10 Weird and Unusual Royal Baby Names
From Lackland to Ethelfleda, the ugly, unusual and weird names in the royal family tree.
Unusual Royal Baby names
The royal baby, who ever he or she may be, will join a long and regal history and the little royal will be given a name that will reflect that past. After all, Prince William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis. A name that harkens back to early Anglo-Saxon kings. But there are names in the royal family tree that are more unusual, dubious and plain awful. Here are 10 of the more odd royal names plucked from the royal family tree.
Adeliza was the second wife of Henry I. He married her when he was 53 and she was in her late teens. Adeliza was beautiful and known in history as the “Fair Maid of Brabant.”
Aethelred was known as an unprepared king, who ordered the massacre of Dutch settlers and was temporarily overthrown by the King of Denmark. Not really the best namesake on the family tree. Prince George dodged a bullet.
Eahlswith was the wife of King Alfred the Great, the first monarch to call himself King of the Anglo-Saxons. Although, she was never crowned queen, Eahlswith had five children and established the long line of the British monarchy.
Camilla, the Dutchess of Cornwall, is the second wife of Prince Charles. Although not as beloved in Britain as her predecessor, Princess Diana, her image has received something of a makeover in recent years. In ancient Roman mythology, Camilla was a swift-footed hunter.
Known as Edgar the Peaceful, this Anglo-Saxon king, and distant ancestor of Prince William, tried to unite the English and the Danes.
Wife of Edgar the Peaceful, Ethelfleda was known as “the fair.” So, clearly her looks offset the ugly name.
Lackland was the nickname of King John, who ascended to the throne in 1199 at age 32. King John is known for succumbing to the political forces of his advisors and signing the Magna Carta.
A bit of an outlier on the family tree. Ludwig was married to Henrietta, the granddaughter of William of Orange. The name means “famous warrior.”
Born Bessie Wallis, Wallis Simpson was the infamous American divorcee, who convinced King Edward VIII to abdicate the throne and marry her. The incident was a scandal for the royal family and she is a controversial figure in British history.
Zara Phillips is the daughter of Princess Anne and the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth. It’s a lovely, if unusual, name that means “princess.”
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