Royalty baby names explode in popularity

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We all want our children to do well in life and not struggle for money. Sure, it might be nice to think that one day that little baby in your arms might meet a real life princess or prince, a 'la Mary and her Danish prince but the likelihood of that, let's face it, is pretty slim.

Status, untold wealth and strict social hierarchies can be ultimately desirable to some parents and more and more are turning to regal names to set their babies apart from the pack.

Rather than obvious royal choices such as Charlotte and Victoria, William and George, there are those taking it next level.

Like literally.

Kourtney Kardashian used Reign for her third child three years ago and since then, there has been a perceivable increase in names linked to royalty. We took a look at the US Social Security Administration database to back up our assertion with fact. The numbers point to a real trend in the US, but most of these names are outlawed in Australia.


Royalty stormed in to the US top 1000 for the first time in 2016 at 532, making it the most significant mover of all the royal names.


From 900 in 2013 to 460 in 2016, that a rise of a mammoth 440 places in just four years. It is the very most literal of the royal names and a hot mover.

Rapper Lil' Kim gave her baby girl a royal double whammy in 2014, calling her Royal Reign.


Perhaps because people became accustomed to it via Kourtney Kardashian's son's Reign, this name hit the top 1000 for the first time in 2016, coming in at 829.



From 897 in 2006 to a ranking of 152 in 2016, this regal name has seen a meteoric rise in just ten years.


In 2015, Princess was barely inside the top 1000, ranking 999. She surged ahead a huge 232 places to come in at 767 in 2016. We'll be watching her closely to see how she fares in the 2017 list.


Prince has sat well inside the top 1000 for many years, however he mostly perched in the 700, 800 and 900 rankings.

In 2015 he cracked the top 400 for the first time at 388 and last year climbed another 45 places to reach 343. One to watch.


Duke is probably the most 'usual' of all the royal names, probably because it's given to so many pets.

He's also on the rise for baby humans, rising from 720 in 2013 to 557 in 2016, a jump of 163 places. 

Other titles

Heiress Diana

Tameka "Tiny" Harris and Clifford "T.I." Harris used this uppercrust name for their baby daughter born in March 2016.


We don't see this highly unique name catching on anytime soon, but Beyonce's son's name is notable here for its reference to ambition and social status.

Here's one that's out

Earl has suffered a rankings trauma due to the fresh new feel of his royal counterparts and probably due in part to the questionable character of the same name in the tv series My Name is Earl.

Earl fell out of the US top 1000 in 2007, and hasn't been seen since. He sat at 712 in the year 2000.