Playing the Royal Name Game


Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge,  may be at the moment the most famous pregnant woman on Earth.  She is, I hear, feeling much  better after a serious bout with hyperemesis gravidarum, severe morning sickness.  ObGyners tell us HG means it could be twins.

Of course, people around the world  are now on high alert for every development in and outside her womb.   Those who follow the Royals professionally or purely for diversion were not surprised by the official announcement on Decembeer 3. They had been noticing the telltale signs over the last several months: a fuller face, a drink of water instead of wine, loose-fitted dresses, and that real giveaway, a baby bump. 

I know that Kate and William have the prayers and well wishes of everyone, or at least everyone who pays attention to these things. It only remains for nature to take its course. And come May or June--- it's thought Kate conceived about 12 weeks ago----a future king or queen will be born.

Until then, many are engaging in the usual speculations about an expected offspring. Will it be a boy or a girl? Will there be more than one? How many? What will his name, her name, their names be?

If they choose, Kate and William could go with the flow, that is, the current most popular names in Great Britain.  Harry and Amelia are numero uno in their respective genders. Oliver, Jack, Alfie, and Charlie fill out the top five if we're talking future king. Olivia, Lily, Jessica, and Emily are the next most popular, if it's Her Majesty.

In the event of twins, wouldn't Oliver and Olivia be a natural conjugate pairing?   Although a few highbrows  might have reservations about King Oliver.  Sounds more like a saxophone player, doesn't it, than a king of the Anglo-Saxons.  Not that there's anything wrong with a saxophone player.  One of our former presidents is  one.   And he has a first name that is very familiar in the annals of Buckingham Palace.

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  • I am willing to lay bets that Alice and Diana will feature somewhere in a girl's name. Maybe Victoria too. On the boys side, they are due for a George (after Elizabeth's father) or an Alfred or Albert.

  • "Alfred" would be an intriguing choice. He was the first "King of the Anglo-Saxons". Who knows ? The baby may wind up the last.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    King Alfred is more likely than King Alfie. King Jack, definitely not.

    Looking at a list of English rulers, Oliver is out because of Oliver Cromwell.

    Anyway, it probably will be 7 or 8 names, with some Henry, Edward, George, William, Charles, Andrew thrown in there somewhere.

  • The Oliver Cromwell objection is well- taken. But it would have been so nice to hear someone say to the new king---a la Stan Laurel---: " You know, Ollie, I been thinkin'."

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