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Have Kate Middleton and Prince William Chosen a Boy’s Name?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Emirates Arena in GlasgowThe trouble with announcing your baby’s name too early in your pregnancy is that you set yourself up for all kinds of unwanted comments and criticisms. The name you thought was so cute, trendy or dignified will inevitably remind someone of the aunt they hated. So parents learn early on to keep quiet about names if they want to avoid hearing, “Well, it’s up to you, of course, but…”

Prince William and Kate Middleton have wisely been vague about the subject of names up till now. Kate did admit during her Scotland trip last week that “we have a short list of names,” but wouldn’t go any farther than that.

But now a report from the London tab Daily Star claims to have the official word on what the royal baby will be named if it’s a boy. An inside source says, “The name Philip is in the frame for a boy. It will certainly have it somewhere in his name.”

Even if this is just an unfounded rumor, it’s a pretty good guess nonetheless. Philip is not only the name of the Prince’s grandfather, it’s also one of the middle names of both William and dad Prince Charles.

But the royal source suggests that the new parents are likely to elevate Philip to first-name status because William is so close to his grandfather.

British bookmakers Ladbrokes have a different opinion, giving better odds that a boy would be named either George or Charles. But they’re even more confident that the new baby will be a girl, with Elizabeth and Diana both the frontrunning bets for names at 5-1.

What do you think? Will we have a new Prince Philip this July?

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]

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