What will Kate Middleton name her new royal baby? Here are some informed guesses.

A listing of some of the British royalty’s favorite family names as the name Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s new baby.

When Prince William and Duchess Catherine — that’s Kate Middleton to you — name their third child, they’re likely to choose a name of one of the baby's royal predecessors. This is something (presumably) given lots of thought, and each name comes with a real History, with a capital “H.” Given that most Windsors get a slew of names — Prince Charles, for example, is Prince Charles Philip Arthur George — it’s quite the game of mix and match.

There are a set of names from which the royals traditionally draw, so it's likely Wills and Kate will select one or more of them for their infant. No guarantee, though. It's modern times, so who knows? On the other hand, the most popular name last year was "Charlie," so... 


There’s never been a King Albert, and it first showed up at the palace as the name of Queen Victoria’s consort. There nearly was one: Edward VII had a song named Albert Victor, but he died before being made the king. Meaning: Defender of the people.


There are rumors that the Middletons are hoping this name makes the cut. There were three Scottish Kings Alexander, and of course, there’s The Great.

King Alexander III

While commemorating Anzac Day, Prince William may have given the strongest indication yet that Alexander is the most likely name to be chosen for the newest royal baby:


This is the current odds-on favorite for the new baby. Prince Charles has this as one of his middle names. Also the legendary, likely mythical, leader of the Knights of the Round Table is not a bad image to conjure.


Prince Charles is likely to ascend the throne as Charles III. There were to Kings Charles in the 1600s, and the family’s been keen on this name since Charlemagne. Freeman.

Charles II (John Michael Wright)


Every king that had “Edward” somewhere in his name used it upon taking the throne. It’s been used eight times and is tied for first place with George. Think Edward the Confessor and Edward the Martyr. Dark much? Maybe ignore the last Edward, the VIII, who abdicated. Noble strength.


Also no King Frederick, but a very popular middle name in the royal clan. Another close call, like Albert, since George III’s brother Frederick didn’t live long enough to make it to the throne. All of the last four King Georges had this as a middle name. Peaceful ruler.


Well, we know the baby’s first name is unlikely to be George because it’s already his big brother’s moniker. St. George is one of England’s patron saints, and George has been the name of six kings and nine royals altogether. King Edward VIII had it as one of his middle names, all four of them having been the names of Great Britain’s patron saints. Farmer.


Henry III’s tomb effigy (Valerie McGlinchey)

“Henry” has been nearly as often-used as George. The last monarch using it as a second name was William IV, AKA William Henry. As a first name, it’s got to be associated with the, shall we say, "larger-than-life," Henry VIII. Six wives. Yipes. Ruler of the estate.


This name has fallen into disuse recently, even though there were two kings named James. This is deemed a dark horse candidate for Will’s and Kate’s baby boy. Supplanting.


Good name for a pope, not so good for a king, due to the iffy reputation of the one King John so far. Nasty piece of work.

King John hunting stag (De Rege Johanne)


Another non-kingly family name, but toddler Prince George has it as a middle name, as does his dad. Famed warrior.


Prince Philip has passed his name down to William and wee George. There was a King Philip, dubbed as such as the husband of Queen Mary. Fond of horses.


Sure, there was Richard the Lionhearted, but King Richard III left such a bad taste in everyone’s mouth that the name is not likely to be exhumed for use soon. Blame Shakespeare. Brave power.

Richard III


Our current Prince William is the latest in a long line of them, dating back to William the Conqueror, an imposing historical figure indeed. Six Williams so far, with four who’ve been King William. William the Conqueror was the first one, so it’s a powerful name. It's also Daddy’s.

There are other names that show up from time to time among the British royals, but these are the most common and popular. Others are Brice, David, Indulf, Kenneth, Michael, Nicholas, Octavius, Quincy, Stephen, Thomas, Unready(!), Victor, Xavier, and Zeid.

Hey, if there are any names here you like that don’t get selected, feel free to royal-up your own clan.

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Political division is nothing new. Throughout American history there have been numerous flare ups in which the political arena was more than just tense but incideniary. In a letter addressed to William Hamilton in 1800, Thomas Jefferson once lamented about how an emotional fervor had swept over the populace in regards to a certain political issue at the time. It disturbed him greatly to see how these political issues seemed to seep into every area of life and even affect people's interpersonal relationships. At one point in the letter he states:

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."

Today, we Americans find ourselves in a similar situation, with our political environment even more splintered due to a number of factors. The advent of mass digital media, siloed identity-driven political groups, and a societal lack of understanding of basic discursive fundamentals all contribute to the problem.

Civil discourse has fallen to an all time low.

The question that the American populace needs to ask itself now is: how do we fix it?

Discursive fundamentals need to be taught to preserve free expression

In a 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey by Cato, it was found that 71% of Americans believe that political correctness had silenced important discussions necessary to our society. Many have pointed to draconian university policies regarding political correctness as a contributing factor to this phenomenon.

It's a great irony that, colleges, once true bastions of free-speech, counterculture and progressiveness, have now devolved into reactionary tribal politics.

Many years ago, one could count on the fact that universities would be the first places where you could espouse and debate any controversial idea without consequence. The decline of staple subjects that deal with the wisdom of the ancients, historical reference points, and civic discourse could be to blame for this exaggerated partisanship boiling on campuses.

Young people seeking an education are given a disservice when fed biased ideology, even if such ideology is presented with the best of intentions. Politics are but one small sliver for society and the human condition at large. Universities would do well to instead teach the principles of healthy discourse and engagement across the ideological spectrum.

The fundamentals of logic, debate and the rich artistic heritage of western civilization need to be the central focus of an education. They help to create a well-rounded citizen that can deal with controversial political issues.

It has been found that in the abstract, college students generally support and endorse the first amendment, but there's a catch when it comes to actually practicing it. This was explored in a Gallup survey titled: Free Expression on Campus: What college students think about First amendment issues.

In their findings the authors state:

"The vast majority say free speech is important to democracy and favor an open learning environment that promotes the airing of a wide variety of ideas. However, the actions of some students in recent years — from milder actions such as claiming to be threatened by messages written in chalk promoting Trump's candidacy to the most extreme acts of engaging in violence
to stop attempted speeches — raise issues of just how committed college students are to
upholding First Amendment ideals.

Most college students do not condone more aggressive actions to squelch speech, like
violence and shouting down speakers, although there are some who do. However, students
do support many policies or actions that place limits on speech, including free speech zones,
speech codes and campus prohibitions on hate speech, suggesting that their commitment
to free speech has limits. As one example, barely a majority think handing out literature on
controversial issues is "always acceptable."

With this in mind, the problems seen on college campuses are also being seen on a whole through other pockets of society and regular everyday civic discourse. Look no further than the dreaded and cliche prospect of political discussion at Thanksgiving dinner.

Talking politics at Thanksgiving dinner

As a result of this increased tribalization of views, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to engage in polite conversation with people possessing opposing viewpoints. The authors of a recent Hidden Tribes study broke down the political "tribes" in which many find themselves in:

  • Progressive Activists: younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.
  • Traditional Liberals: older, retired, open to compromise, rational, cautious.
  • Passive Liberals: unhappy, insecure, distrustful, disillusioned.
  • Politically Disengaged: young, low income, distrustful, detached, patriotic, conspiratorial
  • Moderates: engaged, civic-minded, middle-of-the-road, pessimistic, Protestant.
  • Traditional Conservatives: religious, middle class, patriotic, moralistic.
  • Devoted Conservatives: white, retired, highly engaged, uncompromising,

Understanding these different viewpoints and the hidden tribes we may belong to will be essential in having conversations with those we disagree with. This might just come to a head when it's Thanksgiving and you have a mix of many different personalities, ages, and viewpoints.

It's interesting to note the authors found that:

"Tribe membership shows strong reliability in predicting views across different political topics."

You'll find that depending on what group you identify with, that nearly 100 percent of the time you'll believe in the same way the rest of your group constituents do.

Here are some statistics on differing viewpoints according to political party:

  • 51% of staunch liberals say it's "morally acceptable" to punch Nazis.
  • 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
  • 51% of Democrats support a law that requires Americans use transgender people's preferred gender pronouns.
  • 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
  • 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.

Understanding the fact that tribal membership indicates what you believe, can help you return to the fundamentals for proper political engagement

Here are some guidelines for civic discourse that might come in handy:

  • Avoid logical fallacies. Essentially at the core, a logical fallacy is anything that detracts from the debate and seeks to attack the person rather than the idea and stray from the topic at hand.
  • Practice inclusion and listen to who you're speaking to.
  • Have the idea that there is nothing out of bounds for inquiry or conversation once you get down to an even stronger or new perspective of whatever you were discussing.
  • Keep in mind the maxim of : Do not listen with the intent to reply. But with the intent to understand.
  • We're not trying to proselytize nor shout others down with our rhetoric, but come to understand one another again.
  • If we're tied too closely to some in-group we no longer become an individual but a clone of someone else's ideology.

Civic discourse in the divisive age

Debate and civic discourse is inherently messy. Add into the mix an ignorance of history, rabid politicization and debased political discourse, you can see that it will be very difficult in mending this discursive staple of a functional civilization.

There is still hope that this great divide can be mended, because it has to be. The Hidden Tribes authors at one point state:

"In the era of social media and partisan news outlets, America's differences have become
dangerously tribal, fueled by a culture of outrage and taking offense. For the combatants,
the other side can no longer be tolerated, and no price is too high to defeat them.
These tensions are poisoning personal relationships, consuming our politics and
putting our democracy in peril.

Once a country has become tribalized, debates about contested issues from
immigration and trade to economic management, climate change and national security,
become shaped by larger tribal identities. Policy debate gives way to tribal conflicts.
Polarization and tribalism are self-reinforcing and will likely continue to accelerate.
The work of rebuilding our fragmented society needs to start now. It extends from
re-connecting people across the lines of division in local communities all the way to
building a renewed sense of national identity: a bigger story of us."

We need to start teaching people how to approach subjects from less of an emotional or baseless educational bias or identity, especially in the event that the subject matter could be construed to be controversial or uncomfortable.

This will be the beginning of a new era of understanding, inclusion and the defeat of regressive philosophies that threaten the core of our nation and civilization.

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