If you’ve not yet heard the news (if that’s at all possible), The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a bouncing baby boy. But what we’re all still dying to know is what Prince Wills Junior will be officially named. All odds are on traditional monikers like James, George and Albert, but quite frankly we’re hoping Kate and William go for something a little less predictable. Jay and Bey went all Eiffel 65 on us and named their daughter Blue, then Kanye and Kim threw a giant curveball by shunning a legacy of K’s and titled their sprog after a compass point. For some baby-naming inspiration, we’ve pulled together ten top suggestions for the little London chap.
Loved by many, respected by some, our own Mayor of London is a fitting namesake for a little baby. Their hair will stick up in the same way, for starters.
Not after Livingstone (although that works too), but short for Kensington Palace, where the little one will be brought up. If it’s going to be brought up in a bloody palace, it’ll need a low-key name to survive school.
Following in the footsteps of celebrity royals David and Victoria Beckham, whose children’s names are glittered with literary references (Harper, named after Harper Lee and Romeo, from the only Shakespeare play Posh ‘n’ Becks have both heard of), knee-high pickpocket Mr Twist is one of the capital’s most famous fictional characters.
It’s fancy enough for the Windsors, but also the first name of unlikely crush and excellent London-born actor Benedict Cumberbatch. And if the baby ends up channeling Sherlock, it’ll be a double London whammy.
Is there a man more quintessentially British than Hugh Grant? And with everyone’s favourite fop as the baby’s namespiration there might also be room for a few tabloid scandals in later life.
We all know the story of talk show champion Jerry Springer being born in a Tube station, and this might get us a few bonus points with the US to cash in later down the line.
Are the streets of London paved with gold? Maybe for this little newborn. If any kid can get away with being called after genitalia, this guy can – plus the Whittington Hospital might get a bit of extra funding. A Royal visit to Archway? Worth a look.
It’d be great for the Royal fam to pay tribute to modern London icon, and the Rascal would no doubt be chuffed to share his name with the new kid in town. We’re seeing future collaborations and pimped arts funding.
After Big Ben, of course. Tall, slim and always on time, there’s no better London attraction to name the royal bundle after. We imagine that the Horniman Museum has already been vetoed.
10. Derek (Del Boy, informally)
Veering sharply away from their royal roots, naming their bouncing baby boy after one of one of Peckham’s finest wheelin’ and dealin’ geezers is great way to win over the south-east London masses.
Republican? Here’s a whole load of things to do that have absolutely nothing to do with the royals.