Archie Harrison (Harry’s son) meets the Queen

The adoration of the Magi: Yesterday’s recreation of the scene when the wise men pay homage

What’s in a name? An awful lot judging by the reaction this morning to the adorable Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, aged three days, as he was introduced to his royal granny.

So, now we know. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The UK papers are delighted this morning. “Aaaah, It’s Archie the Adorable,” says The Daily Mail in its Magical Royal Baby Special. The same beautifully composed nativity scene (that we are showing above) adorns every front page.

The American press is thrilled too. Archie MUST be a reference, says The New Yorker, to “the only Archie that counts” — that is Archie Leach, the boy from Bristol, who grew up to be Cary Grant. “What better spirit to hover above the cradle than the ultimate man of the world?”

Archie means “genuine”, “bold” or “brave” — and is more popular in Britain than in the US. It was originally a shortened form of Archibald, but is now often used as a name on its own.

It was the 18th most-popular boy’s name in England and Wales in 2017, with 2,803 baby boys called Archie that year, and has been in the top 50 consistently since 2003.

What’s more, Harry and Meghan are breaking with convention by giving their son a diminutive, Archie, rather than the full Archibald. Royal names, by convention, are given in their full, formal form, even if the diminutive or nickname is used day-to-day. Prince Harry’s name is, strictly speaking, Henry.

What’s in a name?

Montague? Capulet? Juliet’s famous question in Romeo and Juliet aims to persuade Romeo that it doesn’t matter. “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

And yet. It’s hard to shake the feeling that our names do shape us. They influence the teacher meeting us on our first day of school, the admissions tutor looking at our university application, and the employer reading our CV. Our names are woven into who we are.

You Decide

  1. Has your name shaped your personality?

Activities

  1. Pick your own favourite names for a baby — one for a boy and one for a girl. Now list under each of them the qualities that they suggest to you.

Some People Say...

“Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It’s just a name. But it’s regal, obviously, and sounds splendid.”

Freddie Mercury

What do you think?

Q & A

What do we know?
Prince Harry’s full first names are Henry Charles Albert David. Prince William’s are William Arthur Philip Louis. And Prince Charles’s are Charles Philip Arthur George. Prince George is George Alexander Louis. Princess Charlotte is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Prince Louis is Louis Arthur Charles.
What do we not know?
Where Meghan and Harry got the Archie idea from. Other famous Archies include Archie Panjabi, who starred in The Good Wife; Archie Andrews in Archie comics in America, and also the Netflix show Riverdale; and Archie Mitchell, a villain in EastEnders.

Word Watch

Cary Grant
An English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood’s definitive leading men.