What Do Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Top Baby Name Choices Say About Baby Sussex?

The birth of baby Sussex is right around the corner and there is still a lot that we don’t know about the youngest royal.

We don’t know the baby’s gender, due date, or even its name. Luckily for us, we do have a few leads on what the baby’s name and gender could be.

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What are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first choices for names?

Fans have been relentless in sniffing out any clues that could lead them to the baby’s name. Normally their search efforts come up empty, but recently someone may have caught on to a way to figure out royal baby names.

On the royal family’s website, each member is given their own page. These pages can be found by typing in Royal.uk/(royal person’s name.) If you type in a name that doesn’t belong to a royal family member, you will be taken to an error page.

Recently, someone got the idea to try out other royal names to see if a page had already been created for baby Sussex. When the person tried the url with “/prince-arthur,” “/prince-alexander,” and “/prince-james,” all three domains redirected them back to the homepage, instead of sending them to the error notice.

This led fans to believe, not only that baby Sussex will be a boy, but that he may be named James, Arthur, or Alexander.

Not wanting the name to be leaked before Markle and Harry could announce it, the palace released a statement.

“A large number of search term redirects were set up some time ago on royal.uk,” a palace spokesperson told Yahoo UK. “This was in order to improve user experience. For guidance, you will note that other names preceded by ‘prince’ or ‘princess’ produce the same result.”

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the names aren’t top contenders.

What does James mean?

Names are extremely important. They are how the world addresses you and they all have meaning. So, what does James mean?

According to Baby Center, James is “a classic boys’ name derived from the Hebrew name Jacob. It means “supplanter,” one who follows. In the 17th century, the Scottish king James VI inherited the English throne, becoming the first ruler of all Britain, and the name became much more popular.”

It is also the 11th most popular boy name this year, according to the outlet.

What does Arthur mean?

Their next choice, Arthur is a strong, noble name.

The name is “noble, courageous; possibly related to the obscure Roman family name Artorius. Other possible sources include an Irish Gaelic word meaning ‘stone,’ and artos, the Celtic word for ‘bear'”, Babble.com states. “Most English speakers will associate this name with legendary King Arthur. Also, from the Icelandic, meaning a follower of Thor, the Norse god of war.”

What does Alexander mean?

Alexander is also a strong name choice.

The name is “Greek for ‘defender of men,'” according to Baby Center. “Countless kings and emperors named Alexander have ruled since the time of the ancient Greeks.”

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