Speculation around Kate and William’s baby started after they announced their third pregnancy in September, including whether they’ll be welcoming a boy or a girl, where the mum will give birth and of course, the baby name they are going to chose for their little one.
Previous favourites included Albert and Arthur, but now an unexpected name has become the frontrunner if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome a baby boy.
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Frederick – or Fred – is now the bookies’ favourite for a boy, attracting 62 per cent of all bets and overtaking the other monikers.
While there hasn’t been a King Frederick, the name is still popular in the royal family, as the last four King Georges all had this name in their set, according to The Week.
Frederick is also very popular in other Germanic royal families, like Prussia and Denmark.
While George means ‘farmer’ and Charlotte takes its meaning of ‘free man’ from Charles, Frederick signifies ‘peaceful ruler’ according to baby name website Nameberry – so it might come with high hopes for the young one to lead the pack.
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While it’s still the most popular boy’s name, Frederick is still behind two girl’s names – Mary and Alice.
Speaking about the predictions, Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: ‘The general consensus is that the royal family will opt for a traditional name, but it’s also possible that Will and Kate could go for something that will resonate with the Great British public.
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‘We’ve seen sizeable interest in Fred being chosen. And considering the royal lineage associated with the name and the diminutive ‘Freddie’ being one of the most 100 most popular in the UK at the moment – it’s easy to see how this story is gathering pace.’
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