The Most Popular British Royal Baby Names Over The Past Two Centuries

In honor of the new royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, we’re looking into royal baby names. Anyone who has studied European history knows how many times the names George, Victoria, and Henry have passed down through the Royal Family. Why these names?

Learn the meaning behind popular royal names and their historical legacy within the British royal family. Names like George, which translates to “farmer,” rose up to kings. The current Queen’s name, Elizabeth, has a meaning that few people know. If you’re searching for future baby names, or enjoy discovering the history behind language, you’ll want to read these popular British royal names.

William: Both Conqueror And Protector

Most people recognize this royal as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who married Kate Middleton. But the name has been in the royal family ever since William the Conqueror ruled in the eleventh century. The name belongs to three other English kings and rulers of Scotland.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives for a joint meeting of the United for Wildlife task forces
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The name emerged from the German name Willahelm. Wil means “will” or “desire,” and helm means “helmet” or “protection,” so the name translates to “the will to protect.” It’s quite a fitting name for royal kings and princes.