Motherhood

What (Royal) Baby Names Do You Like?

Prince William and Kate Middleton leaving the hospital with their third baby

Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third baby this morning, and his name…

Update: …is Louis Arthur Charles!

Before he was born, Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip were rumored to be the most likely names for the new prince, reports the BBC. And if the baby had been a girl, Mary, Alice, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Victoria were the most likely.

Which of those do you like best? I love the name James. “But those are all so royal sounding,” Caroline lamented this morning. “You have a party, and everyone there is named Victoria or Elizabeth. Someone come up with something else!”

prince william, george and charlotte visit the hospital

George and Charlotte visiting the hospital today.

Two-year-old Princess Charlotte also made history today. In the past, a younger brother would have jumped ahead of her in line for the throne. But the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 removed “male bias” from the rules, meaning that Charlotte is now keeping her place as fourth in line to the throne, and her little brother is fifth. She’s the first female royal not to be usurped after the birth of a younger brother.

The New York Times made this graphic of the line of succession — followed by Prince Harry, who is now bumped to sixth in line to the throne:

Succession to Throne

Plus, a few photos…

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Will and Kate at their university graduation, in 2005.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Their wedding on April 29, 2011.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Welcoming baby George in 2013.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Kate catching George at a polo match in 2014.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Welcoming baby Charlotte in 2015.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

What baby names do you like? Any guesses on the royal baby name? Have you been following the royal baby and upcoming wedding? Or do you not care at all? :) For some reason, even though I usually don’t care about celebrity gossip, I’m so intoxicated by it all.

P.S. My favorite dress of Kate’s, and would you hyphenate your baby’s last name?

(Graphic by The New York Times.)

  1. I would love the name Spencer Alexander James for the new baby Prince! It would be a beautiful nod to his mother, Diana and switch up some of those stogey names. Wonder if they’ve thought about that?

    • mamabird says...

      Surnames used as first names is still pretty unusual in the UK, we think it’s quite American!

  2. Kate says...

    It was pretty exciting when they named their first George, I live in a moderate sized town in British Columbia, Canada named Prince George!

  3. Melissa says...

    I love the name James so much and would love to name my next baby James if it would be a boy but unfortunately giving a Englisch name when you are French/German is to strange :( For a girl I love Alice. It’s actually my sending name and my sisters first name :)

    • Sasha says...

      Totally agree with this article!

  4. Coco says...

    Albert Edward Phillip – Prince Bertie

  5. Mary says...

    Strong contenders: Henry Philip Michael or Arthur Philip Michael
    Other options: Albert Philip Michael or Frederick Philip Michael

    Henry or Arthur (because they love the name, and it’s royalty-approved)
    Philip for Prince Philip (and for Pippa, who is officially Philippa)
    Michael for her father (since they honored Diana in Charlotte’s name, she’ll want to honor her side now)

    Prince Harry is officially Henry, but he’s never been known by that name, so I think Henry is a strong contender. It seems like a name she would love (given George and Charlotte as siblings) and they don’t seem to like nicknames, which makes me think Freddie or Bertie are too twee for her tastes. James is Catherine’s brother and Prince Edward also has a son called James. So I think it’s unlikely they’ll use that. Philip as a first name seems a bit old-fashioned, whereas Henry/Arthur are a bit more hip. I also think she’ll have at least one more child, so we may still have an Henry/Arthur or an Alice/Mary ahead of us!

    They would then have:
    George Alexander Louis
    Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
    Henry Philip Michael

    • Luna says...

      Arthur is coming back too.
      My sister-in-law named her son Arthur & I have heard it twice more since.

      I hope they pick Henry.

      I was torn between Harry & Henry and discovered they were the same! I chose Harry after his Paternal-Grandfather. Both boys’ middle names are after one Grandfather each.

  6. Carol says...

    Naming the baby, “Spencer” would be such an honorable, gracious thing to do, as other readers have said. If it is not in line with royal tradition, maybe as a middle name? Philip Spencer sounds regal. Knowing the likes of William and Kate, this has already crossed their sensitive family oriented minds. They are amazing in every single way! How can anyone not adore this family? I also follow everything they do, just because they are refreshing, so beautiful and gossip proof lol ?

  7. Bernadette F says...

    I think it a scandal that this poor woman gets dragged out of bed, SEVEN HOURS AFTER GIVING BIRTH (!!!!) has her hair and makeup done, AND is then PARADED in front of the rabid world media. It should not be expected of new mums to look this way. I feel incredibly sad seeing her. Give the woman a break she PUSHED A HUMAN OUT OF HER VAGINA!!! She looked SO beautiful after she delivered George, she looked so beautifully flushed and natural; I feel you really saw her humanity. Congrats K.Midd I hope you eat a pint of ice cream have a hot bath and relax a bit at home.

    (https://ca.yahoo.com/lifestyle/kate-middletons-perfect-post-baby-hair-sparks-debate-new-mom-expectations-114431876.html)

    • Looking back on my daughter’s birth experience. I would have loved if a glam squad had come and helped me following the birth. I bet that putting herself together physically helps her to feel more refreshed following the birth.

  8. Rachel Elise Simmons says...

    if kate middleton isnt the cutest thing, i dont know what is!

  9. Deana says...

    P.S.: If the future Queen of England can’t look fabulous with a blowout and heels immediately postpartum, who can?

  10. Deana says...

    I like Arthur out of those, but would prefer Christian. I guess naming needs to follow a protocol? The little guy could not be called Felix or Jermaine or something. What amazes me is how great Kate looked just 7 hours after giving birth! Sure, she had a makeup artist and hairdresser, but still! Hope they have more children.

    • I hope they have more children too! :)

  11. Suzie says...

    I second another readers comment – Spencer would be such a touching choice!

    My name is Suzanne Elizabeth, and people always commented it had a very royal ring to it, which I was always flattered by :) missed my calling of becoming a princess!

    • Wow, Spencer would be awesome.

      The Duchess of Cambridge really is remarkable, to be able to stand outside looking so serene (and stylish!) mere hours after giving birth. There is no way I would have been able to do that!

      Now I’m counting down the days for the royal wedding :-)

  12. Kate’s hair!!! It slays me!

  13. DIANA says...

    That graduation photo kills me! How sweet are they? And Kate has not aged a minute…

  14. Nancey says...

    I just love to see these two and their children, their smiles make me happy. I don’t understand why women can’t do what is best for them? Why isn’t that shaming someone when you say she shouldn’t have put on heels and had her hair done, why not? Why is that not ok? I think women should do what they want after they have a baby, you want to sit in your pjs and eat ice cream? more power to you, do you want to go out for a walk looking fabulous, AMEN! Whatever it is just be you. My Mom used to always say ‘you just be you and that’s fabulous enough’.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i agree, nancey! “good for her, not for me.”
      https://cupofjo.com/2015/03/motherhood-mantra/

      personally, i think kate is doing a really beautiful job withstanding the immense pressure/analysis put on her from all sides. xoxo

    • sarah says...

      YES to this Nancey, well put. People, please stop to put each other down. We’re all doing the best we can. I needed a long walk a few hours after giving birth to catch my breath. My sister-in-law preferred to stay in her hospital bed for 3 days straight. All is well.

    • Sam says...

      Absolutely agree with this, Nancey! How would “the world” expect a high-profile female figure to look exiting the hospital with her third child? Would “they” have been less critical or more kind had she been escorted by wheelchair, haggard without a stitch of makeup nor her highly coveted blowout? I wager she would face backlash in either scenario. For goodness sakes, for all anyone knows she experienced some post-partum hair loss and the blowouts are arranged in such a way to conceal that. Or their PR strategists maintain that the brief trek from the hospital door to the car is important for Buckingham Palace’s image/reputation or national morale (clearly loved watching CROWN lol)? Point being, we do not know the full reality of this kind of public life nor the motivation behind whatever a woman chooses to do. Eleanor Roosevelt’s comment on doing what we want because we are d*mned either way, comes to mind.

      You do you, Kate! I am proud to spell my name “W-O-M-A-N” when I see your photos! Blowout and heels, or not.

    • Ramona says...

      Totally agree! At the end of the day, Kate is doing what she’s got to do to balance motherhood with the other responsibilities of her life, just like the rest of us. It just so happens that her other responsibilities involve being a princess, so her balancing act looks a little different. :)

  15. Elizabeth says...

    My name is…no joke…Elizabeth Royal. I married into my last name and the jokes are endless but I don’t really mind it. I also get the occasional joking curtsy and bow from strangers when they learn my name…especially from kids who think it’s the fanciest name ever! I feel like this particular name really fits me even better than my maiden name and it makes me pretty difficult to google which I appreciate.

    My husband and I have had the name Charlotte high on our baby names list since we got married years ago and plan on using it despite it now belonging to another royal. We like the name, it fits with our last name, and we can pass on the happy tradition of royal jokes.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, that’s amazing, elizabeth!

    • Joss says...

      and a Charlotte Royale is a very decadent type of cake (kind of crazy looking too, I imagine it would be fun to eat)! Perfect for a sweet lil baby girl

    • Deana says...

      Great name, love it!

    • Angela says...

      I almost peed myself (hello, 3 children!) reading this!!! My exact thoughts!!

  16. C says...

    We just had our first child on Thursday (!!!) and named her Alice after much deliberation. My friend told me yesterday that it had been thought to be in contention for the royal baby if he had been a girl, and I’m so glad they didn’t use it! I’m fine with kids having the same name, but being born days apart from a world renowned Alice would have been so frustrating for her growing up with everybody mentioning it. Kinda like the girls named Elsa around the time Frozen blew up.

  17. Maria says...

    Dear Cup of Jo, I love you, I am a religious reader of many years and nothing will change between us, even though you are retrogressive royalists ;)

    • Vivian says...

      I feel the same way, Maria.

  18. Alex says...

    My son’s name is Frederick and mine is Alexandra so I’ve got built in bias. I do enjoy classic sounding names. It’s fun to see a family, albeit royal, that isn’t embracing more modern trendy names.

  19. Why not name the baby Draco? It means Dragon in Latin. Prince Draco, it has a nice ring to it.

    • Joss says...

      LOL can you imagine?

    • Denise says...

      Oh, be still my heart! <3

  20. Hellen says...

    Love the fun of guessing the name! I am going to go with Alexander or John. For those who don’t believe in the monarchy that’s fine, it’s your opinion, but this moment is just about a new life coming into the world, a joyous moment for the parents and families. Most of you who commented have children and you must remember your emotions of that moment. Let’s be kind. Being royal parents doesn’t make you immune to every parents hopes, fears, dreams and worries for your child.

  21. Daniela says...

    I’m not sure if Princess Charlotte is the first royal female not to be usurped – the Swedish crown princess has a little brother who is behind her in line for the throne :)

    • Angela says...

      Perhaps the first in British history…

    • Emma says...

      The same in Spanish monarchy – Princess Leonor became the first female royal who won’t be bumped down in the succession line should her parents have a little boy (she has, so far, a little sister).

  22. I changed my mind . I think Spencer (in honor of Princess Diana)James Phillip Charles Windsor. Congratulations to all.

  23. James (Jack) Arthur Phillip Edward Windsor. My favorite dress Princess Kate wore was the Emerald Green one she had on at the film awards gala.

  24. Carmen Valencia says...

    I am so happy for P.William and Kate. Congratulations on another heir to the thrown ? I keep you all all in my daily prayers? ( I also pray that William DOES; in fact become the next KING). I believe the Monarch needs new ideas and young leaders. Charles may end up being King, but he’ll screw up everything, the QWEEN has worked so hard to keep alive.
    Like tradition’s, and so forth. I respect what the QWEEN and all that she stands for; but if Charles takes over. Well it will all be over. Camella’s ( what ever her name is) well she’ll just be meddling be and end up drunk at some Galla and so forth.
    I’ve said enough. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  25. Anne says...

    I had a quick labour with my third. She was out and I went home 5 hours later. With no epidural to recover from, I was up and out and about in no time. If someone handed me a dress and did my hair and makeup. I could have done what Kate did for 10 minutes. The soft belly showing after all three babies was nice. She had loose flowing cuts maternal gowns and thats pretty easy. She could accommodate an industrial size maxi pad easy. Nails natural as well.

    What I find pretty horrific are the number of women here in the US who get mani/pedis, hair done, a planned c-section with a tummy tuck and then pop home in skinny jeans looking very vixon-like. And the world is not watching.

    Anyways to each their own.

  26. Adriana says...

    I don’t think its such a big deal that Kate got all dressed up mere hours after giving birth. If she was feeling fine, having someone do your hair and makeup and putting on a dress and heels for a few minutes (because they only step out for 15 min tops) and getting the whole ordeal over with doesn’t seem so bad to me.

    I’ve seen plenty of fashion bloggers post photos shortly after giving birth where they have clearly done their hair and makeup–with no help from a stylist.

    For some people looking done up at moments like these is a priority. For some, it is not. As long as it comes from a place of self-care, both are fine.

  27. Claire says...

    They should name him Bubba

  28. Ramona says...

    I breathed a huge sigh of relief this morning when she had a boy. I was so worried they’d have a girl and “take” the girl’s name that we’re planning to use for our daughter due in June and suddenly make it the #1 most common name. My oldest was born shortly after Princess Charlotte and Charlotte was high on our list, but thank goodness Kate’s baby came first!

  29. Sandy says...

    How about a name to honor Princess Diana. The name Spencer .

    • Linda says...

      That is the best idea!! I hope that is what they do! Spencer James would be adorable.

  30. Halee says...

    Move beyond borIng. Gerrit Liam

  31. Seona says...

    I hop they name him James – of all the other picks it’s both modern and timeless.

    I love the name Milo for a boy, but my partner HATES it! I nearly cried when he said he hated it, it’s been my top boys name for a long time. We are in pregnancy planning mode at the moment and occasionally one of us will throw out a name we like and discuss … let’s just say the current list if likes is VERY small. Let’s hope it becomes easier when we have to really decide!

  32. Escondista says...

    Thomas or Theodore please!
    Prince Thomas or Prince Teddy sounds so nice ?

  33. Gina says...

    Well, my son is named James, so I’ll have to vote for that name, of course ;) But my second vote is for Albert!

  34. Sara says...

    I like the name of Fredrick. I am happy for them all.

  35. RBC says...

    Canadian(/American) here. The royals seem lovely and of course are followed closely here in Canada. My 2.5 y. O. Is named James so I’m hoping they don’t name him James as I’m sure it’ll shoot up in popularity (and it’s already quite popular) ;)

  36. Greer says...

    I just can’t seem them inflicting “Prince Albert” on an innocent baby… I think it’s going to be Arthur, or possibly Edmund.

    • Lisa says...

      Agree completely re the possibility of Albert. Please, no!

    • Libbynan says...

      Disagree heartily! My 7 year old great-grandson is called Philip Albert , both family names going back generations. I love both and hope both feature in the new royal’s name.

  37. Helen Mason says...

    Phillip Author Franklin Spencer Middleton
    That way your son has the best of both of you

  38. Helen Mason says...

    Phillip Author Franklin Spencer Milliton
    That way he has the royal family name and carry’s on your name as well

  39. Hannah says...

    As a Londoner, I am aghast at the continued celebration of the monarchy.

    Granted, the young royals are likeable and do great things with charities, but the thought of our taxes funding even part of their lifestyle (and weddings!) when we have a crumbling national health system, families living below the poverty line etc, I cannot get excited about any of it.

    • Lizzie says...

      Thank you.
      I remember seeing sports newscaster Bob Costas announcing the Kentucky Derby on television, and a horse was vying to win the Triple Crown that year. Queen Elizabeth was visiting the Derby and getting lots of attention. As Bob Costa transitioned back to narrating the horse race: “And now for someone who may actually earn their crown.”

    • Pamela says...

      That’s how I’ve always felt (in my grown up life anyways because obvi princesses etc are all v exciting as a child) and I’m American. Everyone always points to their charitable causes etc and that’s great good for you oh also you can do that without living off tax payers’ money. It’s appalling, simply appalling.

    • I keep seeing stuff like this so I did some math. If you take what the monarchy says it costs taxpayers, divided by the latest number of taxpaying citizens, it’s something like 70-odd pence per person per year. Even if you take the numbers the naysayers say it costs, it still only adds up to under 5 pounds per year per person (Also your health system might be faltering but even at it’s lowest it will be LEAGUES better than the nightmare we have in the US).

      I get that some people just don’t want their tax money going to something they don’t believe in but I have to ask: what would the cost to your country be if you were to get rid of the monarchy, and therefore one of the main (sometimes only) reasons people from other countries want to visit it? I would think what I would suspect to be a massive loss of tourism dollars would be far more detrimental.

    • Sarah says...

      Amen!

    • MB says...

      Yes while taxpayers do fund a lot of the monarchy, the Queen’s also one of the biggest landowners in England. Rents in Mayfair alone will pay for half of this stuff

  40. Lucy in England says...

    I hope she’s safely at home on a huge sofa stuffing her face with pizza while the baby pukes on William by now. I had a very easy labour with my second and would have had no problem getting a face full of slap (make up) and squishing some heels on a few hours after, but my first…. woah. I wouldn’t have been able to do that for weeks!

    Anyway, names. Arthur seems unlucky to me (too much history). Albert nope. Philip I hope not. I heard that William supposedly said he wanted a footballers name so maybe David? A nice nod to the patron saint of Wales too. They needed this and Harry’s wedding after their father made a terrible racist comment to a lovely lady last week which was all over the press ?

    Names I actually like right now- Verity for a girl, Vita for short (la dolce vita!) and it’s way out there but Wulfric for a boy- shortened to Wolfie ?

    • Patty says...

      I for one love your name suggestion of a lil royal named Wolfie! Guaranteed hell-raiser!!

  41. I have to admit I find the fact that she arrived at the hospital, gave birth, got a blowout, then left in heels 7 hours later is just disheartening to me. And the media getting into a tizzy over it only further drives home the impossible standards they’re putting out there for women to feel they have to live up to.

    I hope she went home and immediately put on pajamas, washed all that makeup off and put her hair in a top knot.

    • Mary says...

      Same! I keep wondering how her feet fit into those heels. I had Shrek feet for days after the births of my babies.

    • Alice says...

      Everyone keeps asking about how her shoes fit… but wouldn’t her stylist just have brought several sizes of shoes and the dress for her to try? Given the circumstances I can’t imagine she is squeezing into some old pair she’s had kicking around in her closet for years. I haven’t had kids so maybe I am missing something?

    • agree. i thought it was a poor reflection on our state of affair in regard to women, motherhood, and the unrealistic + toxic expectations placed on us. also, isn’t it time to let go of this monarchy nonsense?

    • bec says...

      Many birthing centers actually send you home between 6-8 hours after giving birth. I understand the issue with the heels but she wore flats before, meaning she could have worn them again. So maybe it was her choice? We will never really know.

  42. Katy says...

    I hope not Andrew – which isn’t and odds on favourite but is my little guys’s name. Or James – that was our runner up so it would be the name of number 2 is a boy.

  43. Chelsea says...

    Oh, I absolutely cannot get enough of them. I just love the whole family! Kate is so fabulous!

  44. Abesha1 says...

    I find it disappointing to see her fully made up, blown out, and in high heels today… Flats might have made a little sense, maybe? You can play to the public image without being a pinup mere hours after giving birth.

    Maybe tomorrow might have felt different but today, it was too much.

    • Clare Agra says...

      Totally agree!

    • Abesha1 says...

      And I’ll add to my own comment: I left hospital mere hours after the birth of my second child, happily! Walked right out. It’s the visual importance of the heels that disturbs me.

    • Katrin says...

      Yes, I agree with the Heels. So unnecessary. All the rest (hair, makeup) I can understand, as she knows the photos will be everywhere. But why didn’t she wear some pretty flats, as, after all, she has done on other occasions? It just doesn’t even look pretty to me in that situation. But oh well, it’s her decision.

  45. Elizabeth says...

    I hope the first name is Phillip, as a nod to William’s grandfather. Something tell me he may not be long for this world and it would be a poignant gesture.

    I adore the British royals! The rigid class system in Britain would carry on without the monarchy, so we might as well get good photo ops and documentaries out of the deal. I’ll take them over America’s self-congratulatory celebrities any day.

  46. I’m betting on Philip for the new royal baby. I love hearing about the birth of any baby, but all my life I’ve been a follower of the royal family of England.

  47. Paige says...

    My senior year of college my friends and I watched William and Kate’s royal wedding live at like 3am or some absurd hour like that back in 2011, but we all wore pearls and drank warm tea in our pajamas and it’s one of my favorite memories from college.

  48. Tracy says...

    We have a little James (16 months old) so I’m hoping they don’t go in that direction (although it is a terrific name!!). I hope they surprise us with something very English but a bit more unexpected.

  49. Matilda says...

    I’m thinking Arthur or Frederick. I have a 3 year old Frederick, so I’m partial to that name. :)

  50. MOI says...

    I like the name David

  51. J. says...

    I can’t help but be interested in the royal family! Prince William is a few years older than me and was definitely one of my first major crushes. Plus they seem like they’re doing pretty valuable things with their platform, both of them talk publicly about support for mental healthcare, Kate’s talked about postpartum depression — I also thought it was a significant moment when she left the hospital after having George and wore a dress that clearly showed she had a baby bump still (as women do right after giving birth) — something I’d never seen a famous woman show before.

    I have been kind of thinking it would be Albert and I think Henry will be one of the middle names. Maybe they’ll honor someone in Kate’s family this time too? Albert Michael Henry, Albert James Henry, Albert Peter Henry?

  52. Kaylan says...

    I work in healthcare and today my boss had to go to Imperial St. Mary’s hospital (where the Lindo wing, the place Kate delivers is) for a meeting. It’s only 5 minutes from my office. He saw them come out for the big reveal! I was very jealous :)

  53. Abby at Appellation Mountain had picked Arthur and Albert, but there was a comment that “Prince Albert” (also the common name of a genital piercing) might not pass muster. I’m going with Arthur or Frederick!

    • J. says...

      Oh yikes good point…maybe not Albert!!

  54. What a fun post! I’m guessing Albert! I really love the royal family: they are a great role model for showing families and babies in a positive light! I get that they’re not perfect. But I appreciate their values of having children and trying to look beautiful/attractive while doing it! What an inspiration to me!

  55. Rucha says...

    I think we really need a beauty uniform with Duchess of Cambridge :D

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha yes! we will work on that ;)

    • Carrie says...

      I agree, she just radiantly beautiful all.the.time!

    • katie says...

      Agreed! So curious to hear what the customs/rules are for her & how she manages to look so chic all the time!

    • Abesha1 says...

      A beauty uniform from a person with personal staff, hair stylists, makeup artists, personal dresser, maids, housekeepers, nannies, personal shoppers, shall I go on….?
      No, thank you.

    • Rachel says...

      It is funny, I had forgotten how fantastically good-looking William was in his early twenties. But Kate looks the same now as she did thirteen years ago! I wonder if its good genes, or just the ability to invest a lot of time and money in her appearance. Probably a little of both. Either way, she looks great.

  56. Liz says...

    Oh man, if she steals my baby name (Albert, Bertie as a nick name) I’m gonna be pissed! I guess this is what I get for looking for name inspiration while watching The Crown, ha ha!

    • Becca says...

      She stole my engagement ring! (sapphire). Man, the nerve of her ;-)

    • Katy says...

      If my little guy had been a girl I was pushing for Margaret (would honour 3 of his 4 great grandmothers!). I was disappointed to see a huge surge in popularity last year – apparently as a result of the Crown. Same with Elizabeth!

  57. katie says...

    When I was 19 I flew to London from California with a college friend to kick off our sophomore year abroad. About an hour before landing, the pilot came over the PA to announce the death of Princess Diana. Passengers began weeping. It was so surreal to be there in those sad days; everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. I’ve had a special place in my heart for those boys ever since. So yeah, I care. I’m glad to see them happy & happier. In that spirit, I hope they name their kids whatever they want!

  58. Evie says...

    The queen’s father’s King George’s name was Albert Frederick Arthur George; I am going to take a wild guess and say it will be Albert.

  59. Michela says...

    Names apart I think the image of perfection that Kate Middleton keeps showing to the world it is something very negative. And it is doing a lot of harm to young and not thay young women. I work as a doctor in a maternity department in London and I can assure you women feel as a failure if at 6 hours from their deliveries they don’t look as perfect as Kate.

    • Nay says...

      Agreed. I doubt it’s her choice though and that if it were up to her she’d be in sweat pants that whole first week!

    • Elizabeth says...

      With all due respect, I don’t think Kate has to apologize for her beauty, her grooming, or her fashionable clothes. She works at fitness and in that regard I think she’s a positive role model.

      If I want reality, I’ll go to Walmart.

    • Samantha says...

      She does have a stylist and a lot of money, and she still comes out showing her baby bump. If anyone feels offended over her coming out after taking a shower, blowing out her hair and putting some makeup on, that’s pretty sad. Now a days women will do a whole instagram makeup look before going into labor. To each their own.

    • Carol says...

      I don’t think Kate really has a choice – she is expected to present the baby quite quickly, and if she were to walk out the door in sweatpants, a messy top knot and one of William’s old rugby jumpers (as she might well prefer!) then she would be torn to shreds for that (especially by the British press). The situation of having to walk out to a throng of waiting paparazzi is so unthinkable for most people, and I think most are able to recognise that she has the resources to have a team help her prepare for this situation that no one else finds themselves in. I doubt very much this part of her job is her favourite, and I think her poise and fortitude is impressive.

    • Michelle says...

      I can assure you that I didn’t feel like a failure when I didn’t look like her 6 hours after my delivery! I had a baby around the same time as she had her first, and what I noticed the most was that she didn’t try to hide her visible soft-post-baby belly. I actually smiled at the screen.

      Frankly, I find it refreshing that she holds herself together publicly. Lately in the media, I only seem to see negative references to birth and post-natal emotions, and of “losing yourself” and relationships breaking apart after having a child. Those stories are important and real, but so too are the stories of women (not all of them famous or rich) who find the entire thing (pregnancy, birth, new baby, etc.) a rewarding and even fun stage of their lives, and something that brings their husbands closer to them.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      me, too — i LOVED how her dress didn’t hide her soft belly after george’s birth: https://cupofjo.com/2013/07/the-royal-baby/
      i had just given birth to anton and found it so refreshing and relieving.

    • Anna says...

      This is an exhausting opinion. Maybe she’s doing exactly what she wants to be doing. Ascribing intention harm to her actions seems unnecessary.

      If you want to wear pjs and slippers after giving birth: awesome.
      If you want to wear heels and go to the gym: awesome.
      You do you. It shouldn’t matter who you are.

    • Michelle says...

      If I were going to step out to smile for the press knowing my photo would be printed around the world, I’d welcome a team of stylists to help me look a bit pulled together. I’m sure Kate’s happy to pull on PJs and slippers in the privacy of her home — and now she gets to do that. To me, she seems (amazingly!) comfortable in her public role, comfortable in heels, and comfortable in her skin.

    • Lisa says...

      I know someone who gives birth and leaves the hospital looking like she’s been at a spa two hours later. But, I do think this whole thing (which I don’t think Kate has much choice over) of leaving looking fabulous 7 hours later can be harmful on a number of levels.
      First of all, until my friends started having children and I went through labour, I honestly had no idea how dangerous it could be, and how frequently things can go wrong (and this is in the UK, not in the US which has a worsening maternal mortality rate). Seven hours after my second was born I was crying my heart out, and she was in the neonatal unit, sedated on morphine and intubated. I had had a perfectly fine pregnancy, and mostly normal labour. Things go wrong, but having this very public image that it’s a breeze and y’all should be wafting about a few hours later can make those who had traumatic births feel even worse about themselves (and a traumatic birth can be a trigger for post partum depression. Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among women in the 12 months after birth https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/2016/07/08/suicide-a-leading-cause-of-maternal-death-in-developed-countries/ ).
      Secondly, women’s health troubles are frequently dismissed, such as post birth issues. This is an excellent article about it https://www.the-pool.com/health/wombs-etc/2018/14/Jennifer-Rigby-on-post-birth-vaginas
      90% of women have some kind of birth injury (which can have long term repercussions on their health). It is just through luck and having an amazing private physio who specialises in maternal care, that any checks were done of my vagina, and I’d had an episiotomy and 2nd degree tear and an infection that needed antibiotic treatment. As it says in the article, 50% of women suffer prolapse and it wasn’t until the physio appointment I didn’t even know that was a risk, or what could have been done to prevent / improve it (pelvic floor exercises, FYI).
      Seeing Kate like that puts it in the public mind that birth should be easy and you should look wonderful afterwards, whereas the fact is it isn’t. It’s still the leading cause of death among women worldwide.

    • Lisa says...

      And just to add – I bought into the whole “birth is just wonderful and natural” thing before I went through it, which is incredibly prevalent in the UK, or at least in London where I live. I did prenatal yoga every week, religiously read the hypnobirthing book and practiced the breathing exercises (on the positive side, I do get a good laugh every time I see it) which went on and on about it’s not pain, it’s pressure, you can overcome it if you want to. I ended up with my first with an emergency c section because I wasn’t progressing and the baby was distressed. Easy births have for some people, but not all

  60. Louise says...

    I think it will be Arthur or Albert, with Charles or Philip as a middle name after his grandfather or great-grandfather. James is Kate’s brother’s name so I doubt they’d choose that. I live in the U.S. now but I’m British and love following the Royals! For the photo with the Queen in green I was there on the Mall watching :).

  61. Jess says...

    LOVE all royal news! Thanks for this.

  62. Saz says...

    I think James is in with a very good shot. It’s in-line with George and Charlotte, in that it’s traditional, but still in common use today. I think, personally, all the other names the BBC floated are too dated and don’t “go” with the other two.
    If I was a betting sort, which I’m not, I’m going with James Albert Phillip

    • Seconded. ‘James Albert Philip’ is where I’d put my money because it includes some very key names, with directly relevant connotations: James for Kate’s brother (not to mention past royal significance); Albert after Queen Elizabeth’s father (and the prince’s great-great-grandfather), King George VI; and Philip after his great-grandfather.

      I could also see Arthur Philip Charles as a serious contender.

  63. Ro says...

    Out of that list, I like Philip the best. Albert and all those sound too old, and the rest seem more predictable. Also that first picture from Kate’s graduation, ugh. They’re such a lovely couple.

  64. Meghan says...

    I’m from British Columbia (Canada), and we have a town called Prince George. To keep with the theme, they should name him Rupert, after the town called Prince Rupert.

    • Colleen S. says...

      Unfortunately, it wasn’t the name of a ruling monarch. That always is the way they go—recycling monarch names. I wish they could go off the cuff like the Swedish royals, with names like Alexander and Gabriel.

  65. I love following the royal family and don’t really get the negativity toward it (I’ve heard in the big scheme of things it’s not a lot of tax dollars either….but I’m not British). It’s just like something from a former time or a fairytale :) I was excited to hear when she went into labor this morning! She seems to have pretty smooth, quick labors.

    • Hannah says...

      Uh, it’s over £42 million per year of taxpayers money, and the older royals are not thrifty with it.

  66. I love names, but their limited list makes the name part less interesting to me. The part that does interest me is Kate being dolled up and paraded around immediately after giving birth. Maybe she doesn’t mind, but my baby is nine months old and I’m still annoyed I had to get dressed for work today.

    • Carrie says...

      It’s just part of her life, I’m sure she’s accept that as such a long time ago.

    • Lauren says...

      It does seem intrusive, but she also knew what she was signing up for when she got married. Plus, having personal stylists on-call as well as staff to help care for the baby surely eases the burden by quite a bit.

  67. JO says...

    We have a James, after his great grandfather! Usually, my husband calls him James, I call him Jamie Boy, and my daughter calls him Little Fella :). I don’t know why.

  68. Maria says...

    As a citizen of the monarchy of Norway, I feel obligated to point out that our 14 year old princess, Ingrid Alexandra, has neither been superseded by her baby brother as a inheritor to the crown. (Also, Ingrid is one of my favorite baby names!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ingrid is lovely!!

    • Inge says...

      Same in Belgium, we have crown princess Elisabeth (16 years old). Sweden has Estelle. They both have younger brothers. Just hoping for this change in succession in Japan…

      A lot of respect for Kate for doing such an appearance so shortly after giving birth, knowing the whole world is watching.

  69. I absolutely care! I don’t know why, except maybe that I’m part English and have more recently traced my family not too far back to royalty, but I’ve always been an anglophile. And I adore William and Kate and kids. My husband is named George, so we were over the moon happy when they named their little George. And of course Charlotte is winning hearts too! I can’t wait to hear the name of the new little one, and I will definitely be watching Harry and Megan’s wedding. I haven’t missed a royal wedding since Charles and Di, when I was 14 or 15. We no longer have cable TV, so I’ll either have to get it for May or leave home at 3:30 a.m. and travel an hour to Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis where they’ll be showing it on the big screen. I may just go to the Pub because that sounds so fun!

  70. Pamela says...

    I’m hoping for Albert. I’m enthralled by Victoria and Albert’s love story and now have a soft spot for both names.

  71. Jenna says...

    I still find it so strange that there is still actual “royalty” in 2018. They make cute babies though :)

  72. I am not a royal watcher, but what I do find interesting are the lovely, traditional, and very solid feeling names such as Charlotte, Margaret, James, Albert, Frederic that many of y’all have chosen for your youngsters. When I was pregnant and we were looking at names we were more likely to choose names like Sunshine and Willow and Sugar :) My son who is almost 40 is called Dylan which was a deliberate ode to Bob, now an illustrious Nobel Prize Winning singer/songwriter and our daughter is Colette an ode to the beautiful french writer. I have recently met little ones with names like Hazel and Mabel, which is such a throwback. I love the circle of life. In case anyone is searching for the unusual my mother’s name was Gertrude and my father’s was Leon and I have yet to meet a new soul with either of those names. Up for grabs for the adventurous. !

    • Shannon says...

      A little boy across the street from us is called Leon!

    • Kari B. says...

      I had a baby on December 11th of last year and a woman in my birth class named her new baby (born in November) Leon. So there’s at least one new soul for you :)

    • Emily says...

      My own mother is a baby boomer named Colette! I’ve always loved her name and hope it’s passed on in our family with the next generation or their generation. She’s about to be a “Coco” for her first grandchild in a couple months and if I were having a girl instead of a boy, I would definitely would have considered Colette as a name. :)

      I also love the circle of life and how names come back into style. My great-grandmother (Colette’s grandmother!) was an Evelyn and now it’s becoming a trendy name again with girls. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gertrude or Leon came back in style in the next few years – names always have a way of doing that.

    • Kara says...

      My youngest daughter is Iris Eva (Eva is after her grandmother and great grandmother). We get comments all of the time on Iris though! At the hospital all of the nurses awed every time they learned her name.

    • meg says...

      Well thank you!

      ~Margaret

  73. Judy says...

    I would personally like to see Kate and William go with something a little different, like Simon or Christopher!

  74. Savannah says...

    In the photo at their graduation it looks like William has a blingy earring but I think it’s just sky behind him. I like the idea that he’d rock a large diamond earring during his “wild college days.”

    • I noticed that too! Looks pretty funny on him, but also it would be cool.

  75. Whitney says...

    We named our 7 month old son Arthur. I love the name. He’s also our third child. I have a boy, girl, then Arthur. I especially love that Arthur sounds cute for a baby and will grow with him into adulthood.

  76. Sarah says...

    Kate is always a vision of loveliness!

  77. Joaquina says...

    I don’t care at all for any of the royal family news BUT just had to chime in with a rec because I love the name: RAFE!

  78. Shannon says...

    I love the idea of their university years – can you imagine? Away from the public eye for the most part (and social media), dating the future King, living together, weekends at her parents’ house. Happy they have their family now. I’m one of five kids, but think it’s irresponsible to have more than two these days, unless you really have the means (and even then). Overpopulation is such a huge problem.

    • Charlotte says...

      That’s funny Sharon, the same thought about overpopulation went through my head when I heard they were having a third. OBVIOUSLY, it is entirely their choice and none of my business, I just hoped they would keep it at two because they do have such a strong influence on so many people worldwide. Alas. But it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who thought of that!

    • Charlotte says...

      I’m sorry, Shannon- not Sharon! My reading mind and typing mind were on two different pages ;)

  79. Clare Agra says...

    WHO CARES?! Royalty is a ridiculous & classist relic.

  80. Sarah says...

    Can we just again mention that Kate looks stunning for giving birth 7 hours before stepping out in a dress and heels. Anyone who has had children, knows a lot of things are still happening down there.

    • Bobby says...

      I’m not even comfy wearing hose when I’m on the first day of my period, and heels? What is this lady made of?!

    • Meghan says...

      OMG cramming her feet into those shoes?!

  81. Becky says...

    I’m really surprised by the number of people writing in to say they don’t care. I would think if you don’t care then don’t spend your energy to say so. Of course people can say what they want.
    I vote for anything less common but they are a family of tradition so I see why they recycle names. However I do love family names. My maternal grandmother’s maiden name is Lukas and i ofetn think it would be nice to use that as a future child’s middle or first name. I took my paternal grandmother’s maiden name, Callahan, as my middle name when I changed to my married last name.

    • Sam says...

      Just a note that Joanna asked the readers if they care or not at the end of this post. I doubt this group regularly comments on posts saying they don’t care about the subject :)

    • Becky says...

      This is true, she did ask. I think I’m more surprised by the tone. It’s a baby’s birth, doesn’t seem like something to be annoyed about. However I do see that people can feel overwhelmed by them being on magazine covers and being talked about constantly.

  82. Bethany says...

    My guess is Frederick Arthur James.

  83. Louisa says...

    We were going to name our baby Frederick until he arrived (and turned out to be a she)! — So I’m voting for Frederick.
    And can I say that while every rational part of me finds the obsession with royalty to be silly/colonialist/verging-on-awful, I also love it?!

  84. Hannah says...

    My guess for Prince George was Arthur, so I’ll go with Arthur again. James is a lovely name, too, though!

  85. gina says...

    Its really not our concern!

  86. Every time I guess Philip so perhaps one day I’ll be right. I’ve been refreshing social all day for baby news an I can’t wait for the wedding! The monarchy offers stability we lack here in America and the Windsors do a great job of being entertaining, elegant and dignified. I can’t get enough!

  87. Charlotte K says...

    James is my fave boy’s name, but I think it’s going to be Philip.

  88. Laura C. says...

    I love James too, and I was going for it even before knowing it was one of the favourites!

  89. Kim says...

    Who cares. Pay taxes.

    • Laura says...

      Yeah. Here’s to the UK (and all the rest of the monarchies) becoming a Republic within the next 15 years, cheers little royal babies who will have to work in order to earn your salary as adults!

      Signed,
      An annoyed European citizen who wants her country to be a full democracy.

    • Alex says...

      Laura – as a citizen of a “full democracy”, I can say it’s not all its cracked up to be. Even as self identifying liberal progressive, I do think there is really something to be said for a having a traditional figure head that can help maintain some values into elected officials. When all these people care about is re-election, it’s very easy to lose any kind of moral or ethical compass.

    • Sara says...

      This.

    • Rachel says...

      Agreed. I can’t believe we’re celebrating this classist relic.

    • Laura says...

      Dear Alexa, in Spain, my country, the monarchy inherited its current power from the Francoist dictatorship. I know what I am talking about when I speak of lack of democracy. It’s not just lack of fair and democratic representation, it’s extremely reactionary and right-wing politics that are institutionalized and revived whenever some patriotic crap comes up.

      In the UK, the royal family avoids taxes, is a relic of the days of Imperial genocide, and has ties with the far-right in the past. As a Politics graduate I know perfectly well the US system is not ideal, in fact it is not a country I would like to live in. But, please, do not presume to tell a citizen of another country that a monarchy is good for them. You have no idea how hard we’ve been fighting in Europe, for centuries, for fuller and fairer democracies.

      I’ll support the creation of a Republic in my country all my life. I do not need some age-old institution that derives their power from “God” to keep my moral compass. My co-citizens and I are perfectly able to govern ourselves, thank you very much. Good day to you.

    • JPH says...

      Wow, Laura.
      Don’t forget that the US fought the Revolutionary War and won independence from Great Britain. I’m pretty sure we know something about fighting for a democracy. If you don’t think the US is the place you want to be, by all means stay in Spain.

    • Raquel says...

      JPH, Laura didn’t refer at all to Americans not knowing what it is to fight for democracy. Monarchies have, by definition, roots in imperialism and exploitation and abuse of power and people still try to romanticize what they represent. Plus, I am not sure we can call the US a full democracy with this joke of voting system we have that is CLEARLY not democratic.

  90. Hannah says...

    I have a super naive royal question… why is Harry 6th and not right after William? Why do his children come first?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it follows the line of the firstborn child before going to the siblings. so interesting, right?

    • Jessie says...

      It down the line by generation. More interestingly, in 2013 When the Duchess was pregnant for the first time, the Queen instigated the change of the law of succession, so that females’ place in line isn’t bumped. If George had been a girl, he would still have been third in line, before Harry.

    • sarah says...

      @jessie how sad that this is not considered self evident but progress.

    • Hannah says...

      So interesting! Thanks for the replies.

    • Greer says...

      @Jessie, under the old rules girl-George (and Charlotte) would have still been ahead of Harry in the line of succession, I think… but they would have been displaced by this new little brother who would go to number 3 in line, where real George now is.

  91. Rachel says...

    Kate’s brother’s name is James so I think that removes it from the first names list, but could probably be a middle along with Philip from his grandfather.

  92. Roo says...

    William’s uncle (Prince Edward) has a son named James so it may be off the table.

  93. AJC says...

    It won’t be James because that’s Kate Middleton’s brother’s name

  94. Em says...

    Anyone else loving that college picture of them because the sky peaking through the leaves makes William look like he has a spicy single earring?

    • Anna says...

      YES! I was going to say the same thing!! It’s a sweet picture regardless but that makes it so funny. Especially with the long(er than now) hair.

    • Carrie says...

      Haha so funny!

  95. Jaime says...

    We had a baby boy in December and named him Frederic (“Freddie”)! I love it. But, crossing my fingers they don’t choose that one! I’d hate for our unique name choice to shoot up the charts. ;)

  96. Lisa says...

    Not really bothered. We used the royal wedding bank holiday as an excuse to go to NYC. VERY bummed that we’re not going to get one this time around.

    I think it’s interesting that with George they said they weren’t going to use nannies. They got very quiet on all of that …

    • Lisa says...

      So true story – I went to university in Scotland at the same time as them (I graduated on the same day), and when I was registering my tutor told me that William’s arrival had caused all sorts of problems for St. Andrews. Some people couldn’t get on the courses they wanted because they needed to make space for his security detail. Also, the percentage of female students suddenly went up at all the Scottish universities, above 50%

    • Hannah says...

      I said my kid was going to be cared for at home and never see a minute of TV. Changed my mind quickly on both of those!

  97. Kim says...

    I so do not care.

  98. Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says...

    Frederick is an old family name for us, so I love it, and I love James!

  99. CathyMA says...

    I think the name James pairs well with either Charlotte or George.
    George, Charlotte, & James.

  100. Kristy says...

    James is nice, we named our daughter Ava James after my Father in Law. I hope they go for something a bit more nontraditional like Owen or Jackson.

  101. Sarah Beth says...

    I vote Philip. I will say that back in 2013, my husband placed a bet for me on George for a boy, when the odds were like 15/1 George (they went way up later!) I was bummed to find out he only did $1, instead of the 10 I’d requested. I also emailed a friend that the first baby would be Charlotte Diana Elizabeth, and was proven almost exactly right with baby #2! So I’m waiting to see if my luck holds for baby 3. Philip Albert James would be a good name to honor lots of family and royal history.

  102. Beth says...

    Is having three kids the new two??? It seems like these days, all of my family members, friends or neighbors are having baby #3. I have two and I am feeling the pressure to go for #3 even though I have always only wanted two!

    • Em says...

      Hold your ground. All I have to go off of are third party observations as I have a ton of nieces and nephews but no kids of my own. The families with two seem more relaxed. The parties of three (plus parents) seem happy too but definitely way more exhausted and beaten down. Haha

    • I’ve always loved being the youngest of three. There was always someone to play with. When my older brothers call me, we usually end up talking about the other brother– our fears, hopes and funny stories about them. I am fully aware that when they call each other, they probably just talk about me. Our personalities are very different, but we always have that other sibling/friend in common.

      But do whatever feels right for you, girl! Who cares what everyone else is doin!

    • celeste says...

      I honestly don’t know how people in the US can afford more than 2. If I lived in Norway or even Canada, where you get some help, I could see it. No money for maternity leave – horrifying.

    • Lana says...

      We just added #3 and it’s been wonderful! Just today they were all piled into our bed and I felt overcome with joy. It’s just such a fun dynamic! We had always planned on two but I couldn’t be happier now. We have two girls and a boy (Grace [7], Cecilia [3.75] and Leo [4 mo].) I am not one of those super moms or moms who doesn’t feel like sometimes things are insanely crazy, but it’s crazy in a good way. Dinner conversations are amazing and I imagine will only get better!

    • Lisa says...

      In our social circle what I’ve seen lots of is the first two relatively close together, and then a third about 3 years later (after theparents have forgotten how tough it is).
      I was asked so many times about whether we were having a third from almost the moment I told people I was pregnant with our second. It got so annoying that I nearly snapped at the midwife who asked me (until I remembered that she was asking for medical reasons).
      Do what’s best for you and your family.

    • Rebekah says...

      We’ve got three (5, 3, 10 months). We may have a fourth in a couple years! They’re all precious to us but yes, of course I am very tired :) I don’t think I will ever regret bringing life into the world.

      We’re not at all rich. I’m sure we will not be able to afford many of the things people find necessary :) that’s OK.

    • Sara says...

      This!!! I was just thinking the same thing today. I currently have two children and it feels right most days. I think that if people have the resources (i.e. money and/or help in the form of family), it seems more likely these days they go for more kids these days. This is just my observation in my suburban area outside of DC…which is probably not indicative of trends overall ;)

    • Rachel Fletcher says...

      I grew up with one brother. We have the usual smattering of cousins and one set came as a group of three. We weren’t around each other a lot (because British Columbia, Canada and Augusta, Georgia) but when we were, I always noticed that the dynamics in a family of 5 seemed so much more active than those in a family of 4 (mine). So we ended up with three. One adopted, two pushed out. Plus I like odd numbers :)

  103. Anne says...

    I’m getting married the same day as Meghan and Prince Harry (although can I say – I picked it first!) so I’ve been following the royals more this time around than I usually do. I’m also not really into tradition and I love when people go their own way, so I would be tickled if they picked a different and nontraditional name for the new baby (but I’m not holding my breath).

  104. Alexan B. says...

    My mom and I were texting about it earlier and at the same time, we both sent messages lamenting how they can’t use Henry because of Prince Harry! We both like that name paired with George.

    …of available names, I like James and Albert.

  105. I love following the royals too. Last summer we got to your Buckingham palace and it was breathtaking. I think the reason I enjoy the royals so much more than typical celebrity gossip is the history behind it all. Happy Monday! xAllie

  106. Sarah says...

    Our oldest son’s name is Frederick & we call him Fritz! I love it! I’ve only ever met one other boy named Fritz.

    • anne says...

      How cute, I love that :)

    • Ah, see my comment below! If we had had a boy we considered the name Frederick so we could have a Fritz, too! :)

    • Carrie says...

      That is ridiculously cute!

    • Sara says...

      My son is Frederick too! When I was pregnant I was set on the nickname Fritz. As much as I love it, he’s a Frederick through and through. :)

    • Betsy says...

      My 4 year old daughter’s best friend (and future husband, she claims) is her classmate Fritz. He’s really Frederick, too, but she calls him Fritzy, and I love it.

    • Christy says...

      We have a Frederick who we call “Fritz” too! My husband is Ted so I figured Ted and Fred would be a bit much.

  107. Veronica says...

    Not going to lie, I was worried the royal baby was going to be a girl, on the off chance that the Cambridges chose Margaret for a name. I am pregnant right now, and Margaret is our top girl pick. While Charlotte has been on the rise in popularity in the US since 2000, I think Princess Charlotte has only increased the popularity of the name.
    I am very curious about the new baby’s name. None of the picks seem like front runners or foregone conclusions; James seems like the most modern, but it has a thorny history and various associations, and it hasn’t been used as the name of the child of a monarch or future monarch in over 300 years. I would be the least surprised by Albert, since it has history on both sides of William’s family (both a maternal and paternal great grandfather were named Albert).

    • Lucy says...

      I know the feeling, Veronica! We have twin four-year-old girls named Charlotte and Alexandra. If this had been a girl, Alexandra was predicted to be one of the names they likely would have chosen. It basically would have required us to have another child and name it George–regardless of whether it was a boy or a girl! ;-)

    • anne says...

      Same! I was so bummed when they named George, that was our pick for our baby at the time. Not that it really matters in the long run lol :)

    • I totally know that feeling! I know we can’t control these things, but I really wanted my daughter to have a unique (but not strange) name. So I don’t even put it online very much, for fear of it getting into the baby name zeitgeist!

    • Emily says...

      Haha this is my problem at the moment! I’m currently pregnant with my first child, a boy due in June. Anxiously awaiting to see what they name the new prince. One of the “choices” I’m reading about is one of our top picks for this little guy and I really don’t want our son sharing the same name as the new royal, especially when he’ll be born less than two months after this kid. It’s a silly problem, I know. But I’m glad others can relate!

    • Jessie says...

      The Queen hated Margaret Thatcher, she would have disapproved of naming the baby Margaret.

    • Cate says...

      I love Arthur but hoping against it, as it is on our list for baby #3 due soon and we already have a George.

  108. lomagirl says...

    I wish they would bring in a name that celebrates the many cultures of Britain- at least as a middle name.

    • Emilie says...

      Something to look out for when/if Megan and Harry start a family.

  109. Amber says...

    Obsessed with all things royal!! I vote for James, too.

  110. Sarah says...

    I’m thinking Arthur with Michael and Philip as middle names.

    I’m more interested in the names Harry and Meghan will chose as it seems they will have more freedom.

    • Sarah says...

      Arthur Michael Philip Windsor sounds right.

  111. Carrie says...

    Rupert!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that name, so cute!!

    • Christy says...

      Yes, and very English! Love Philip, Peter and Edward.

    • Alice says...

      It’s a lovely name! Even if I’m a little biased as my son is Rupert Arthur ;)

  112. Melissa says...

    I love the name James too! It’s my dad’s name, and my stepbrother’s and step-uncle’s, so I feel like it would have to be relegated to a middle name. Though, they all go by Jim, so who knows! I also would not hesitate to use it for a girl.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      anton’s middle name is james, and i love it. would be so great for a girl, too.

    • Lisa says...

      Though we entertained James. we named our daughter Jameson have zero regrets.

    • Sarah says...

      How cool would it be for a royal girl to actually be given the name, James?! It would be so good! So, so good.

    • James, the middle name of my four grandsons! My oldest grandson has an infant – middle name – James, of course! All of my grandsons (from my two daughters) have a grandfather with the middle name of James. Several other close family members (who’ve passed) had a middle name of James. That name is so near and dear to my heart ; )

  113. OK, first, can I just say I want whatever time machine Kate Middleton has to look EXACTLY the same today as she did in 2005? I graduated college in ’06 and I’m basically unrecognizable now. ;)

    I’ve always loved the name James (for a boy or girl!) and calling a boy Jamie. But, I love Philip because I had a cousin named Philip and everyone called him “Flip” which I thought was so cute, and his parents called him “Flipper” sometimes.

    Before we knew whether we were having a boy or a girl, we considered the name Frederick, as well, because my favorite author is Frederick Buechner and my husband had a friend in school named Frederick and everyone called him Fritz, which is so great!

    • Madie says...

      Flip is a really cute nickname for Philip :)

  114. Sarah says...

    i love this new generation of royals. they are fun to follow. i vote james or fred!

  115. celeste says...

    I don’t really care, but Phillip would be a nice tribute to the great grandfather in ill health.

    • Cynthia says...

      I agree.

    • Hannah says...

      Emily – I totally agree with you! It’s all so outdated!
      Hopefully by the time these ‘heirs’ come of age there will be no throne.