The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, the Palace announced on Wednesday.

The baby will officially be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Kate Middleton gave birth to the newest heir to the throne on Monday, and emerged from the hospital on Tuesday for the first official snaps of the royal baby.

British bookies have been busy placing bets on most likely names, including George — the No. 1 bet — as well as Alexander, James and Philip among the favourites.

Originally of Greek origin, George means “farmer”. The moniker was most popular in the 1830s to the 1950s, and is often associated with being solid, strong, royal and saintly, according to Nameberry.

George was also the name of the Kings of Britain for 116 years straight, as well as the famous dragon slayer Saint George.

George VI, the baby's great-great grandfather, was the last male monarch of England, while George III suffered from legendary fits of madness.

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  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with his newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (L) looks on as Prince William the Duke of Cambridge holds his new-born baby boy in front of the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with her newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William takes the baby from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they show their new-born baby boy to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge hold their newborn son outside The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William.

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Kate Middleton And Prince William Show Newborn Son

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, leave The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, carrying their new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday. into public view for the first time.

  • NEXT: The World Celebrates The Royal Baby

  • The CN Tower is lighted blue to celebrate the birth of the royal baby, on Monday July 22, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • Lightning strikes behind The London Eye in central London which is lighted up in the national colors of red, white and blue to mark the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's first child Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/PA, Lewis Whyld) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

  • NIAGARA FALLS, NY - JULY 22: Visitors to Niagara Falls receive notice of the sex of the royal baby indicated by the blue light illuminating the falls in Niagara Falls, New York. The Royal couple,The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had a baby boy who was born at 16.24 BST and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The child, who is now third in line to the throne, has yet to be named. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)

  • A man reads a newspaper carrying front page news of the birth of a baby boy of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, outside Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Indian 'dabbawallahs' - lunchbox deliverymen - feed sweets to each other in Mumbai on July 23, 2013, as they celebrate the newborn son of Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The world on July 23 awaited the first glimpse of the still unnamed new heir to the British throne after Prince William's wife Kate gave birth to a strapping baby boy. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Indian painter, Jagjot Singh Rubal touches up his painting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby which he plans to post to them as a gift, in Amritsar on July 23, 2013. The world awaited the first glimpse of the still unnamed new heir to the British throne after Prince William's wife Kate gave birth to a healthy boy weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes), at St Mary's Hospital in London on July 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

  • British newspapers carrying front page news of the birth of a baby boy of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are seen on display for sale at a newsagent in central London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: A bookmaker shows the odds on names for Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Well wishers wearing free yellow sunglass distributed by a drinks company wait for a glimps of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy yesterday at 16.24 BST, with William the Duke of Cambridge present for the arrival. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: The Chelsea pensioner's stand with a teddy-bear called 'Charles' which they are sending as a present to the hospital to celebrate the birth of the royal baby at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8 lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Members of the public gather outside Buckingham Palace to read the easel displaying the announcement of the birth of a son to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy yesterday at 16.24 BST. (Photo by Dan Dennison/Getty Images)

  • SANTA MONICA, CA - JULY 22: Karen Milne, (L) from Scotland, wears a mask representing Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as she and her friends Rachelle Rodriguez (C) and Michelle Lewis (R) celebrate the royal birth announcement at Ye Olde King's Head English Pub July 22, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. The Royal couple had a baby boy who was born at 16.24 BST and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The child, who is now third in line to the throne, has yet to be named. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: A woman wears Union flag glasses and hat as she waits for Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and her newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)


Alexander has even older resonance, according to the Washington Post. Alexander, which was also a popular bet among bookies, goes back to 13th century kings of Scotland. Meanwhile, it gets even more complicated: Queen Alexandra was the wife of King Edward VII and grandmother of George VI, notes the paper.

Lastly, Louis is one of Prince William's middle names, in honour of Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle, who was assassinated by the IRA in 1979.

Though Kate Middleton and Prince William opted for tradition as expected, there was no shortage of baby name ideas, especially on Twitter. Besides a mix of hilarious options like Hercules and Simba, Twitter users also came up with names like Spencer (which was Princess Diana's maiden name) and Charles, after the prince's grandfather.

What do you think? Is this name fit for a little prince?

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