What’s in a name? History behind royal baby name George Alexander Louis

Credit: Reuters
Prince George of Cambridge already has a lofty title for being two days old. Credit: Reuters

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has announced.

The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

In total, there have been six King Georges who have reigned as British monarch since the German-born George I acceded to the throne in 1714. The last was the Queen’s father George VI who died in 1952; Elizabeth II’s grandfather was also George (George V).

George was the bookies favorite boys’ name with odds of 2/1.

William and Kate’s choice of all three names is an obvious tribute to royal predecessors, experts say.

“The name Louis pays homage to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh-Prince Philip’s uncle,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and author of “A Century of Royal Children”, told Metro. “Lord Mountbatten and William’s father, Prince Charles, were very close.”

“Alexander recalls the first Alexander Cambridge in the royal family born in 1874,” said Seward. “His full name was Major-General Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George Cambridge and he was a relative by marriage to Queen Victoria.

The newborn prince’s first name will be a crowd-pleaser for the general public, too, catering to their current tastes in baby names, a parenting expert told Metro.

“George is a very popular name in England, in the top 10 names for boys this year,” said Sarah Barrett from UK parenting advice BabyCentre.co.uk. “There is a real mix of royal tradition and mums’ favorite names here with George.”

The baby prince’s parentage of regal and commoner blood will be reflected in the name, too, added Barrett. “George means ‘Farmer’ or ‘Earth-worker’ – so he’ll be down-to-earth – while Alexander and Louis mean ‘To defend’ and ‘Famous warrior’, respectively – so he will have that strong, majestic quality as well.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD: Suspect fleeing traffic stop shot by cop…

The NYPD said an officer temporarily reassigned for the Summer All Out program shot a suspect who slammed into two NYPD cars and hit a cop in Brooklyn.

Local

De Blasio and first family will travel to…

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City's first family will travel to Italy later this month for a summer vacation.

Local

TIPS: How to take great photos during 'Manhattanhenge'

Grab your camera and make the perfect picture this Saturday.

National

Seinfeld emoji cound be available next week

Get your puffy shirts and your marble rye ready, America. Seinfeld emoji could become available as early as next week.

Gossip

PHOTOS: Topless Cara Delevingne advocates for 'Free the…

Supermodel Cara Delevingne is never one to shy away from the gaze of social media. Yesterday, she chose to advocate for the 'Free the Nipple' campaign via Instagram, where she…

Gossip

PHOTOS: Axelle Despiegelaere AKA "most beautiful" fan gets…

Axelle Despiegelaere, the "most beautiful" soccer supporter of this year's World Cup, was fired by L'Oreal for a hunting photo on her Facebook account.

Television

Final season of 'Glee' will be only 13…

The final season of "Glee" will officially be only 13 episodes, instead of the usual 22.

Entertainment

Complex characters, juicy scripts boost Netflix's Emmy nominations

The unconventional approach to TV at Netflix netted 31 Emmy nominations, a major achievement after plunging into original programing just last year.

NBA

GIF: LeBron James returns to Cleveland so deal…

To anyone out there who is upset about his decision, this .GIF is for you. Enjoy.

World Cup

A game of two popes: Vatican plays down…

By Philip PullellaVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of soccer rivalry…

NFL

Which Jets player has the best odds at…

Metro New York asked Bovada.LV to rank the top three contenders for the NFL MVP on the Jets.

World Cup

Argentina prevails in penalties, advances to final

The drama never seems to subside as the World Cup finally has its final two.

Wellbeing

Fart gas might prevent cancer

You might not like the smell, but fart gas might help prevent cancer.

Tech

Mesh sheds light on top 10 dating deal…

What are New Yorkers' top 10 dating deal breakers? Find out here.

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: Sexual headaches can be…

Sexual headaches: an under-discussed health issue Location: U.S. Results: If getting frisky brings on a headache, you’re not alone. Headaches associated with sexual activity represent a…

Food

Head to FiDi for free Chia Pods from…

They may have been last summer's darlings, but chia seeds have definitely not gone out of style. A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, they…