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By George, that could catch on!

WebMD UK Health News
Medically Reviewed by Dr Farah Ahmed
Kate Middleton

25th July 2013 - At last, the third in line to the throne has a name.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first baby is George Alexander Louis.

The three names are already coming in for a great deal of scrutiny from historians and social commentators alike.

One question uppermost in people's minds is whether classrooms five years and more in the future will be full of little Georges. Could it also influence the choice of girls' names too. Might Georgina become a popular choice for parents too?

Right royal

The name George has an impeccable royal pedigree. The Queen's father was christened Albert, known to his family as Bertie, but crowned George VI. There were five king Georges before him, dating back to the early 18th century.

Alexander is said to be a favourite name of Kate's and Louis is William's fourth name. Louis may also be a tribute to Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle and last viceroy of India, who was killed by the IRA.

In the top 10

George was the 12th most popular boys name in England and Wales in 2011, climbing 5 places in the last 10 years. But it had dropped in popularity from the previous year when it ranked ninth.

When Lynne Duffus from Dundee named her son four years ago, she was unaware that she was picking the first two names of a future king. "I would just like to say how utterly thrilled I am that Kate and Wills have named the baby after my own child," she tells us. "Apart from the Louis bit."

"Anyway, looking further ahead into the future, George Alexander Duffus is going to be completely unbearable," she says.

Another person pleased by the royal choice is the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. He tweeted: "good name!"

'It will now rocket to the top'

Already parents are predicting a surge in popularity for the name George. Siobhan Freegard, founder of the online parenting site Netmums, says: "It’s popular, classless and solidly Royal. It was already one of the most popular boys on Netmums and our members believe it will now rocket to the top of the baby name charts as mums choose a Royal connection for their child."

If that prediction turns out to be true it could displace the 2011 most popular boys name, Harry, which of course belongs to Prince George's uncle.

Prince George's two middle names could also see a boost in popularity. Alexander was the 23rd most popular boys name in 2011, down 3 places in 10 years. Louis was 68th, down 29 places over the same period.

Reviewed on July 25, 2013

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