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Never Mind ‘Elizabeth’ – Royal Baby Could be a ‘Lancelot’, ‘Boniface’ or ‘Grissel’

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 6, 2012 in Stories

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.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, 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 some most unusual names – with Boniface, Cyrian, Marmaduke, Slyvanus and Lancelot featured in the male line; while Eusebia, Honor, Thomasin, Ursula and Hyacinth appear for the females.

While much of Kate’s family tree is populated with more recognizable names, a few of her ancestors boasted interesting monikers of their own. Among the boys there is Garin, Lewen, Theophilus, Uriah and Elie, along with girls named Permelia, Albina, Edezer, Grissel and Jemima.

“In today’s celebrity culture filled with unique baby names, Kate and William may not need to look further than their own family tree for inspiration,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, Family Historian for Ancestry.com. “With ‘Marmaduke’, ‘Lancelot, and ‘Permelia’ among their ancestors, they could undoubtedly start an interesting new trend in 2013.” 

Interesting names aren’t just for those with royal blood.

What name do you think Prince William and Kate should choose?

4 comments

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1 Andy HatchettDecember 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Odds are that if the child is a girl she will not be known as Elizabeth or Kate- or any variations thereof.

The reasoning among the inner circle is this:

If the Succession Law is passed then when the child gains the throne, there is a great possibility that there will already be another Queen Elizabeth reigning over another country. Thus- to avoid two different Queen Elizabeths William and Kate will forego the possibility.

By the same token, the Name Kate (or its variations) will be avoided to that there is no re-occurance of the situation that arose when Queen Elizabeth became Queen that resulted in two Queen Elizabeths (Queen Elizabeth II and HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).

I’d go with Carole Diana Elizabeth (which would cover both grandmothers as well as two great grandmothers) and have her be known as HRH Princess Carole.

2 AndreannaDecember 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

congrats to them i saw them in a magazine there so lucky i wish i culd have a baby on chrisymas!!!!!!!

3 scwbcmDecember 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Get Well Soon.

4 donDecember 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

lol @ Marmaduke

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