Archie, Louis, Charlotte and George: The meaning behind the royal children’s names

Despite living in the spotlight, there are things some of us still don't know about the royals including what their full names are. There is a whole brood of the younger generation of royals all with lovely names but what do they mean? Let's take a look…

Prince William, 37, and the Duchess Of Cambridge Kate Middleton, 38, have three children with gorgeous traditional names. Their first son is called Prince George Alexander Louis.

His first name come from the Queen's father, King George VI, whereas his middle name is the masculine version of the the Queen's middle name Alexandra and Louis is after Prince Philip's uncle Lord Mountbatten. Louis Mountbatten was also the Queen's second cousin, and he was killed by the IRA in the 1979 boat bombing.

Kate and William's daughter is called Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and she gets her first name from two places; Charlotte is the feminisation of her grandfather Prince Charles' name and also her aunt, Pippa Middleton's, middle name. The name Elizabeth is of course taken from the Queen's name, whereas her second middle name is from her deceased grandmother, Princess Diana.

The youngest of Kate and William's brood is Prince Louis Arthur Charles. The toddler again takes the name of Louis Mountbatten and the middle name Arthur was both the Queen's father King George VI's middle name and of course the name of the legendary king and leader of the knights of the round table. He is also called Charles after his grandfather and many other British kings.

As for their last names, they can be known both by the name of the royal house or by the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which was adopted in 1917.

Meanwhile Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose not to give their son a royal title and they named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Unlike Kate and William's name choices, Archie does not have any royal connotations and Harrison is also an entirely new name to enter the family.

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At the time of announcing the name last year it was much more popular in Britain, and it stems from Archibald meaning "genuine", "bold" or "brave". Harrison has more of an American feel to it but it is very fitting because it was originally a surname meaning Harry's son.

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