Category: Historic Names

Little Prince Louis Special Report

By Clare Green

This week’s news is a royal baby name special – plus an unusual tough word name, and the names Kim and Kanye almost used.

Royal baby name: read all about it!

The biggest name story of the week is, of course, the British royal baby.

A week ago, we were on the edge of our seats waiting to find out the new prince’s name. On Friday, it was announced as Louis Arthur Charles, much to everyone’s surprise. Not that the names themselves are surprising: it’s more the repetition of one of his brother George’s middle names, Louis, and another Charl– name like his sister Charlotte.

By now, the public and the press have thoroughly dissected the name choice, and whatever you may think of it, Louis Arthur Charles feels almost part of the royal furniture now.

There’s been lots of comment about why the Cambridges chose Louis, from the obvious family connections to more tenuous links – like that Catherine wrote her university dissertation on Lewis Carroll’s photography, and used some of his pictures for an art exhibition in February. (Aside: if you had to name a child after something you studied for an assignment or thesis, what would you choose?)

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Much to everyone’s amazement, from British naming experts to the betting public, Louis Arthur Charles is the name of the new British prince, Queen Elizabeth’s sixth great-grandchild and fifth in line to the throne.

After four days of nail-biting anticipation and speculation, the name of His Royal Highness Prince Louis (pronounced Lou-ee) of Cambridge was announced on Twitter by Kensington Palace. Louis was the distant tenth choice of prognosticators, who had put their money on Arthur, Albert, James or Alexander. The fact that Louis was already a middle name of older brother Prince George made it seem an even more unlikely choice.

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25 Perennially Popular OT Boy Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Of the profusion of male names in the Old Testament, only 25 of them seem to have been consistently in the US Top 1000, year after year after year. And even those have fluctuated in popularity: a prime example being today’s Number one boy name Noah, which fell to as low as #693 in the early 1960s.

I thought it would be interesting to track these 25 names and trace the paths of their popularity from the time records started being kept, in 1880, beginning with current top-rated Noah and moving down to #878-ranked Reuben (which was far more common in 1880, at 147). I’ve also included the current Nameberry ranks, where Levi is tops at #16, to show where our community stands on this.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

As you well know, British royal name fever is at its peak, with barriers already in place around the Lindo Wing of London‘s St. Mary‘s Hospital. The bookmakers have been solidifying their odds, shifting the top three among Mary, Alice and Victoria for a girl. And berries have cast their votes.

Most of the current faves have fairly recent antecedents but if they had wanted to the Cambridges could have looked further back at some much more unexpected choices. Here are some first and middle names of ‘Princesses of the Royal Blood’, dating from 1714 on, all daughters, granddaughters, or male line great- grandchildren of a British Sovereign. Since none of them is on the bookies’ radar, they’d be perfect choices if you’re looking for a non-obvious choice with royal connections.

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New Royal Baby Name Contest!

It won’t be long now. Though no precise due date has been announced, we do know that the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is expected to appear sometime this month, so the arrival of the little brother or sister for George and Charlotte is imminent.

What else do we know? The rumors of possible twins have been quashed by Prince William himself. And though the bookies have been favoring a girl, there are also those who’ve noted that Kate has been wearing an awful lot of blue lately, and are making predictions based on the “boy” position of her bump. So here at Nameberry we’re on full alert for royal baby names of either gender.

In January, British name expert Eleanor Nickerson offered on NB a snapshot of the leading possibilities based on her deep knowledge of royal names, which you can check out here.

But now we want to hear what you think!

Guess the full royal baby name, complete with multiple middles in the correct order, FOR ONE GENDER ONLY, and win this year’s totally unique surprise custom gift for either yourself or your child.

For inspiration, remember that Prince William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis and brother Harry is officially Henry Charles Albert David. The Duke and Duchess did make things simpler by paring their children’s names down to two middles: George Alexander Louis and Charlotte Elizabeth Diana—which they well might do again. Or not.

What do you think?

Ground rules: ONE GUESS PER PERSON. That means one name only for either a boy or girl. No duplicates please, because only the first correct guess will win.

As we’ve done before, we’ll keep the contest open until the birth—not the actual name– is announced. No fair guessing after we know the baby’s gender!

If no one guesses the royal baby names in the correct order, the runner-up who comes closest in the opinion of the expert judges (aka Linda and Pam) will receive the prize.


BONUS: Here’s Katinka‘s weekly roundup of choice tidbits from the Forums.

 Naming a boy after his mom? Yes, please! Would you ever consider honoring a female relative with your son’s name?
— Exactly what makes a name “trendy” or “classic” can sometimes be hard to put your finger on. Here are three very similar traditional girls’ names, all with a long and illustrious history, and all currently widely used: how would you label them?
— It’s a big Berry bugbear: mispronouncing names. Have you ever encountered anyone who pronounces their own name “wrong”, and would you correct them?
 The trouble with Bellatrix: she’s got a gorgeous sound, a cool meaning, and a celestial namesake… but is she actually usable? And, if you’re not convinced, how about one of these quirky literary choices instead?

— And just for fun: what would you name triplet girls? I love how no two combos here are the same!

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