Royalty Inspired Names
Naming your baby is a big decision and many have historic meaning which is worth looking into. See below for a list of the big hitters from within in the royal family, in remembrance of Her Majesty the Queen.
|Charles||Free man. From the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word meaning 'man'. Its popularity in continental Europe was due to the fame of Charles the Great (742-814),|
|William||Derived from the Old High German name Willehelm, which blends the words for 'will' or 'determination' and helm - 'protection' 'helmet', hence the meaning 'resolute protector'. Famous Bearer: Prince William of England, eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.|
|Harry||The nickname for Harold, which is derived from the Germanic words for 'army' and 'power', 'leader' and 'ruler'. Famous Bearer: Prince Harry of England, second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.|
Derived from the Old English Eadweard from words meaning wealthy or fortunate guardian. Famous bearer: Edward is a royal name, having been borne by three Anglo-Saxon kings and eight kings of England, and is the name of Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest child.
From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning ‘bright fame’, and derived from the Germanic elements hrod ‘fame’ and beraht ‘bright’. Famous bearer: Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329) (‘Robert the Bruce’).
An Anglicised form of the Gaelic Donnchadh, and generally thought to mean ‘dark haired/brown' 'warrior' or 'chief’. Famous bearer: Duncan II of Scotland (1060–1094) king of Scots.
Meaning 'defender of men/mankind'. Famous bearer: Alexander the Great (356—323 BC) was a Macedonian king and military conqueror who helped spread the Greek culture across Asia Minor to Egypt and India.
|Louis||Means 'famous warrior', and is derived from the Old German 'Chlodovech'. Eighteen kings of France have borne this name. Famous bearer: Prince Louis, the second son of Prince William and Princess Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
|Felipe||Means 'lover of horses'. Famous bearer: Prince Felipe VI of Spain.|
|Rainier||Meaning 'warrior' or 'wise army', from Old German. Famous bearer: Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, husband to American filmstar Grace Kelly, and one of Europe's longest-serving monarchs.|
|Leopold||Meaning 'brave people/ person', this is the modern form of an Old High German name. Famous bearers: three kings of Belgium have been named Leopold, as was the youngest of Queen Victoria's sons.|
|Arthur||Means 'noble' and 'courageous'. Famous bearer: Legendary sixth century King Arthur of Britain and his Round Table of knights. This legend dates to the early 9th century.|
Thomas is recorded in the Greek New Testament as the name of Thomas the Apostle (one of the twelve apostles of Jesus). It is ultimately derived from the Aramaic personal name meaning ‘twin’. Famous modern bearer: Prince Tommaso of Savoy, the second Duke of Genoa, became the first King of a united Italy in 1861.
From the Greek word 'georgos' meaning tiller of the soil, or farmer. Famous bearer: St George, patron saint of England, who struggled with a fire breathing dragon symbolizing the devil; also Prince George of Cambridge (born 2013), third-in-line to the British throne.