Whoever said naming your own child was easy, must have been lying. As truth be told, the most fun bit about the whole pregnancy followed by birth scenario is proving much more complicated than you initially imagined.
Naming your boy can certainly seem daunting. Sure, you might fall in love with a name now, but who’s to say you still love it -after using it day in day out- for the rest of his life?
Also, will it stand the test of time? For instance, will it be a classic choice, or are you on the verge of picking a now trendy, but-soon to be-rather naff name?
In other words, a lot seems to ride on that one decision. And there’s only so much pressure your poor pregnant brain can take right now.
But cast your mind back, if you will, to when you were seven, playing house with your little brother. When picking out names for your teddies and dolls seemed so straight forward. And you picked a name because you liked it.
It was easy then, what without all these other considerations and your partner’s opinion to worry about. Sadly Ken and Barbie were vetoed a long time ago. Still, wouldn’t it be great if you could get a bit of guidance to make this tiresome process a little easier?
We’ll help you find the best royal baby boy names fit for a king
Well, just for a minute imagine you’re a royal. Just think, the whole world is dying to hear your chosen name. Also, most of the tabloids are even running bets on your decision. Suddenly everyone is an expert and lists their favourite royal baby boy names in the hope they have picked the right one. And after your announcement, the name will be analysed to death on social media. Talking about pressure.
Yet somehow they cope. How? Because you can bank on it that they have put a lot of time and energy into researching the perfect epithet for their little bundle.
So, to help you out of your own conundrum, we take a look at what royals from around the world have named their babies to give you the inspiration you need to find that perfect moniker for your child.
The 10 best royal baby boy names and their meaning
From: United Kingdom
Meaning: ‘genuine’, ‘brave’ or ‘bold’.
Although no longer seventh in line of the British throne-thanks to Megxit, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is the son of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. However things will pan out for his father, this boy will no doubt have a dazzling future ahead of him with parents like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
This name is more prevalent in Britain than in the US. So if you are planning to raise your children stateside, you’ll surely be giving your son a well-known, but still unique, name.
Meaning: Derived from the Greek language, Alexander means ‘defender of men.’
King Willem-Alexander is the husband of Maxima and King of the Netherlands. Nicknamed Prins Pils, when he was young, the crown prince was undoubtedly better known for his partying lifestyle at University rather than his academic prowess. Now King, he is a well-loved monarch who visibly enjoys attending sports events cheering on various Dutch teams and athletes.
Prince of Sweden Alexander Erik Bertil was born in 2016 as the first child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia.
Because Alexander is a well-known name with historic roots. In fact, Alexander the Great, popes, and Russian emperors were famous bearers of the name.
Meaning: an English form of the Germanic Friedrich, it means ‘peaceful
Married to the Australian-born crown princess Mary, crown Prince
Frederick of Denmark is heir apparent to the Danish throne.
Only appearing in the top 500 of the US baby name charts, this is a truly unique name for your little boy. Also, going with this name gives you a few options to shorten it to Freddie, Fritz, or Fred when he’s young. Frederick is a character name in both Jane Austen’s and Henry James’ novels, as well as in As you Like it by Shakespeare, making it a tremendous literary moniker.
Meaning: Rooted in Old German (Ludwig), this name means ‘famous
This name is shared by Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986), son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Prince Louis of Cambridge (2018), the third child of Prince William and Princess Catherine.
A great name, if you’re looking for something classic with a contemporary feel, Louis has become more common over the years but is still not overused. A solid choice, in fact, if you’re after a unique but historical name with a definite meaning.
Meaning: “lucky, successful” in Latin.
Prince Félix (1984), son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and older brother of Prince Louis of Luxembourg. Prince Felix married Princess Claire of Luxembourg in 2013 and is the father of one daughter, Princess Amalia.
All we can say is, why not? And with a meaning like that, you’ll give your son a great start in life. Only ranking 231 in the US baby name chart, this name is known, but not too popular. Another unique moniker starting with the ever-popular F.
Meaning: Greek for a lover of horses.
King Felipe Vl was born in 1968 and took over as King of Spain in 2014 when his father, King Juan Carlos, abdicated. He married glam news journalist, Letizia Ortiz, and shares two daughters with her.
In its better-known form of Philip, this name was widely used in ancient Greece, as horses were an essential part of life. Choosing this name for your child, you will know it has an ancient heritage. While not overly used in England or the US, it’s a popular choice in Norway, Chile, and Brazil.
Meaning: Old Norse for ‘strong man’.
Prince Carl Philip Edmund Bertil of Sweden, born in 1979 as the second child of the Swedish king and queen. Having married Sofia Hellqvist in 2015, he now lives with her and their two daughters in Stockholm. He has a great interest in the outdoors and graphic design.
Certainly, a good option if you’re looking for a strong but unique name. However, if you have Dutch roots, you might want to opt for Karel or Karl if you’re of Norwegian descent. Charles is the British version, and what could be more royal than the name of the British crown prince?
Meaning: Latin for ‘great’
Prince Sverre Magnus was born in 2005 as the third in line after his sister, Princess Ingrid Alexandra.
A popular name in Scandinavia, this name has always been used for Swedish royals. A unique name for your son with a strong meaning, what’s not to like?
Meaning: Latin for ‘revered’.
Born the youngest of five in 1992, Prince Sébastien Luxembourg graduated in August 2017 and qualified as an Officer Cadet following his training. He is now serving as a platoon commander in the British Army.
An exciting variation on the famous Sebastian, this name certainly makes a great choice if you prefer a French-sounding name.
Meaning: Old Norse for ‘wild’ ‘swinging’ or ’spinning’.
Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway was born in 2005, see above. And we liked his name so much; we chose his first and middle name.
Sverre is a short and straightforward option if you’re looking for a unique name starting with an S.
The moniker isn’t commonplace in the UK or US, but rather more widely used in Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands, making it a great name with a Nordic flavor.
So there you have it, we hope you got some inspiration out of our list of 10 best royal baby boy names. But if you found these names a bit meh, have a look at our 15 Irish boy names, but, spoiler alert, it’s hard not to fall in love with one of them.