Getty ImagesMeet His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge! Kate Middleton and Prince William revealed their baby name via a statement through Kensington Palace on Wednesday, only two days after Middleton gave birth.
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The statement read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”
According to Pamela Redmond Satran, co-founder of the baby naming website Nameberry, there have been more kings named George in the past three centuries than any kings of any other name. “It’s a regal choice and approropriate for the royal baby,” she says. “And of course the name Cambridge is fitting since his parents are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”
The baby’s middle names hold significance, too. According to various betting websites, if baby had been born a girl, Alexandra was the number one choice, so it makes sense that the male version—Alexander—was chosen,” says Nameberry co-founder Linda Rosenkrantz. “And the name Louis was likely chosen to commemorate Lord Louis Mountbatten, a close friend and mentor of Prince Charles who was assassinated by Irish terrorists in 1979.”
On Tuesday, Kate Middleton and Prince William introduced the royal baby on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. William told reporters, “We are still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can” and “It is the first time we have seen him really, so we are having a proper chance to catch up.”
And although it was a letdown for reporters and fans hungry for more royal baby news, according to CNN Royal Contributor Victoria Arbiter, it’s not surprising that the royal couple did things on their own terms. “There is no official protocol for announcing a royal baby’s name,” Artiber told Yahoo! Shine. “Everyone has done it differently—Princess Diana and Prince Charles waited one week to release Prince William’s name, while Prince Harry was named immediately. And Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip waited about a month to name Charles.”
“It makes sense that the couple revealed the name before the weekend. When William told reporters that he hoped the hospital and media could get back to their normal routines, the subtext was that he also wanted the fuss to die down,” she said. Arbiter had previously told MSN that she had a hunch about the baby’s name. “George is a popular guess for a first name and also a popular name choice for monarchs: There have been six previous King Georges. Philip would be in honor of Prince Philip,” she said.
HRH Prince George of Cambridge (photo Getty Images)Ever since the Palace announced that the royal couple was expecting, the gambling world has exploded with people placing bets on everything from her due date, to the baby’s gender, to where the royal christening will take place. According to a story published Wednesday on CNN, between 20% and 30% of name bets were placed after Middleton went into labor on Monday.
Here are the monikers that didn’t make the cut:
Frederick: “This name was a front-runner and one of my personal favorites,” says Rosenkrantz. “Not only is Freddy a popular nickname in the U.K., the name Frederick is one of the top 100 names in the U.K. Frederick was also the eldest son of George II and the middle name of George V and George VI.”
Arthur: The middle names of Prince Charles and George VI. (Queen Elizabeth’s father), Arthur is a romantic name and also number 89 on the U.K. top 100 list. “It has a chic, upper class feeling to it,” she says. “People in America are even starting to use it.”
Albert or Alfred: These similar names were debated due to the potential for their adorable nicknames, Bertie and Alfie. “And Albert is the nickname of Prince Harry and Prince Andrew and Alfred is popular,” she says.
Philip: An obvious nod to Prince Philip (William’s grandfather and Queen Elizabeth’s husband), this could have been one way to honor him, especially due to concerns for the 92-year-old’s health.
James: England has already had two kings named James; however, since Middleton’s brother is also named James, the name wasn’t likely to be chosen.
Francis: Although it wasn’t a strong contender for a first name, it may have been in the mix, considering Princess Diana’s middle name was Frances. “However, it would have been spelled as the male version, ‘Francis,’” says Rosenkrantz.