Deciding on a baby’s name can be a daunting task for parents.
But for the royal family, the grand reveal of the name of a new family member is often much more accurate.
Most opt for traditional British names and nod to family members and previous kings and queens.
And once a baby’s name is known to the public, we wonder how parents came to this decision.
Recently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed the name of their second child and named her Lilibet Diana.
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The couple break with tradition and choose something different, but the name carries a lot of meaning.
And Lilbet isn’t the Queen’s only great-granddaughter with a meaningful name. That’s what they’re all called – and the meaning behind the nicknames.
- 1 Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor
- 2 Savannah Anne Phillips
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor
The name of the second child and first daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle contains a nod to the strong women who came before her.
Lilibet Diana unites both the mother of Prince Harry and the grandmother The Queen.
The monarch was affectionately known as Lilibet by her family as a child.
The name of the newest royal will be known as Lili.
Her middle name honors Princess Diana, Harry’s beloved mother.
Lilibet Diana shares her middle name with her cousin Charlotte, whose third name is Diana.
Archie Harrison Mounthbatten Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke with tradition when they gave their firstborn son a name that wasn’t on the radar.
The name is usually an abbreviation for the German name Archibald, which means “real and daring” or “brave”.
Meghan and Harry explained, “Before SussexRoyal came up with the idea of ’ark’ – the Greek word means ‘source of the plot’.
“We hooked up with this concept for the nonprofit that we wanted to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name.
His middle name comes from the Middle Ages and means “son of Henry” or “son of Harry”.
Mia Grace Tindall
Mia is the first child of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.
The Tindalls left with a name not found in the family for their firstborn.
Mia comes from the Egyptian word for “beloved” and is Italian for “my”.
The Latin origin of her middle name, Grace, means “charm”.
Lucas Philip Tindall
Lucas is the third child of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.
He is the fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth and does not share a first name with any other royal.
The name Lucas means “light bringer”.
His middle name Philip is said to be a joint tribute to Zara’s late grandfather, Prince Philip and Mike’s father.
Lena Elizabeth Tindall
Lena’s grandparents are the second daughter of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips.
Lena’s name, like that of her brother Lucas, means “light” in Greek.
Obviously, her middle name, Elizabeth, is a tribute to Queen Elizabeth.
Isla Elizabeth Phillips
Isla’s first name is the second daughter of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly and the second grandchild of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips.
It is the Scottish word for “island”. Her middle name is of course a nod to her great grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
Savannah Anne Phillips
Savannah Phillips, the first daughter of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly, is the eldest of Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren. Her grandparents are Princess Anne and Mark Phillips.
Savannah’s first name is unique to the royal family, but her middle name is a nod to her grandmother, Princess Anne. She also shares this with her aunt Zara Phillips.
August Philip Hawke Brooksbank
August is the first son of Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank.
He is the first grandchild of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York.
And August’s name has a lot of meaning.
After his birth, Princess Eugenie announced that her son “is named after his great-grandfather and his two great-grandfathers x5”.
August is the first name of Prince Albert, and Philip is a nod to Queen Elizabeth’s beloved husband and the late grandfather of Eugenie. Hawke is a surname on Jack Brooksbank’s side.
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Princess Charlotte’s name is also full of meaning.
The second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received the feminine version of Charles for her name after their grandfather. In French it means “free”.
Her middle name, Elizabeth, pays homage to her great-grandmother Elizabeth and her mother, the Queen Mother, who shared the same name.
Her third name pays homage to her late grandmother, William’s mother, Princess Diana.
Prince George Alexander Louis
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first son, Prince William and Kate Middleton, is named after the father of his great-grandmother, King George VI. George is a name derived from the Greek word for “farmer”.
His middle name, Alexander, is a nod to Queen Elizabeth’s middle name, Alexandra. Alexander is a Greek name for “defender of the people”.
His third name, Louis, is passed down from his father William, whose fourth name was also Louis, after his great-grandfather’s uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten.
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Prince Louis Arthur Charles
Louis, the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was given a name shared by many other men in his family.
His first name can be found in the full names of father William and brother George. Louis is the French version of the name Ludwig, which means “famous warrior”.
His middle name Arthur is shared with his father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles.