At The Crown Chronicles, we are all getting excited about the imminent arrival of Baby Sussex! The baby will be Harry and Meghan’s first child, The Prince of Wales’s fourth grandchild, and The Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.
Here we take a look at some of the potential names The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may choose for their new baby!
Alice was always the speculated name for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child if it had been a girl.
The most recent Alice in the Royal Family was The Queen’s aunt by marriage The Duchess of Gloucester, who was married to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. Princess Alice died in 2004 aged 102, making her the oldest ever Royal.
Alice was also the name of Prince Philip’s mother, Alice of Battenberg; Alice is the new baby’s great-great-grandmother. Born at Windsor Castle, Princess Alice became Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark upon marrying the Greek Prince in 1903. During World War II, she hid Jews from the Nazis and was posthumously honoured as “Righteous Among the Nations”.
Another nod to The Queen is that Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine, is a link to how The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip are related. Princess Alice was Philip’s great-grandmother and was The Queen’s great-great-aunt.
Since Queen Victoria’s reign, Royal Families from across Europe have included her name in many of their offspring. If The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decide to name their baby girl Victoria, she will be names after her great-great-great-great-great grandmother (phew!).
Another close link for the Royals is Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, later Victoria Mountbatten, who was Prince Philip’s grandmother. Victoria’s sister, Alexandra, was Empress of Russia alongside her husband Tsar Nicholas II; both were killed during the Russian Revolution. Victoria was largely responsible for her grandson’s education and upbringing, and the two were very close.
Looking towards European royalty, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, is one of the most popular heirs to a thrown in the world. Victoria is known to be the ‘godmother of Europe’, as some of her godchildren include Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece, Princess Ingrid of Norway, Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Chatharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Eléonore of Belgium, Prince Alexander of Sweden and Princess Leonore of Sweden.
Olivia has been top of the most popular baby names in the UK for the past few years. The name was also a favourite for The Duke and Duchess’s children.
And of course, a member of our team is also an Olivia!
Twitter fans started joking since the announcement of the Duchess’s pregnancy that Amelia would be a fitting name due to the Meg Cabot series ‘The Princess Diaries’.
The books follow the story of Princess Amelia of Genovia; a normal American girl finds out she is the princess of a European country and must quickly learn to act like royalty and deal with navigating her life around her duties. Similarities were drawn to The Duchess of Sussex, an American woman who moved to the UK and became a member of the Royal Family quickly.
In recent years, Amelia has always been in the top 3 baby names for girls in the UK.
Amelia has not been an unknown name in the Royal Family; King George III’s fifteenth child and sixth daughter was Princess Amelia.
It is highly likely that The Duke of Sussex will want to pay tribute to his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in his daughter’s name.
Following the steps of his brother, The Duke of Cambridge, who included Diana in his daughter’s name, it is widely speculated that the baby girl’s middle name will include Diana.
The Duchess of Sussex has always been close with her mother, Doria Ragland.
Doria attended the Royal Wedding in May 2018 alone, but appeared to have struck up a good friendship with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
It would not be surprising to anybody if Meghan wished to pay tribute to her mother by including her in her daughter’s name
Well we had to throw this one into the mix, didn’t we? Rachel Zane, paralegal, is the character the Duchess played on American TV show Suits for 7 years. The Duchess enjoyed her time on Suits, and invited many of her ‘Suits family’ to her wedding in May 2018.
Rachel is also the Duchess’s real first name; she was born Rachel Meghan Markle, but decided to be known as Meghan.
Frederick has been included in a number of Royal Family members’ names in history.
The Queen’s father, George VI, has Frederick as one of his middle names. More recently, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s son is Lord Frederick Windsor.
A wonderful tribute to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, would be to include his name in the new baby’s. Both The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge have Philip as middle names.
Prince Philip, born as a Prince of Greece and Denmark, fought in the navy during World War II and married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. Known for his dedication to duty, Prince Philip has been Britain’s longest serving consort in history, and retired from official duties in 2017.
According to bookmakers, Arthur is the leading favourite if the royal baby is a boy. Arthur was also the leading favourite in the run-up to Prince Louis of Cambridge’s birth.
More recently, The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Matthews, named her son Arthur.
Arthur is a middle name of The Duke of Cambridge, The Prince of Wales and George VI. The most notable royal named Arthur was Queen Victoria’s seventh child, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. He is the great-grandfather of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, thus linking the British monarchy with Swedish monarchy.
Lady Sarah Chatto’s son, The Queen’s great-nephew, is named Arthur. Arthur Chatto is currently 24th in line to the throne and is a student at the University of Edinburgh.
As one of Prince Harry’s middle names, David is believed to be incorporated into Baby Sussex’s name. David is also what the immediate family called Edward VIII in private.
In recent years, the Royal Family has Princess Margaret’s son is David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley.
Oliver has been top of most popular boys names in the UK for the past few years.
Although there is little evidence of an Oliver in the Royal Family, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are thought to be looking for alternatives to traditional royal names for their child. Oliver could be top of the list for them too!
Yes, we are looking at the E! TV show The Royals with Elizabeth Hurley for this suggestion, but bear with us! Liam is a very popular name both in the UK and US – a good compromise to find a name that suits both a British and American background.
Look to Luxembourg, Prince Liam of Nassau is currently 4th in line to the throne. Son of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg, Prince Liam was baptised at the Vatican in 2017.