Prince George Alexander Louis: On the Royal Baby Name
The oddsmakers were right! London betting houses had George as a favorite for the name of the future king from the beginning, and the royal parents came through.
The name George was completely predictable -- which is completely appropriate. You want your ceremonial monarchy to be predictable. At its best, the monarchy represents heritage, continuity, and the nation's unique spirit. And you can hardly do better than George to represent England.
St. George is England's patron saint. He's portrayed slaying his legendary dragon on a coin the Royal Mint is issuing to mark the blessed event. It's also the kingly name of Queen Elizabeth's father and grandfather, and so underscores the continuity of the throne. Prince George sounds as regally British as any name could.
For more thoughts on the name's likely influence (or lack thereof) on U.S. name trends, please check out this piece I just wrote for Slate, which had the working title "Can Prince George Fight the Baby-Naming Tide?"
And for the pop-culture take on the name choice, head over to NameCandy.com.