The New Royal Baby Name Has Been Announced (the Predictions Were Wrong)

Updated 04/27/18
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Updated Friday, April 27, 2018

All bets are off: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally announced the name of their newest son: Louis Arthur Charles. The news broke via the Kensington Palace Twitter account, which added, "The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge." The number-one prediction was Arthur, though it appears that Prince William and Kate decided to use it as a middle name instead (taking after his dad, whose full name is William Arthur Philip Louis). As for the name Louis, it has a long history in the royal family, though it has never been used as a first name for any British monarch.

"Louis" is also present in both Prince William's full name (seen above), and the baby's older brother Prince George's full name, which is George Alexander Louis. Congratulations to the growing family!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Kate Middleton just gave birth to royal baby number three this morning, a healthy boy weighing 8lbs 7oz. In lieu of a formal name announcement, royal enthusiasts are actually betting on the name of the new prince (and have been for months). According to a London-based betting company Ladbrokes, Arthur is the leading name prediction at 5:1, followed by James at 8:1, Albert at 10:1, Frederick at 16:1, Philip at 16:1, Thomas at 20:1, and Henry at 20:1. 

Considering Kate and Williams' penchant for more traditional names, Arthur is a logical fit for baby number three. Not only is the name famous for the legendary King Arthur, but it's currently rising in popularity in England (George and Charlotte were both considered on-trend names when they each were born). What's more, Four-year-old Prince George was also named after six former kings of England, while two-year-old Princess Charlotte was loosely derived from William's father, Prince Charles, and Middleton's sister Pippa, whose middle name is Charlotte.

Regardless of the baby's name, we are overjoyed for the growing royal family! 

Next up: The 20 most popular baby names of 2018.

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