Yay, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex named their baby – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. As it's always been in the royal family, it's not just a set of words or names that pop up in the parents' minds. Monarchs should put more meaning into names: paying tribute to someone, adding a little symbolism.
If Archie means "genuine" or "brave," Harrison "son of Harry," then what does the third part, Mountbatten, mean? This surname has an interesting history!
The family of Prince Philip, the husband of Elizabeth II, had the German surname Battenberg. In 1917, his uncle, Louis, changed the surname to make it sound more British-like as a part of refusing from everything German-related (post-war). That's how the surname Mountbatten appeared.
Before getting married to Elizabeth, Philip took his mother's maiden name as a sign of honor and gratitude to his uncle, so he also became Mountbatten. This way, Mountbatten-Windsor became a personal surname of the queen and her husband's descendants. Yet the dynasty bears the name of Windsor.
And since baby Archie won't have a title of a prince, his name is a tribute to his ancestors with the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
We can only wonder how happy Prince Philip must be as his mother's name has now become known. The memory lives on and warms his heart! What do you think about such a thoughtful approach to choosing the name and its parts? Tell us in the comments below.