Although they’re determined to be thoroughly modern, the Royal couple eschewed celebrity names.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louism” the palace said in a short statemen. “The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”
Alexander doesn’t seem to have a direct connection with any recent royal relatives, but the name Louis has two storied connections.
Prince William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis. He’s believed to be named after his grandfather, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, and Louis Mountbatten, to whom his father, Prince Charles, was very close.
So by naming the new baby Louis, he not only maintains the connection with Mountbatten, officially Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, First Earl Mountbatten of Burma, but also his own name.
It’s somewhat of a surprise that he didn’t pay any homage to his mother Princess Diana, by naming the child Spencer, after her royal surname.
Our best guess was Charles Edward Philip Spencer. While we were off a bit, we were right in suggesting that Kate and William would stick with tradition, rather than go with more modern names. They just jumped back a two generations to pick a name.
The baby, officially Prince George of Cambridge, will also take the last name of Windsor for the House of Windsor, the same as the Queen.
The eight-pound, six-ounce boy was born on July 22 and will one day inherit the throne of England.
He stands behind Prince Charles, the first-born of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip and his own father, Prince William. Uncle Prince Harry is now fourth in line for the throne.
George was the odds on favorite of bookies taking bets on the royal name, according to London’s Daily Mail.
Six British monarchs have been known as King George, beginning with George I in 1714. He was the first Hanoverian, of German heritage, king of Great Britain.
King George III has particular historical significance to the United States. He was king when the 13 original colonies declared their independence and launched the Revolutionary War in 1776.
He was a signatory to The Treaties of Paris in 1782 and 1783 granting independence to the American colonies. He died in 1820, but was around long enough to see the new nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., burn in the War of 1812.
Hopefully King George VII won’t be as belligerent. Follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest royal baby updates.