Archie is storming the UK, so to speak. The UK Office for National Statistics has announced its top ten given names, and for the first time Archie’s name has made it to the top ten in England and Wales.
The surge in popularity is undoubtedly due to the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose the name of their first child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born in 2019. The name was an unusual choice for a royal baby – nor his first name. nor his middle name have any royal, historical or modern connection. It’s not completely out of left field though. Archie was 18th in popularity in 2017 and has been in the top 50 since 2003.
Archie isn’t the only royal boy name to top the list, however. Harry and George, the name Prince William and Kate Middleton chose for their firstborn, are also firmly in the top 10.
The announcement of Archie’s name caused a sensation in 2019 due to his lack of royal connection and ordinary nature. Fans of the show Riverdale of course I loved it, and there were a few really funny tweets after the name is announced. “Find your royal baby’s name by combining your favorite American comic book character, your favorite Star Wars actor, your favorite cake and the location of your grandmother’s favorite castle,” writer Robert Hutton tweeted.
Archie’s sister Lilibet landed in 7th place – the four-month-old baby was named in honor of Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth (whose nickname is Lilibet).
Despite the goodwill and humor of the majority, Meghan Markle’s chief critic Piers Morgan has had negative feedback. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone, really. “So the royal couple, in a blow to diversity and feminism, gave their son one of the most popular middle-class white first names, Archie, and a second name, Harrison, who was chosen because it means “Harry’s son ‘(I’m serious ..),” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “Hilarious.”
Either way, we love the name Archie and are happy that it is gaining ground against the ever popular Charles, Edwards and Williams of the world.
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