Royal Editorial: What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? A whole lot. It’s what you will you will be known for your whole life.

Some of us are named after grandparents, a place, or even by a relative, like myself. I was named by my great grandmother who was first generation Irish. My middle name (not sharing sorry) is Irish and while I hated it growing up, I named my own daughter the very same middle name because now I understand and appreciate these sentimental things.

Now let’s pretend we are Royal for a second. Let’s also pretend that we are also a future King and Queen naming our children. You might very well like carrying on traditional family names because as an adult, you realize their importance and significance.

Did I expect them to come up with Louis? Nope. Even though it is one of William’s names, George’s names and also the name of 18 French Kings, it also happens to be the name of a beloved uncle of Prince Phillip, Louis Mountbatten. This could also be taken as a tribute to Prince Phillip as they were very close. Prince Charles even considered Louis Mountbatten the grandfather he never had.

I have to admit when I first heard it, I was very surprised, and immediately thought of all of the French Kings in history. What could be better than having the name of a King (albeit a French one) even though someday you will be the son of a King, or the brother of a King.

Louis doesn’t roll off the tongue as pretty as some other names we were all thinking it could be, but the more I think about the historical significance and the fact that this baby is also named after his father, his grandfather, and Louis Mountbatten, I think it is a beautiful tribute. Having said that, if you took my little poll a surprising 57% of you agree that it is a good, strong name and 35% of you said it’s just okay. Well I do agree, at first I did have the same thought. But the more I think about it, the more I do like it.

Did anyone guess Louis as a first name? Tell us, we would love to know!


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