Royal baby: My baby name panic

Royal baby names

The Duchess of Cambridge isn't the only woman giving birth. And for one expectant mother, the BBC Magazine's Kate Dailey in Washington, the royal arrival and what it will be called is inducing a faint sense of panic.

When it came to picking names for our first born, a son due in 13 days, I wanted something strong and Irish, like Lachlan or Conall. My husband leaned towards stately and American, like a Supreme Court Justice from the 1930s - Lawrence, Nathaniel, Theodore.

The name we ultimately agreed on has old English roots and an old-fashioned appeal.

Since deciding several months ago, we've tried to keep the name to ourselves. In our limited experience, telling close friends and relatives too soon results in polite smiles and barely-veiled disappointment at least half the time. Everyone has an opinion when it's just a name. Better to introduce a baby.

Now I'm wondering if I made a mistake by not getting the word out sooner. I fear the royal couple will choose for their new son the same name my husband and I have selected for ours - a name that has to me felt so special and private.

Will it suddenly become the popular choice, forever linked to the future king? Seeing as how my baby will arrive on this earth weeks after any announcement of a royal name, will people inevitably assume that our baby was named in tribute to the newest Windsor?

In the scheme of things, this is a very petty concern - the health of my son, his happiness and well-being is much more important than whether or not he shares a name with another little boy an ocean away. And anyway, as my husband points out, it's not a name that has populated many royal family trees.

But for five months, the name we chose has felt like our name - a little secret attached to a person that doesn't even exist yet. Were it to be suddenly printed in every newspaper, trending on Twitter and jumping to the head of the list of baby names, I'd feel slightly cheated - and supremely annoyed.

In the end, we will name our baby whatever we want, and not let our judgement be clouded by the goings on in the UK. But if we do have a son who shares his name with the newborn prince, I can't promise I won't go around telling other parents, his teachers, even his first date - we had it first.

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