Will the Queen’s death mean more babies are named Elizabeth?

Will the Queen’s death mean more babies are named Elizabeth?

September 10, 2022

It’s a baby name that has slowly fallen out of favour over the years, but as the country mourns the Queen’s passing, experts predict a surge in parents-to-be lovingly calling their new arrivals Elizabeth, in honour of Her Majesty.

SJ Strum, a baby name expert and host of the podcast, Baby Name Envy, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Currently Elizabeth is ranked at 56 in the names chart, down from 26 a quarter of a century ago, but it’s actually one of the most versatile girl names around.

‘From the glorious Elizabeth to Lizzie, Liz, Liza and Beth, it can be adapted to suit your child’s personality, age and stage in life.’ 

If you’re not quite sure about Elizabeth, there are other names that can still make a nod to the Queen and her extraordinary legacy.

SJ says: ‘I predict an update in the use of the name Queenie. It is still very low in the charts, at 2683, but is a budding hipster favourite and a modern twist to honour our Monarch.

‘I also like Winnie for Windsor, and Elspeth is the Scottish form of Elizabeth, which is appropriate as she passed at Balmoral.

‘I think Reign is a sweet nod to being born around this very historic time, and we could also see a boom in Charles, after the new King.’

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died at the age of 96 at her home in Balmoral, with her son, the now King Charles, and daughter Princess Anne by her side.

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We might also see more parents follow Harry and Meghan’s footsteps and name their child Lilibet.

SJ says: ‘There is a strong chance it will now be adopted much more widely.

‘It’s fresh, pretty and sounds both classic and modern which is a very unusual trait.’

But it’s unlikely we’ll see the Queen’s middle names – Alexandra and Mary – making a comeback.

SJ says: ‘Her Majesty’s middle names – Alexandra and Mary – have both fallen out of the top 100 down, to 136 and 291 respectively.

‘Alexandra is too close to the now much-maligned Alexa while Mary is perhaps a little staid for modern tastes.’

Regal baby name ideas

  • Adelaide
  • Agatha
  • Alexander
  • Alexandra
  • Alice
  • Anne
  • Archie
  • Augusta
  • Arthur
  • Beatrice
  • Catherine
  • Charles
  • Charlotte
  • Edward
  • Edmund
  • Elizabeth
  • Elspeth
  • Eugenie
  • Geoffrey
  • George
  • Harold
  • Henry
  • Isabella
  • James
  • King
  • Kingston
  • Lilibet
  • Lizzie
  • Louis
  • Louise
  • Margaret
  • Meghan
  • Philip
  • Philippa
  • Regal
  • Regan
  • Reign
  • Rupert
  • Queenie
  • Thomas
  • Victor
  • Victoria
  • William
  • Zara

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