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Prince William and Kate likely to pick ‘down-to-earth’ name for their third baby

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Prince William and Kate likely to pick ‘down-to-earth’ name for their third baby

A naming expert has weighed in the royal baby name debate, explaining that Kate and William are likely to pick a ‘down-to-earth’ name for their third child.

Picking a name for your baby can be tricky for any parents-to-be but what goes in to naming a royal baby?

After it was announced Kate is pregnant with her third child, the question on everyone’s lips has been what baby name they will pick for George and Charlotte’s new sibling.

Now global naming director at Siegel+Gale, Christian Turner, has had his say on the discussion, explaining what it really takes to name a royal baby.

‘The key consideration when naming a royal baby is the fine balance between tradition and accessibility’, he told HELLO! magazine.

‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will want the fifth-in-line to the throne to bear a name worthy of such weight, and it’s therefore likely they will choose a solid, traditional name with strong links to royalty. At the same time, they won’t want to appear old-fashioned or haughty, so choosing a name the public can embrace is equally important.’

Christian added: ‘George and Charlotte are excellent examples of names that strike the balance perfectly; royal by tradition, solid in heritage, both names have enjoyed a resurgence over the last decade, and it’s not uncommon to hear either name being called in the local playground. This is common of the style of this generation of royals, who want to be more down-to-earth than their predecessors.’
The naming expert also gave his opinion on the bookies’ favourites, saying some of the options could actually be picked by Kate and Wills.

‘Alice, the bookies’ top contender for a girl, is a good bet, but Amelia and Alexandra could also be under consideration. Amelia was the daughter of King George II and is the current second most popular name in the UK. Alexandra is the Queen’s second name and has been consistently popular throughout history’, he said of the option for girls’ names.

‘For a boy, the bookies’ favourite, Arthur, is also a strong contender but Frederick and Leopold could also be on the table; both have strong royal lineage, and their diminutives (Freddie and Leo) have spots in the top 100 boys’ names for 2017.’