Behind the Name: Livinia Nixon looked to royalty when naming her son

Livinia Nixon and her son Henry.
Livinia Nixon and her son Henry. Photo: Instagram

Livinia Nixon understands the pressure of naming a brand new baby.

"A name is the essence of you and carries you into the future," she told Essential Baby. "So we looked to the past".

The Nine presenter and her husband Alistair Jack ended up landing on the name Henry for their first son, after being drawn to name's meaning as"strong", "ruler" or "leader".

"While our son doesn't have any royal blood, we loved that Henry is a solid, dependable name," the weather presenter said.


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"One that doesn't need to be spelled out...unlike my name, which I've had a lifetime of repeating… understandably, as she's a tricky one!"

Nixon and her husband are not the first parents-to-be to get their baby name inspiration from royalty. Australia's top boy and girl names lists for 2020 show the British Royals in particular have a huge influence on the nation's favourite baby names.

Three years after Nixon's first son was born, son number two arrived and with him the pressure to come up with another boy's name she loved. This time the couple landed on the less royal, but equally sweet, Ted.

"My husband wasn't convinced of the name until the birth," Nixon remembers, fondly adding, "he looked like a Ted ....cheeky, loveable and always up for a chat."


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Searching for some royal baby name inspiration? Here are a few monikers to consider:


78th on McCrindle's top boys' names list, it's not as popular as it's shortened version Charlie - which is currently sitting at ninth. However the name has proved to be a solid choice, after Prince Charles of course. Its royal origins stretch back several generations and centuries and most recently, Kate Middleton and Prince William chose to use it as part of their youngest son's name - Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.


Probably the first name that pops to mind when people think of royal monikers - after Queen Elizabeth II, of course. Currently 55 on the top 100 grils' names list. It hasn't been at the top of the list since the 1950s but, like Charles, it does usually feature in most popular baby names lists.


How can you go past Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana? Sitting at 23 on Australia's most popular boys' names list, it means power or ruler.


Sitting at number 17 in the top girls' names list, Isabella is a royal name with a sweet Aussie connection - it's the name Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark chose for their eldest daughter.


Louis climbed up the rankings since the birth of Prince Louis in 2018. It's the 48th most popular boys' name in Australia at the moment, jumping 25 places since 2017.

The royals have had a huge influence on the names Australian's have chosen for their babies

The royals have had a huge influence on the names Australian's have chosen for their babies Photo: Getty


The most popular girls name at the moment, it became the most popular name after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose it as the name of their young Princess in 2015 and has remained that way since.


Sitting at number 25, it's risen four places since the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019. Meaning "genuine", "bold" or "brave" it's no wonder Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose it as the name of their first born son.


The daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, Zara Phillips may not have a royal title in front of her name, but as the first granddaughter of the Queen, we still think it qualifies as a royal name! It's the 32nd most popular girls name in Australia.


How can we forget Kate and William's first born? After Prince George was born in 2013, the name enjoyed a huge spike in popularity and remains popular still today, sitting at 33rd for the most popular boys name.