The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced they are expecting their third child. In a statement on September 4, Kensington Palace said the couple, along with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, are "delighted" with the news.
Unsurprisingly, the announcement has already triggered giddy speculation and predictions of what the newborn's name might be.
Betting sites have already released their odds. Topping the list for girls' names are Alice 8/1 and Elizabeth 10/1 and, for a boy, James at 10/1, according to William Hill. The name Alice means "noble," which is very fitting for a royal.
Royals also tend to go for English names that have a royal history and Alice is no different. Queen Victoria's second daughter was called Alice as was Prince Philip's mother (Prince Williams' great-grandmother). But ahead of Princess Charlotte's birth, Alice was rumored to be a favorite then and the Duke and Duchess chose differently.
Elizabeth would obviously be a tribute to the child's great-grandmother and the reigning monarch, whereas James has been the name of several kings, and is the name of Kate's brother.
Paddy Power also places Victoria at 8/1, after the second longest-reigning monarch no doubt, then Alexandra (one of the Queen's middle names) as well as Arthur (one of Prince William's middle names). The fact that betting sites should be getting involved is no surprise. According to William Hill spokesperson Joe Crilly, the company took over $1.5 million (about P51,176,000) in royal baby name bets when the Duke and Duchess' first-born Prince George arrived.
Sarah Redshaw at BabyCenter told Good Housekeeping that other male names the royal couple might consider are: Albert (or Bertie), after Queen Victoria's husband, Alfred (or Alfie), the name of both Queen Victoria's son and grandson, or Henry, the baby's uncle Harry's real name and that of just a few Kings before him.
According to Paddy Power, Diana is also on the list at 20/1, in memory of the Duke's mother, the late Princess of Wales. The prediction could potentially be bolstered by it being the year of the twentieth anniversary of her death. But it is already Princess Charlotte's middle name, so repetition would be unlikely.
The baby will already have two elder siblings, Prince George Alexander Louis who is four and starts school this week and two-year-old Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.