The newest addition to the Sussex family got us thinking: why bother with a formal name when nicknames are so awesome on their own?
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, welcomed their second child, a girl, on June 4th. Lilibet Diana is lovingly named for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, who family members call by her nickname, Lilibet. Sidebar: I had never heard this nugget of royal family information before—what a fun reveal! Her middle name, Diana, is of course in honor of her late grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The nickname as a formal name has become more common in recent years, and Meghan and Harry's new addition is the latest example. Perhaps we'll now continue to see nickname names as a growing trend in popular baby name lists? From Ellie to Jack, Lilibet to Leo, nickname names aren't so unusual any longer. Plus, if you're choosing a baby name based on a nickname you love, like I did, you're already halfway there.
I love that Meghan and Harry chose a familiar and loving nickname for their daughter, as they both clearly care so much about the Queen, despite their exit from the royal family and the ensuing controversies over the last few years. In choosing Queen Elizabeth's nickname, they are paying tribute to a side of the Queen that only they know. What a wonderful bond Lilibet will have with her great-grandmother.
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