So the royal baby could arrive at any minute. But what will they call him or her?
The top five baby names for girls and boys in the UK last year were:
Names in the Bible are invariably charged with meaning. Here are 10 that we think might be appropriate for a royal baby…
If it’s a girl
- Sarai – Genesis 17.15 – my lady; my princess
Was the wife of Abraham – who was the Father of the Jewish nation – so an apt name for a baby girl who will one day rule our nation
- Abigail – 1 Samuel 25.3 – the father’s joy
This little girl will of course bring enormous joy to William. In the Bible she possessed beauty, intelligence, political shrewdness, and material wealth that helped David, the King of Israel – what a great precendent!
- Jael – Judges 4.17 – one that ascends
As third in line, this little girl will one day, ascend to the throne. Although she won’t be anything like Jael – who killed a man by sticking a tent peg through his temple.
- Naomi – Ruth 1.2 – beautiful; agreeable
Naomi was blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law. Kate has become just that to Prince Charles and there’s no doubt that any daughter of Kate will too be beautiful and agreeable.
- Hannah – 1 Samuel 1.2 – gracious; merciful
Hannah prayed to God to give her son; and God gave her Samuel. We don’t know what sex Kate would prefer but undoubtedly this child will grow up to be both gracious and merciful.
If it’s a boy
- Isaac – laughter
Isaac means ‘he laughs’. In the story in Genesis 17, God promises a son and heir to 100-yr-old Abraham and his 90-year-old wife Sarah. Abraham’s response? He ‘fell on his face and laughed’. What could be a better gift than laughter?
- Noah – rest/comfort
Noah sounds like the Hebrew for ‘rest’ or ‘comfort’. In an account of descendants in Genesis 5:29, a man called Lamech names his son Noah, saying ‘Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.’ A good, hopeful name for credit-crunch Britain, maybe?
- Solomon – peace
Solomon comes from the Hebrew root ‘shalom’, meaning ‘peace’. In the Bible, Solomon becomes king after his father David. He famously starts his reign by, in 1 Kings 3:11, asking God for wisdom. God answers: ‘because you have asked for the wisdom to rule justly, instead of long life for yourself or riches or the death of your enemies, I will do what you have asked. I will give you more wisdom and understanding than anyone has ever had before or will ever have again.’ Wisdom and peace sounds like a pretty powerful combo…
- Cephas/Peter – rock
One of the first disciples called by Jesus is named Simon. In fact, in John 1:42 Jesus doesn’t just call him but renames him: ‘So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas’ (which means Peter)’. Cephas and Peter are from the word for ‘rock’ in Aramaic and Greek, respectively. The name has undertones of solidity, faithfulness, reliability, endurance. Surely good qualities for a potential future king?
- Philip – friend of horses
Last but not least, Philip comes from the Greek Philippos – from ‘philos’, which means ‘friend’, and ‘hippos’, which means horse. So, yes: ‘friend of horses’. Maybe that sounds a bit silly – but in the Bible, Philip seems to have a gift for good communication. In Acts 8, he speaks to large crowds, partners up with a once-sceptical magician and helps answer the searching questions of an Ethiopian official. And, of course, being a ‘friend of horses’ can only help continue the Windsors’ reputation as polo-lovers!