The Huffington Post shared a list of popular names in England and Wales:
'According to the Office for National Statistics the top baby names for England and Wales for 2011 were Harry, Oliver, Jack, Alfie, Charlie, Thomas, Jacob, James, Joshua, Ethan and George. The most popular girls names were Amelia, Olivia, Lily, Jessica, Emily, Sophie, Ruby, Grace, Ava, Isabella, Evie, Chloe, Mia and Sophia'.
All beautiful names, however I think taking a look at the history of names in The Windsor Family Tree provides us with a more likely selection of possibilities.
|The Prince of Wales|
Looking at the family tree, we note the most popular boys names are George, James, Alfred and Frederick, Edward and John while the most popular girls names are Elizabeth, Victoria, Margaret, Mary, Alexandra, Amelia and Alice. I think it is highly likely some of these suggestions will feature in the baby's name.
Guessing the royal baby's name has become quite the topic of conversation. Over the weekend my sister was socialising with friends and overheard a group of gentlemen at the bar discussing placing wagers on the name like many others. Ladbroke's latest odds show Diana 8/1, Elizabeth 8/1, George 9/1 and Charles 10/1 with some of the more questionable suggestions including Elvis 500/1 and Chardonnay 250/1 :) Ladbrokes are also accepting wagers on the date of birth, day of birth, time of birth and weight at birth.
As noted above, Diana is considered one of the most popular names amongst the public. Should Kate give birth to a girl many expect they will pay homage to William's late mother. Diana was the people's princess and her name is the people's choice but I think it unlikely the Cambridges will choose it as a first name. Diana's memory is still very much alive and the comparisons would be inevitable, however William was deeply close to his mother and could honour her by choosing Diana as the baby's middle name or Frances (Diana's middle name).
Royal children often boast an array of middle names - William's being Philip Arthur Louis - which offers William and Kate the opportunity to include both sets of relatives. No doubt Kate will want to pay tribute to her own family and a quick glance at the Duchess's family tree shows a range of suitable names including Frederick, John, James, Mary, Jane and Elizabeth. All similar to those in William's line.
Should Kate give birth to a boy, I think Kate will want to use Peter as a middle name, in honour of grandfather Peter Middleton, an RAF hero who trained wartime pilots and served as a fighter pilot, even using the wing tips of his Mosquito plane to divert German flying bombs away from London. Sadly, Peter Middleton passed away in 2010, Kate was close to her grandfather and delayed the engagement announcement by several days following his death.
Interestingly, Peter Middleton and Prince Philip were photographed together after returning from a two month tour of South America in 1962. It is not known how much their paths crossed during the tour but it's extraordinary to think almost fifty years later their grandchildren would be married.
|Via The Daily Mail|
It has been suggested by experts the couple might incorporate a Scottish name to represent their time in St Andrews, or a Welsh name to reflect their time in Wales. We've looked at many suitable names, and I personally love Alexandra, Amelia and Victoria for a girl and would be delighted to see Diana and Elizabeth included as middle names. For a boy, George and Philip are strong royal names and It would be wonderful to see Peter included.
What would you like to see the royal baby named? Which names discussed in the post are your favourites? I'm very much looking forward to hearing your suggestions :)