07/24/2013 01:22 EDT | Updated 07/25/2013 05:01 EDT

Royal Baby Name: Duchess Of Cambridge, Prince William Name Their Son George Alexander Louis


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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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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