These royals are influencing the top baby name predictions of 2019

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There are a few things we’re excited about at the moment – Christmas (obviously), the fact that the cottage from The Holiday is up for sale, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby news.

Baby Sussex will be born in the Spring, but so far we have no idea whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a boy or a girl (although Harry admitted that this is what he’s hoping for).

And despite the fact that the baby’s gender is being kept under wraps, many are already speculating about royal baby names. At the moment, the bookies favourites are Alice and Arthur, but some are predicting that Harry and Meghan will go rogue and opt for something more unusual. Or will they pick one from the list of the most popular British royal baby names of the last 200 years?

But when it comes to our own choices, what names are people picking for their little ones? We know that some baby names are going to go extinct (sorry, Arnold), and that in ten years these will be the most popular monikers, but it has recently been suggested that a handful of royals will actually be influencing our choices in 2019.

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According to baby naming website BabyCentre, we’ll be taking inspiration from the royal of the year – Meghan. No surprises there, then. The name has apparently seen a 49% rise in search this year, and interest is only going to grow.

Next up is Louis. The little prince is a real little cutie – and you’ll be hearing the name a lot more next year, with searches of his name going up by 17% since his birth in April.

But the most surprising name to make the 2019 predictions list is Eugenie. The princess piqued the public’s interest when she got married earlier this year, and now her name is set to become big news in the next twelve months.

We’re here for it.

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