The 20 Best Royal Baby Names Inspired by 'The Crown'

Ashley Austrew | Feb 23, 2018 Pregnancy


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There has never been a shortage of fascination with the British royal family or the people with whom they're connected, but that fascination has reached a fever pitch in 2018. Kate Middleton is expecting her third child, Meghan Markle just got engaged to Prince Henry, and Netflix is teasing season three of its insanely popular drama based on the history of the royals, The Crown. All of it is resulting in a bit of buzz around, well, baby names, of course.

The Crown starts at the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and follows the royal family, as well as the political drama, romances, and rumors that have been a steady part of their lives in the public eye. And from those tales and personal intrigues, the show also provides a lot of baby name inspiration. There are the well-known characters, like Elizabeth herself, but there are also smaller characters whose names aren't quite as familiar to the rest of the world.

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Some of them are former prime ministers (or their wives), royal secretaries, past princes and princesses, and non-royals who married into the family. Since this show is everyone's latest obsession (including ours!), we've gathered 20 of the best royal and royal-adjacent baby names we've discovered on the Netflix series so far. Read on for the boy and girl names inspired by The Crown's royal flair that will make any baby the most regal on the block.

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  • Anthony

    1

    Anthony Eden may have been a disgraced prime minister, but there's nothing disgraceful about this charming baby boy name. Anthony, from the Latin Antonius, was the 25th most popular baby name in the US in 2015. It's also the name of several well-known figures, including actor Anthony Hopkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, and another prime minister, Tony (Anthony) Blair.

  • Margaret

    2

    Princess Margaret is the younger sister to Queen Elizabeth II, and a favorite from The Crown. Margaret means "pearl," which is fitting for the beloved princess who survived so much adversity. The name is lovely as is, but parents who prefer something shorter might consider one of its many nicknames, like Maggie, Madge, Midge, Meg, Margo, and Margie.

  • Winston

    3

    Former British prime minister Winston Churchill may not have been a member of the royal family, but he's arguably one of the most notable figures in British history. The name Winston was the 524th most popular boy name, as of 2015 -- though with the popularity of The Crown in effect, we expect it to rise.

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  • Wallis

    4

    Wallis Simpson was an American socialite whose marriage to King Edward VIII led to his abdication of the throne. Despite the controversial link, Wallis is a quirky, hip name for a little girl that's still totally unique -- it's never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names.

  • Peter

    5

    Peter Townsend is best known for his love affair with Princess Margaret, but the name Peter is decidedly less controversial. Meaning "rock" or "stone," the name is biblical in origin and has been a mainstay in the US since at least the 1880s.

  • Clemmie

    6

    Clemmie (short for Clementine) Churchill was the equally famous wife of Sir Winston Churchill. The name Clemmie means "mild" or "gentle" but historians say Clemmie was actually bold and whip-smart, and that Winston Churchill called her the "secret weapon" that made his "life and any work [he has] done possible."

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  • Philip

    7

    Philip, after the Duke of Edinburgh, is a classic name that means "lover of horses." Though the name is less popular today, it's ranked on the top 1,000 US baby names since the 1800s. There have been a number of famous Philips, including actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, composer Philip Glass, and members of the royal families in Spain, France, and Greece.

  • Mary

    8

    Queen Mary, the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, is a force to be reckoned with on The Crown. Her name, Mary, is an anglicized form of Maria that means "sea of bitterness." The name has, of course, been in use for centuries, though it's become less popular than variations like Maryam, Maryanne, or Maryjane.

  • Tommy

    9

    Tommy Lascelles was private secretary to both King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and fun fact: His name was actually Alan "Tommy" Lascelles, but he's called Tommy in the show so let's focus on that name for now. Tommy is, of course, a short and spunky version of Thomas that was wildly popular in the 1930s. The name still ranks in the top 1,000 US baby names, but now it comes in at number 724.

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  • Elizabeth

    10

    Finally, the queen herself. Elizabeth means "God is my oath" and is probably one of the most well-known names in the world. It's popular in New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Chile, Paraguay, and the US, among others. 

  • Martin

    11

    Martin Charteris, a courtier of Queen Elizabeth II, has one of those classic, cute names most of us just don't hear anymore. And it's true -- Martin has dropped from being the 79th most popular by name in the '50s to the 276th most popular boy name in the 2010s. But it's not over for Martin yet. The Crown may be just what it needs to make a comeback.

  • Dorothy

    12

    Dorothy, meaning "gift of God," comes from former British prime minister Henry Macmillan's wife. The name Dorothy has had a wild ride in the US. It was the 10th most popular name in the country in the 1910s and then fell completely off the top 1,000 US baby names by 2010. But now, likely thanks to the trend of vintage baby names, the name is making a triumphant comeback.

  • George

    13

    George -- as in, King George -- means "earthworker." Like Elizabeth, it's a name that's well-known and popular all over the world. Famous Americans named George include comedian George Carlin, actor George Clooney, and country singer George Strait.

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  • Clarissa

    14

    This name probably makes millennial parents think of the '90s show Clarissa Explains It All. But on the list, it actually comes from Clarissa Eden, wife of former prime minister Anthony Eden. The name means "bright" or "fair" and ranks at number 700 on the top 1,000 US baby names.

  • Edward

    15

    Edward means "wealthy" or "fortunate," so it's no surprise the name has been used for eight British kings and one prince. Like other royal titles, the name is popular and common throughout the English-speaking world. It even got an added boost in the early to mid 2000s, thanks to Twilight.

  • Anne

    16

    Anne, meaning "full of grace," is the name of a number of British figures, including the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. The name is a mainstay on the top 1,000 US baby names, and even among parents who don't choose it as a first name, it remains a popular choice for middle names.

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  • Charles

    17

    Prince Charles, one of the most controversial figures in the modern royal family, is only a child so far in The Crown. His name, meaning "free man," has been held by ten kings of France, as well as by kings of Hungary, Naples, Sardinia, and Wüttemberg. Still, it's unique enough in the US that not many other kids will have it.

  • Cecile

    18

    Princess Cecile of Greece and Denmark is the eldest sister of Prince Philip. Cecile actually comes from the Latin word for "blind," and it ranked on the top 1,000 US baby names until the 1960s. Since then, it has yet to make a return, though it has the perfect old-timey, hipster vibe for 2018.

  • Henry

    19

    Henry, meaning "ruler," is a super famous royal name, but in this case it comes from The Crown's Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester. He was the third son of King George V and he's famous for being the first child of a monarch to be educated by way of formal schooling.

  • Alice

    20

    Princess Alice was Prince Philip's mother, and her name literally means "nobility." The name Alice has been hugely popular throughout history, though it saw a dip in popularity throughout the '80s and '90s. Luckily, the millennial revival of classic names is bringing this one back into the game.

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