By now, if you haven’t been living under a rock or had more important things to do with your time, you would have heard that William and Kate are the proud parents of a baby boy weighing 8 lbs, 6 oz. While this is no doubt very exciting, what does it have to do with books? Well, if history repeats itself, whatever name they give to the bub will have a massive spike in popularity. It stands to reason that this trend will probably carry over into books.
The favourites amongst punters according to the Herald Sun are George, James, Louis and Charles. I began to wonder what the implications would be if the royal couple used their considerable popularity to reinvigorate some classic names that have fallen out of favour over the years. I have taken the liberty of penning some suitable options.
Option 1: Clarence
Sure it may be a little old-fashioned but Will and Kate could pay homage to the fact they almost ended up being the Duke and Duchess of Clarence. There was a slight problem when a former Duke of Clarence fought against Britain in World War 1 but nothing that couldn’t be glossed over. The guy who voiced Donald Duck was called Clarence so that might win over the young generation.
Option 2: Arthur
Not only would this remind people of King Arthur of old but also Arthur Daley from The Minder which would bring a common touch. The exploits of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, also lends the name some distinction. Can you just imagine a bodice ripper where the heroine gazes deeply into the hero’s eyes and cries “oh Arthie”? It could work.
Option 3: Ernest
The fact that one of my favourite plays is The Importance of Being Earnest has nothing to do with this suggestion. Shakespeare might argue that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet but Cecily and Gwendolyn beg to differ. We could then have the absolute pleasure of one day having a King Ernie on the throne. Imagine a romantic suspense novel where the hero turns to the bad guy and says “I think you’ll find me completely earnest” right before he blows him away.