The Likeliest Names Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Could Choose for Their Baby

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
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There's already lots of speculation on what name the couple will give their first child.

What's in a name?

The world is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby, and naturally, there's already lots of speculation on what name the couple will choose for their first child.

Both 37-year-old Meghan and 34-year-old Harry themselves have classic names -- Meghan's legal first name is actually Rachel, though she goes by her middle name, Meghan -- and given the history of the royal family, it's expected that their baby will also have a traditional name. If they welcome a baby girl, a few obvious choices are Mary, Elizabeth (Harry's grandmother's name) or Victoria. Traditional names for a baby boy include Philip (Harry's grandfather's name), Charles (his dad's name), Edward, James or Arthur.

Meghan, of course, hails from the United States, and the most popular baby girl names from 2018 include Emma, Ava, Isabella, Aria, Riley and Amelia. The most popular baby boy names include Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden and Caden.

However, Meghan has been known to break from royal tradition. One option is to go with a classic name and choose a more unconventional one for their child's middle name.

Many also speculate that if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome a baby girl, they could honor Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, by naming her Diana. Meghan has previously paid tribute to the beloved Princess of Wales with a few of her pointed fashion choices and has also worn her jewelry on special occasions. Most notably, Harry gave Diana’s iconic aquamarine ring to Meghan as a wedding gift last May.

Meghan's wedding ring also contains two diamonds from Princess Diana's jewelry collection, as well a main stone from Botswana. During Meghan and Harry's first joint interview in November 2017 following their engagement announcement, Harry said his late mother would have loved Meghan.

"It would be thick as thieves. Without question," Harry told Mishal Husain of BBC News. "I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me. But then she probably would have been best friends with Meghan."

"The little diamonds on either side are from my mother's jewelry connection to make sure she's with us on this crazy journey together," he also said of the stunning ring he chose to propose to Meghan with.

And Meghan is obviously a fan of honoring her late mother-in-law.

"I think everything about Harry's thoughtfulness and the inclusion of that, and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it's so important for me to know that she's a part of this with us," she said at the time.  

But if Meghan and Harry follow royal tradition, the world is in for a bit of a wait when it comes to the big name reveal of Baby Sussex. Royals traditionally announce their baby name a few days after the birth announcement, though the birth announcement usually at least contains the sex of the baby. In the latest case, Prince William and Kate Middleton didn't announce that they decided to name their third child, Louis, until four days after Kate gave birth.

As Meghan gets closer and closer to her due date, she's reportedly asking for some mom advice from her good friends, Serena Williams and Amal Clooney. Watch the video below for more: