Baby Sussex: Punters place bets on names for Harry and Meghan’s baby-to-be!

The big day is looming for parents-to-be, Meghan and Harry.

Baby Sussex, as the couple’s baby-to-be has been dubbed, is believed to be due in Spring 2019 (that’s anytime between March and May in the UK).  

And while the couple claim they haven’t found out the baby’s gender yet, the bets are on for the name.

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A game that can go either way!

As part of the fun, Sportsbet.com.au, an online bookmaker, has released a list of names people have put money behind. And they range from $9 to $501 a pop.

Without a gender reveal, this is clearly a game that can go either way.

That said, there are slightly more votes on girls’ names than boys, so maybe these punters know something we don’t? 


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Top 5 ‘most likely’ girls’ names

Diana

Prince Harry was just 12 when his mother died, *sob*, so it’s not that much of a stretch to imagine him paying tribute to his mum with his first-born.

Alice

Short and sweet, very feminine that seems like a nice bridge between the modern and the traditional worlds.

Grace

Well, no prizes for guessing why this name made the list! Princess Grace of Monaco was the other famous Hollywood actress to marry into the royal family …

Victoria

A super traditional choice, and a big nod to Harry’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Elizabeth

Now, this would be a nice nod to Harry’s Granny, no?  A pretty versatile name too given all the variations, Lizzy, Beth etc.

The 5 top ‘most likely’ boys’ names

Arthur

Baby ‘Artie’ has a bit of a ring to it, don’ t you think? It was also the name of Pippa Middleton’s son born last year. So, who knows if they’d risk two in the family? But it’s the top choice apparently.

Edward

Harry has an uncle Edward, so that could make a nice tribute.

James

Prince Jimmy Sussex sounds like a cheeky type of guy, which would suit if the new bub takes after dad.

Alexander

A regal name if ever there ever was one, and a nice choice for this arm of the royal family as its unusual enough to be interesting.

 

Oliver

When it comes to boys’ names, this one has gained some serious currency over the years! Could be a nice modern option.

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And now for the least likely names … 

If all those names left you feeling a little nonplussed, the more outlandish choices on both lists might take your fancy.

Hodgey, Leopold and Buddha made the boy’s list. Hmmm. Prince Buddha, yes that certainly has a ring to it!

While the girls’ names are a little less risqué, the more unconventional included Matilda, Maud, Sybilia and Amalia.

With mixed news reports about where the royal baby will be delivered, and Meghan’s choice of birth support (apparently she’s opted for a doula), all we can do is wait and see! 

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