Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming nuptials might be getting the bulk of royal watchers' attention these days, but let's not forget that Prince William is coming up on a pretty big life event himself. In October, Kensington Palace confirmed that he and Kate Middleton are expecting their third child, due in April.
The royals haven't divulged the exact due date or gender of the baby, but that hasn't stopped the people of the internet (and bookies of London) from speculating about what the kid might be named.
Per Newshub, the frontrunners—if you're a betting person—are Alice for a girl and Albert for a boy. Sounds good, but since the royal family has a well-known tendency to reuse names from yesteryear, we took things a step further and spoke to Boston University Associate Professor of History Arianne Chernock about what other names might be on the table. Her top guesses: Caroline, Alice, or Helena for a girl, and Albert or Alfred for a boy.
According to Chernock, William and Kate will likely look to the 18th century for inspo (it's what they did with both George and Charlotte, after all), making Alice, Helena, Albert, and Alfred strong contenders as they happen to be the names of Queen Victoria's children.
And speaking of Queen Victoria, Chernock says it's unlikely William and Kate would name a daughter after the iconic monarch herself. "Some people speculate that if they have a daughter they will go with a name like Elizabeth or Victoria, but I think actually those names are too iconic, too much associated with particular figures," she explains. "And while deferring to tradition, they can't opt for a name that has overwhelmingly negative associations. That's why I think a name like James, while very sweet, will not be what they opt for. King James, especially King James II, has a controversial role in their own family's story."
Chernock predicts that Will and Kate will likely look for traditional names that lend themselves to more modern nicknames.
"They need to kind of hit that sweet spot. They need to be deferential to tradition, but not seen as so antiquated that the name appears out of touch," she says. "A name like Alfred, I think, might be a good compromise because it's very traditional, but at the same time, the nickname is quite modern. In fact, if you look at the U.K.'s most popular names right now, Freddie and Alfie are up there—which are both modernizations of very traditional names."
When it comes to honoring the Middleton side of the family, Chernock says we should probably look to the child's middle name—that first moniker will (most likely) be alllll Windsor.