William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, recently revealed the name of their third baby and the world welcomed Prince Louis Arthur Charles.
The responsibility of naming a baby is significant – to both royals and non-royals alike. However, there are certain requirements for royals when choosing a name for their babies. For instance, the name must reference history and be rooted in traditional naming values while also being modern enough to be relatable and relevant.
We take a look at different royal names from around the world to give you some baby name inspiration with a difference.
Royal Baby Girl Names
Maharani Gayatri Devi
Maharani Gayatri Devi (born 1919), also known as Rajmata of Jaipur, was the daughter of Maharaja Jitendra Narayan of Cooch Behar in West Bengal, and Maratha Princess Indira Raje of Baroda, during a time in India of princely states.
The Indian baby girl name Gayatri means ‘a Goddess’ and ‘a singer’.
Following India’s independence and the subsequent abolition of the princely states, Gayatri Devi became an extremely successful politician. She was also celebrated for her classical beauty and became something of a fashion icon in her adulthood and was included in ‘The Ten Most Beautiful Women Of The World’ list by the Vogue Magazine in 1960s.
Isabella of France
Isabella of France (born 1295) was Queen of England as the wife of Edward II, and regent of England from 1326 until 1330.
The name Isabella comes from the Hebrew name, Elizabeth which means ‘devoted to God’. Isabella was a popular name for royals in France as well as England, Portugal and Hungary.
Gobulo Wanrong (born 1906), also known as Empress Wanrong, was the Empress Consort of Puyi, the Last Emperor of China and final ruler of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty.
She was known simply as Wanrong, which means ‘beautiful countenance’. Her courtesy name was Muhong and her art name was Zhilian. She also adopted a Western name, Elizabeth, which was inspired by Elizabeth I of England.
Queen Rania of Jordan (born 1970) is well known for her advocacy work related to education, health, community empowerment, youth and cross-cultural dialogue. The wife of the King of Jordon, Rania was born in Kuwait to a Palestinian family, she later moved to Jordan for work, where she met the then Prince Abdullah.
Rania is an Arabic name meaning ‘delighted’ and ‘contented’ as well as ‘Queen’.
Royal Baby Boy Names
Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso
Felipe VI (born 1968) is the name of Spain’s current king. He ascended to the throne on 19 June 2014 upon the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos.
The name Felipe is the Spanish variant of the name Philip, which derives from the Greek adjective Philippos “friend of horses”.
Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway
Sverre Magnus (born 2005) is the younger child of Crown Prince Haakon and third in line to succeed his grandfather, King Harald V.
Sverre, Sverrir or Sverri is a Nordic name from the Old Norse Sverrir, meaning ‘wild, swinging, spinning’. It is a common name in Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Island.
Abdul Halim of Kedah
Abdul Halim of Kedah (born 1927) ruled the northern Malaysian state of Kedah until the age of 89. He was the second longest-reigning living monarch in the world after Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
The name Halim comes from Arabic roots and means “gentle, patient and merciful.” The female equivalent of this popular Arabic baby name is Halima.
Emperor Shah Jahan
Shah Jahan (born 1592), was the fifth Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1628 to 1658 and was widely considered to be one of the greatest Mughal emperors, famously known for commissioning the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal.
Shah Jahan means ‘king of the world’ with Persian elements (Shah) ‘king’ and (Jahan) ‘world’ or ‘universe’. Mumtaz Mahal means ‘jewel of the palace’ which was the nickname the Emperor gave her.
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