In early December, we learned that Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton were expecting.
Many other name bloggers have since posted great lists of potential royal baby names (like this one, and this one).
Because others have already covered the topic, and because I’m not incredibly interested in the royal family, I was on the fence about bothering with a similar post.
And then, rather fortuitously, I received a fun Ancestry.ca press release revealing some of the more unusual names in William’s and Kate’s respective family trees. So I’ll go ahead and post that (plus a couple of polls!) instead:
NEVER MIND ‘ELIZABETH’ – ROYAL BABY COULD BE A ‘LANCELOT’, ‘BONIFACE’ OR ‘GRISSEL’
Unusual first names in the royal couple’s family trees uncovered as pregnancy is announced – Ancestry.ca
If Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to take baby-name inspiration from their forebears, the royal baby could be born a ‘Grissel’, ‘Boniface’ or even ‘Lancelot’.
New research from Ancestry.ca, Canada’s leading family history website, reveals that while ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘John’ are the most common boys and girls names in both family trees, there are several more unusual choices the young royals could opt for.
The royal family tree contains the most unusual names – with Boniface, Cyrian, Marmaduke, Slyvanus and Lancelot all featuring in the male line, while Eusebia, Honor, Thomasin, Ursula and Hyacinth appear for the females.
And while many of Kate’s female ancestors have more recognizable names, her ancestors weren’t without some interesting monikers as well. Among the boys are Garin, Lewen, Theophilus, Uriah and Elie, together with girls called Permelia, Albina, Edezer, Grissel and Jemima.
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Let’s play a game. Let’s say William and Kate are required (by decree of the Queen!) to use one of the unusual names above. And let’s also say the couple want to hear your opinion on the matter. (Again, highly plausible!) Which two royal baby names — one boy name, one girl name — would you recommend to them?
Image: Will & Kate on the balcony by Magnus D