The Meaning of the Royal Baby’s Middle Name, Harrison

After two loooong days of royal baby name predictions, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally introduced their new son: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. So, what’s the meaning of the newborn’s middle name?

Here’s what you need to know: Harrison is of English origin, so it’s rather fitting for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It also literally means “son of Harry,” which is a nod to the child’s father. (Guess they thought really, really hard on that one.)

If you’re thinking, “Harry isn’t even his real name,” you’re not wrong. The 34-year-old prince was born Henry Charles Albert David. Though rare, the nickname “Harry” is sometimes used, and since the royal has been called the moniker for as long as we can remember, we’ll let it slide.

Although we don’t know if little Archie will go by his first name, we wouldn’t be surprised if the royal parents pulled a fast one and called him by his middle name. The moniker Harrison is often shortened to Harris, Harry and—dare we say—Henry, so let the games begin.

On Monday, May 6, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child at 5:26 a.m. The delivery took place at The Portland in London, a private maternity-only hospital near Regent’s Park. The decision shocked some royal aficionados, considering many speculated that Markle would deliver the child via home birth…but that wasn’t the case.

Two days later, the royal couple debuted their new son to the world, announcing little Archie’s name not long after.

All this time we thought “Arthur,” “Philip” and “Spencer” were the frontrunners. We can’t believe we didn’t see this coming.

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