Let’s play the name game! Have you ever wondered why Prince William and Kate Middleton named their adorable children George and Charlotte? Well, let your curiosity subside because Closer Weekly is here to break it down for you.
Four-year-old Prince George — whose full name is George Alexander Louis — has a name that echoes throughout British history. First off, George was the name of Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved father, King George VI. The last male monarch’s father, King George V, also carried the name.
The little prince’s second name, Alexander, is a nod to his grandma, whose full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. And George’s third name, Louis, is also part of his father’s full name, William Arthur Phillip Louis. When it came to naming George, Wills and Kate, both 35, were determined to honor the House of Windsor’s ancestors.
Princess Charlotte, 2 — whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana — has a moniker that pays tribute to both her late grandmother, Princess Diana, and her 91-year-old great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. But what you might not have realized is that Charlotte’s first name, which is the feminization of “Charles,” was inspired by the precious tot’s grandfather, Prince Charles. Furthermore, Charlotte — which means “free man” — is also the middle name of Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton.
Not surprisingly, the name Charlotte has quickly surged in popularity among choices for baby names in the U.S. over the last two years. According to Nameberry, Charlotte was the seventh most popular girl name among new moms in 2016. In contrast, the website reports that George was only the 125th most popular name for boys last year. But let’s be honest, only a kid as cute as Prince George could pull of such a regal name.