After a long two days, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex finally announced the name of their firstborn child.

By Rachel Sylvester
Updated: May 10, 2019

 

Baby Sussex is finally here, and more importantly, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's firstborn finally has a name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Soon after the royal new parents stepped out with their newborn son at St. George's Hall in Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex retreated indoors to formally introduce Baby Sussex to his great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen. Their Royal Highnesses Instagram account, sussexroyal, broke the news of Archie's arrival by posting a sentimental photo of the family meeting, which also included The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess' mother, Doria Ragland.
 


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But where exactly does the unconventional moniker draw its origins? According to Babble, the name Archie is a variant of Archibald—a name of English origin that means "genuine and bold." The name currently ranks #737 in popularity by Baby Center's count, but we're willing to bet that number will quickly rise as a result of baby Archie's highly anticipated arrival.

While it may be too soon to tell if the terms "genuine and bold" apply to two-day-old baby Archie's personality, Meghan Markle did express this morning that the newest member of the royal family is "really calm." "He has the sweetest temperament," she said in an interview. When asked what it's like in her role as a new mom, the Duchess of Sussex replied, "It's magic. It's pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I'm really happy."

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As for baby Archie's middle name, Harrison? That moniker is more easily interpreted, since the term quite literally means "son of Harry" and originated in the Middle Ages. Surprisingly, neither Archie nor Harrison were top contenders for royal baby names among those taking bets in the months leading up to Meghan's due date. In fact, the speculated top pick among British oddsmakers was Arthur, followed closely by James, Philip and Albert.

Archie's surname, Mountbatten-Windsor, came as no surprise, since it belongs to all of the descendants of Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip.

"He's just been a dream," Meghan said of Archie this morning with a beaming Prince Harry by her side. "It's been a special couple of days."

Now that a royal baby has been named Archie, we're betting the name will become one of the top baby names of 2019 after all (see early predictions). 

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