Last week, Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge was expecting her third child. I think we all know what that means. Time to start putting money on what name the royal family will choose for the new baby. Also, congratulations on the wonderful news. We probably should have said that part first.
As soon as the announcement became official, bookies in the UK began accepting bets for what name William and Kate would choose for their third child, with Alice, Victoria, Albert and Arthur at the top of the list. The couple have yet to announce whether they are expecting a boy or girl, which means there are twice as many names to guess from. The Royal family aren’t big on gender-neutral names, so it’s strictly from the boy column or from the girl column.
Christian Turner is the global naming director at New York’s Siegel+Gale and told Hello! Magazine, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will want the fifth-in-line to the throne to bear a name worthy of such weight, and it’s therefore likely they will choose a solid, traditional name with strong links to royalty. At the same time, they won’t want to appear old-fashioned or haughty, so choosing a name the public can embrace is equally important.”
Turner also noted that the couple won’t use any family names that have already been taken by William’s aunts, uncles and cousins, which means no future Anne, Andrew, Edward, Mark, Sarah Sophie, Peter, Zara, Autumn, Mike, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise or James.
So, what names can we expect for the third Royal baby? We’ve come up with our own very scientific* odds making system, and now it’s time to start placing our bets.
Inspired By: Alice was Queen Victoria’s second daughter and was known for being progressive.
Odds: 20 to 1
Why It Could Work: The name also means nobility, which seems like a great fit for a royal baby of noble birth. It’s also a top contender with bookies.
Possible Nicknames: Ali, Al, Lissie
Inspired By: Amelia was the second daughter of King George II.
Odds: 50 to 1
Why It Could Work: It is a royal name, which is a plus, but as the second most common baby name in the UK, the couple may opt for something less popular.
Possible Nicknames: Amy, Elle, Lia
Inspired By: Arthur is Prince William’s middle name.
Odds: 30 to 1
Why It Could Work: Arthur was one of the names Prince Charles had originally wanted for William and Harry, but he was overruled by Princess Diana.
Possible Nicknames: Art, Artie
Inspired By: Frederick, Prince of Wales
Odds: 60 to 1
Why It Could Work: The name Frederick has a long history in the royal family and Frederick, Prince of Wales, had a son named George, which is a nice tie-back to the Duke and Duchess’ eldest child.
Possible Nicknames: Freddie, Fred
Inspired By: William and Kate are fans of British musician Adele.
Odds: 80 to 1
Why It Could Work: Adelaide means noble. In 1830, German princess Adelaide married King William and became ‘Good Queen Adelaide,’ famous for helping thousands of British people receive medical treatment during the 1849 cholera epidemic.
Possible Nicknames: Addie, Adele
Inspired By: Queen Victoria
Odds: 20 to 1
Why It Could Work: Queen Victoria’s reign lasted more than 63 years, longer than any of her predecessors. Naming their daughter Victoria would be a way for William to honour his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, who was one of Queen Victoria’s great-great grandaughters.
Possible Nicknames: Tori, Vic, Vicky
Inspired By: Queen Elizabeth
Odds: 20 to 1
Why It Could Work: Another way for Prince William to honour his grandmother would be to use her middle name, Alexandra. The name has been popular for decades so it checks both the boxes of being traditional and a commonly heard name. Alexander is also Prince George’s middle name.
Possible Nicknames: Alex, Lexie, Sandra
Frances or Francis
Inspired By: Princess Diana
Odds: 70 to 1
Why It Could Work: Frances was Princess Diana’s middle name, and could work for either a boy or girl, depending on the spelling. Princess Charlotte already bears her late grandmother’s name as her second middle name, but this could be another way for William and Kate to honour their children’s grandmother. Francis is also the middle name of Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, so the name would honour both sides of the family.
Possible Nicknames: Fran, Frankie, Frank
Inspired By: William and Kate booked British singer Ellie Goulding to sing at their 2011 wedding.
Odds: 100 to 1
Why It Could Work: The name is traditional and can be shortened into a more contemporary nickname.
Possible Nicknames: Ellie, Elle, Ella
*In house odds are purely unscientific and should not be used for betting purposes, unless you win, then feel free to split the winnings with us.