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The ridiculously easy job of naming a royal baby

  • William and Kate picking from a pretty shallow pool of options
  • Current odds have George and James as the favorites
  • Traditional > Trendy every time in the royal family
The ridiculously easy job of naming a royal baby

You know what's hard? Naming a kid.

You know what's easy? Naming a royal kid.

I mean, look at the list above, showing which potential names for the Prince of Cambridge are buzzing on British Facebook accounts. You basically only have about 10 real options. Millennia of British royalty have collectively provided us with fewer names than you hear called out at your local playground on any given day.

Henry, Richard, James, Thomas, OK, got it! Thanks! The British royal baby name book would literally be a cover, a page and the back cover.

For the rest of us, just opening one of those appellation atlases is to commit to a months-long black hole of name-shopping. Modern or classic? What are the nicknames? Does it flow with our last name? Does it rhyme with our last name? Unique, but not too unique. Is the name shared by any dictators or loathsome old relatives?

Did you guys know there's actually a book called "100,001+ Best Baby Names: The Complete Book of Baby Names"? Because, you guys, there's actually a book called "100,001+ Best Baby Names: The Complete Book of Baby Names".

Which brings us back to that enviably simple graph above. Those were the names being kicked around in the six hours after Kate gave birth and two days later they still hold as the favorites, according to the odds.

Update: By George, the prince has a name!

Yes, the odds. Because, of course, people are betting on this. George is the current frontrunner at 5/2, followed closely by James at 5/1. Alexander, Arthur and Louis are next up. The "modern or classic" debate doesn't even exist here. It's more like "classic or... traditional."

If the new mum and dad did want to go nuts and tap some current trends, among the 10 most popular boy names in the UK last year were Jack, Oliver, Ethan and Jacob.

Also on that top 10 list? Harry, Charlie and William. Sound familiar?

While royal names may lack originality, they certainly don't lack influence.

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