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Alexandria? Edward? The Guessing Game Has Begun for Name of Third Royal Baby

Prince William and Princess Kate

When you become pregnant, it can sometimes feel like everyone is focused on you and your baby bump. But when it comes to the royal family in England, practically the entire world actually is focused on that baby in utero. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have most likely heard that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka our favorite royal couple Wills and Kate) are expecting their third child.

Their eldest child, George (4), and their daughter, Charlotte (2), will welcome their little sibling (who will be fifth in line for the throne) next year. Aside from the fact that Kate is suffering once again from hyperemesis gravidarum (a complication during pregnancy marked by severe nausea and vomiting, often resulting in dehydration), little else has been disclosed by Buckingham Palace. But that hasn't stopped everyone from speculating about the name the little royal will be given at birth.

According to the Huffington Post:

“If you look at the names of their two children ― 18th century Hanoverian names with George and Charlotte ― you see they’re very classic, very traditional,” Arianne Chernock, an associate professor of modern British history at Boston University, told HuffPost. “So I would expect them to maintain that deference to tradition. I don’t think they’re really going to make a radical choice.”

Prince George’s full name is George Alexander Louis and Princess Charlotte is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

If the royal couple’s third child is a girl, Chernock guessed that names like Caroline or Alexandra would be in the running.

“These are queens who were very well liked in their time. Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII, was much loved. I could see them easily taking that kind of route,” Chernock said. “For a boy, I think they would also look to traditional revered monarchs of the past,” she added, suggesting Edward.

Not surprisingly, people aren't just taking cute guesses at the name of baby #3. It's big business. Since the announcement earlier this week, gambling companies have been taking bets on the potential names. Ladbrokes, which is a British gambling company, is so good that it actually predicted both George and Charlotte's names before the little ones arrived.

What do you think the baby's name will be?