Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What's in a Name?

A lot of history, as it turns out, for the Royals in Great Britain.  Now that the not so little Baby Prince Cambridge has arrived, rampant speculation has turned to what his name will be.  George?  William?  Charles?  Phillip?  How to choose?

Will they turn to history and former kings of England to find the name?  After all, it is a name that will carry the burden of history throughout this boy's life.  And it sort of needs to go well with "King."  I suspect, considering his parents' track record regarding how they live their lives, that they have already chosen the name between the two of them, and it's only a matter of running it by the Queen.

From Guardian.co.uk

Now, I think each Royal has 3 or 4 names, anyway, so the Duke and Duchess can probably include history while perhaps giving their boy a name suitable for a prince in the 21st century.  How about "David Michael Charles Edward"?  Or "Paul George John Ringo"?  Or "Richard William Charles Phillip"?  James has also been floated around, but I think Richard is a much stronger name and there hasn't been a King Richard in England for a very long time, and they've finally put King Richard III to rest.

No, this isn't the new Prince.....

If I were advising the young couple, I'd want them to name their child with a name the child could grow into but that would be thoroughly modern.  Like Jason.  Or Liam.  Or Stephen.  Or Alexander which would go quite well with "King."  Some of the most popular boy names in the U.S. last year included the last two plus Jacob (first), Mason, Ethan and Noah.  The Duke and Duchess could use one of these names for the first name, then honor tradition with the second, third, and fourth names. 

Who knows what they will do?  I'd hoped for a baby girl named Alexandra, such a powerful name for a girl.  I only hope they will choose a name that won't get him bullied in school, you know? 

What do you think?  What should the Duke and Duchess name their son...?

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