FOLLOWING the announcement that Meghan Markle is expecting a baby in spring we are really excited about one thing in particular – what he or she will be called.
And now it seems the guessing game could be coming to an end, after a baby naming expert has revealed their top 10 predictions – and some of them are not what you would expect.
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 it's 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."
According to Pamela, Eleanor is an iconic name in royal circles and American political feminism – which seems pretty fitting for Meghan and Harry.
"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.
We have to admit, Henrietta could be one of our favourites if the royal couple have a girl.
"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 favoured 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 it's 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."
Many believed Prince William and Kate would name their third child Arthur, but instead they chose to use the moniker as a middle name for Prince Louis.
"Arthur reached favourites 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."
James was also on the cards for Kate and Will's kids, but Pamela explains it would be a more likely choice 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.
Could this be Meghan and Harry's tribute to Diana, should they have a boy?
"Diana’s original surname could be the perfect way for Harry to honour 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."
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