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When it comes to choosing a baby name people look for inspiration everywhere. And with the royal family front of mind for many the world over right now, there’s no better place to look than the history of the royal family for a cute and quirky royal moniker.
Harry, Charles, Elizabeth, Charlotte and George might spring to mind to mind when you think of royal baby names, but have a dig deeper and you find treasure like Matilda, Leopold and Humphrey.
Fancy giving your little one a royal beginning to life? You’ll find some names fit for a castle in the gallery below.
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Alexandra: Royals love an Alexandra. Most recently, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and most famously the wife of Britain’s King Edward VII, Alexandra of Denmark who became Queen of the United Kingdom as well as Empress of India have brought popularity to this royal moniker.
Amelia: Currently, Lady Amelia Windsor, granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, is 36th in line to the throne. However the name goes way back to the late 1700s where it was bestowed upon Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom who was the fifteenth child and sixth daughter of King George III.
Augusta: This sweet and unusual name was the middle name of Charlotte, Princess Royal (Charlotte Augusta Matilda) the first daughter and fourth child of King George III.
Beatrice: Princess Beatrice, daughter of Britain’s Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson has brought infamy to this gorgeous name. Shortened to Bea it’s a perfect choice for those who want something classic, but quirky.
Blanche: Not just a Golden Girl, Blanche – a saint’s name – was a royal name in France, which was was brought to England by the French wife of Henry I.
Catherine: The perfect name if you wish to bestow your daughter a future of great hair and incredible dress sense. Traits of our beloved Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – and the likely future queen consort.
Cecily: Cecily Neville, Duchess of York was most famed as being the mother of two Kings: Edward IV of England and Richard III of England. A wonderful girl power name, because Cecily Neville was known not only for her pride but the temper that went with it!
Charlotte: Perhaps best known as the name of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s adorable second child, Charlotte, it actually has a long royal history going back to Charlotte, Princess Royal the first daughter and fourth child of King George III.
Diana: As soon as Lady Diana Spencer (later to be known as Diana, Princess of Wales) burst onto the scene in the 1980s, the name Diana became linked with royalty and shall be forever more.
Dorothea: This unusual moniker, which can be sweetly shortened to Tea, was the middle name of King George I’s daughter, Sophia-Dorothea. It can also be a long form of Doria – which is the name of Duchess Meghan’s mother.
Edith: A great name for a girl who knows her own mind. Just like Saint Edith of Wilton who was the illegitimate daughter of England’s King Edgar. After her brother was murdered, English nobles offered her the crown – but she wasn’t interested and declined the throne.
Eleanor: Easily shortened to Elle or Ellie, Eleanor is powerful name. Just think about, Eleanor of Aquitaine who was a Queen Consort of France and England as well as being a Duchess of Aquitaine in France. She was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages.
Elizabeth: If you’re going for a royal name, you may as well go straight to the top! There have been two Queens named Elizabeth – with Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch. It was also the name of the current Queen’s mother and is Princess Charlotte’s middle name.
Eugenie: Ninth in line of succession to the British throne, Princess Eugenie of York is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain’s Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson. Another perfect classic and quirky royal name for a little Princess.
Isabella: If you’re happy to cross the ditch for your royal name, this one has a sweet Aussie connection. Princess Isabella of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat is the second child and elder daughter of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.
Judith: This a is a great name for gals who don’t do things by halves. Why? Well, Judith of Francia, was a Queen twice! Through her marriages to two Kings of Wessex, Ethelwulf and Ethelbald, she wore the crown more than once. How about that?!
Louise: Want a great name for a future feminist? You can’t go past Louise. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll was the sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and a proud supporter of the feminist movement in the late 1800s.
Matilda: You might think of Matilda as an Aussie name, thanks to the folk song, Waltzing Matilda but it has royal history that goes way back. Most notably thanks to Empress Matilda, who was married to the Holy Roman emperor Henry V. She later invaded England, laying the foundations for the reign of her son Henry II.
Phillippa: She might not be royal by birth or marriage, but Philippa Charlotte Matthews (née Middleton) the younger sister of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, has linked the name Phillipa to the royal family ever since she swanned down the aisle as the maid of honour at her sister’s wedding to Prince William.
Victoria: Want a name that oozes power and grace? You might consider Victoria. Queen Elizabeth’s great great grandmother, Queen Victoria, was known as the grandmother of Europe as many of her children married into European royal families. Queen Victoria was actually named Alexandria Victoria, but opted to use her middle name instead of her first and the name has been popular ever since.
Andrew: Andrew, or Andy is a great classic royal name. These days, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is perhaps the best-known royal Andrew, but he wasn’t the first. His grandfather, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark had it before him!
Albert:Prince Albert was the devoted husband of Britain’s second-longest-reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. Grace Kelly’s also used the name for her son, Prince Albert of Monaco, and it’s one of the middle names of royal fave, Prince Harry.
Arthur: Arthur can be shortened to make it a little cheekier to Art or Artie. It recently saw royal attention as the middle name of little Prince Louis Arthur Charles, third born son to Prince William and Duchess Catherine. But it’s been the name of both Princes and Kings going way back to the legendary King Arthur.
Augustus: Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, son of George III and Prince William Augustus, aDuke of Cumberland the son of George II give this proud moniker it’s royal heritage.
Charles: It’s hard to imagine any royal other than our beloved Prince Charles with the name, but it has a strong royal history, including most recently as one of the idle names of sweet little Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge. However Charles has been a popular royal name for centuries, going right back to King Charlemagne of the Franks.
Edgar: King Edgar the Peaceful of England and King Edgar of Scotland have given royal oomph to this name, which can be made even cuter when you shorten it to Eddie.
Edmund: Going way back in the history books, you’ll discover, King Edmund who was the King of England from 939–46. He took on the Viking invaders, subduing the wild Norsemen in Cumbria and extending his rule as far as southern Scotland.
Edward: Edward has been the name of eight kings of England since right back to the Norman Conquest. Most recently it is known as the name of Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest child, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.
Ernest: If you want an excuse to call your little one Ernie, you could always consider Ernest as a name. It has royal heritage thanks to George V who was named George Frederick Ernest Albert.
Frederick: While it was never the first name of a King, the last four King Georges all had the name Frederick in their full set, giving it it’s rightful place among great, strong royal names.
George: A common royal name for centuries, it’s perhaps best known as the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn son, the adorable Prince George. However it first rose to popularity thanks to the medieval legend of Saint George, a knight who later became a patron saint of England, and was said to have slain a fire-breathing dragon.
Harry: Of course, the only royal we dare to think about when it comes to the name Harry is crowd favourite, Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Henry: Prince Harry is actually really named Henry. Which gives it a cuter association than, perhaps, say the infamous Henry VIII, who had six wives during his lifetime — many of whom famously met a disturbing demise.
Humphrey: If we go right back to the 1300s, we’ll find this quirky royal moniker. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester was the youngest son and the fourth of the six children of King Henry IV of England and his first wife Mary de Bohun.
Leopold: This lionesque name has royal history thanks to Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, who was the eighth child and youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Louis: A few years ago, if you thought of the royal name Louis, you’d probably think of Louis XVI, the last king of France, famously married to Marie Antoinette. But since 2018 there’s an even more famous Louis in town, thanks to the birth of Prince Louis Arthur Charles to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Philip: Philip is the name of the Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, is perhaps the best-known living royal with this name, but there have been several King Philips in Europe.
Richard: There have been royal Richards. Most notable was King Richard I of England, who ruled from 1189 until his death 10 years later, and was known as Richard the Lionheart. Shorten this to Dickie to give a real aristocrat vibe.
Rupert: Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Duke of Cumberland, gives this moniker it’s royal heritage. Rupert was a younger son of the German prince Frederick V, and his wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James VI of Scotland.
Victor: We head back to the late 1800s to find this royal beauty. Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale the eldest child of the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) and grandson of the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria.
William: William – or Bill, billy or Liam, is a popular royal name to bestow upon your little Prince. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is no doubt the most famous royal William of our time, but centuries ago, it was William the Conquerer, the first Norman King of England, who was synonymous with the name.