|By Chris Jack, Getty via Kensington Palace|
After George, the most popular male names in the Georgian family are William and Frederick. Both were used by five royals, although sometimes as a double name such as Augustus Frederick Duke of Sussex (a son of George III). William is also a kingly name -- William the Conqueror, one of his sons William II, William III (who reigned jointly with his wife/cousin Mary II), and the last Hanoverian King William IV. It was also used by two successive generations of Dukes of Gloucester, the first being a son of Frederick Prince of Wales and the second his only son, who had no children. However, I doubt today's Prince William will name his child after himself, so I think we can mark this off the list.
Frederick, on the other hand, has possibility. It has not been used within the immediate family in many generations although it is popular among their Danish cousins. It is also the name of Prince of Michael of Kent's son, Lord Frederick Windsor, who grew up next door to William and his brother Harry at Kensington Palace, and whose oldest daughter Maud is a classmate of Prince George. Frederick is a rather traditional name and is frequently popular among aristocratic circles. It would not be a surprise.
Evil Uncle Cumberland:
King Ernest Augustus
By George Dawe in the National
Portrait Gallery via Wikipedia Commons
The next most commonly used are the trio of Henry, Edward, and Ernest. Since the first of these two are already being used by the baby's Uncle Harry and Great-Uncle Edward Earl of Wessex (plus cousin Prince Edward Duke of Kent), I think they are unlikely. While used in combination with Augustus in the German branch of the family, Ernest is perhaps more acceptable for an English-speaking nation and could be used.
Rounding out the Georgian boys' names are Adolphus (ummm, no), Alfred (maybe? It is after all, the name of one of Britain's ancient great kings, too), Leopold (not very English and only tangentially Georgian as the name of the widower of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales who later became King of Belgian and uncle-mentor to Queen Victoria), and Octavius (very unlikely; it was only given to the eighth son of George III precisely because he was the eighth son -- Oct equals 8 -- and he died very young). Both Leopold and Alfred were also used by Queen Victoria for two of her children, but I'm not counting that generation as Georgians.
Top Boys' Picks: My first place goes to Frederick with Alfred coming in a distant second. But, Octavius would certainly be fun! (The betting seems to be on Albert or Arthur, but these aren't Georgian so they didn't fit within my parameters.
|Frederick Prince of Wales (and cherubs)|
By Jacopo Amigoni, Royal Collection via Wikimedia Commons
Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of George II
In the manner of Michael Dahl via Wikimedia Commons
Sophia is also a real possibility. It is very common in royal Europe as the name of the King of Spain's mother and his youngest daughter as well as of the wife of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. It also has ties into Prince Philip's family as the name of one of his sisters. However, it is also already in use within the current BRF by Sophie Countess of Wessex, so maybe not.
The next most common girl's name among the Georgians was Augusta. It came in with Augusta Princess of Wales, whose husband died before his father and never became king. It has not been used since Queen Mary's aunt Augusta of Cambridge, a granddaughter of King George III. That double Georgian and Cambridge connection might make it a winner for Kate and William.
Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, later Duchess of Teck
by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Royal Collection
via Wikimedia Commons
Elizabeth was also used a few times by the Hanoverians, having been given to daughters of Frederick Prince of Wales, George III and William IV. It was not used at all as a first name by the Victorians who followed, only re-emerging into the BRF when the future George VI married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and they named their daughter Elizabeth. Of course, that baby is now Queen Elizabeth II and is the new baby's great-grandmother. It could be a nice tribute to her, but the Cambridges have already used it as a secondary name for Princess Charlotte.
The also-rans for Georgian royal girls also includes: Anne (not likely as the name of the current Princess Royal), Amelia (a real possibility, although it does belong to third cousin Lady Amelia Windsor), Dorothea (could pay tribute to Kate's maternal grandmother Dorothy), Frederica (could be, but really low on my radar), Louisa (a classic name but it already belongs to William's first cousin and bridesmaid The Lady Louise Windsor), Matilda (an ancient royal name that could be revived), and Victoria (which came in right at the end of the Georgians and then was proliferated through nearly every royal house in Europe down to today's Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden--a model princess if there ever was one.)
Top Girls' Picks: I previously announced Caroline as my top pick and I'll stick with it, but I'm really liking Mary or Augusta now. (Mary seems to be a top choice with the betting public, just ahead of Alice -- which is Victorian rather than Georgian -- and Victoria.)
|Caroline Matilda of Wales, later Queen of Denmark|
By Johannes Heinrich Ludwig Möller via Wikimedia Commons