It seems the bookies in Britain have a favorite when it comes to potential baby names for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (and if we're honest, it's our favorite, too).
Despite recent speculation that 'Victoria' will be the pick, 'Diana' remains in the top spot with 6/1 odds at UK betting site Ladbrokes.
We're not entirely sure what that means other than that bettors in the U.K. seem confident that Prince Harry's child will be named after his late mother. As much as we would love to see that, we're not as confident as the punters at Ladbrokes. After all, Princess Charlotte's full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, so would Harry and Meghan want to use the name as well? Only time will tell.
Following Diana and the runner-up, Victoria, are several other traditional English names bettors feel good about:
Albert (which was the frontrunner back when everyone was guessing what Prince Louis' name would be) is sitting at 12/1 odds, as are Alice and Phillip. Arthur, Elizabeth, James and Mary are sitting at 16/1 odds, and Alexander and Alexandra are tied for the tenth spot with 20/1 odds as of this writing.
If you're wondering why the girls names outnumber the boys, it's because British bettors are putting money on Meghan having a girl, thanks to that time in Australia when Prince Harry replied "so do I!" to a royal watcher who hollered "I hope it's a girl!" at the passing couple.
Here's more info on the top royal baby name contenders, for those who are expecting their own little (unofficial) prince or princess:
The name of Queen Elizabeth's father, it's easy to see why Albert is a favorite pick among bookies. It was also a very, very real favorite of Queen Victoria, who insisted all male descents bear the name in some form.
As she wrote to her oldest son after the birth of his second child, "Of course you will add Albert at the end, like your brothers, as you know we [Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort] settled long ago that all dearest Papa's male English descendants should bear that name, to mark our line, just as I wish all the girls to have Victoria after theirs!
I lay great stress on this; and it is done in a great many families."
The daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843-1878) was heavily involved in women's causes and even managed field hospitals during the Austro-Prussian War. Her granddaughter, Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885-1969), continued that impressive legacy by sheltering Jewish refugees in Greece during World War II. She was also the mother of Prince Philip, which makes her this baby's great-great-grandmother.
If Harry and Meghan choose to call the baby Philip they will be honoring both Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, and Harry's brother William. The Duke of Cambridge's full name includes a Philip in the middle, in honor of his dad's dad.
According to Nameberry, Arthur is the most popular boy's name in the running that isn't currently assigned to another royal. Besides that, it has a rich history that encompasses the legendary King Arthur as well as Arthur, Prince of Wales, a would-have-been king from the 16th century. More recently, it was the name of Queen Victoria's seventh child, who served as the Governor General of Canada in the early 20th century.
Obviously, the name Elizabeth would honor Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, but (as we've mentioned above) Princess Charlotte's full name is Elizabeth Diana, so Meghan and Harry might feel this name is already being carried on.
This name can be traced all through the royal family's history, but is also super common in modern times. Only 20 names were more popular than James in the UK in 2017.
In addition to being one of Queen Elizabeth's two middle names, Mary is a thoroughly royal moniker with roots that stretch back centuries. Looking more recently, Mary of Teck (1867-1953) served as the Queen of the United Kingdom during the reign of her husband, King George V. After his death, she served as queen mother when her sons Edward and Albert were on the throne. She died shortly before the coronation of her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth.
This one seems unlikely to us, even though the Queen's middle name is Alexandra, because Prince George's middle name is Alexander. Parents don't normally name a child after a cousin so close in age (but we could be wrong. We thought Prince Louis would be called Prince Albert, after all).
Oh, and there's a wildcard in the mix here, too.
Everybody is talking about Diana for a girl, but what about Spencer for a boy? We like the sound of that and so do some bettors. The odds are currently 33/1 for Harry's mom's surname as Baby Sussex's first name.
And Doria (Meghan's mom's name) isn't far behind Spencer on the bettor's list, and is quite close to Diana's name. Maybe a Doriana?
And with Meghan recently telling a pregnancy well-wisher that "We're nearly there!" we may be meeting baby Doriana (or Spencer or Victoria or Albert or James) sooner than we thought!
[A version of this post was originally published March 7, 2019.]