Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed the name they’ve chosen for their royal baby: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
They shared the big announcement on their Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, following this morning’s introduction of baby Archie to the world.
Watch the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduce their baby boy to the public for the first time! 💙 (Video: Dominic Vince) pic.twitter.com/5yXBnGYaY4
— HELLO! Canada (@HelloCanada) May 8, 2019
The name was somewhat surprising, as British oddsmakers’ top picks for potential names included more traditional monikers, like Arthur, James, Philip and Albert. In fact, bookies revealed just 60 bets were placed on Archie at 100/1, amounting to exactly $130.
Soon after the royal couple announced they were expecting their first child back in October, British oddsmakers began predicting potential names.
Archie, of course, is a shortened version of the name Archibald, meaning genuine and bold or brave. Using the nickname as a first name gives it a more casual, American vibe — while the baby’s middle name, Harrison, originated in the Middle Ages as a patronymic meaning “son of Henry” or “son of Harry.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
The surname Mountbatten-Windsor, meanwhile, belongs to all the children and descendants of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
After the birth of their son on Monday, the top pick was Arthur. Coming in second for name predictions is James, which is followed by Philip (for great-grandfather Prince Philip) and Albert.
During the couple’s royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in October, 12-year-old student Charlie Wolf tried to grill Meghan and Harry on a name for the royal baby.