Posted: Mar 26, 2013 11:00 AM
As we await the royal arrival, let's take a look back at the names of Great Britain's most famous kings and queens.

This is the Year of the Royal Baby! Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his stunning wife Kate, are expecting their first child — and we couldn't be more excited. Will the heir to the British throne bear a traditional family name?

The royal family tree

The future prince or princess has a rich family tree from which to draw his or her name. The list of potential monikers goes well beyond Charles and Elizabeth:

  • Grandparents: Charles (Philip Arthur George), Prince of Wales, and Diana (Frances Spencer)
  • Great-grandparents: Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II (aka Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Great-great-grandparents: King (Albert Frederick Arthur) George Windsor VI and The Queen Mum Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon
  • Great-great-great-grandparents: King George (Frederick Ernest Albert) V and The Queen Consort Mary of Teck (aka Victoria Mary August Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes)
  • Great-great-great-great grandparents: King (Albert) Edward VIII and Queen-Empress Consort Alexandra (Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia) of Denmark
  • Great-great-great-great-great grandparents: The Prince Consort Albert (aka Prince Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) and Queen (Alexandrina) Victoria
  • Great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents: The Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn and Princess Marie Luise Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Princess of Leiningen, Duchess of Kent
  • Great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents: King George III (aka George William Frederick) and Queen Consort Charlotee of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents: Frederick Louis and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Prince and Princess of Wales
  • Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents: King George (Augustus) II and Queen Consort (Wilhelmina Charlotte) Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach
  • Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents: King George (Louis) I of Great Britain and Ireland and Sophia Dorothea of Brunswick and Luneburg

Before the British Monarchs

Before King George I and the succeeding British Monarchs were the historic houses of England. They, too, offer fabulous — albeit repetitive — baby name inspiration for Will and Kate:

  • House of Stuart: James I (1603-1625), Charles I (1625-1649), Charles II (1660-1685), James II (1685-1688), Mary (1689-1694), William III (1689-1702), Anne (1702-1707)
  • House of Tudor: Henry VII (1405-1509), Henry VIII (1509-1547), Edward VI (1547-1553), Jane (1553), Mary I (1553-1558), Philip (1554-1558), Elizabeth (1558-1603)
  • House of York: Edward IV (1461-1470 and 1471-1483), Edward V (1483), Richard III (1483-1485)
  • House of Lancaster: Henry IV (1399-1413), Henry V (1413-1422), Henry VI (1422-1461 and 1470-1471)
  • House of Plantagenet: Henry II (1154-1189), Richard I (1189-1199), John (1199-1216), Henry III (1216-1272), Edward I (1272-1307), Edward II (1307-1327), Edward III (1327-1377), Richard II (1377-1399)
  • House of Normandy: Dukes — Rollo (911-927), William I (927-942), Richard I (942-996), Richard II (996-1027), Richard III (1927), Robert I (1927-1035) and William II (1035-1066). Monarchs — William I & II (1066-1087), William II (1087-1100), Robert II (1087-1106), Henry I (1100-1135 and 1106-1135), William III of Adelin (1120), Matilda (1135-1153), Stephen (1154-1154)

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