After all the strategic guesses and the bookmaker on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby name, it’s finally unveiled by Buckingham Palace, and it’s a mouthful: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
But as we know thanks to the princes Henry Charles Albert David and William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor, a royal baby name is usually not a name. That family is in the habit of wrapping every newborn’s birth certificate full of blinkers in important figures, history and secret little meanings.
So what’s the scoop for Meghan and Harry’s little bb? Here is a breakdown of the name meaning as a whole:
“Archie” is a nice, albeit unusual, choice for a royal baby name. As far as we can tell, there has never been an “Archie” in the British royal occupation (although “Archibald” does have a few gigs), which immediately makes baby Archie unique!
According to the Evening Standard, Archie is actually a super popular baby name in the UK and he often visits the 20 most common names. The English meaning of the name is ‘true, bold and valuable’, which all seeks out.
Royal correspondent Emily Andrews tweeted that she was told that Meghan and Harry chose ‘Archie’ because they just liked it.
Also! Fun fact: apparently Princess Diana had a family member named Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, from Scotland. The more you know.
“Harrison” is also not a family name, but its meaning is literally “son of Harry”, which is super on the nose.
This is the last name used by some relatives of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Prince William has even used it before, so it’s not really surprising that baby Archie is going to fascinate, even though his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have a completely different surname.