The fascinating origins of all the children's names in the royal family

Max Mumby/Indigo/Handout/Getty ImagesThe new generation of royal children have names with deep significance.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis got a new cousin on Monday when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Like his royal cousins, Archie’s name has significant meaning, but it doesn’t feature quite as many references to his royal elders.

Royal baby nameYutong Yuan/InsiderThe origins of the royal children’s names.


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‘Archie’ is a Scottish baby name meaning ‘genuine and bold’

Archie Harrison babyGetty/PoolArchie Harrison’s name was revealed on Instagram.

The name “Harrison” translates to “son of Harry,” which makes it a rather fitting choice for the Duke of Sussex’s first son.

According to Us Weekly, his first name is also a possible reference to Princess Diana’s ancestor Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, from Scotland.

Unlike his cousins, Archie does not have the “prince” title attached to his name, as sources close to Buckingham Palace told INSIDER that Markle and Harry have opted not to use a courtesy title at this time.


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Prince George’s full name is Prince George Alexander Louis

Each aspect of his name is a reference to members of the royal family before him. “George” is a direct tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI. The young prince will eventually be the nation’s seventh King George when he takes the throne.


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“Alexander” is the masculine version of Queen Elizabeth’s middle name, Alexandra.

“Louis” is also one of Prince William’s middle names (Prince William Arthur Philip Louis). It is also a likely reference to Prince Philip’s uncle, the late Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was killed when a bomb was planted by the IRA on his boat in August 1979.

George was actually born with the “prince” title as the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, though the Queen issued a letters patent in 2012 that allowed the use of “prince” and “princess” for William’s future children.

Princess Charlotte’s full name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

“Charlotte” is likely in reference to two members of her family. It’s the middle name of her aunt Pippa Middleton, and it’s also the feminine version of her grandfather, Prince Charles’, first name.

“Elizabeth” is an obvious reference to her great-grandmother, the Queen, while “Diana” is a sweet tribute to her late grandmother, Princess Diana.

Prince Louis’ full name is Prince Louis Arthur Charles

Kate middleton prince william louisChris Jackson/Getty ImagesPrince Louis was born in April 2018.

“Louis” is the first name of Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who is also the Queen’s second cousin. It’s also one of George’s middle names, as mentioned above.

“Arthur” is the middle name of King George VI, while “Charles” is a tribute to both Prince Charles, as well as the two previous King Charles’s that came before him.

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