After announcing the birth of their first child, a son, on Monday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have now officially announced his name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who will reportedly have no title, and will simply go by Master Archie. The couple also announced the royal baby was a boy on their official Instagram page, hours before the ceremonial easel was placed at the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London.
For the past several months, trying to second guess the name and gender of the Duke and Duchess’s royal baby has been a profitable endeavor for the odds makers. But if betters were putting money on history, they likely came up short on this one, as neither Archie nor Harrison is a common royal moniker.
Expedia recently did some research to collate a list of the most popular British royal baby names of the past 100 years, going all the way back to Queen Victoria in 1819 … which just happens to be the most popular royal female name (though the last time a royal Victoria was christened was in 1897). On the male side, Albert wins the day with 12 royal Alberts (beginning with Queen Victoria’s husband). George, the name of William and Kate’s firstborn, comes in second with a total of 10 royal males having that handle. Here’s a partial list of the top-10 royal baby names, by gender.
MOST COMMON ROYAL MALE NAMES
Albert, 12 royals with this name
MOST COMMON ROYAL FEMALE NAMES
Victoria, 9 royals with this name
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