The royal family member with the most popular baby name might surprise you

The number of babies that share their name with a member of the Royal Family is on the rise, but for who?

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The most surprising royal names that are now said to be the most popular baby names have been revealed - and Lilibet has beaten Philip to the top spot.

The royal names Lilibet and Prince Philip are among the royal names seeing a rise in popularity when it comes to baby names while other royals have seen their names decline.

Latest research from Slingo, shows that in England and Wales, according to ONS, more babies are being named after Prince Harry and Meghan's daughter Lilibet when compared to previous years.

The moniker, which is a nickname of the late Queen Elizabeth II, last appeared on records in 2013 but re-entered the rankings in 2021 when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby was born that same year.

But Lilibet isn't the only unusual name to hit the top spot in terms of baby name popularity - as the name Philip climbed up 20 places following the death of Prince Philip.

While popularity surged for these monikers, a few previous favourite royal name choices have been gradually slipping - with other names like Louis, Harry and Archie chosen over the likes of Charles, William, Charlotte and Elizabeth. 

But it's the name Meghan that saw the biggest fall of all, dropping 576 places.

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Elsewhere, the name Archie has maintained its position in the rankings while Harry and Louis saw a small increase between the time periods too.  

In fact, the only royal name that has been steadily moving up the rankings over the past five years is Louis, the name shared with the Prince and Princess of Wales’ youngest son. 

It comes after Oliver was the baby name that was knocked off the top spot in 2022 of the most popular baby name choice in England and Wales after holding the spot for eight years.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)