal baby names to the name rankings in 2019, it’s clear that these names both stand the test of time, with all but one (Augusta) appearing in name rankings recently.
Royal baby names certainly have an impact on baby name trends around the world, which is why more modern royal monikers such as Charlotte and George appear high on 2019’s rankings.
The most noticeable aspect about this list of names is that they’re all regarded as classic and traditional; very rarely does the royal family choose a unique or unusual name, but it is becoming more common in recent years. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are considered to have broken tradition with the “surprising” name choice of Archie for their son in 2019, and the Queen’s first granddaughter, Zara Philips, “caused quite a sensation” too.
The question on many’s lips now is whether Eugenie will choose a classic name from her royal family tree or will break tradition and be inspired by modern trends.