Top 10 royal baby names voted for revealed
With the newest member of the royal family due any day now, royal baby fever is sweeping the nation as Kate and William prepare for the arrival of their third child. Thousands of parents have voted this week in a popular new poll created by leading pregnancy support resource for mums-to-be and new parents, Emma’s Diary, to predict the most likely name for the little Prince or Princess. A popular choice with the bookies, Alice has taken the top spot for girls with almost half (47%) of parents believing it’s a done deal. While more than a third of parents (35%) say that Kate and William will name their child Arthur if it is a boy.
Securing the second and third most popular spot for a baby girl, parents voted for Victoria (17%) and Alexandra (11%) respectively. If the next member of the royal family is a boy, 24% of parents say the baby will be named James (in second place) with 14% saying Albert will make the grade.
This latest opinion comes amidst the ‘favourite’ baby name odds from the bookies being Alice, Arthur and Victoria over recent weeks, but the top spot for a girl has been very recently replaced with Mary, one of the Queen’s middle names (now at 3/1 as of today). Despite this, of the thousands of parents who voted in the Emma’s Diary poll this week, only 3% chose Mary as the front-runner with almost half being certain that Alice is going to pip the post as the most likely girls name. For boys, Albert, Arthur and Frederick still remain strong contenders with the bookies today at (14/1) but Frederick didn’t make the top 10 for the UK parent vote.
Faye Mingo, Marketing Director at Emma’s Diary commented: “As many wait with anticipation for news of the imminent royal birth, thousands of parents across the country have eagerly made their own baby name predictions. With Alice and Arthur ranking at the top spot in this latest poll, it will be interesting to see how this compares with the bookies odds over the next few days not to mention the potential influence that the new royal baby name may have on parents naming their own babies this season.”
The nation is also reportedly placing bets on the baby’s predicted birth weight as well as on the due date of the baby, although it’s common knowledge that these predictions are a complete gamble, particularly in the case of the baby’s due date (which hasn’t been officially announced):
Sally Goodwin, Hospital Midwife, told Emma’s Diary “It is perfectly normal for women like Kate to focus on their due date at this stage of pregnancy and it’s understandable to feel disappointed if baby has not arrived by this date, but it’s worth remembering that only 5% of babies are actually born on this estimated date of birth.”
The Queen’s own name, Elizabeth made the top 10 list for girls names as did Diana and Catherine. Harry (being sited as the most popular boy’s name for 2018 according to a poll earlier in the year from Emma’s Diary) made the top 10 predictions, as did Phillip.
The top 10 royal girls names voted for by UK parents are:
The top 10 royal boys names voted for by UK parents are: