Why Harry and Meghan's baby name choice might surprise royal watchers

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Albert, Arthur, Alexander, James and Phillip. These are all names being touted as some of the most likely names for Harry and Meghan's baby son born on May 6.

Ladbrokes has an extensive list from bets being placed on the boy's name, however, with the baby being seventh in line to the throne, it's safe to say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a little more wiggle room when it comes to baby names.

The boy is also unlikely to be an HRH unless the queen decrees it, which lowers the stakes considerably.

Meghan's American background could also inform the eventual name choice, as could her personal heroes.

Victoria Arbiter, a royal expert and commentator for CNN says that although the couple don't stray far from royal protocol, "...they're certainly doing things their way."

There's one name in the top five, however, that looks a likely candidate if they do stray from the usual suspects - Spencer.

It's a hot pick due to the British public's affection for Diana, Harry's mother, who tragically died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 aged just 36. Her name before marriage was Lady Diana Spencer.

Harry was a red-haired boy of 12 when his mother passed away, the indelible images of him following his mother's coffin in a procession forever in the hearts and minds of people who saw it. For many royal fans it's their dearest wish to see Diana honoured in such a way.

Untraditional names aren't uncommon in the lower ranks of the Queen's great grandchildren, of which she now has eight.

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Queen Elizabeth's grandson Peter Phillips has daughters named Savannah and Isla, and Zara Tindall's (née Phillips) daughters are Mia and Lena. All much more Top 20 modern-chic names than trad royal. 

Kate and William were obligated to put the most traditional names on the birth certificates of their three children - George, Charlotte and Louis - because of their proximity to the throne, though Prince George is reportedly called P.G. by his school friends. 

Harry and Meghan's son is unlikely to ascend the throne so we're going to take a look at some more left-field options suggested by punters.

On the Ladbrokes list of baby boy names for the newest royal offspring, we have the following names, which we've chosen because they're not absurd (like Barack, Judd and Tyrone) and strike the right balance of distinguished and not incredibly overused for royal children.

Winston

Piers

Gareth

Rory

Alistair

And here are some great options for a royal baby, from the Australian Top 50, as inspired by the Phillips' and Tindall's baby name choices.

Leo

Oscar

Theodore

Benjamin

Arlo

Lincoln

Hugo