The royal connections to the top baby names of 2019 so far

By Zach Harper

It’s only been just over two months since little Archie Harrison was born on May 6, but his name has attracted more interest than any other baby name so far this year, a report says.

Baby names website Nameberry says the moniker Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry chose for their son has picked up a whopping 50 per cent more page views than any other boys’ name in 2019. The portal credits the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son for the surge in interest in the name Archie.

A large number of people were already interested in the name Archie before the royal baby's birth, Nameberry says. It points out it was the fastest-rising boys’ name in the United States last year, putting it back on the list of the top 1000 baby names for the first time in 30 years. In England, it hasn’t wavered out of the top 100 since 2000, the site reports.

We last saw Isla Phillips (bottom right) with her big sister Savannah and mom Autumn and dad Peter at Trooping the Colour in June. Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

There’s a potential royal connection with the top girls’ name, as well! Isla, which is the name of Peter and Autumn Philips’s younger daughter, has unseated Olivia at No. 1, Nameberry says. Isla ranks in the top 10 here in Canada along with Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Australia. Isla Phillips was born in 2012, and Nameberry doesn’t say there’s a direct connection, but since Autumn is originally from Canada, we can’t help but wonder if she’s helped spur its popularity here!

Meghan and Harry shared two gorgeous photos, including this black-and-white portrait, after Archie’s christening on July 6. Photo: © Chris Allerton/@sussexroyal/Getty Images

Of course, it’s no surprise the Royal Family has such an influence on name searches and what families ultimately choose to call their children. Members of the Firm are well known for setting style trends and being fashion forward, so it makes sense the public would take cues from them in other areas, too!

Speaking of Archie, he was christened in a private ceremony featuring less than 25 people at the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on July 6. Just after the event, his proud parents released two photos to mark the occasion. One was a family portrait, and also featured Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, and the late Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

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