The Name of the Royal Baby Girl Is…

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Congrats to the royal family! As you no doubt know, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s little princess was born Saturday at 8:34am, weighing 8 lbs, 3 oz.

 The bookies had bets going on Alice, Olivia, and Charlotte for the name of the royal baby girl—some people won big: the name they announced this morning is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The cutie fourth in line for the throne will be known as “Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.”

Let’s take a closer look at the name, shall we?

There’s Charlotte, which, according to the Mom365 baby names database, is “A variation of the English boy’s name Charles, meaning ‘free man.'”

So she’s a “free woman,” named for Grandpa Charles. (Also Kate’s of a generation that read Charlotte’s Web—I’d like to think there’s a tiny nod to a kind-hearted spider in there.)

Elizabeth is clearly named for Queen Elizabeth II, a.k.a., Great Grandma. It’s a Hebrew-derived name that means “God is my oath” or “God is perfection.” I’m guessing this made the Queen pretty thrilled.

And, finally, her poignant third name, Diana, is of course for the grandma she’ll never meet, Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana means “‘light,” “daylight,” and “deity” and derives from the Roman goddess Diana who powerfully ruled the forests, hunting, childbirth, and the moon. That’s the bad-ass name of the bunch, a power she’ll need for the intense scrutiny of the life before her.

All classic, of course, and all strong and beautiful names. Blessings to the family. And welcome, Charlotte!

What do you think of the royal baby name choices?

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Valerie Reiss is the Managing Editor of Mom365.