|The most recent Princess Eleanor: Leonor, |
b. 2014 daughter of Madeleine of Sweden
by Frankie Fouganthin via Wikimedia Commons
Although Eleanor did not make the cut of my earlier predictions, (See Cambridge Baby #2 Names), Eleanor actually is a possibility. So, here is my update on other possible names that are less usual among modern British royals but still fall in the realm of truly possible choices.
Eleanor/Leonora: This was a fairly common royal name in the middle ages. Several English Queen Consorts were named Eleanor, notably Eleanor of Aquitaine, Eleanor of Castile, and Eleanor of Provence. More recently it has become a very common name among European princesses; nearly every monarchy has one: there is Leonor in Spain, Eleonore in Belgium, Leonore in Sweden, and Countess Leonore in The Netherlands. Prince William also has a strong personal connection to the name: his godmother Lady Brabourne had a daughter named Leonora who died from kidney cancer at the age of five. Prince William was nine at the time. Some longtime royal watchers will remember The Princess of Wales and The Duchess of York on the balcony with Leonora during the Queen's birthday celebrations in 1991.
Augusta: To throw in the name of another former Cambridge princess, Mary Adelaide and George of Cambridge also had a sister called Augusta, in honor of their mother, who was Today's Princess today. King George III, who is a favorite ancestor of The Prince of Wales, also had a sister and a daughter both named Augusta. His mother was also named Augusta, and his first legitimate granddaughter was Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, one of my favorite royal ladies.
|Vincent and Josephine of Denmark|
By Thomas Rousing via Wikimedia Commons
Lionel: Digging through more deep roots in the royal family tree, there was one Prince Lionel, the second son of King Edward III. He was Duke of Clarence but it was through his only daughter that the House of York descended to claim the throne during the Wars of the Roses. His unusual name derived from the lions on the heraldic shields of his mother's homeland of Hainault. I don't know of any other connections but if the Cambridges are seeking a proper boy's name with at least a touch of royal history, Lionel is as good a choice as any.
Speaking of as good a choice as any: let's add Edmund and Edgar to the list, too. These names go way, way back indeed, all the way to the pre-Norman days. They were still being used in the late Plantagenet royal family and even later. Prince Edmund, son of King Edward III was not only Duke of York but also Earl of Cambridge. Henry VII carried Edmund into Tudor days with his son the Duke of Somerset. The name Edgar existed even more recently: King James II had a son named Prince Edgar who was also Duke of Cambridge.
We still have plenty of time to dream up more royal baby names. What fun we'll have discussing the ultimate choices!!