Nine boy and girl royal baby names and their meanings.
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George Alexander Louis
George Alexander Louis
Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, talked about her baby's gender:
"I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl."
Kate recently revealed that she and William don't know the baby's gender. They do have a few names picked out for both a boy and a girl.
Rumors are circulating that it is a boy after Princess Kate revealed that she had purchased a blue Bugaboo stroller.
Take a look at some popular royal baby names (past and present) and what they mean.
Update: It's a boy! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a baby boy, who weighed in at 8 lbs, 6 oz. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis."
A German name meaning "free man," royal families have favored Charles and its variant forms across Europe for centuries. Other forms of the name include Carl, Carlos, Charlton and Karolus.
Charles, Prince of Wales, is father to Princes William and Harry and is the heir apparent of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. He married Princess Diana in 1981 and, after their divorce, remained unattached until he married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. He has trained as a jet pilot and, like his grandfather and great-grandfathers, served in the Navy.
Meaning "protection" or "resolute," the name William has been a popular choice for English boys since the 10th century and has been a longstanding royal name in the United Kingdom. The name has more than 30 variant forms including, Liam, Vilhelm, Viley, Wilson and Guillermo.
The oldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has served as an Army officer of the Royal Military and was appointed to be a knight in 2008. He married Kate Middleton in 2011 and is now a fully operational Search and Rescue Pilot with the Royal Air Force in Anglesey, Wales.
A Greek name meaning "horse lover," Philip has been common in France, Spain and the United Kingdom for centuries. Variant forms of the name include Felipe, Filippo, Phill and Philippe.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, married Queen Elizabeth in 1947. They had two children, Charles and Anne, before the Queen took the throne and two children, Andrew and Edward, after she succeeded to the throne. Prince Philip had a successful career in the Royal Navy and although he gave up active duty in 1951 he remains active in the service. He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2011 and continues to be a part of public engagements with Her Majesty.
An Old English name meaning "wealthy guard," Edward has been used in royal family names since the 11th century. Known as Eduard in French and Eduardo in Spanish, nicknames of Edward include Eddie, Ted, Teddy and Ned.
The third son and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex spent nearly 20 years working in theater and television. He has now taken over some of the royal duties of his father, Prince Philip, including the title of Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games.
Used as a nickname of Henry and Harold, the meaning of Harry is "home ruler." American President Harry Truman, Prince Henry of Wales and the well-known fictional character Harry Potter have made the name popular.
The younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Harry entered the Royal Military Academy in 2005 and has trained as an Army Air Corps helicopter pilot and holds two honorary appointments in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
A Hebrew name meaning "God's promise," Elizabeth has been popular in England since the first Queen Elizabeth's reign during the 16th century. It has more than 150 variants including Belle, Bess, Elise, Ispeth, Lizette and Ysabel.
Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State of the UK and its 15 other Commonwealth realms, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. As the daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926 and took her place as Queen at the age of 25. She is married to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and has four children.
A Latin name meaning "divine," Diana was known as an ancient Roman divinity known for her beauty, swiftness and hunting skills. Variant forms of the name include Deandra, Dianna, Didi and Diantha.
Married to the Prince of Wales in 1981, Lady Diana Spencer became the Princess of Wales until her death in 1997. Her father had been an attendant to King George VI and her maternal grandmother was a close friend and lady in waiting to The Queen Mother. She was well known internationally for her fund-raising and charity work until her death at age 36.
A Hebrew name thought to be a variant of Ann and Hannah, Anne means "God has favored me." The name has been popular since the 1800s with additional forms include Ana, Anita, Marianne, Roseanne and Annie.
Queen Anne succeeded her brother-in-law William and ruled England from 1702-1714. It was under her rule that the kingdoms of England and Scotland united as a single Parliament.
A popular royal name that was brought to England with the wife of King George II, Caroline is a German name meaning "free man." It has over 100 variants including, Karla, Karolina, Carlene, Callie, Lina and Sharlene.
Princess Caroline of Monaco, the eldest daughter of Prince Rainier III and actress Grace Kelly, has served as Monaco's de-facto first lady since her mother's death in 1982, according to biography.com. She's been married three times and has four children. She became a first-time grandmother in March at age 56.