Royal baby’s name may not spark Sheffield trend

Safe in the hands of the Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal couple and their son.  Photo:  John Stillwell/PA Wire
Safe in the hands of the Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal couple and their son. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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Now that the new Royal baby’s parents have decided on the little prince’s name, it is expected to set a trend – but possibly not in Sheffield.

HRH Prince George of Cambridge, the third in line to the throne, is set to be known as King George VII when he one day becomes king. His name was announced by Kensington Palace last night, two days after he was born.

According to the city registrar’s office, Sheffielders are pretty independent-minded when it comes to naming their own children.

“As with so many things, they follow their own minds,” said a spokesman.

So they’re not expecting a flood of little Georges.

For instance, although thousands turned out to congratulate city golden girl Jessica Ennis on her Olympic victory last year, only 40 girls have since been registered with Jess or Jessica in their name.

That’s not many when you consider that hundreds of children are registered by the service each month.

There’s also not much take-up for calling little girls Harper, like Victoria and David Beckham’s youngest.

However, the names William and Harry were not popular at the time that both princes were born and they are more common now in Sheffield, says the registrar’s office.

Traditional names in general have become more popular in the past four to five years, though, so George may catch on.

Royal infants mostly have safe, historical names which are passed down through the monarchy.

Bookmaker William Hill’s customers got it right. They reported George as the favourite for a boy. Spookily, Alexandra – one of the Queen’s middle names – was the favourite if it had been a girl. That is close one of Prince George’s middle names, Alexander.

The Queen will undoubtedly have been informed of the chosen names prior to their announcement, but was unlikely to have wielded a veto.

Royal writer Christopher Warwick said: “The Queen is so down to earth that she’s not likely to jump up and down and say this boy has got to be called Charles and George.

“This isn’t going to be ‘Granny, do you approve?’ but more ‘These are the names we’ve chosen – do you like them?’.

“It’s much more of a personal thing these days.”

It was always unlikely, however, that William and Kate would have picked a name out of keeping with royal tradition, and they will have been mindful of choosing a name that befits a future king.