‘Archie’ causing some royal name drama
The inspiration for Prince Harry and Meghan’s newborn son’s name seems to be causing as much drama as the wait for his birth.
Little Archie — full name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor — came as a surprise to those betting on his name.
In fact, Archie was not even in the running, and it seems to be causing a bit of consternation.
So far his parents are remaining mum on any inspiration for the name, leaving some people scratching their heads.
Hey I like comic books as much as the next person, but you'd have to go through a lot of names before Archie. Guess Batman Wolverine Flash Mountbatten-Windsor was taken? Idk#Archiehttps://t.co/hX3wKhnptp
— Dragon of Mothers (@SlowPaintr) May 9, 2019
And some wonder if Her Majesty the Queen — and great-grandma — is really pleased with the name.
— Alycee ⚓️ (@leecee517) May 8, 2019
Perhaps that famous American comic book character, Archie, a ginger just like Prince Harry, is behind the name?
And doesn’t Meghan, with her glossy black hair and glamorous wardrobe, resemble the comic’s Veronica just a bit?
The @ArchieComics Twitter account seems to be taking some credit.
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) May 8, 2019
Maybe the royals think they are raising a future athlete.
Could they have been thinking of Elisha Archibald “Archie” Manning III, famous American NFL player and dad to a couple of more?
— Heidi Allen Smith (@heidigatlin) May 8, 2019
Or maybe the idea came from a bit closer to home, perhaps Archie’s young cousin Prince George?
ROYAL BABY NAMED ARCHIE HARRISON: Several news outlets reported back in January that Prince George gave himself the nickname Archie. Perhaps the young prince was trying to tell us something! 😉 George predicted his little cousins name! 👶🏼🍼 #BabySussex #royalbaby #ArchieHarrison pic.twitter.com/G2B7pgE3gP
— Prince Louis (@PrinceHRHLouis) May 8, 2019
Already expectations are that the name will rise in popularity, both in the U.S. and the U.K.
How many babies named #Archie and #Harrison do you think have already been registered across #Oxfordshire this year? Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was proudly paraded to the world by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex @PHarry_Meghan yesterday. Click here https://t.co/Pkw08bkK91 pic.twitter.com/Dh9WM0v5BX
— Oxfordshire County (@OxfordshireCC) May 9, 2019
The U.S. baby name site Nameberry ranks Archie at 108 in popular infant names.
It breaks the top 20 in Britain, landing at 18 on England’s official name listings.
Among Baby Boomers, the name may recall the 1970’s television show “All in the Family,” with the cringe-worthy — but comical — lead character Archie Bunker.
— eric fliegelman (@ericfliegelman) May 8, 2019
Edith apparently approves.
— Jim Nieset (@jrnnola) May 8, 2019
According to Nameberry.com, Archie means “truly brave.”Surely his parents agree.
At least one American celebrity couple, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, christened their son Archie.
There are some who think Archie’s parents gave him a sly middle name as well, believing “Harrison” translates to “Harry’s Son.”
Some are just enjoying an early tribute to Mother’s Day, with a photo of Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, beaming at Archie with joy.
— Modern Sussex (@Modern_Sussex) May 8, 2019
Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .