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What does newborn UK royal's name Archie Harrison mean?

Web Report/London
Filed on May 9, 2019
What does newborn UK royals name Archie Harrison mean?

Archie is more popular in Britain than the US and means genuine, bold or brave.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince and Meghan, have named their first-born child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Presenting their baby to the world, the royal couple announced their choice of name which came as a surprise, as it was not among the bookmakers' favourites of Alexander, Arthur and Albert. 

Also, the royal couple have chosen not to use a courtesy title for their new son who could have assumed the title of Earl of Dumbarton but he will instead be known as Master Archie. While, Mountbatten-Windsor is the surname which was created in 1960, combining the surnames of the Queen and Prince Philip when they married, reported BBC.

According to Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty royal magazine, the name Archie does not have any British royal connotations while Harrison too is a totally new name for the Royal Family.

"I don't think anyone of us saw either of these names coming. Archie has a British feel to it, whereas Harrison is more of an American name. The first Harrison that springs to mind is Harrison Ford," BBC quoted Little as saying.

Archie is more popular in Britain than the US and means genuine, bold or brave. It was originally a shortened form of Archibald but is now often used as a name on its own.

Speaking about a non-traditionally royal name, royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams, said, "It's a unique choice, by a unique couple who are doing things in a unique way. We are talking about brand Sussex, which is an international brand. They have wanted to do something a little bit different, and they have done."

Speaking about the surname, Mountbatten-Windsor, royal author Penny Junor said it was the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, would be "absolutely thrilled" with his surname being used. "Prince Philip was never allowed to call his children by his own surname. I think that's a really nice tribute to Harry's grandfather," Junor added.

Archie was the 18th most-popular boy's name in England and Wales in 2017, with 2,803 baby boys called Archie that year, and has been in the top 50 consistently since 2003. While Harrison is more popular in the US although it is still common in the UK, where it was ranked the 34th most-popular boy's name in 2017.

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