Which old family name will Princess Eugenie choose for her baby boy?

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We still don’t know the name of Princess Eugenie’s baby! I keep thinking that she’ll announce it on Instagram, like she announced her baby boy’s birth. I still think it will probably happen that way – while the press mocked and screamed at Meghan and Harry for their baby Instagrams, it really was the way to drag the Windsors into modernity. Plus, it would fit with the pandemic vibe to just do a simple IG announcement of the name. Still, I feel like Eugenie probably doesn’t want to announce the name right now, especially considering that Meghan’s lawsuit victory is still dominating headlines. When the announcement comes, what are the odds-on betting favorites for Baby Boy Brooksbank?

As the wait for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank to announce their baby boy’s name continues, a family moniker is leading the betting odds. According to gambling site Betfair, Philip is the favorite in the betting odds for Eugenie and Jack to call their first child with 10/3 odds. The name would have special significance to the new mom as it’s the name of her grandfather, Prince Philip, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in June.

“As we eagerly await the name of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s firstborn son to be revealed, there have been some changes in the betting market in the past day,” Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said. “Philip is still seeing a lot of love and has got even shorter at 10/3, with Royal fans anticipating him being named after his great-grandfather.”

Ladbrokes, another U.K. betting site, places the odds on the name Philip much lower, at 12/1. Ladbrokes also has traditional royal family names as the frontrunners: Arthur (a favorite in the betting odds since Eugenie announced her pregnancy in September) and Frederick are tied at the top (5/1), followed by James (6/1), Edward (8/1) and Albert (8/1).

However, both sites aren’t ruling out a more modern name for Eugenie and Jack’s new addition. Betfair has the odds for Oliver, a top baby boy name in the U.K. last year, now set at 4/1.

[From People]

I really hope they avoid the old, Germanic family names. I also hate to think of a sweet baby in 2021 being named Albert. Come on. I love the name Oliver though, I always have. James is also a great name. I think Beatrice would be the York sister to suck up to her grandparents and name her child Philip, whereas Eugenie might go for a slightly more modern name, or at least a name that isn’t weighed down by centuries of family history. Justin Brooksbank? Jonathan Brooksbank? Isaac Brooksbank? Luke! Lucas. Benjamin Brooksbank! IDK, honestly. Definitely not Andrew though??

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  1. Eenie Googles says:

    John. After his own father.

  2. Sofia says:

    I don’t know why but my mind is stuck on Caspar/Casper for some reason. I can see Andrew being one of the middle names.

    Other contenders for names: George (Jack’s father’s name), John (Jack is a nickname for John), Thomas (maybe more of a middle name as it’s Jack’s brother’s name), Timothy and Philip too. And for a total left field option: Fergus. But maybe for a middle name lol

    • Enny says:

      Jinx Sofia. I actually think Ferguson Brooksbank is a kinda kickass name :) Philip would never make it to his 100th if they did, though 🤣

    • Melissa says:

      George is definitely NOT a contender, lol

      • Becks1 says:

        Right? lol. i’m awful at this and even I know that.

        Except that I did insist that there was no way the Cambridges would use Louis for #3 since its one of George’s names and lo and behold, Prince Louis, lol.

      • Sofia says:

        They certainly can use it as a middle name if they want.

        But yeah it’s likely that George won’t be any of the names.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The BRF tend to avoid John as a name. Immediately makes people think of King John of the Magna Carta. Or Prince John, youngest of George V and Mary of Teck. Forgotten, shoved off to, hidden, or ‘lovingly removed from the public eye’ at Sandringham once his epilepsy started showing.

  3. Amy Bee says:

    If the name is announced over instagram, there will be grumblings from the press. It would seem that the press weren’t happy that Eugenie announced the birth via Instagram. Camilla Tominey wrote a piece talking about Eugenie following in the Sussexes footsteps. As for names, she probably won’t name him Andrew either.

    • Becks1 says:

      And the funny thing about that to me is that George’s birth was announced via Twitter and it was considered “modern.” I do remember some grumblings from the press, since they had been camped out waiting for an announcement, but overall it was a sense of “new age of modern royals” with only a few remarking on how this was “william’s way of sticking it to the press.”

      So announcing on IG shouldnt be the shocker that the RRs are pretending it is.

  4. Cecilia says:

    Im surprised the press haven’t complained yet about the fact that they don’t know the baby’s name yet. I honestly think oliver would be nice. Old school enough to fit royalty, yet modern

    • minx says:

      IIRC it took a full week for William’s name to be released in June 1982. I remember thinking, are we ever going to know it?

    • BarbN says:

      I like the name Oliver as well, but given the connection to Oliver Cromwell, it would surprise me if they chose that name.
      Just a little factoid – my late husband was descended from Oliver Cromwell. He was a good man and I loved him dearly, but he did inherit something of the Cromwell prudishness and the intimate side of our marriage suffered for it…
      Sorry if that is TMI

  5. Enny says:

    Oliver Cromwell led an uprising against the king. To many he is a hero, to the royal family it might be an association that’s “just not done.” 🤷🏼‍♀️

  6. Belli says:

    It’s been more than two days and they haven’t done a photocall! Outrageous! We paid for your wedding now show us your baby! We own you!

    ^^ All the things I haven’t heard screeched by press yet. Interesting.

    I think they’ll go traditional with names, but not stuffy traditional. Something that’s not usually used by the family too, like Robert or Thomas or Daniel or something like that.

  7. Seraphina says:

    I like the name Philip. I also like the names mentioned above. Frederick would be nice too. Adding her FIL’s name would be a nice nod to the groom’s family. We gave our kids family names (tradition in our culture) and some have said how old fashioned the names sound. Our kids own their names and they love what we chose. The children have neither turned out stuffy or old fashioned. In fact, they show us how to use some of the newest technology. 🤣😂😁
    Congrats to the happy couple on their new born son.

    • JT says:

      I hope they do something as a nod to Jack’s family. The palace brith announcement just said that he was present. I’m like, no shit he was present, it’s his baby too!

    • Becks1 says:

      My boys are both named after family as well, but they arent super old fashioned names (well, my oldest is the same name as a future future king, LOL.) My second has a more old fashioned name (well its a very 1950s name) and some people do comment on it but I love it. So at any rate I’m not opposed to family names, but I do think Eugenie is going to go for something more modern for the first name.

      I think Beatrice will lean into the family names a bit more.

      • Seraphina says:

        Mine tell me all the time they are happy that their name is unique. I was like, really? They say: Yes, it’s in history books but in school no one has the name. I believe it’s in how each individual chooses to perceive it. Sometimes we adults put our own bias on some things and the kids are completely oblivious to what we see.

    • Malificent says:

      My son’s first and middle names are from family members. I named him for the two best people that I knew. But I anglicized his first name because the original spelling would be unpronouncable for most Americans, and sounds very close to a girl’s name in English. That would have been a double-whammy on the playground.

      • Seraphina says:

        It’s wonderful, at least for me, to tell my kids they are named after people I love and respect.

      • TaraBest says:

        My first and middle name are the same as my mom’s best friend growing up. She always loved the name and, of course, her friend. I love that I’m named after someone my mom loved! And while my name is not unique, it is less common and I’ve always appreciated that.

      • BarbN says:

        I like the idea of Phillip for the baby, maybe with John as a middle name. Although “Phillip John Brooksbank” sorta makes me think of someone who is rather stuffy and old-fashioned, so…maybe not. I don’t remember what other names Andrew has, but perhaps Eugenie can honor her father by using one of them. And I love the idea of Ferguson!
        On the subject of my own name, I think I was named after a girl my dad had a secret crush on in high school, as there is no record of my name (Barbara) in our family tree. (My dad was very shy in high school and did not have much of a dating life.)
        There are several very attractive Barbaras in his 1939 graduating class (it was a very popular name in the 1920′s and then in my era, the baby boom). I never liked the name much, but I get a kick out of believing that in his romantic soul he wanted to remember a special “Barbara” by giving me the name.

  8. Becks1 says:

    Well you all know I am SO BAD at guessing names for the royal babies, lol, but I dont think its going to be Phillip or Andrew, but I wouldnt be surprised if Phillip was a middle name.

    I se them going for something nonroyal for the first name, like Harry and Meghan did. Eugenie grew up with an old-fashioned name and I dont think she’s going to push that on her kids. I dont know what names are popular currently in the UK, but if they were in the US I could see it being Benjamin, Oliver or Noah – names that are traditional and not “out there” at all but are still pretty trendy right now.

    I dont think it will be James because Eugenie has a cousin named that and I dont think it will be Arthur because Pippa Middleton’s son is named that – and we all know there is no love lost between Eugenie and the Middletons.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I could see Hugh, which is Jack’s father’s middle name. I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrew was in there, because that was Philip’s father’s name. Always weird to me QEII&Philip named one of their son’s after Philip’s absent-and-abusive father Andrew.

    • molly says:

      I think (hope!) they’ll follow Meghan/Harry and Zara/Peter and go with something non-royal. I could see Phillip for the middle. Oliver Phillip Brooksbank is pretty cute.

  9. Twin falls says:

    I hope they use Stamp as his first name.

  10. Chaine says:

    I wish they would name him something completely un-Royal like Jayden or Dakota, lol.

    • BarbN says:

      Chaine, I lol’d at your post – let’s have a Dakota Jayden Brayden Aiden Cayden Brooksbank in the extended royal family! Too funny!

  11. grabbyhands says:

    I have nothing to contribute to the conversation except that when I looked closely at one of the wedding photos of her husband he looked like Benedict Cumberbatch and Josh O’Connor had a baby.

  12. Murphy says:

    They can name it whatever they want, EXCEPT Andrew.

  13. PlayItAgain says:

    I’m going with Albert. Bertie Brooksbank is exactly the type of nickname those English boarding schools would love.

  14. Digital Unicorn says:

    I like Albert, esp when you can shorten it to Bertie.

    I can totally see them picking a non family name.

  15. tcbc says:

    I’m going to guess Hugo, but I have no reason behind it.

  16. PEARL GREY says:

    My money’s on Theodore and Cecil.

  17. Maliksmama says:

    Heath. Ariel. Eric. Jeremy. A-aron.

    I love the name “Heath”.

  18. Emmitt says:

    The kid will be Andrew Brooksbank and the press will fawn over how lovely it is Eugenie named the boy after her father.

  19. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    She should name him “Jeffrey” in honor of her dad’s good friend.

  20. Julia K says:

    Wonder if she had a planned CSection. 3 days in hospital with an 8:55 delivery time? 8 pound baby.

  21. The Recluse says:

    I’m wondering how much of an influence Sarah will have on this.

  22. Curryong says:

    I just can’t see Eugenie and Jack going the strictly traditional family route for names, except perhaps Philip or Andrew (Ugh!) as middle names along with Stamp.
    It’s more likely to be in my opinion something upperclass and vaguely trendy, like Leo, Sebastian, Alistair or Felix. A name that will blend in with future schoolmates and not be too out there.