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Origins of Windsor Royal names
« on: February 05, 2007, 04:05:24 PM »
I started this thread so anyone can post about the origins of some royal names, in regards to the Windsors, if they know. Anything would be appreciated. In some cases, the reason why a name was selected was fairly obvious, in other cases, it is rather harder.

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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 07:58:14 PM »
It's a shame that original thread is no longer here as it had a good deal of information--some by posters who aren't here anymore.

In regards to QV's children:

Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa--Victoria, obvious; Adelaide, for Queen Adelaide (consort of William IV and very close to QV); Mary (for the Duchess of Gloucester, perhaps?); Louisa--Prince Albert's mother

Albert Edward--Albert, obvious; Edward, after QV's father

Alice Maud Mary--Alice and Maud--old English names; Mary--see above

Alfred Ernest Albert--Alfred, old English names; Ernest, after PA's father and brother; Albert

Helena Augusta Victoria--Helena, ?; Augusta after one of QV's aunts perhaps;

Louise Caroline Alberta--Louise, after PA's mother; Alberta, after PA

Arthur William Patrick Albert--Arthur, old English name; William after WIV perhaps; Patrick, most likely for Ireland

Leopold George Duncan Albert--Leopold, after King Leopold of the Belgians; George, long connection to England and Hannover; Duncan for Scotland

Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore--Beatrice, some suggested historic origin or Dante reference; Feodore for QV's sister
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007, 08:06:37 PM »
Edward VII's Children

Albert Victor Christian Edward--Albert after the Prince Consort; Victor after QV; Christian after his maternal grandfather; Edward after the Duke of Kent

George Frederick Ernest Albert--George, old English and Hanover connections; Frederick had connections to British and Danish royal families; Ernest after PA's father and brother; Albert after the Prince Consort

Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar--Louise after the Queen of Denmark; Victoria after QV; Alexandra after her mother; Dagmar after her maternal aunt

Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary--Olga, probably after Queen Olga of Greece

Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria--old English connection; Charlotte, perhaps after the late Princess Charlotte

Alexander John Charles Albert--Alexander, perhaps after his mother; John, old name; Charles--perhaps a Danish connection since CP Frederick's 2nd son was Charles
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007, 08:11:25 PM »
GV's children:

Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David--Edward after 'dear Eddy'; Christian after CIX; George after his father as well as the Patron St of England; Andrew, Patrick, David--patron saints of the remaining countries of the UK

Albert Frederick Arthur George--Frederick after FVIII (his great-uncle); Arthur after Duke of Connaught, his godfather, I believe

Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary--Alice after the Duchess of Hesse, perhaps; Mary after her mother and grandmother

Henry William Frederick Albert--Henry, ?

George Edward Alexander Edmund--Alexander after his grandmother and perhaps the Duke of Teck's father; Edmund, old English name?

John Charles Francis--Charles, perhaps after his uncle Charles (King Haakon); Francis after the Duke of Teck
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2007, 05:22:05 AM »
I read somewhere that QV named Alice as a compliment to Lord Melbourne,
 who once told her it was his favourite female name.
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2007, 05:49:26 AM »
I read that too AnnieB!

I didn't know hw Duke of Kents middle name was Edmund :) Same as me!
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2007, 04:46:38 PM »
It's a shame that original thread is no longer here as it had a good deal of information--some by posters who aren't here anymore.

In regards to QV's children:

Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa--Victoria, obvious; Adelaide, for Queen Adelaide (consort of William IV and very close to QV); Mary (for the Duchess of Gloucester, perhaps?); Louisa--Prince Albert's mother

Albert Edward--Albert, obvious; Edward, after QV's father

Alice Maud Mary--Alice and Maud--old English names; Mary--see above

Alfred Ernest Albert--Alfred, old English names; Ernest, after PA's father and brother; Albert

Helena Augusta Victoria--Helena, ?; Augusta after one of QV's aunts perhaps;

Louise Caroline Alberta--Louise, after PA's mother; Alberta, after PA

Arthur William Patrick Albert--Arthur, old English name; William after WIV perhaps; Patrick, most likely for Ireland

Leopold George Duncan Albert--Leopold, after King Leopold of the Belgians; George, long connection to England and Hannover; Duncan for Scotland

Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore--Beatrice, some suggested historic origin or Dante reference; Feodore for QV's sister

Helena was after the Duchesse d'Orleans, her godmother. And Arthur was after the Duke of Wellington, his godfather.
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2007, 10:25:59 PM »
Ah, I can't believe I forgot the Duke of Wellington connection.  :P There's even the charming Winterhalter of the old Duke with QV, PA and Arthur.
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2007, 02:56:28 PM »
Beatrice was named as her Majesty explained to King Leopold: "She is to be called Beatrice, a fine old name, borne by three of the Plantaganet princesses, and her other names will be Mary (after poor Aunt Mary), Victoria (after mamma and Vicky, who with Fritz Wilhelm are to be the sponsors), and Feodore (the Queen's sister)."
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2007, 03:33:07 AM »
Beatrice was named as her Majesty explained to King Leopold: "She is to be called Beatrice, a fine old name, borne by three of the Plantaganet princesses, and her other names will be Mary (after poor Aunt Mary), Victoria (after mamma and Vicky, who with Fritz Wilhelm are to be the sponsors), and Feodore (the Queen's sister)."

Which Aunt Mary?
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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2007, 08:17:04 PM »
Beatrice was named as her Majesty explained to King Leopold: "She is to be called Beatrice, a fine old name, borne by three of the Plantaganet princesses, and her other names will be Mary (after poor Aunt Mary), Victoria (after mamma and Vicky, who with Fritz Wilhelm are to be the sponsors), and Feodore (the Queen's sister)."

Which Aunt Mary?

I believe it's Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, aunt of QV and daughter of George III.

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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2007, 08:44:48 PM »
I read somewhere that QV named Alice as a compliment to Lord Melbourne,
 who once told her it was his favourite female name.

It was in Victoria's Daughters. "It seemed that he and Victoria had once carried on a discussion in which they ranked the intrinsic beauty of female names, and it was "Alice" that he liked the best. The young sovereign, who still venerated the elder statesman, had tucked away the fact, and by giving the name to her second daughter, honored th man who had taught her to be a queen." :)

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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2007, 05:30:40 AM »
Thanks Mary R

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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2007, 05:34:40 AM »
There aren't many royal Alfreds. I can only think of Alfred the Great and of George III's youngest son.
Does anyone know if Affie was named after either of these?

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Re: Origins of Windsor Royal names
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2007, 02:27:55 PM »
On wikipedia, it refers to the fact that George V, in 1917, changed the name of the royal house and the titles to remove the German influence. What titles did the English royal family have that were German in nature?
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