Is Archie Harrison Short for Archibald Harrison?

Have you been obsessed with the smallest member of the royal family? Well, neither do we. Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor from Sussex made the universe much more fun with his arrival on Monday 6 May and the internet has been buzzing ever since. His parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, proudly introduced him to the world this morning during the official royal photo call at St. George’s Hall, and we must say that Harry was absolutely right: he is absolutely to die for !

From his first public appearance to the official announcement of his name, little Archie is already causing quite a stir. The name of the eighth great-grandchild of the queen came as a shock to fans (and gamblers) who were expecting something like Philip or Edward. We love the name Archie, but inquiring minds want to know … is it an abbreviation for Archibald?

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If Baby Sussex doesn’t look like an Archibald, it’s because he’s not per palace, it’s just Master Archie, maybe even “Archiekins” for his mother. Archie is often regarded as a short version of Archibald, but it is also known that it only stands in more modern times. Although the name is anything but traditional for the royal family, it is actually very common; in 2017 nearly 3,000 of the little baby boys were born in England and Wales called Archie, making it the 18th most popular name in the area at that time. The name Archie has Scottish and German roots, and it means ‘sincere and bold’. It may be a bit early to mention it, because it is only a few days old, but I think the name fits perfectly with this little royal house.

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What about Baby Sussex’s second name, Harrison? Is Harry just a super fan of the actor behind Han Solo and Indiana Jones? The new father definitely has a penchant for new adventures (like he and Megan awaiting cross-continental moves), but it is more likely that Archie has just been given the name because he is literally Harrison, meaning “the son of Harry.” Practical and straightforward, but little Archie may want to go with that other story when he’s older – it’s just a little cooler.

Written by Tommy Kilmer

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