From baby experts to royal enthusiasts, everyone is giving their prediction on what the name of their firstborn will be.
Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are finally a couple, just like for every other couple, the question everyone is asking is when will they be starting a family. And because of that, there is lots of speculation on what they will name their future offspring. And with all the guesses being thrown around, we think we have narrowed it down to the 10 most likely predictions. And there are a few surprising ones in there as well.
Pamela Redmond Satran, co-creator of baby name website Nameberry, told Fabulous Online that the couple should have a little more flexibility than William and Kate when it comes to naming their kids.
“Prince Harry and Meghan have considerably more freedom in their choice of baby names,” explains Pamela.
“While they may choose a royal name, their child is unlikely to inherit the throne. As Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson did when they named their daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, Harry and Meghan can choose royal names that have not been borne by kings and queens.
“And as evidenced in their wedding, Meghan is likely to assert her American heritage and personal beliefs in the baby’s name.”
So what could Harry and Megs call their kids?
If Its A Girl:
“Diana is, of course, Harry’s mother’s name and the people’s top choice for Meghan and Harry’s daughter,” explains Pamela.
“William and Kate broke some royal ice when they used Diana for one of Princess Charlotte’s middle names, but Harry and Meghan could take that one step further by using Diana as a first name. Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt. Her Greek equivalent is Artemis, which might be an alternative choice.”
“Sophia-Dorothea was the name of the daughter of King George I, and that royal credibility combined with it being a long form of Doria, the name of Meghan’s mother, makes it a good bet,” predicts Pamela.
“Greek for ‘gift of God’, it’s also the name of American feminist icons Dorothea Dix, a Civil War nurse and activist for the mentally ill, and Great Depression photographer Dorothea Lange.”
“Eleanor of Aquitaine was the powerful wife of King Henry II, with whom she had eight children including a namesake daughter. And Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of America’s longest-ruling president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a human rights champion,” reveals Pamela.
Not our favorite choice, but it is a possibility.
“How cute would it be to have a baby royal princess named after her dad? Close friend Serena Williams’ baby daughter is named Alexis, after her father Alexis Ohanian, and Harry and Meghan might take inspiration from that,” explains Pamela.
Pamela explains that Sophia “perfectly bridges” both American and British cultures – therefore it could be an ideal choice for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“Sophia is a British royal name that’s also hugely popular in the US. Meaning wisdom, it’s a favored name of feminist parents,” says Pamela.
“While Sophia is a name that perfectly bridges the American and British cultures, the only question is whether the couple will pronounce it with a long E or long I sound in the middle.”
If Its A Boy:
“Alvin was the name of Meghan’s adored maternal grandfather Alvin Ragland, an antique dealer who left his house in Los Angeles to Meghan’s mom Doria,” explains Pamela.
“Meaning ‘noble friend’ or ‘friend of the elves’, Alvin could fit in with the British trend for nickname names such as Alfie, Albie, and Alvie.”
In our opinion, Prince William and Kate missed a huge opportunity when they didn’t name their third child Arthur, instead of going for the not-as-kingly-sounding Louis. I mean not as good as a king as King Arthur.
“Arthur reached favorites status for all three of Catherine and William’s children, but never made it to first place,” explains Pamela.
“Perhaps Harry and Meghan will choose this royal name, with shades of Camelot. Arthur is also the name of a longtime friend of the Prince’s, Arthur Landon.”
This was also a possibility for Kate and Will, but we think it would be more suitable for Meghan and Harry.
“James is both a royal name with a long pedigree and the name of one of Meghan’s maternal great-grandfathers,” she says.
“Fashionable in both the US and the UK, James is also the name of Duchess Catherine’s brother and so was largely considered off the table for that royal couple, but may be possible for Harry and Meghan.”
“This name that literally means aristocratic has been well-used in the US for over a century, and is notably the name for early African-American jazz legend Noble Sissle,” reveals Pamela.
How about no.
This is one of our top picks, as this way they will also be able to honor Prince Harry’s late mother. And won’t that be nice?
“Diana’s original surname could be the perfect way for Harry to honor his mother’s family,” says Pamela.
“A middle name of Winston Churchill and first name of classic American actor Spencer Tracy, Spencer is in the US Top 300 and ranks even higher – Number 146 – in England and Wales.”