11 Royal Baby Names And Their True Meanings

February 23, 2017

Even if we don’t want to admit it, we’re all a little bit enamored with the idea of royalty.

And why wouldn’t we be? The thought of being born into something with such a long and noble legacy sounds pretty darn special — and marrying into the royal family isn’t half bad either.

The titles of “prince” and “princess” might make it seem like every day is a fairy tale. While there are parts of the job that aren’t all roses, there is certainly no lack of opportunity to get dressed up and go to a gala or a ball.

The royal family doesn’t name their own babies just anything. A lot of thought goes into what to name a child no matter who you are, but there is extra pressure on the choice of a royal baby name for a girl or a boy. And in the case of those who marry into royalty, it’s just as important that they have a regal moniker!

These 11 royal baby names for both boys and girls have fit their regal owners perfectly. Would you ever name your child any of these royal baby names?

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1. Elizabeth

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Royal Example: Queen Elizabeth II

Meaning: My God is bountiful, God of plenty

Elizabeth is one of the most common names in England, understandably so as it’s the name of the queen herself. When she was born in 1926, she really did get the right name, as she has ensured her people live bountiful lives.

2. Henry

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Royal Example: Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry)

Meaning: Home, ruler

Henrys can also go by Harry, as evidenced by the younger son of Princess Diana. Prince Harry will most likely never rule, but he was given the proper name when he was born in 1984, as he took great pride in his home country when he served in the military from 2005 to 2015.

3. Beatrice

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Royal Example: Princess Beatrice of York

Meaning: Blessed traveler, voyager

If you think this name is old fashioned, think again! Beatrice, the second woman in line to the throne, is a fashionable 28-year-old woman. She lives up to the meaning of the name she was given as a baby, as she’s traveled to countries like Russia as part of her charity work to help HIV-infected children.

4. Catherine

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Royal Example: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Meaning: Innocent

A lot of people forget that Kate Middleton’s full, proper name given to her in 1982 is Catherine. While she wasn’t born into the royal family, this regal moniker suits her quite well!

5. George

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Royal Example: Prince George of Cambridge

Meaning: Farmer

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s baby, born in 2013, caused quite the media flurry. His great-great-great-grandfather shared his name: King George V. While neither of them ever will be a farmer, it’s a nice harkening to the everyman — a reminder that, royal or not, we’re all people.

6. Anne

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Royal Example: Anne, Princess Royal

Meaning: Favor, grace

Anne, Princess Royal, is the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. When she was born in 1950, she was third in line for the throne. Today she is 12th, at age 66. She exudes favor and grace, as she’s always stood up to the mistakes she’s made gracefully, pleading guilty to the likes of a speeding ticket.

7. Sophie

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Royal Example: Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Meaning: Wisdom

The Countess of Wessex married Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in 1999. He is the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Given the name as a baby in 1965, she’s lived up to it, completing schooling and working for multiple PR firms.

8. Camilla

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Royal Example: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Meaning: Free-born, noble

This is the perfect royal name! The Duchess of Cornwall is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, the son of the queen. Should her husband ascend to the throne, she will be known as the princess consort. When she was born in 1947, maybe this noble name jump-started her ascension into the royal family.

9. James

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Royal Example: James, Viscount Severn

Meaning: To supplant or replace

James, born in 2007, is currently 10th in line for the throne. He is the only son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, making him the youngest grandchild of the queen. Being 10th in line, it is highly unlikely that he will ever live up to the meaning behind his name and replace anyone as ruler. It’s still a lovely moniker, though!

10. William

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Royal Example: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Meaning: Resolute protector, will

Prince William, the eldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, is second in line to take the throne, after his father. When he was born in 1982, his parents knew very well that their little baby might very well some day become the protector of the land.

11. Diana

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Royal Example: Diana, Princess of Wales

Meaning: Luminous, perfect

The late Princess Diana gave the whole world a shock when she tragically died in 1997. As her name implies, she was indeed very luminous and gave the image of perfection in life. Born in 1961 as the third daughter of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and the Honourable Frances Roche, her name was well chosen. Her children, William and Harry, carry on her legacy.

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