13 Royal Baby Names Will & Kate Should Consider

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kate and willIn recent weeks, rumors have been raging that Kate Middleton and Prince William have a royal bun in the royal oven. Now that the rules have been changed so that the newlyweds' first-born child will be in line to inherit the throne regardless of the baby's gender, the couple will need to give their offspring a name fit for a king or queen. A palace insider recently told In Touch that the couple's list is expected to include "traditional" names like Edward, Philip, and Michael for a boy, and Alice and Rose for a girl.

Those are, of course, lovely names, but Will and Kate might want to consider a few more options. Here some other monikers fit for a future monarch:

Anne
Sophia
Caroline
Charlotte
George
Victoria
Adelaide
Albert
Mary
Elizabeth
James
Alexandra

All of these names can be found among the British monarchy throughout history -- carried by kings and queens, royal spouses, and their offspring -- and they are all fine choices: classic, dignified, not fussy. But if the Kate and Will have a girl, there's another name they might consider: Diana. Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to honor William's late mother, Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales?

The name Diana means "divine." It not only evokes the grace and style of the people's princess, to whom William was very close before she died in a car crash in 1997, at the age of 36 -- it also conjures the lush spirit of Diana, Roman goddess of the moon, who was the patron of virgins, forests, and hunters; these associations are both earthy and celestial.

Plus, at least here in the United States, the name Diana's popularity is on a downward trajectory: It was ranked 191 for 2010 on the Social Security list of Popular Baby Names, down from 90 in 2004. If Will and Kate were to name a first-born daughter Diana, the name's popularity would likely surge around the globe. Inspiring lots of little Dianas the world over? That'd be a royally great way for Will and Kate to play tribute to the prince's beloved mum, don't you think?

What do you think Kate and Will should name their first baby?

 

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PonyC... PonyChaser

I don't think they should choose Diana as a first name. I have no problem with using it as a middle name, as a tribute, but Diana carried so much with her, the press and the public are bound to tie a lot of that crap to any member of the Royal Family named for her. No, the baby should have a name that is all her (or his) own. It's one thing to bestow a name that is historic, but I think Diana is just too close.

Stacey. Stacey.

Hopefully not Diana, there can and should only be one. I don't think anyone else will live up to her name, and I wouldnt want to be living in her shadow.


Personally, I like the name Cadence for a girl and Julius for a boy.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Diana Spencer and princess of wales, not Spenser and whales.

Melis... Melissa042807

I don't think they would give their daughter Diana as a first name. Maybe one of the middle names. But William seems conscious of honoring his mother's legacy without putting too much on any one person. Like he gave Kate the sapphire ring, but he also made it clear in their first interview together that Kate is her own person and will create her own legacy (don't ask my how I remember these things - my brain is a factoid sponge). I kind of feel like straight-up naming their daughter Diana wouldn't be William's style. 

2boys... 2boysnaprincess

I think honoring her in some way would be nice.  Like use Diana as a middle name if it is a girl or maybe using Spencer as a middle name if it is a boy, but still give the child his or her own individual name.

nonmember avatar R Price

Unquestionably Diana if it is a girl. Anyone expecting a different person with the same name to be the same would be nonsensical, but I think one day having a Queen Diana of England, granddaughter of Diana herself would be the people's choice and most likely William's choice if he has free choice in this matter.

sunmo... sunmoonandstar

I lolled at princess of whales.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I like Diana as a middle name to honor Williams Mother but not a first name

lpari... lparisi48

I think Diana so that the possibility of a queen Diana is there..I don't think living up to the name would be that much strain...Will and Kate are already doing that in their own right.  I just think a queen Diana someday would be the greatest tribute of all to our Princess Di.  Love princess of "whales" what an honor that would be!!! 

ashjo85 ashjo85

Little Mermaid III: Princess of Whales. Bahahahahaha!!!!!

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