The newest addition to the Royal Family is expected later this year when Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcome their first child.
With this news and the seemingly new tradition where royal children are given more unique names, My London is taking a look at some of the most common namesakes to see where they come from.
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Of all the names given to male members of the Royal Family, Louis, Arthur and Philip appear to be the most recurring. These feature in the full names of a handful of royals, including the next three kings, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.
The most popular male name is Louis – with the female alternative, Louise often appearing as well – which is in memory of Lord Louis Mountbatten.
Prince Philip’s uncle was an important figure in the Royal Family until he was assassinated by the IRA in 1979 and is honoured in the names of five royals, including Prince Louis of Cambridge.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most featured female name is Elizabeth, after the Queen.
Eight of the Queen’s female descendants are named in honour of her, including Princess Charlotte, Princess Anne and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor. Of course, the name can also be attributed to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother or to Queen Elizabeth I.
Other common female names are Alexandra, or Alexander for males, which is likely in memory of Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) who was Queen Consort to King Edward VII.
Similarly, the name Mary crops up three times. This is in honour of the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, the Queen Consort to King George V.
There is also the possibility that the name derives from Queen Mary I or Queen Mary II, or perhaps it draws a religious link with the Virgin Mary.
Interestingly, there are also foreign links in the names of the British royals. The younger daughter of the Duke of York and Duchess of York is named Eugenie, which was an incredibly unexpected choice when she was born in 1990.
However, if you look back in royal history, it is possible the Princess is named after Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, the great-grandmother to King Felipe VI of Spain.
The Duchess of York has a well-founded fascination with the life of Queen Victoria and she even produced the 2009 film, Young Victoria.
This interest is also behind Princess Eugenie’s other two names, Victoria and Helena. Both of them were also names of Queen Victoria’s daughters.
With the newest royal birth it’ll be interesting to see if the couple follows a traditional route in naming their baby, or if they will opt for a modern alternative, like with the recent births of August, Lucas and Lili.
Given that their child will not have a title and will be unlikely to ever inherit the throne, a less traditional name may be predicted.
Read the list below of the full names and titles of the British royals and their current/former spouses below:
Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, the Prince of Wales
Diana Frances Spencer (the late Princess of Wales)
Camilla Rosemary (Duchess of Cornwall)
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, the Duke of Cambridge
Catherine Elizabeth (Duchess of Cambridge)
Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge
Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge
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Prince Henry Charles Albert David, the Duke of Sussex
Rachel Meghan (Duchess of Sussex)
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, the Duke of York
Sarah Margaret (Duchess of York)
Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary
Edoardo Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena
Jack Christopher Stamp Brooksbank
August Philip Hawke Brooksbank
Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis, the Earl of Wessex
Sophie Helen (Countess of Wessex)
James Alexander Philip Theo, Viscount Severn
Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary
Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, The Princess Royal
Timothy James Hamilton Laurence
Peter Mark Andrew Phillips
Autumn Patricia Phillips (former wife of Peter Phillips)
Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips
Isla Elizabeth Phillips
Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall
Michael James Tindall
Mia Grace Tindall
Lena Elizabeth Tindall
Lucas Philip Tindall
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