Will Prince Harry & Meghan name their baby girl ‘Lily’ after ‘Lilibet’ the Queen?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Bondi Beach

We already discussed the possibility/probability that “Diana” is likely in the mix of baby names for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Whatever they name their baby girl, I’m sure it will be pretty unexpected though. “Archie Harrison” was a complete surprise for most people, myself included, and I don’t even think the British gamblers had much money riding on it. Lil’ Montecito will be born in California, and I do feel like her name will be more… American. American-friendly. But now sources think “Lily” is in the mix, because it could be a shortened form of Lilibet, which was Philip’s name for the Queen.

Royal watchers have speculated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may name their second child Lily in a bid to build bridges with the Queen. Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle originally guessed that they would choose Diana to pay tribute to his later mother, after the couple announced during their interview with Oprah that they are expecting a girl.

However, speculation has now turned to Lily – which BoyleSports revealed moved from 66/1 to 25/1, following strong support over the weekend. Fans believe the couple may opt for the name to honour the Queen, whose nickname was ‘Lilibet’ as a young princess. The nickname was given to Her Majesty as a child and is used by her closest family members, including the late Duke of Edinburgh throughout their 73-year marriage.

Sarah Kinsella, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented: ‘Diana is the clear favourite in our market but that hasn’t put punters off predicting some other potential names. Lily is the biggest mover of the week into 25/1 from 66/1 while Grace tumbled into 16/1 from 50/1 last week as royal watchers continue to speculate with some well-based theories.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Eh. I feel like Diana is a stronger contender overall, as is Doria. Their more immediate urge would be to recognize their mothers, not the Queen. But what do I know? I do think a flower name could be a contender, and clearly, we’ve seen that Meghan does a lot of research on flowers and their meanings. Lily. Holly. ROSE. Dahlia. Rosemary. Daisy. Lavender. Iris. Daffodil. Violet. Delphinium. Daisy Diana Mountbatten-Windsor?

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  1. Normades says:

    I wouldn’t bet on Lily, but I think Diana will definitely be the middle name.

    • Tanguerita says:

      Charlotte’s second and third names are Elizabeth Diana, I am not sure they would want to go with either. If Lily sounds good to me.

      • Elvie says:

        Isla Phillips and Lena Tindall also have the middle name Elizabeth along with Zara, Beatrice and Louise so I wouldn’t be shocked if Elizabeth was a middle name. I highly doubt first name would be Lily though.

      • Yvette says:

        I think they might name her Elizabeth Diana Doria Mountbatten-Windsor. Harry really is quite fond of his grandmother and it was his great-grandmother’s name as well.

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        Whatever sweet name they choose, I just feel for those kids learning to spell “Mountbatten-Windsor” when they are ready to enter school, AND to try and fit it all in the name boxes at the top of multiple choice tests lol.

      • Becks1 says:

        @TheOG – I think about that a lot, lol. Sussex would be so much easier.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Agreed about the middle name. It would be too weird as a first name. I love the name Lily but I can’t see them using a name the bookies are selling odds on. I think they should go with a unique unexpected first name. Diana as the middle name. They don’t really need to honor Doria with a name. She’s still alive and will have a very close relationship with the baby. Baby girl can choose for herself how she honors Doria someday.

      • BABSORIG says:

        I don’t think they’ll go for either Diana or Elizabeth or even Lily. And FWIT, there are no bridges to mend between queenie and the Sussexes, the DM is tripping.
        I think they’ll go for names like Skylar etc. They’ll definitely surprise us like they did with Archie.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Oh ffs, I hope not Skylar or any other trendy name. For a new little member of the BRF it needs to be a classic name.

    • Lex says:

      There is no way they will give their child the first name Diana or Doria. Like 0% chance.

  2. OriginalLala says:

    I love flower names, all my cats have flower names, and yes Lily is one of them lol.

  3. Sunshine says:

    My guess is Poppy. The national flower of California.

    • Laalaa says:

      And really common in England! And a meaningful flower, too

    • L84Tea says:

      I think that is the most adorable name. There is a little girl who lives on my street named Poppy and her name just makes me smile every time I hear it.

    • Becks1 says:

      I love Poppy, and Archie and Poppy are seriously cute together.

      • Chica says:

        In America A Poppy will get called puppy, poopy 💩, Popcorn, and/or Pop goes the weasel. These are my observations from working w/in children’s education here.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Chica aw that makes me sad to hear. I know a few Poppy’s and so far, so good as far as I know.

    • Normades says:

      Poppies are the “never forget” symbol for UK veterans so I could totally see this.

      • Jais says:

        What were the pink flowers on her vax live dress? I think I read they were poppy…

      • equality says:

        Poppies are also used for remembrance in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and the US. The tradition dates back to WWI and the poem “In Flanders Field” written by a Canadian, John McCrae.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        Side note: red poppies are used to remember the servicemen and women lost to wars. Purple poppies commemorate the service animals who died in wars. I think it is really lovely to have two symbols of remembrance for all who served.

      • Ann says:

        That’s a very good point. I used to dislike the name because my cousin married a girl named Poppy who was really snobby to all of us, but I’ve come around to it. I kind of like it now, and it would be fitting given that Harry is a veteran.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @Jais – yes, they were poppies. The California poppy is the CA state flower (as well as used in remembrance).

    • swirlmamad says:

      Reading all these comments here, I can totally see Poppy too! It IS cute and goes well with Archie.

      • Soupie says:

        I like Lily Doriana Mountbatten-Windsor. Poppy is nice too.

        Whatever it is, Im sensing that it will be very feminine and suggest strength.

    • Bettyrose says:

      I love Poppy as a name! (But I’m a California native). How do we make this happen?

      • lanne says:

        yes, but knowing the tabloids, we would get this headline:

        “Is Meghan endorsing drugs? Markle names her daughter after the flower responsible for the opiate epidemic around the world. How many people will die on “Poppy’s” birthday?”

        You know those heffas will go there. You just know.

      • Sunday says:

        @Ianne, if they did then I think there would be widespread backlash in the UK because the poppy is used very significantly in their annual remembrance days so disparaging that would reveal them as even biggest hypocrites than they already are and would be squashed fairly quickly. So, while it’s not any better, I think that they’d forego any drug correlation and instead focus on whether she’s co-opting the memory of deceased service members, which is equally asinine but which cloaks the criticism in the veil of respectability and tradition.

        anyway, I do like the name Poppy, and I think it matches Archie in spirit and cadence so I’m all for it.

      • lanne says:

        @Sunday: when has logic ever ruled the tabloids? They wrote an article criticizing Meghan for sitting cross-legged when Princess Anne was seated 3 chairs over cross-legged as well.

        I contend that 1 tabloid would criticize her for the drug connection to poppies, another would criticize her for “Mocking service members” and another for “giving a child a name with the letter P because she’s disrespecting Prince Phillip” and another to criticize the name Poppy because it sounds like Papa and what about her dad? These articles would all appear on the same day.

    • Elvie says:

      Oh I love this guess!

    • Nick G says:

      @Sunshine I feel like you got it

    • Case says:

      I love this idea. Poppy is such a sweet name (and quite British, too!).

      • Lori says:

        My guess nearly a month ago was Poppy Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Poppy to honour her father’s service. And its something that cant be stripped from him at the whim of his asshole family. Middle name as something that is serviceable if they decide to dump the Mountbatten-Windsors altogether. If Chuck or Will come for his titles I al telling you Harry will drop their last name too. He will go there. Harrison is set up with the perfect new last name. And I wouldn’t put it past them to give it to the new baby too. Or Frances. Honors his mother and sets baby up with a surname if they need it.

    • Rapunzel says:

      The state flower, you mean. That’s the golden California poppy only, not all poppies, btw.

      But I like Poppy Mountbatten Windsor as a name.

      • bettyrose says:

        True, but in the Wizard of Oz movie, it’s California golden poppies, not Afgani opium poppies, that get them all stoned, and I think that’s given us all weird associations. :-)

    • liz says:

      That would be a cute choice. One of the girls in my Kiddo’s homeroom at school is British and she’s called Poppy. It’s not the actual first name on her birth certificate, but I’ve never heard her called anything else.

    • Becks1 says:

      Poppy could also be a nickname for Penelope, who was a figure in Greek mythology, which would fit in with the name Archewell, in a way, if we stretch it, lol.

      • Miriam says:

        My daughter is Penelope, Poppy for short, and I absolutely ADORE her names. :)

      • Lady D says:

        I think Poppy is really so cute, and Penelope isn’t a very common name either. I don’t think I know a single Penelope. I do volunteer with a (just) Penny.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Would that be seen as naming a daughter after Penny Knatchbull?

  4. Katy says:

    I was thinking the other day how their whole brand and foundation is built around Archewell which includes Archie in it and its meaning, and how weird it will be for a second kid to have no connection or link to any of that name wise unless they name her something close to or similar, which they probably won’t. Or maybe they will change the name of their band to incorporate her?

    I always wonder about that in families, where the first born/their name sets the tone for every thing and everyone else is chopped liver! Lol spoken like a true middle child, I know!

    • Sunday says:

      That’s true, but Meghan is such a thoughtful person that I’m sure she and Harry will more than make up for that; baby Sussex definitely won’t be made to feel like chopped liver. Maybe they’ll setup another foundation or subsidiary of Archewell and name it after her? Or, who knows, Archie is the ‘Arch’ part, maybe they’ll name her Jewel-with-two-lls to cover the ‘well’?

    • Merricat says:

      I am pretty sure Baby Girl Sussex will have her own foundation.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        That was my thought as well. They have so many coals in the fire, I can see another charity organization tied to her name.

        And these so-called royal watchers are so full of sh#t, “their second child Lily in a bid to build bridges with the Queen.”
        They have no issue with TQ, so having made this comment, it just sickens me!

  5. Amy Bee says:

    Probably not. Like Archie, they won’t give the baby any royal names. I don’t think Diana is in the running either.

    • jen d. says:

      I think you’re right. They aren’t going to go with tradition. The people who are trying to bet on a name are going to be disappointed.

    • Mac says:

      I hope Diana isn’t in the running. It has too much baggage attached to it.

    • MF1 says:

      Agree. I think they’ll want their girl to have an identity beyond the RF. If they name her Diana or Lily, the press will write stories for the rest of her life about how her name is a tribute to Harry’s mother or grandmother. I don’t think they’d want to saddle her with that burden.

    • JanetDR says:

      I think it is too much to name a child after a living grandparent, even for a middle name. I don’t hate Lily, it’s cute but I am rooting for something that is not being bet on!

    • Ania says:

      I agree. No royal names, no names after grandparents. They haven’t run for the hills to play Keens and name their children like future monarchs. I’m betting something cute and simple. Maybe some variation on Megs name.

    • Antonym says:

      My vote (subject to change based on whims of fancy) is Lilli Artemis Mountbatten-Windsor

  6. Sofia says:

    Archie is considered an upper class name especially amongst the Scottish aristos so I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happens again (another upper class name). However I don’t think they’ll use Diana. I think they might use Frances (Francesca has always been my favourite) as a way to honour Diana in her name without giving their daughter Diana’s name. And they may do something related to Doria as a middle/first name.

    Or they could just go fully Scandinavian and use “Meghansdottir”/“Harridottir” as a middle name (I kid, I kid)

  7. Lauren says:

    I love the name Lily, but I don’t think that that’s a contender. Diana for a middle name probably, Doria as well. I love the names Dahlia and Holly!

  8. Cecilia says:

    I think they will go for something unexpected yet british. Just like archie. However i hope they don’t name her like anything that could be traced back to the queen. I really like the name Marie. A more modern form of Mary.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Traces back to Queen Mary/May of Teck, the Queen’s paternal grandmother. And it is one QEII’s names, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.

      • Anners says:

        If they’re going to honour the queen (please no) then I hope they go with Alexandra. Archie and Lexie sound cute together. Alexandra Poppy mountbatten-windsor lol

  9. P says:

    I hope they dont name their baby as that old crow.

  10. Snuffles says:

    I mean, I’m having a blast guessing, but I feel certain it will be something out of left field that no one has guessed.

    I only hope the name is as far away from the royal family or posh Brit as humanly possible. Like give her a hippie (like Rainbow, Cloud or Dream) or a traditional African name (like Malika or Ade), or something that screams CALIFORNIA!

  11. whateveryousay says:

    Doubtful. They won’t do that to a kid. And there’s no way the baby has the name Diana in any form either.

    • molly says:

      Totally. (Plus, Diana is objectively an old fashion name that’s not that cute. Meghan would never.)

  12. Becks1 says:

    I like the name Lily and wouldn’t be surprised if it was a contender, even if it has nothing to do with the queen. I also like Ella and think Archie and Ella sound pretty together.

    the name Archie had no royal or family connections as far as I know so I”m not sure the daughter’s first name will either.

    • Jenn says:

      There is already an Ella in the royal family. Princes Michael of Kent’s daughter is called Gabriella ‘Ella’ Windsor.

      • Sunshine says:

        Why would she use the racist Michael of Kent’s daughter’s name😬

      • Becks1 says:

        I’m not sure Meghan is that worried about Harry’s second cousin’s name.

        I mean we’re all just spitballing here, calm down people, I’m not suggesting she name the daughter Kent or something.

      • HeyJude says:

        Oh come now, no one in the general public outside of the very narrow circles of the upper crust or extreme royal watcher has any idea who the Kents or Gabriella Windsor even are.

        They won’t be a consideration at all if Harry & Meghan want to use that name.

    • Sure says:

      I too like Ella because when “Archie” and “Ella” are said together the names remind me of Archewell and I think it would be a fitting way to incorporate their daughter’s name in the name of their foundation.

      • jenjamTX says:

        I was thinking that too, but with Ellen. I think Ella is too trendy in the US.

      • Malificent says:

        I’m an Ellen, and it’s completely out of style in the US, even though Ella and Ellie are trendy. The only young Ellen I know is a teenager named after her grandmother. People used to comment that my nickname, Ellie, was so old-fashioned back before the older names came back in style. Now, I’m a middle-aged woman with a hipster kid’s name.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Gives too much of a Cinderella or Ella Enchanted vibe though? They could go with Leonor or Eleanor, which is in a couple of royal families now (Spain, Sweden).

      • Becks1 says:

        I love Eleanor! And honestly, I love Elizabeth too, but I don’t think they’ll use it. I don’t have girls, but my girl name was going to be Eleanor until my husband nixed it lol and then it was going to be Elizabeth (after his grandmother) but with either one I would have called her Ellie.

        Alas, as it is, no girls, so I have a Baldimort, lol.

      • L84Tea says:

        @Becks1, I have a niece named Eleanor and she goes by Ellie! :-)

      • OzJennifer says:

        My only daughter is Eleanor. Some of her friends call her Ellie, but she’s always Eleanor to me. It’s a beautiful name!

      • Ann says:

        I love Eleanor as a name. And Eleanor Roosevelt, a great role model! I like the name Ella but it is so common among my daughter’s age group, I’d prefer something a little different.

        I’m sure they’ll choose something lovely.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Ella is also the Clooney’s daughter’s name, I think for Ella Fitzgerald.

  13. Maria says:

    A small part of me wants them to name her Diana Frances just to piss the RR’s and William off, LOL.

  14. FC says:

    I love Lily, Poppy and Violet. My guess is Diana and Doria will be middle names. Totally on board with this.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Those three are popular flower names that have a bit of “Britishness” to them, so there’s the nod to Harry’s side. I dig it. And IDK, I don’t think Diana or Doria (or a combo of the two) will be the middle names, but I can definitely see them using a D name to acknowledge both women.

  15. Alexandria says:

    I’ll go with Ariel or Arielle.
    1) Starts with Ar
    2) Can blend with Archewell
    3) Their little mermaid fairy tale

    Arielle Poppy Mountbatten-Windsor does sound cute hahah.

    I think they might still surprise us though, which I love lol. Just no Betty and Veronica please…

    • Tanguerita says:

      I hope not, it would be such a sugary tacky choice.

      • ib says:

        Haha that’s a little harsh! Ariel is a very old biblical and Hebrew/Jewish name. It means lion of god. I lots of amazing Jewish classmates from college named Ariel who are all working in international development doing absolutely game changing things.

      • Myra says:

        I don’t have anything tacky about the name Arielle. Maybe because I’m reading it in French but even in English it doesn’t sound bad. That said, if they want to honour someone, I hope it’s Diana and not Elisabeth.

      • Ann says:

        I’m Jewish and I know a couple of Ariels my daughter’s age. Many people don’t know it’s Hebrew origins though, they think of Arielle from The Little Mermaid, which happens to be a Disney animated movie I can’t stand, lol.

    • Amelie says:

      My mom had Ariel/Arielle in the mix for me until my dad nixed it because Ariel is the brand of a laundry detergent in France and all he could think of was laundry when he heard the name lol. I was so mad as a toddler when I found out as The Little Mermaid came out when I was only a year old and of course I wanted to be a mermaid haha.

  16. mstar says:

    portmanteau both mums names… Diaria!!!!! jk jk but lily would be cute

    • Kristen820 says:

      So I know you were making a joke, but I think Diaria (pronounced Dee-ARE-ia) is actually really pretty!

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        But you just KNOW how that’ll get butchered by teachers and kids at school teasing her 😜

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        @Jan- omg think of how some little turds high pronounce it “diarrhea.” A definite no-no.

      • JP says:

        It won’t even be the kids saying it wrong, it’ll be Piers and all the other racist jerks!

    • EliseM says:

      @mstar……OMG I about spit my coffee out ! You gave me a good chuckle with Diaria. Anyway, I hope they incorporate more of Meghan’s roots naming the daughter. It shouldn’t always be the Royal way.

  17. Couch potato says:

    They could go for a mix of both their mothers namy like Doriana, but I doubt it. I think we’ll be just as surprised by Lil’ Montecito’s name as we were with Archie.

  18. heygingersnaps says:

    daily fail doesn’t know anything and is just trying to get more clicks

  19. swirlmamad says:

    I can definitely see a flower name making the cut. I don’t think Diana will be the middle name, but I’d bet money on Spencer — a less traditional way to honor H’s mother. Or maybe they will do a “D” name to honor both grandmothers. I hope they DON’T combine the two names to make a middle name….I don’t like how any of the variations mentioned sound, lol.

    ETA: I don’t know why but I was thinking about it and the name Ruby came to me the other day as a name they might pick. Guess we’ll see!

  20. aquarius64 says:

    The Fail is pushing for Phillipa, after the late DoE. But that is Pippa’s full name. Lily is a pretty choice though. I’m still pulling for Lloyce Frances, the middle names for both grandmothers. Definitely no names from Meghan’s paternal family.

  21. Lizzie says:

    My random guess is Georgia, beautiful name and tribute to the queens father and George Floyd.

    • Jenn says:

      But also Prince George.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah, I don’t think they are going to name it anything close to any of the Cambridge kids – so no Georgia, no Phillipa because of Pippa M, etc.

  22. ab says:

    Lily or Poppy would be cute! But my daughter has an uncommon flower name so I’m hoping they don’t get too creative with it and make my kid’s name become popular lol.

    • Lucy says:

      Mine do too! Nicknames are Rosie and Lilly, if we had another (WHICH WE WON’T) the names Violet and Zinnia are in play for me. Marigold would be there except it relates too much to my firstborns name. Poppy would be super cute if they went there.

      • ab says:

        Zinnia would be a gorgeous name! Violet was top of my list but my husband had an ex named Violet so I didn’t get to use it lol.

  23. harla says:

    Yesterday I read that they were going to name their daughter Phillipa in honor of Phillip so I agree that the tabloids have no idea and are simply guessing for clickbait. All that being said I do like the name Lily so if they want to name her that, it’s okay with me.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They could name her Alice for Philip’s mother.

      • Sunday says:

        Alice has a very Sussex vibe, I can see it being high on their list. I like it, Archie and Alice has a nice ring to it.

      • Ann says:

        My niece is named Alice, after her father’s mother (my sister’s mother-in-law). It was very unusual when she was born, in the 90s, but it’s become more popular again. It’s a lovely name.

      • Malificent says:

        I’m also betting on Alice in the mix.

  24. notasugarhere says:

    I hope they don’t use Diana, Frances, or Spencer. All of which are burdens, not an homage. ‘Diana’ is a burden in general, bad enough having the global burden of being one of her two granddaughters. Diana was at war with her Spencer relatives most of her marriage and at her death, so no on Spencer. And she hated her mother, Frances, most of her life.

    • Becks1 says:

      What I could see them doing is giving the child a name (first or middle) that starts with D, to honor both Diana and Doria. I think that is more likely than either Diana or Spencer being part of the name.

  25. notasugarhere says:

    If they used ‘Lily’ I think it would be because it was Diana’s fav flower, not because of QEII.

    • swirlmamad says:

      I thought her fave flower was forget-me-nots, no?

      • notasugarhere says:

        That’s the meaning of Sentebale, Forget-Me-Not, but I think it is more of an association of ‘Let’s not forget our mothers’ from Harry and Seeiso. W&K put lilies on Charlotte’s christening coin because they were Diana’s fav.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @notasugarhere, Gotcha. You learn something new about the royals every day, esp on this site!

  26. Mooney says:

    I think it’ll be a huge surprise just like Archie. Flower names are cute and I think popular in both USA and UK. I’m up for anything as long as little princess has Meghan in her middle names.

    What if she’s actually going to be named Poppy and Meghan is already hinting at it?
    What her name it’d be, it’s going to be mind-blowing for both fans and haters.

  27. Lilwah says:

    Deedee😉

  28. Seraphina says:

    What would rock their boat is if they choose Artemis – the Greek myth equivalent of Diana in Roman Myth,

  29. Jan says:

    Harry asked a girl in Australia her name, she said Harriet, he told her it’s a beautiful name, so that’s my pick May 12. 🧑🏼‍🦰

    • Lizzie says:

      Great guess!

    • swirlmamad says:

      Ha — now you mention it, I COULD see them using Harriet as a middle name, esp since Archie’s middle name is Harrison!

    • Alexandria says:

      Wow…I thought of Harriet Tubman when you mentioned this. Nice guess!

    • Desert Lizard says:

      That could be. During Meghan’s first pregnancy, Harry met a boy at a walkabout and asked his name. He said, “Archie” and Harry liked that name. I really hope they don’t name her Harriet. I don’t think Harry needs to “brand” his kids as his kids although I love Archie Harrison’s name. I hope it is something really unexpected.

      • Jais says:

        Just had a thought. Harriet could be her first name, Harry for short, and she would then become Princess Harry. Lol not sure that’s the best idea but it’s an idea.

      • swirlmamad says:

        It IS kind of cheesy, Harry “branding” his kids as his own as you say, but then again it’s occurred to me that that is purposefully done — as an FU to all the detractors who are so eager for him to ditch his family in favor of returning to the Firm.

  30. Kelsey says:

    I don’t think Elizabeth or Diana will make the mix- I think they’re going to give her a completely different name like Archie. As his middle name means “son of Harry” I wonder if Meghan will get more claim over lil’ Monticeto’s name (although I’m sure Archie’s name was a joint effort!)

  31. Capepopsie says:

    I’m going for Daisy, that is a little bit of Diana and Doria.
    But I’m sure we shall all be surprised just as we were
    with Archie.

    • My3cents says:

      Yup, I was thinking Daisy as well.

    • notasugarhere says:

      So of a sideways way of naming her after Princess Margaret, because Daisy is a nickname for Margaret (see Queen Margrethe II of Denmark).

  32. Victoria says:

    I mean will doesn’t get to hold Diana hostage as a name. There are a lot of families whose cousins share middle names because their named after a grandparent or something.

    I’m glad the Sussexs don’t read too much of all of our speculations cuz it would probably drive them crazy LOL

    • Ann says:

      My son’s middle name is Daniel and my sister-in-law used it as a first name, and that didn’t bother me at all. Also my daughter’s Hebrew name is Miriam (Miranda) and my other sister-in-law used that as a middle name. Also didn’t bother me. Why should it?

    • notasugarhere says:

      I see the name Diana as a burden, not a blessing.

  33. Janey says:

    Antheia – Greek goddess of flowers, Annie for short.

  34. Ginger says:

    I have seen some that have said they should name her Doriana and it makes me cringe.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Yeah, personally not a fan of that myself. But to each their own!

    • Sam says:

      It’s not a nice name at all. I don’t know why people keep forcing a combination of Doria and Diana’s name together,it doesn’t sound cute.

    • Sofia says:

      Glad that I’m not the only one who doesn’t like that name.

    • Amelie says:

      Same here, it reminds me of that horrible name Renesmee from Twilight which a portmanteau of Renee and Esme.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Doriana is rather awful. Such a clunky combo and sounds right up there with Gertrude and Bertha. Also can’t stand these cutesy kewpie doll names like Poppy and Daisy.

  35. Ainsley7 says:

    Lilibet was the Queen’s childhood nickname that her parents gave her. It came from her not being able to pronounce her own name. Philip called her cabbage.

  36. KA says:

    My guess is that it will be tied into “Archewell”. It just feels wrong, as a parent, to have a whole huge foundation named after one of your children and not the other. I get that timing plays into that- but I could never honor one child in that way unless there was an equal additional way to honor the other. So I am thinking along the lines of something with the “well” part included. No obvious choice. Maybe “Maxwell”. Call her Maxie. Archie and Maxie.

    • Alexandria says:

      Nice! Maxwell Harriet Mountbatten-Windsor? And Maxwell starts with M like Meghan hehe.

    • Merricat says:

      As Harry knows too well what is feels like to be a “spare,” I seriously doubt he and Meghan would put their daughter through that. I expect their daughter will also have a foundation.

    • Jais says:

      @KA -really like Maxwell, Maxie for short. And you’re right it does work with the foundation, making it Archwell, combining the two. Very cute. @alexandria- Maxwell Harriet Mountbatten-Windsor!

    • L4frimaire says:

      Sorry but regardless of Archie/ Archewell, tying your kids name to a business or foundation is kinda weird, like naming a sports stadium after a corporate sponsor. Why not name her Spotify if that’s the case.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I think Maxwell is out as a name. Reminder – Ghislaine Maxwell.

  37. mimi says:

    I feel they’ll choose something unexpected….like Blake Lively and RR who have 3 daughters called James, Inez and Betty. Lol

    • Chicken says:

      Inez is a lovely name, but man, it came out of left field. I kind of wonder if that’s why Taylor Swift went with James, Betty, and August for folklore. I know Inez is in folklore, but not as prominently as the other three names.

  38. Case says:

    I don’t know how anyone can learn how they were mistreated by the monarchy and think they’re itching to name their daughter after anyone involved with that.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I don’t get that at all. Why would they even name their child like that when they were treated so shabbily by the BRF. Don’t see people saying name her Thomasina.

  39. lunchcoma says:

    I’ll put my money on Willa Harrison or Ellie Harrison. My theory is that Harrison has always been meant to provide a possible standard last name. They didn’t use a family name last time, so I’d be shocked if they did now. Archie is short, casual, and stylish, and I think they’ll stick with that vibe.

    • Nivz says:

      Willa is a cool name but eek naming her for Uncle Wills? “Second time having a niece for me.”

    • HeyJude says:

      Yeah, they won’t name her remotely anything with WILL in the name. He’s made their lives a living hell to the point Meghan became suicidal.

    • Katwithak says:

      I agree with the kids middle names being a possible alternative last name, would they use Harrison for both though? It would be nice if their daughter’s middle name reflected Meghan or another family member, given that Harrison literally means ‘son of Harry’.

      *I remember Jon Voight once said that he did this too – gave his kids middle names that they could use as last names – Angelina (Jolie) and James (Haven) because he didn’t want them burdened with a famous last name. Of course Jon Voight ended up being a super conservative jerk who both his kids are estranged from – but I liked the original idea.

    • lunchcoma says:

      You are all right about Willa! I was thinking of “-well” and didn’t even make the connection to “William.” They’re definitely not going to use that one!

      I’ll update my bet to Ellie Harrison. Or maybe Ellie Ragland, so there’s a family name from Meghan’s side?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harrison was more likely ‘for Harry’s son’ or after the wedding dress designer’s son, who is also named Harrison. As this Baby Sussex is female, Harry’s *Son* doens’t make sense. As they aren’t Scandinavian, Meghansdottir doesn’t track either.

  40. Rapunzel says:

    I still say Regina Diana. I want to see the heads exploding over her naming the baby Queen Diana, lol.

    But Artemis is the Greek equivalent of Diana. Artie and Archie sound good.

  41. Likeyoucare says:

    Remember meghan had engrave mm to mm on her cartier watch that she specifically want to give to her daughter?
    I go with maya and ditch the M for markle.

    • Sunday says:

      Mountbatten-Windsor covers the second M :-)

      Maya could be really cute, especially if she’s born at the end of May (we could be off on the due date speculation a bit, after all). I also like Mercy.

    • Lizzie says:

      Hey, good catch. Her daughter may have MM initials like Mary Meghan.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She was gifting the watch to herself from herself, tha’t's why from MM to MM. If she wants to pass it to a daughter, it can be re-engraved. No need to force herself to use an M name because of an engraving.

  42. Exhausted says:

    They should name her peony

  43. Midge says:

    Big Meg fan here but that was her worst outfit ever worn. It hurts my eyes.

  44. manda says:

    If I were them, I would be annoyed at this speculation, and I would a pick a name that hadn’t been guessed, because F people

  45. Amelie says:

    It’s interesting to see people’s tastes and suggestions and it is such a stark reminder of how people are so different. I don’t like Doriana, Poppy, Frances, and Spencer as names. Doriana for obvious reasons and Poppy sounds too much like Poppet, which ugh. It sounds better as a pet name than a person name to me.

    But I love flower names. When I was young, I was going to have four daughters and their names were going to be Lily, Rose, Violet, and Daisy lol. Whatever they pick, it’s going to probably be something we don’t see coming at all. I remember when they announced Archie, I absolutely loved it but I think most people hated it. We’ll know soon enough!

  46. Lucky Charm says:

    I’m sticking with Delia to honor both their mothers – it has five letters, starts with “D” and ends in “A”, just like Doria and Diana. Plus I think it goes well with Archie.

    • Chicken says:

      Meghan is only a few years older than me, so she would probably be part of the generation for whom Delia has one meaning – trendy clothing magazine for teen girls.

  47. nicegirl says:

    Our Duchess loves peonies, right. Can’t imagine Peony as a name but I am right with you all regarding Poppy. That’s absolutely lovely.

    I’m a Cali native too, living in Oregon. I always wanted to pick California Poppies as a child but as it’s our state flower, it’s illegal.

    I’m growing them in my garden. There are poppies popping up everywhere!! More Poppy, please. Love it.

    • Rapunzel says:

      It’s not illegal to pick poppies in CA. That is a myth. Source: I’m a lifelong CA resident.

      Eta: it’s only illegal if it’s not your land and you don’t have permission, like any flower.

  48. lanne says:

    What about names that would make the tabloids explode? Anyone wanna play?

    Most unlikely names for Baby Sussex:

    Wilhelmina?
    Katarina?
    Camelia?
    Georgina?
    Louisa?
    Carlotta?
    Michaela?
    Kensingtonia?
    Kentley?
    Morgana?

  49. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Alicia, maybe. Combines letters from Diana and Doria’s names without being too obvious. They may just go with Elizabeth, though, as something completely unexpected by all of us.
    Just as long as it’s not a gemstone name – Jade, Pearl or Ruby: either the kinds of names associated with Miss Marple maidservants, or irredeemably chavvy.

  50. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Waity and PWT would lose their minds if Lil Montecito were named ROSE!!

    I love the variant Lilibet… I think that was TQ’s nickname from her family which preceded Phillip.

  51. L4frimaire says:

    I think any names that show up on a bookies list or used by other royal family kids are immediately struck from the list. Based on the name Archie, I don’t have many high expectations. Please just not Harriet, Henrietta, Rachel or Francesca.

  52. nicegirl says:

    My second guess is Dahlia.

  53. souperkay says:

    If we’re thinking it, they’re not going to use it. I don’t think they are naming her after anyone. I don’t think they are going to pick anything popular. I don’t think it will have a message hidden in it. I think they will pick something unexpected that they like that does not have anything to do with the monarchy.

  54. incognito08 says:

    I think Baby Montecito will have a floral name based on Doria’s history of calling Meghan, “flower”. Lily is a beautiful name. Truth be told, I am hopeful that they not name the baby Diana because there is so much weight and history associated with her grandmother’s name. However, I think that it would be fine to have Diana as one of her middle names.

  55. jferber says:

    I think Gemma is a pretty name, but very British. I also love Poppy. This child is so blessed already. Whatever they name her, she will be a darling and very much wanted by her parents and big brother. How lovely of Meghan and Harry to bestow the gifts of freedom, loyalty, truth, integrity, charity and compassion on both their children (and themselves). Bravo, Sussexes!

    • L4frimaire says:

      It’s a lot of pressure to name this little baby when she comes. I’m not into being too obviously named after someone. I like gender neutral ( yes that phrase) names like Marlowe, Ellis, or Merritt, or something like Rowan, Prairie or Willow instead of flowers, and Ava, Cora, or Eden for more girly/ old fashioned or a wild card like Xochitl. I like more left of center names. Should be interesting.

  56. Mina_Esq says:

    I hope they name the baby Rose. I hope not Lilly…the name is everywhere. Two of my close friends named their daughters some variant of Lilly, and there are two other Lillies in my son’s daycare. I basically know way too many Lillies lol

  57. Athena says:

    None of us saw Archie Harrison coming so I think baby girl Sussex’s name will be one that none of us expect.
    I like that they can give their children non established royal names and dress them in modern clothes and send them to schools with people of different races and cultures. These children can be whoever they want and not be expected to unveil plaques on behalf of an ungrateful relative.

  58. Helen says:

    This isn’t name related, but I really dislike that dress with the brown and green stripes: every time I see it I think Meghan is wearing weird overalls

  59. Lizzie says:

    One last guess, Scotty. In honor of Philips Scottish connections.

  60. FancyPants says:

    171 comments so far and nobody made an Archie & Betty joke from the Archie comic books? Even though Betty is short for Queen “Petty Betty” Elizabeth? Y’all are slipping. :)

  61. JP says:

    Can you imagine the hysteria if they name the child Rose?!? Good Lord!! I don’t think they’d do that, but it would be pretty crazy if they did!

  62. TheOriginalMia says:

    I like Lily, Poppy, Amelia, and Alice. If they want to honor Diana, maybe Frances for a middle name.

  63. _Ina_ says:

    I love Dido (DIana and DOria) Little Dido and her big brother Archie. 😊

  64. Res says:

    Taylor after Tyler Perry….

    • L4frimaire says:

      Taylor sounds very late 80s, early 90s, up there with Madison in the time stamp of names.

  65. Curious says:

    since this is their last baby. her mother been a by her side always. just name the baby after your mother. plus there is a D in Doria. it will work both for her mother and D in Diana…

  66. Sori says:

    My guess is Harris May Ragland-Spencer. Harris in honor of both Harry and Kamala, May because it’s a special month for them, and the new last name in honor of both grandmothers.

    • Sofia says:

      I doubt they’ll change their kids’ surname. Harry has made it clear he has nothing but love and affection for his grandparents (one of whom is reflected in literally half the surname) so there no reason for him to change it.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They’re not changing their last name. And as Diana was at war with her Spencer relatives most of her life, including at her death, the insistance on using ‘Spencer’ anywhere in the name makes no sense.

  67. ennie says:

    They went for a new name for their first child. It is sweet to acknowledge your elders, but in my case I wanted a new name with no family history or emotional charges attached for our kiddo. Mu husband did want that family connection, tho.

  68. Abby says:

    Dahlia would be floral and also in the vein of Diana and Doria. But not an M….I wonder if she could also do a Meghan tribute by calling her daughter by her middle me too, whatever it might be.

  69. C says:

    she should name her baby girl after her mother. not the queen. the queen never supported her . never once did the queen ever speak up for her. no reason for Meghan to name her baby girl after the queen. after all the hell Meghan been through.and the boss of the firm never lift a finger to protect Meghan . she even told Meghan they had no money to support her, so she should keep her job. while lazy Catherine never had a job and lives off the queen. I know the queen gave permission for Harry to marry her. but she had no choice, or the world will get real mad if she refuse harry to marry a biracial woman… this fake setup from the queen thinking she can fool the people..

  70. Curious says:

    when i was dating my husband, we went window shopping my 2nd sister was with us .we saw a painting with the name PV.. and i said to him when we get married and have a child. lets use those letters PV for our child. 2 yrs later we had our son an we used the letters PV to name our son. our 2nd son, the whole family from his side wanted to name our son after his father. i had no close relationship with him. so i said no way. i name my 2nd son after his father first name and the first letter in my name. and everyone shut their mouths.lol

  71. FicklePickle says:

    I’m still voting for Phoebe. It is an alternative name for Artemis, commonly held as the Greek counterpart (and significant influence on) the Roman goddess Diana. So, related, yes, inspired by, yes, but not the same.

    It helps that it’s not one that people will IMMEDIATELY know the connection. And it sits well with Archie, I think.

  72. blunt talker says:

    some people are suggesting-Phillpia-after Prince Philip-I don’t think I spelled it correctly.

  73. blunt talker says:

    Ps_I like the name Alexandria-call her the nickname Lexi

  74. Rachel says:

    Anyone thinking Doriana (smash up of Doria and Diana) or something like that? I’m also wondering if they’ll go for three names…

  75. Anabe says:

    I keep saying that they should name their little girl Artemis. It is the Greek counterpart to the goddess Diana so they are naming her Diana without literally naming her Diana if that makes sense. They have already shown they’re partial to Greek influence with Archewell. And not to be too cute but they could call her Artie. So they’d have Archie and Artie. It’s the perfect name, really.

  76. Savannah says:

    Meghan is a fan of super subtle letter mixes and innuendos, like how Archie was Rachel and Harry. She’s a ninja. I could see some combination of Diana and Doria, Dorian? Daria? Diana will surely be in the mix but not as a first name, imo. What was Diana’s middle name?

  77. Macco says:

    I think they will surprise us. And as shameful as it is to admit, I think they can have fun: a lot of uppercrust British families have classical names. The Firm seems to like royal names, but rarely goes after anything non-English and dear GOD, they are running out of names.

    Maybe mixing it up would be nice. There is a way to tick a lot of traditional boxes and getting down with your bad self at the same time. Many of these names have great meaning.

    Theodora (Dora for short): Wife of Justinian I. A woman to be reckoned with in her own right. Also a nod to Doria Ragland. As an anagram, it becomes “H te adoro”.

    Eleanor-For Eleanor of Aquitaine. Nobody messes with a former Queen of England and France. Not even her husband. (And through Harry, this one is baby’s ancestor.) Also for Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Edith-A middle name. Edith Swan Neck.

    Livia: the most powerful Roman woman who ever lived, wife of Augustus. Not O-livia. That just means “Olives.” Livia was a name in the first century AD and a bit before that was NEVER to be ignored.

    Theresa: Maria Theresa of Austria.

    Anne: Anne of Brittany.

    Matilda: The woman who SHOULD HAVE BEEN QUEEN OF ENGLAND. She had the better claim to Stephen I. She instead became the mother of Henry II. She was cheated.

    Artemis/Artemisia: Artemisia was the ruler of Halicarnassus in the Iliad. She was a ruler and woman warrior. OTT, it would be a hoot to name the baby the closest thing to ‘”Diana” but not go the full monty. Little Artie. It would be cute.

    Lucia: Obviously she will be “Lucy” in day to day life, but Lucy Burns was nothing to sneeze at.

    Isabel: Isabella I of Spain, and a form of the name “Elizabeth.” It works.

    Amelia: Historically a daughter of George III…But also the famous Amelia Earhart. Child could be called Mia. It works.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Theodora is one of the famewhores in the deposed Greek royal family, cousins to Harry.

      After Anne, the Aunt who isn’t being supportive of them?

      One of Zara’s daughter’s is Mia, and it makes me think of Princess Mia in Princess Diaries.

  78. MsDiMeanOur says:

    Lilibet was King George’s pet name for QE2
    As was Margot for Margaret..

  79. 2cents says:

    My guess is Meghan and Harry may use a matronym (combination of personal name and “daughter of”) for babygirl like the patronym Harrison (Harry’s son) they chose for Archie.

    In that case her first name could be Racheliña (daughter of Rachel). According to wikipedia the extension iña is used in Somalia for “daughter of”. Short could be: Elina or Lina

    Full names:
    Racheliña Diana Doria Elizabeth Mountbatten Windsor
    (a reference to four strong women in her ancestry)

    • notasugarhere says:

      She has chosen to go by Meghan most of her life. Why would she choose her throwaway first name, which likely came from sperm donor?

  80. Amelie says:

    Omg does anyone remember Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances? She would always say into the phone “BOUQUET RESIDENCE, Lady of the house speaking!” And get all offended when the person on the line would pronounce it Bucket (the correct way) lol.

  81. Lucky Charm says:

    Hyacinth, lol! That’s (probably) what Kate would be like if she hadn’t married William hahaha.

  82. (The OG) Jan90067 says:

    Amelie, I STILL enjoy watching the reruns, even though I could probably run script for *every* episode by this time lol. Timeless classic fun!

  83. Amelie says:

    @Lucky Charm and OG, yay I have fellow Keeping Up Appearances fans here! I feel like nobody but me and my family watched that show on PBS in the 90s. It was my first introduction to British humor as an American child and I can quote so many lines from it! And you are totally right, Kate WOULD be Hyacinth if she hadn’t married William haha.

  84. notasugarhere says:

    Speaking from her white slimline telephone of course.