Kate Middleton originally had a completely different name in mind for Prince George

Who knew?!

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Lindo Wing after Prince George's birth
(Image credit: Anwar Hussein / Getty)

Picking the perfect name for your newborn can be tricky - do you go for a moniker from the smartest baby names list? Or stick to something with a vintage twist? What about reviving one of these almost extinct baby names?

There's even a list of the most popular royal inspired baby names if you want something a little bit regal.

But how do the royals themselves choose?

According to a report in Vanity Fair, the Prince and Princess of Wales had a few options in the bank when they were expecting their first child, Prince George, back in 2013 - and apparently, the Princess 'had her heart' set on a different name entirely.

Although William and Kate didn't want to find out the sex of their baby as William 'wanted a surprise', that doesn't mean they hadn't thought about what the little royal would be known as.

Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl wrote: "Courtiers insisted the pair had not found out the sex of their unborn baby, and friends close to the couple claim William wanted a surprise."

She added that Kate had a feeling it would be a boy and 'had her heart set on the name Alexander'.


So what made her change her mind?

Apparently, the Wales' decided to settle on George once he had arrived, perhaps a nod to the Queen's late father, King George VI. Alexander was instead used as a second name.

The late Queen's middle name was also Alexandra, so the name has even more of a special importance to the couple.

How lovely!

Jadie Troy-Pryde
News Editor

Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.