Settle in to your easy chairs…it’s time for us to weigh in with baby name predictions for Baby Cambridge and this is a looooong winded post. This post focuses on girls names and our post on boys names can be found here. Hope you’ll chime in with your ideas, too.
As Kate herself said on her recent trip to Scotland, “We have a shortlist for both (a boy and girl), but it’s very difficult. My friends keep texting me names.” (Source).
As we all know, William and Kate have a tough job here. Whatever name they choose has to tick a heck of a lot of boxes. I mean, the name has to:
- Be respectful of tradition (there will be no Savannah’s for example)
- Sound good with ‘Princess’ in front of it (Princess Carole? No.)
- Sound even better with ‘Queen’ in front of it
- Look good on coins, stamps, money, mailboxes, etc.
- Stand up to the scrutiny of millions of subjects
They can’t mess around. So to begin let’s look at what we know.
1. Tradition, Tradition, Tradition
First of all, we know that tradition is important here. Naturally, Queen Victoria’s children’s names have provided inspiration in the naming of many royal children and so the bulk of my predictions are in that direction.
For example, Prince Edward (who shares his name with Queen Victoria’s son King Edward VII) and Sophie named their daughter Louise. Louise was the name of Queen Victoria’s daughter (her full name was Louise Caroline Alberta). She really just seems like such a cutie:
And of course, The Duke and Duchess of York named their daughter Beatrice after Queen Victoria’s youngest child. Incidentally, that Beatrice named her daughter Victoria Eugenia, which of course inspired Princess Eugenie of York’s name.
So that leaves us with a few more names of Queen Victoria’s children’s names still up for grabs.
2. The Language of Flowers is Kate’s Thing
On top of the Queen Victoria naming tradition, we know that Kate likes the Language of Flowers. During Victorian times, communicating using the language of flowers was popular (ivy for endurance, thistle for nobility, etc.) and Kate made the Language of Flowers the theme for her and William’s wedding. She was all over it and no doubt that was her plan for years So, I’m thinking that she likes pretty and feminine but strong girls names. I mean, Kate likes lace and classic dresses and bone china and I think her favourite baby names will reflect that. I really don’t think we’re going to have a Princess Estelle situation here.
In no particular order, here are the predictions:
Prediction #1: Alice
This name ticks all the boxes.
Current Name Rank
The most current statistics for baby names in England and Wales gives the name a ranking of #32 (Source). This could be a bit high for William and Kate’s liking, but I just can’t count this name out. It is far less popular in the Unites States: the most current statistics for baby names in the USA give the name a ranking of #142 (Source).
“Of Noble Kind.” Yeah, that works!
The Tradition & History Test:
There are quite a few past Royal Alice’s. Let’s count them down.
1. HRH Princess Alice Maude Mary, Grand Duchess of Hesse (1843 – 1878)
Born in 1843, Princess Alice Maude Mary was Queen Victoria’s third child. She married the Duke of Hesse and her daughter was Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Tsar Nicholas and mum of Anastiasia. Here she is looking rather non plussed around 1875:
Additionally, she is Prince Philip’s maternal great grandmother. Prince Philip’s mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.
2. Princess Alice of Battenburg (?-?)
Naturally, this Princess was named after this first Princess Alice. So, Prince Philip’s mum was Queen Victoria’s great granddaughter. Princess Alice was apparently born in Queen Victoria’s presence at Windsor Castle, so this name definitely fits with history and tradition.
3. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901 – 2004)
Of course, there is another member of the Royal Family named Alice as well. That would be Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who married into the family way back in 1935:
We also know that Kate’s dissertation at St. Andrew’s University was on Lewis Carol, author of Alice in Wonderland…so I’d think it’s safe to say she’s a fan.
As a final note, one of Lady Louise Windsor’s middle names is Alice. BOOM.
The Title Test:
How does these sound:
- Her Royal Highness Princess Alice
- Her Royal Highness Princess Alice of Wales
- Her Majesty Queen Alice
Sounds good to me!
Prediction #2: Charlotte
Another solid name idea is the soft but strong sounding Charlotte. Kate totally strikes me as someone who would like the name Charlotte. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Catherine…yes I am really feeling this one.
Current Name Rank
The most current statistics for baby names in England and Wales gives the name a ranking of #21 (Source). As is the case with Alice, this could be a bit high for William and Kate’s liking…but again, I just can’t count this name out! It is equally popular in the Unites States: the most current statistics for baby names in the USA give the name a ranking of #27 (Source)
“Strong Woman.” Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.
The History & Tradition Test
1. Prince Charles
Right off the bat, Charlotte is the feminine form of Charles, so I think Prince Charles would be pretty tickled pink about this choice. Tickled pink! And he’s just one of the many Charles’ in the history of the British royal family, so there’s that.
Here are a couple of Charlottes for inspiration:
2. Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796 – 1817)
This Charlotte lived in William and Kate’s home, Kensington Palace. She had a rather tragic and short life, but did she ever have a lovely name.
3. Philippa Charlotte Middleton
That’s right. Pippa’s middle name is Charlotte and no doubt she’s going to be a godmother to Baby Cambridge, so this name would also be a nice nod to her without being so bold as to name the kid Philippa.
- Princess Charlotte
- Queen Charlotte
Yep, this name works. And Bonus: it’s a cute name when you’re three and stands the test of time when you’re older.
UPDATED: As reader Lynne helpfully pointed out in the comments below, Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer named his daughter Lady Charlotte (his 7th child!) which had totally slipped our minds…so perhaps this name is out. Rats!!
Prediction #3: Caroline
Current Name Rank
This isn’t currently in the top 100 in England and Wales and in the USA, it comes in at #87. (Source). I think it’s worth throwing into the mix and here’s why:
Of Scottish origin, this name means Joy. Sweet, right?
The History and Tradition Test
1. Carole Middleton
This one would make Kate’s Mom Carole very happy, and isn’t so obvious as just naming the kid Princess Carole…which sounds just awful.
Also, there have been plenty of Carolines in the British royal family. Here are three of them:
2. Caroline of Ansbach (1683 – 20 November 1737)
3. Princess Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751 – 1775)
4. Queen Caroline (1768 – 1821)
We can already see from the list above that this name works with both ‘Princess’ and ‘Queen’…Yep, that’ll do.
Prediction #4: Georgia or Georgiana
Ok, I knew I wanted a name on this list that wasn’t quite so obvious as the ones we’ve got on there so far. Heck, William and Kate named their dog Lupo so a little ingenuity isn’t beyond them. Here’s why I chose Georgia…or Georgiana if they want to get a wee bit more flowery:
The feminine form of George. Of Greek origin, the name means farmer.
The History & Tradition Test
This name might just be the most historic of them all. We have:
1. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (nee Lady Georgiana Spencer) 1757-1806
Georgiana grew up at Althorp, Princess Diana’s ancestral home, and was one of the leading socialites of the day. Her father was the first Earl Spencer while Diana’s father was the 8th, so this would be a nice nod to William’s maternal side of the family.
2. St. George, Patron Saint of England
I mean, hello! This is perfect.
3. And there have been SO many English kings named George. Take a look for yourself:
- George I of Great Britain (1660–1727), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1714-1727
- George II of Great Britain (1683–1760), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1727-1760
- George III of the United Kingdom (1738–1820), King of the United Kingdom 1760-1820
- George IV of the United Kingdom (1762–1830), King of the United Kingdom 1820-1830
- George V of the United Kingdom (1865–1936), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1910-1936
- George VI of the United Kingdom (1895–1952), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1936-1952
The Title Test:
As far as I have been able to research, there hasn’t been a Princess Georgia before which is quite nice…and it sounds great. I also think that Queen Georgia works. Hey, there’s been a Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands…I think we can handle Queen Georgia or Queen Georgiana.
Prediction #5: Maud
- This name is certainly more unique, and the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced this is a solid option that has largely been overlooked.
Maud currently doesn’t rank in the top 100 baby names for England and Wales, nor is it in the top 500 names currently in the USA. Ding, Ding, Ding! We have a unique possibility here.
History & Tradition:
There are a couple of royal connections to this name.
1. Princess Maud Charlotte Mary of Wales (1869 – 1938) was the daughter of King Edward VII and the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She went on to mary King Haakon of Norway, who also happened to be her first cousin, and split her time between Norway and England. Check out more on her here.
2. We also have Princess Maude, Countess of Southesk (1893-1945). She was the daughter of Louise, Princess Royal and the Duke of Fife and she went on to marry Charles Carnegie, the 11th Earl of Southesk. You can read more about her here.
3. Plus, we know that Kate loves Anne of Green Gables, which was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery…
So what the heck, eh? I’m really feeling this name.
One other Possibility, Just for the heck of it:
- Alexandra – such a royal name, and one that hasn’t been used in a while. plus, it’s a long name that goes well with William and Catherine.
Prince William has four middle names so I think we can count on this kid having at least that many as well. Here are some predictions on what they will be, in addition to any of the names we’ve already discussed:
- Elizabeth – This would 100% bea given if William and Kate have a girl. It would recognize the current Queen, the Queen Mother, and heck even Queen Elizabeth I. Also, Kate’s middle name is Elizabeth in recognition of her great-grandmother.
- Diana – The Royal Posters are completely divided on this one. One says 100% no. The other (me) says yes. I mean, Kate got the ring, the kid may be getting the name -but only as a middle name! No way in heck is this going to be a first name. Please, no.
- Philippa -This is a total wild card, and I keep talking myself out of it…and then talking myself back into it. In the end, I think this is a solid option for a middle name and is extremely unlikely to be a first name. Let’s delve into it a bit more for the heck of it:Name Meaning:The feminine form of Philip, this name means “lover of horses” and the British Royals generally do love their horses.Current RankIn England and Wales, this name doesn’t make it into the top 100 and it doesn’t make it into the top 500 in the USA, which is a tick in the ‘plus’ column.History & Tradition1. Philippa Middleton
Ok, the obvious one here is that Philippa aka Pippa, is Kate’s sister, but it’s also quite a lovely British name. And yes, maybe this would be way overkill and William wouldn’t be down with it. I get it. I do. But I’m keeping it on the list!
2. Prince Philip
the name would be a nice nod to William’s grandfather Prince Philip, so both sides of the family would be represented with this choice. Plus, Prince Philip and Kate’s grandad knew each other back in the day. Check out our post on that here.
- Source: Ok! Magazine
3. Philippa of Hainault (1314-1369)
If we reach waaaay back, there has already been a Queen Philippa. Philippa of Hainault was Queen Consort to Edward the III of England, so that’s a nice touch. Here she is:
- Frances – This is William’s maternal grandmother’s name. Diana definitely had an up and down relationship with her, but it is believed that William and Harry both had a pretty good relationship with her. This was also Diana’s middle name, and Francis is Kate’s dad’s middle name.
- Rose – Princess Margaret’s middle name and, hello, Kate as discussed likes The Language of Flowers
- Mary – It’s a good royal name, so it’s getting a spot.
- Helena – another good royal name and the name of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters
- Cecilia – I just think this is a name Kate would be totally down with, even as a first name. There’s not much in the way of Royal precedent apart from the fact that Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s mum’s name was Cecilia, but I want to add it in here anyway. Princess Cecilia…Queen Cecilia…Yep. Totally down with this, Kate and William. Go for it!
Very Unlikely First Names:
While we’re on the subject, here are a few of the names that keep popping up in the press that I just completely disagree with and I want to go on record saying so:
- Adelaide – A much as some Australians might like it, I just don’t see it happening. Yes, it’s a middle name of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters but I just don’t see it.
- Victoria – I think Kate and William are looking for something a little more fresh and unique…and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has this name covered.
- Diana – As discussed, this is firmly a middle name. I’d be shocked otherwise. Shocked, I say!!
And to finish off, here’s Royal Poster #1’s final guess:
Her Royal Highness Princess Alice Mary Diana Elizabeth
And Royal Posters #2’s final guess:
Her Royal Highness Princess Alice Mary Elizabeth Diana
And then any future sister would be Maud. Alice and Maud go very well together, me thinks.
Ok, so what do you think? If Kate and William see this (hey, you never know) are they going to change their minds? Or are we totally off, do you think? Please share!