The Sweet Meaning Behind the New Royal Baby, Archie Harrison’s Name

We have a royal baby name — and it’s not what we expected. This afternoon, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their son stepped out for the first time as a family of three for an official royal photocall at Windsor Castle. Prior to the exciting introduction, many thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might reveal their baby boy’s name at the press event. However, they waited until after the cameras and members of the media left to share the news themselves on their Instagram account.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Baby Sussex’s name

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” their communication’s team shared with a photo of the new member of the royal family meeting his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for the first time. Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland was also present for the photo opp and gazed lovingly into her first grandchild’s eyes.

What does Archie mean?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised royal fans and betters alike with their son’s name — which was certainly not on the list of top royal baby boy names. Why did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex name their son Archie? It might have something to do with the origin and meaning.

Traditionally, royal parents name their children after prominent members of the royal family. Arthur, Alexander, Philip, and Charles were some of the top picks for Baby Sussex’s name. However, in true Prince Harry and Meghan Markle style, the new parents went rogue and decided to not only name their son a seemingly non-royal name, but also a nickname — which is a big no-no in the royal family.

Although Archie is, in fact, the baby’s full-time, it’s also a nickname for “Archibald” and even “Arthur.” The name Archie could be a nod to King Arthur. However, it is also a German name, which the royal family (specifically, Prince Harry’s beloved grandfather, Prince Philip) has ties to. In Scotland, the name Archibald means “true, bold, and brave.” While Arthur is predominantly known for its English origin — and reference to King Arthur — it means “strong as a bear” in America.

What does Harrison mean?

Harrison is an interesting name for a royal baby, don’t you think? As it turns out, Harrison is actually a popular surname, which translates to “son of Harry.” How fitting for the literal son of Harry! The name Harry means “house protector.”

Why doesn’t Baby Sussex have a royal title?

The biggest difference between this royal baby name announcement and the last three is Baby Sussex’s official royal title — or lack thereof. While the queen could still grant Baby Archie an official title, it appears as though the new member of the royal family will use a last name instead.

The reason for this is likely due to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wishes. However, the royal title rules suggest that only the monarch’s grandchildren receive royal titles. Queen Elizabeth broke the rules for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, given their place in the line of succession and who their father is. Baby Archie is seventh in line to the British throne and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to encourage him to live a more normal life.

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