Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Choose an American Name for Their Baby?

Even though Meghan Markle hails from Hollywood, it’s unlikely she’ll name her firstborn baby with Prince Harry something wild like Apple, Blue Ivy, or Moon Unit. Still, Markle’s unique lineage as compared to other members of British aristocracy could mean she has different taste in baby names. Plus, Meghan Markle hasn’t been afraid to shake things up since becoming the Duchess of Sussex.

It’s hard to imagine Meghan Markle choosing a very traditional name like George or Louis, even though her brother-in-law Prince William did just that. But it’s equally difficult to picture Baby Sussex being saddled with an offbeat name like Jayden. Also, that would be against the rules.

What will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their precious new bundle of joy? People have some serious predictions.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Karwai Tang/WireImage

What is the most likely name for Baby Sussex?

As the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s birth draws closer, people are furiously speculating over what the name will be – and some are even putting money on it. Bookies report a ridiculous number of bets being placed on names for both boys and girls since so far, no one (except maybe the couple themselves) knows the baby’s gender.

Some top choices for girl names include Victoria, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexandra, Alice, and of course, Diana. It’s widely assumed that Prince Harry’s mother will be honored in some way with the name even if it’s not her first name.

If the new little royal is a boy, top contenders include Arthur, James, Edward, Alexander, Philip, and James. There’s a rumor that the couple could name a boy Spencer to honor Princess Diana’s maiden name, which would be incredibly sweet.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images

Does the Queen have to approve the new baby’s name?

Royal tradition dictates that Queen Elizabeth must know about the new baby’s potential name before the child is born. While the Queen doesn’t pick the name for them, her opinion on their selection is seen as very important, and they’d most likely not choose a name she hated.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Royal tradition means picking a name from the royal family’s extensive lineage. Sorry to anyone who thought Meghan Markle might buck tradition and select something whimsical for a daughter like Summer or Rain – it’s just not going to happen.

Marrying into the royal family means following certain rules, including naming conventions. While the Duchess of Sussex isn’t afraid to be herself, there are certain important rules she always follows. Baby naming is probably one of them.

Traditional names are back in style

With a royal lineage that dates back centuries, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have plenty of names to choose from. And, when they choose a traditional name like Elizabeth or Edward for their bundle of joy, they’ll be following a tradition that’s catching on in America, too.

More and more American parents are selecting older, traditional names for the children in recent years. Charlotte – the name Prince William and Kate Middleton chose for their only daughter – was trending in the United States even before the Duchess of Cambridge picked it. Now it’s more popular than ever.

Even though Meghan Markle won’t select an “American” name for her baby, anything she picks will certainly be trending in the United States by the next day. Guaranteed.