Many reports have been going around that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and her husband, Prince William, are expecting their first baby. We probably won’t know the truth until they announce it, but it is fun to guess what they might name their child, don’t you think? There are more options I think for girls, the boys are more straight forward.
Victoria – Queen Victoria ruled from 1837 to 1901; the Victorian era got its name from her. Victoria became Queen at the age of eighteen and married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The couple loved each other very much and had nine children. Twenty-six of her thirty-four grandchildren survived and married into noble families all over Europe, giving her the nickname “The Grandmother of Europe”.
Anne – Queen Anne ruled from 1707 to 1714, she was the last monarch from the House of Stuart. She had seventeen pregnancies but died without any surviving children. Although her marriage to Prince George of Denmark was arranged they still cared for each other very much, when she became Queen she made him Lord High Admiral.
Matilda – Queen consort Matilda of Flanders was known for how deeply she loved her husband William I the Conqueror. She bore him ten children two of which would grow up to be King. She was the shortest Queen ever, being reputedly 4’2″. There were a few other Queen consorts named Matilda, there is also Empress Matilda who was the first ever ruling female of the England.
Eleanor – Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most powerful women of her time. She was married to King Louis VI of France for a while but the marriage did not work out and she had only provided one child for him, a daughter named Marie. She wanted a divorce but Pope Eugene III told her to try to reconcile with him. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter named Alix. That was the final blow and they finally separated; Louis got the custody of the girls and Eleanor got her land. Later she married Henry II, Duke of the Normans who eventually ascended to the throne. She gave him eight children, three of whom became King.
Philippa – Philippa of Hainault was married to King Edward III of England. She was very popular with the people of England and was renowned for her compassion and kindness. She stopped Edward from killing Burghers of Calais, this popularity kept everything peaceful during Edward’s reign.
Adelaide – Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen was Queen consort to her husband William IV. William was twenty-seven years her senior and neither had been married before, they however seemed to love each other deeply. Because of Adelaide’s influence William became a better man, he did not drink nearly as much and became much more tactful.
Stephen – King Stephen was the grandson of William I the Conqueror and ruled from 1135 to his death. He tried very hard to make sure his son, Prince Eustace, would become King after his death, but a civil war broke out and he was forced to make Henry FitzEmpress his successor.
Richard – Richard I also known as Richard the Lionheart ruled from 1189 to his death in 1199. He was known for being a great warrior and by the age of sixteen was commanding his own army. When he was crowned his barred all Jewish men and women from coming but some Jewish leaders arrived with gifts for him. Richard’s courtiers stripped them and flogged them before throwing them out into the streets. Rumours later spread that he had ordered all Jews to be killed, so people began murdering them. Many of them were robbed, burned, and forcibly baptised. When Richard heard of this he had the people who did this persecuted and made a royal writ that decreed the Jewish should be left alone. I’m not sure if this name is very usable now, not only because of an unfortunate nickname it could get but because of Richard the Lionheart.
Philip – Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is William’s grandfather. He is the United Kingdom’s longest-serving consort and the oldest reigning spouse of a British monarch. Philip was born into a Greek royal family though they were exiled from Greece when he was a child. He was educated in Germany, England, and Scotland and joined the British Royal Navy when he was eighteen, the same year he began his corredspondance with Queen Elizabeth II.
George – George VI was William’s great-grandfather. He ruled from 1936 until his death and was the last Emperor of India. He was the second son of George V and was not expected to inherit the throne so he was often in the shadow of his brother Edward VIII. Edward ruled for less than a year when he said he wished to marry the American socialite Wallis Simpson who had already been married once. Edward had to choose between the throne and Wallis, he chose Wallis. George married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon who was considered a commoner even though she was a descendent of King Robert I of Scotland and King Henry VII. He knew her when they were young and saw her for the first time since they were young in 1920 and knew he wanted to marry her.
Many think if it is a girl she will have Diana in her name some place. This could happen…possibly. I don’t think Queen Elizabeth would be too happy about having Diana anywhere in the name of a possibly future Queen, but I could be wrong. I hope that whatever the Royal family ends up saying William and Kate choose what they want.