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The meaning behind the name of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby boy


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have called their baby boy Archie Harrison.

Harry and Meghan welcomed their new arrival in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (6 May). On Wednesday, he was introduced to the world via photographs taken at Windsor Castle with his parents.

The couple announced his full name of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, with a lovely black and white photograph of Archie meeting his great-grandmother and father, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, in Windsor earlier today. His maternal grandmother, Doria Ragland, was also present at the meeting and can be seen in the photo.

Archie is an increasingly popular name for a baby boy in the UK. According to the ONS‘ most recent statistics, it was ranked the 18th most popular choice for baby boys in 2017 climbing 15 places up the list since 2007. Meanwhile, Harrison is the 34th most popular name for a boy, actually decreasing in frequency by a mere four places compared with 10 years before.

Ever since Kensington Palace announced Meghan’s pregnancy back in October, as the couple embarked on a royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, speculation has been rife as to what the baby would be called.

Archie, who is the couple’s first child, has been given a moniker which may come as a surprise royal watchers and fans. The name was also not included on any of the mainstream bookmakers’ lists with Alexander, James and Arthur repeatedly touted as a speculative names of the baby boy while Alice, Grace and Diana were favourites for a girl.

Harper’s Bazaar enlisted the prowess of baby name expert SJ Ljungstrom, from parenting website Channel Mum, to dissect the meaning behind the new royal name.

Archie means “bold and brave”, according to the expert who believes it to be a “wonderful choice as it encapsulates pomp and tradition while having all the cheeky qualities of Harry himself”.

In etymological terms, Harrison literally means son of Harry or Henry, so its choice is self explanatory. However, Ljungstrom also adds that it also covers the American trend for using surnames as first names.

“Harrison is a noble name… and there’s no moniker which could ever be more appropriate for Harry’s firstborn son,” she tells us. “It’s currently ranked 113 in the US and was made popular by actor Harrison Ford, but expect to see thousands of newborns given the name now it has the Royal seal of approval.”

All in all, Ljungstrom summarises both names to be both noble and regal but “fun, fresh and modern” similar to the aura the Sussex couple espouse.


From Harper’s Bazaar UK

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