The most likely names for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby, based on royal tradition

Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesPopular royal names include Albert, George, and Victoria.
  • People are already trying to predict the name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child.
  • Research by Expedia has found that that the British royal family tends to repeat names.
  • The most popular British royal baby names have been Albert, George, and Victoria.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child to arrive in the next few weeks and speculation about the newest royal’s name is already in full swing.

With bookies in the UK already taking bets on baby names, Expedia has published a report on the most popular British royal baby names of years past. As the British monarchy has a penchant for reusing family names, knowing the greatest hits might help you put your money on the winner.

The three most popular royal names since the birth of Queen Victoria in 1819 are Albert, George, and Victoria

Queen victoria 1887Wikimedia CommonsQueen Victoria’s name has become very popular amongst royals.

Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840. They had nine children together, including King Edward VII, who was christened Albert Edward. Since then, there have been a grand total of 12 royals with this distinguished moniker.

George has also been an extremely popular royal baby name, trailing only slightly behind Albert with 10 uses in the past 200 years. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s choice of the name for their eldest son, Prince George, is a testament to its staying power.

Prince georgeAndrew Milligan/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesGeorge continues to be a popular royal name, especially with the birth of Prince George.

The third most popular royal baby name is Victoria. There have been nine royal family members with the name since Queen Victoria herself, and betting site Ladbrokes currently ranks the name as the most likely option for Harry and Markle’s new arrival.

Here’s Expedia’s breakdown of the most popular royal names over the past two centuries:

Top 10 most popular royal male names

  1. Albert, 12
  2. George, 10
  3. Charles, 8
  4. Edward, 7
  5. Christian, 5
  6. Frederick, 5
  7. Louis, 5
  8. Arthur, 5
  9. William, 4
  10. Henry, 4

Top 10 most popular royal female names

  1. Victoria, 9
  2. Mary, 7
  3. Louise, 6
  4. Alexandra, 6
  5. Elizabeth, 5
  6. Alice, 4
  7. Margaret, 3
  8. Charlotte, 3
  9. Augusta, 2
  10. Helena, 2

Of course, there’s no telling if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue the tradition of traditional royal names or opt for something unexpected

Considering Markle has broken royal tradition in the past, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if this royal baby received an untraditional name.

UK betting site Betfair currently listsDiana as the most likely choice for the royal couple’s future child, a choice which would pay homage to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.

Betfair has Arthur and Alice coming in second and third, while Ladbrokes also gives Albert, Arthur, and Phillip good odds.

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