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Baby names with connections to British royalty

  • Baby names with connections to British royalty

    On May 6, 2019, Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born. The first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the young royal is now seventh in the line of succession to the British throne. As with any royal birth, speculation around the baby’s name ran rampant in the months leading up to his arrival. British bookies had been taking bets on what the duke and duchess of Sussex would name their bundle of joy, with monikers like Arthur, Albert, and Philip leading the pack. In fact, before the official announcement, Archie was the long shot with 100-to-1 odds.

    Betting on what the royal family might name their newborn isn’t quite as complicated as it might seem. Potential names aren’t just drawn out of a hat at random. For royals, heritage and tradition are very important. As such they tend to use the same handful of names over and over again. In honor of the new royal baby this past spring, Expedia compiled a list of the 40 most popular names for British royals in the past 200 years, going back to Queen Victoria.

    Below, Stacker has ranked these 40 names by their popularity in America in 2018, using data from the Social Security Administration. As many of the names on this list have appeared multiple times within the last 200 years, at various points of succession, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the most unique, important, or notable members of the British family to bear the name.

    From royals with ties to the Romanoffs to the newest generation of Mountbatten-Windsors, you’re sure to learn something new about the most beloved royal family in the world. 

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  • #40. Friederike

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: N/A (less than 5 babies born in 2018)

    Princess Friederike was a descendant of Queen Victoria. Although she grew up in Germany and quite separate from the rest of the royal family, she still had to request the permission of King George VI to marry, in accordance with the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. When her husband, King Paul I, assumed the Greek throne in 1948 upon his brother’s death, Friederike became the queen consort.

  • #39. Maud

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #15,589 (5 babies born in 2018)

    Christened Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria, Princess Maud of Wales was the youngest daughter of King Edward VII. Born in 1869, Maud was dubbed “Harry” by her family members. In 1896, she married Prince Carl of Denmark, and upon his inauguration in 1905, she became Queen Maud of Norway.

  • #38. Auguste

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #5,284 (17 babies born in 2018)

    George IV ( christened George Frederick Augustus) reigned for 10 years from 1820 until his death in 1830. A heavy drinker with a gambling problem, the king was not particularly liked by his subjects, who saw his extravagance as a disgrace to the throne. His second middle name, Augustus, is a version of Auguste, which means “great” or “magnificent.”

  • #37. Helene

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #5,588 (22 babies born in 2018)

    Princess Helena ( a version of the name Helene, meaning “light”) was the third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Born in 1846, she was known for her artistic flair and emotional nature. As an adult, Helena married Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein and became a founding member of the Ladies Committee of the British Red Cross. She also spent a significant amount of time translating her father’s letters from German to English so that they could be published in his biography.

  • #36. Olga

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #3,138 (51 babies born in 2018)

    Many fail to realize how interconnected European royalty really is. For example, Princess Olga Romanoff, who currently resides in Kent, is the great-niece of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, who was first cousins with King George V. Olga’s father, Prince Andrei Alexandrovich, was the only member of the Russian royal family to escape, catching a ride of a British naval frigate and settling in England to raise his family. This means that Princess Olga is the last known surviving Romanoff and cousin to the Windsors, who currently sit on the throne.

  • #35. Augusta

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #2,944 (55 babies born in 2018)

    Born in 1737, Princess Augusta had the misfortune of preceding the Succession to the Crown Act by 278 years. This means that she was overtaken in the line of succession by her brother, King George III, unlike Princess Charlotte of Cambridge who will not be overtaken by her younger brother Prince Louis of Cambridge. Princess Augusta’s legacy lies mostly in her seven children, one of which became Caroline of Brunswick, the jilted Queen of King George IV.

  • #34. Antony

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #1,813 (83 babies born in 2018)

    Born a commoner, Antony Armstrong-Jones married Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1960 and was titled the Earl of Snowden. A world-renowned photographer, he worked as the picture editor for “The Sunday Times” magazine and became the first commoner in four-and-a-half centuries to marry a king’s daughter. In 1978, after the birth of their two children, the Earl of Snowden and Princess Margaret were divorced.

  • #33. Agnes

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #1,204 (195 babies born in 2018)

    The longtime mistress of King Edward VII, Agnes Keyser was not actually a royal herself but mingled among them regularly. Well accepted and liked, Agnes was even friends with King Edward’s wife, Alexandra of Denmark. She remained a member of the king’s entourage until his death in 1910.

  • #32. Ernest

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 2
    - Rank in the U.S.: #976 (210 babies born in 2018)

    Prince Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, was the son of George III and Queen Charlotte. He lived a life of scandal—rumors followed him alleging that he’d done things like murder his valet, father a child with his younger sister, Sophia, and hatch a plot to murder the future Queen Victoria in an attempt to take over the line of succession. While his character was generally regarded as “wicked,” “dark,” and “unsettling,” the people of Hannover (where he did assume the throne in 1837) loved him, and he became immensely popular during his 14-year rule.

  • #31. Louise

    - British royals with this name, 1819–2019: 6
    - Rank in the U.S.: #800 (339 babies born in 2018)

    Currently 13th in line to the British throne, Lady Louise Windsor is the teenage daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. A granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Louise has been raised mostly out of the public eye. However, in 2011, she served as a bridesmaid in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding.

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