Kate Middleton is expected to give birth to her third child in April, which means people are getting hyper aggressive with trying to guess what the blessed child will be named.
Most people (bookies) are taking bets, with the most popular guesses being traditional names, like Victoria and Henry.
“Naming expert” (yes, that’s a thing apparently) Christian Turner tells Vogue that most royal names are taken from past monarchs, saying, “Sometimes royal names skip generations, sometimes they take a diagonal line of succession, and sometimes they are reworked to be more British or more contemporary.”
He says nonetheless, most names are derived from the stable of past royal names.
“Britishness, heritage and tradition” are all qualities that royal parents take into consideration when naming their child, while, according to Turner, “The second and third names should similarly show weight and heritage, but this can be less so.” For example, says Turner:
A middle name can be taken from regal names of other cultures, or could be a nod to a further-flung relative, such as the uncle of the non-royal parent (as long as said uncle wasn’t called, say, Moon Unit).
It won’t be surprising, however, if Kate and Will give their child a less traditional name, since the George and Charlotte’s sibling will be fifth in line to the throne, thus, the “seriousness” of the name is not necessary.
According to the Daily Star, some of the more trendy names believed to be favorites of the palace are Grace, Maria, and Alexander.