52 Royal Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of these royal baby names

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For many expectant parents, trying to pick a name for their newborn can be challenging. Some choose to name their baby after themselves, family members, a celebrity, or by scrolling through endless lists. At the same time, others turn to the royal family for inspiration. And though the British Royals are an easy option if you want a classic moniker, there are other monarchies to choose from where you may find something unique.   

Popular Royal Baby Names for Girls

Here are some of the most popular royal baby names, meanings, and famous namesakes for girls.

Alexandra

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of mankind/people
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alessandra, Alixandra, Aleksandra
  • Famous Namesakes: Explorer Alexandra David-Neel and actress Alexandra Paul
  • Peak Popularity:1993
  • Monarchy: Danish, Russian, and Greek

Alice

  • Origin: English 
  • Meaning: From Nobility
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alaïs, Adalheidis, Adalheide, Adelheide, Alicia, Alisha, Alisa, Alissa, Alitha, Alita
  • Famous Namesakes: Authors Alice Hoffman, Alice Sebold, and Alice Walker, and singer Alice Cooper. 
  • Peak Popularity: During Victorian times (Jun 20, 1837 – Jan 22, 1901), the name became popular after Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was published. It was the 172nd most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2010.
  • Monarchy: United Kingdom, Monaco

Amina

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Safe one, trustworthy, honest
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aminah
  • Famous Namesakes: 16th-century Nigerian princess Amina Mohamud, Prophet Muhammad’s mother Aminah bint Wahb, Eygptian actress Amina Rizk
  • Peak Popularity: Amina is not currently popular in the U.S. but it is number 323 in U.S. births names.
  • Monarchy: Nigeria

Anastasia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Resurrection, will rise again 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Annastasia, Anastascia, Anastasha, Ansestasia, Anastaysha, Anastasya, Anastasiya 
  • Famous Namesakes: Youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Anastasiya Nikolayevna, singer Annastasia Baker, skater Anastasia Martiusheva
  • Peak Popularity: This name has been popular for over 100 years. Currently, it is number 41 on the baby names popularity charts.
  • Monarchy: Russia

Anne

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Favored, grace
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ann, Anya, Anais, Ana, Nina, Hanna, Anahi, Anika, and Chana
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Anne Wilson and Queen of England Anne Boleyn 
  • Peak Popularity: Anne has been popular for centuries but left the top 100 around 1970.
  • Monarchy: England, Denmark, Austria, and Greece

Astrid

  • Origin: Scandinavia
  • Meaning: God's Strength, divinely beautiful.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Assan, Asta, Astride, Ástríður, Astrithr
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Astrid Lindgren 
  • Peak Popularity: Astrid has never been popular and it isn't currently ranked in the states.
  • Monarchy: Sweden, Norway

Beatrice

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Bringer of joy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Beatrisa, Beatriz, Beatrix
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Bea Arthur and BeBe Neuwirth
  • Peak Popularity: Beatrice saw some popularity during the following years: 1881-1900, 1901-1915, 2002-2007, and 2009-2013.
  • Monarchy: Hungary, England

Catherine

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Katheryn, Katharyn, Kathryne, Katherin, Kathrine, Catharine, Cathryn
  • Famous Namesakes: Empress of Russia Catherine the Great and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Peak Popularity: Catherine saw it's peak popularity in 1883.
  • Monarchy: Russia, Sweden

Caroline 

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Free/beautiful woman
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Karolyn, Carolyne, Carolynne
  • Famous Namesakes:Actress Caroline Rhea, author and diplomat Caroline Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity: This name was popular from 1909-1915, 1939-1942, 1958-1961, 1986-1996, 1997-2000, and 2010-2014.
  • Monarchy: Monaco, England, Italy

Charlotte

  • Origin: Female form of the name the french male name Charlot.
  • Meaning: Petite or free man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Charlie, Lottie, Lotte, Carlota, Carlotta
  • Famous Namesakes: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Charlotte Princess of Monaco, Charlotte Bronte, and Charlotte Rae
  • Peak Popularity: Charlotte was the most popular during the years 1940 and 2013.
  • Monarchy: England, Monaco

Christina

  • Origin: Greek, English, Latin, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cristina, Kristen, Cristyn, Christena, Kristina
  • Famous Namesakes: Singers Christina Aguilera, Christina Milian; actresses Christina Ricci and Christina Applegate
  • Peak Popularity: It was most popular between the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Monarchy: Sweden, Danish, Dutch, and Austrian

Gabriella 

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: God is my strength, devoted to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gabriela, Gabriele
  • Famous Namesakes: Tennis player Gabriela Sabatini
  • Peak Popularity: Gabriella has been on the U.S. top 1000 list since 1984.
  • Monarchy: Monaco

Grace

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Charm, God’s favor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Grayse, Gracia, Graciella
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, singer Grace Slick, and model Grace Jones
  • Peak Popularity: Grace was very popular in 2017.
  • Monarchy: Monaco

Diana

  • Origin: Indo-European 
  • Meaning: Heavenly, divine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Diane, Dianna, Dianne
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Diana Ross and Diana Princess of Wales
  • Peak Popularity: It has been ranked among the top 200 names since the 1930s.
  • Monarchy: England 

Elizabeth

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is abundant, God is my oath
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elisabeth, Elisheba, Elisavet, Elisabetta, Elisabet, Elspeth, 
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen Elizabeth, actresses Elizabeth Shue, Elizabeth Perkins, Elizabeth Banks, and Elizabeth Montgomery
  • Peak Popularity: Elizabeth has been among the top 25 most popular names given to girls for the past 100 years.
  • Monarchy: England, Austria

Helena

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Torch, light
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Helene, Elena, Helenna, Hellena, Hellenna
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Helena Bonham Carter, Helena Christensen, and Helena Mattsson
  • Peak Popularity: Helena was the most popular during the late 1800s.
  • Monarchy: Roman

Indira

  • Origin: India
  • Meaning: Beauty, splendid
  • Famous Namesakes: Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi
  • Peak Popularity: Indira has not been ranked in the U.S.
  • Monarchy: India

Isabella

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Isabela, Izabela, Izabella
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Isabella Rossellini and Isabella Hofmann
  • Peak Popularity: The number four most popular name in 2018, Isabella has been in the top five since 2006, and in the top 50 since 2000.
  • Monarchy: Hungary, Spain, Portugal

Liliʻuokalani

  • Origin: Hawaii
  • Meaning: Smarting of the high-born one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Liliuokalani 
  • Famous Namesakes: Hawaii's first queen and final sovereign ruler Liliuokalani 
  • Peak Popularity: Liliʻuokalani is not ranked in the states.
  • Monarchy: Hawaiian Kingdom before the revolution

Madeleine

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Woman Of Magdala
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Madeline, Madelyn, Madilyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Madeleine Stowe and politician Madeleine Albright
  • Peak Popularity: Madeleine hit peak popularity in 1995.
  • Monarchy: Sweden

Margaret

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Margret, Margrette, Margarette
  • Famous Namesakes: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Comedian Margaret Cho, and author Margaret Eleanor Atwood
  • Peak Popularity: Margaret rose to peak popularity between 1880 and 1910, and again in 1921.
  • Monarchy: England, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands

Nefertiti

  • Origin: Egyptian
  • Meaning: The perfect one has arrived
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen of ancient Egypt Nefertiti 
  • Peak Popularity: This name is not ranked in the United States.
  • Monarchy: Egypt 

Philippa

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lover of Horses
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Filippa, Filipa, Pippa, Phillipa, Philipa
  • Famous Namesakes: Novelist Philippa Gregory
  • Peak Popularity: Philippa was quite popular in the year 1948.
  • Monarchy: England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway

Sophie

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sofee, Sofeigh, Sofey, Sofi, Sofie, Sophee, Sophei, Sopheig, Sofija, Sofiya, Sofya, Sofia.
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Sophie Ballantine Hawkins
  • Peak Popularity: Sophie reached peak popularity in 2014.
  • Monarchy: England, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway

Stephanie

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Crown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Stefani, Stephani , Stephania , Stephany, Stefanie 
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Stefanie Powers and singer Stephanie Mills
  • Peak Popularity: Between 1968-1992, Stephanie was a popular baby name.
  • Monarchy: France, Spain, Portugal

Tatiana

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Fairy Queen
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tatyana, Tateeana, Tatyanna, Tatianna
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Tatiana Ali and tennis player Tatiana Golovin 
  • Peak Popularity: In 1999, Tatiana became very popular in the United States.
  • Monarchy: Russia

Teimei

  • Origin: Japan
  • Meaning: Enlightened constancy
  • Famous Namesakes: Japanese Empress Teimei 
  • Peak Popularity: Teimei is not ranked in the U.S.
  • Monarchy: Japan

Victoria

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Winner or conqueror 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Victory, Vickitoria, Vik'Toriah
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion designer and singer Victoria Beckham, actress and writer Victoria Rowell
  • Peak Popularity: Victoria was popular in 2014 and 2017.
  • Monarchy: England 

Popular Royal Baby Names for Boys

Here are some of the most popular royal baby boy names, meanings, and origins.

Albert

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Noble and bright
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Abert, Adalbert, Adelbert, Delbert, Adbert, Elbert, Alberto, Albrecht, Alprecht, Alpert
  • Famous Namesakes: Physicist Albert Einstein, baseball player Albert Pujols, and actor Albert Brooks
  • Peak Popularity: Albert hit peak popularity in 1927.
  • Monarchy: England

Alexander

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Defender of the people
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alex, Alexey, Alexis, Alexandra, Alexandre, Alessandro, Alejandro
  • Famous Namesakes: Historical ruler Alexander the Great, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, and actor Alexander Skarsgård 
  • Peak Popularity: Alexander has been in the top 20 since 2000.
  • Monarchy: Macedon, Scotland, Poland, Yugoslavia, Russia

Andrew

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Manly, masculine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Andre, Andreas, Andrei, 
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Andrew Garfield, Artist Andy Warhol, and President Andrew Jackson
  • Peak Popularity: Andrew was very popular in the years 1987 and 1988.
  • Monarchy: Hungary

Archie

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Genuine, bold, brave
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Archbold, Archbald, Archibaldson, Archibald, Archibold, Harchbald, Arkanbaldus, Archebal
  • Famous Namesakes: Boxer Archie Moore and actor Archie David Kao 
  • Peak Popularity: Archie has been popular at two different times: in 1890 and 1988.
  • Monarchy: England

Arthur

  • Origin: Welsh-Latin 
  • Meaning: Bear, Eagle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Artur, Arturo, Arttu, Artturi
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Art Garfunkel and tennis player Arthur Ashe
  • Peak Popularity: In 1921, Arthur hit peak popularity.
  • Monarchy: England

Augustus

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Exalted, majestic, the increaser, venerable
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: August, Augusto, Austin, Augustine, Agustin
  • Famous Namesakes: Roman emperor Augustus, 
  • Peak Popularity: 1880 saw popularity in the name Augustus.
  • Monarchy: Poland, Roman

Charles

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Man, army, warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carolus, Karl, Carles, Carlu, Karlo, Karel Carl,) Kaarle, Kaarlo, Kalle, Carlos, Carlinhos, Carlito, Carlitos Karol, Karel, Karol, Carlos, Carlito, Carlitos
  • Famous Namesakes: Novelist Charles Dickens, basketball player Charles Barkley, and comic Charlie Chaplin
  • Peak Popularity: Charles was popular in the early 1900s and the year 1947.
  • Monarchy: English

Christian 

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cristian, Cristiano
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Christian Bale and Christian Slater
  • Peak Popularity: Christian was popular in the 2000s.
  • Monarchy: Denmark

Christopher

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bearer of Christ
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Christoph, Christophoros, Cristoforo, Christôvao, Cristofor, Crisóforo, Christophe, Krzysztof, Kristofer, Kristoffer
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Chris Pines
  • Peak Popularity: In 1967, 1979 to 1994, and 2009, Christopher hit peak popularity.
  • Monarchy: Denmark, Bavaria

Edward

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Riches, prosperous
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eduard, Édouard, Eduardo
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, singer Ed Sheeran, and musician Eddie Van Halen 
  • Peak Popularity: Edward was most popular in 1912.
  • Monarchy: England

George

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Farmer, earth-worker
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jorge, Jorg, Georgio, Georgios
  • Famous Namesakes: Presidents George Washington and George Bush and actor George Clooney
  • Peak Popularity: George was also very popular in 1912.
  • Monarchy: England

Harry

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Army ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Harry Styles, President Harry S. Truman, illusionist Harry Houdini and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex
  • Peak Popularity: In 1918, Harry became quite popular.
  • Monarchy: England

Henry 

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Home, power, ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Henrey, Henri, Henrie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Henry Winkler, Henry Fonda, and Henry Cavill, and politician Henry Kissinger 
  • Peak Popularity: Henry reached peak popularity in 2000 and 2018.
  • Monarchy: England, Germany, France

Jacques

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jaques, Jack, Jacks, Jackes, Jakes, Jeeks, Jeke, Jeex, Jaquiss, Jaquez, Jaquis 
  • Famous Namesakes: Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau
  • Peak Popularity: 1936 was a popular year for the name Jacques.
  • Monarchy: Monaco

Leopold

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Famous Namesakes: Léopold Eyharts, French astronaut
  • Monarchy: England, Belgium

James

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jae, Jay, Jem, Jaime, Jamey, Jim, Jimbo
  • Famous Namesakes: Novelist and poet James Joyce
  • Peak Popularity: Between 1940-1960, James was a popular name.
  • Monarchy: Scotland

Louis

  • Origin: Germanic 
  • Meaning: renowned warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lou, Ludwig, Louie, Luigi, Ludovic, Lewis, Lois, Louise
  • Famous Namesakes: Louis Armstrong, Lou Gehrig, Louis Gossett Jr, Lou Phillips, Louis Jude Ferrigno, Louis Farrakhan Sr., Lou Rawls.
  • Monarchy: France

Malcolm

  • Origin: Scotland
  • Meaning: Devotee of Saint Columba
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Malcom, Máel Coluim, Maol Choluim
  • Famous Namesakes: Minister and human rights activist Malcolm X 
  • Monarchy: Scotland

Michael

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who is like God?
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mikael, Mikhael
  • Famous Namesakes: Actors Michael J. Fox and Michael Landon, and basketball player Michael Jordan
  • Peak Popularity: Michael has been consistently popular since 1940.
  • Monarchy: Russia, Romania, Portugal, Poland 

Muhammad

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Praised
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mohammed, Mohammad, Muhammed, Mohamed, Mohamad, Muhamad, Muhamed, Mohamud, Mohummad, Mohummed, Mouhamed, Mohammod, Mouhamad
  • Peak Popularity: Muhammad is not ranked in the United States.
  • Monarchy: Africa

Nicholas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Victory of the people
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nickolas, Nikolas, Nikolaus or Nicolas 
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Nick Nolte and Nicolas Cage, and singer Nick Jonas
  • Peak Popularity: Nicholas was popular in 2016.
  • Monarchy: Russia

Philip

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Lover of horses
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Phillip,
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and singer Phil Collins
  • Peak Popularity: Philip was first popular in 1880 and again in 2006.
  • Monarchy: Macedon, France, Spain 

William

  • Origin: Germanic 
  • Meaning: Will or desire
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Wilhelm, Guillaume, Willian, Guillermo, Guglielmo, Guilherme, Gwilym
  • Famous Namesakes: President Bill Clinton, poet and playwright William Shakespeare
  • Peak Popularity: 2019 saw a rise in popularity of the name William.
  • Monarchy: Scotland, England, Ireland

Umberto

  • Origin: Italy
  • Meaning: Bright warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Humberto
  • Famous Namesakes: Astronaut Umberto Guidoni
  • Peak Popularity: Umberto was popular in 1990.
  • Monarchy: Italy
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