Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now the parents of a baby boy they unexpectedly named Archie – a pretty non-traditional moniker as far as the Royal Family is concerned. But then again, the couple was never the most traditional, and their history-making romance is enough proof for that!
The Royal pair introduced their son, who was born on May 6, to the world earlier today and that is also when they revealed his special name – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
So what does the moniker the parents picked mean?
‘Archie is a boy’s name of German origin meaning ‘truly brave,’ nameberry.com reveals.
Furthermore, the U.K. Office for National Statistics mentions that Archie was the eighteenth most popular boys’ name in England and Wales back in 2017.
At this point, Harry and Meghan are yet to confirm if Archie is the baby’s formal name or if it’s a nickname derived from Archibald.
After all, Harry’s mother, Princess Diana had an ancestor by the name of Archibald Campbell, the 9th Earl of Argyll of Scotland, so it’s not impossible they went with it.
The name Archie might have a special meaning for the new parents as well.
Back in January, one woman shared with The Sun that she saw William and Kate’s oldest child Prince George playing with sister Princess Charlotte and their grandma Carole Middleton close to their house.
At the time, she was walking her dog and the boy decided to pet it.
She then asked the child his name and instead of telling the truth, ‘To my astonishment, he said, ‘I’m called Archie.’’
Royal historian Marlene Koenig said via E! News that ‘This is a most unusual choice [of name], but I am not surprised because I have said that they would go out of the box. There are no Archies or Archibalds in the family. I have said a few times that the parents of non-royals seem to have more leeway, more freedom.’
As for the middle name, Harrison, it’s pretty easy to understand why they went with it!
After all, nameberry.com explains that ‘Harrison is a boy’s name of English, Aboriginal origin meaning ‘son of Harry.’’