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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Royal Baby Gets a Name

with “His Royal Highness, Prince” in front.

“George” was the bookies’ favorite name, and really, a lot of people guessed the little prince would be George. Queen Elizabeth’s father was King George. When Prince Charles assumes the throne, he will become King George, and then his grandson will be another King George. Continuity. Royalty that stays in the family, with the same name.

(I have a quiet chuckle, being American, because we won our independence from a King George. But, that’s history.)

Back to names.

I felt sorry for the little nameless guy. (They say it took up to a month for some of the royal babies to be named. What did they do? Call them “Baby” for a month?)

A name shows personhood.

I’m glad the cute little baby got named within a couple of days. George Alexander Louis. It has a ring to it!

The name of a future king . . . . It’s so important to get it right. George for continuity. Alexander for greatness. Louis for Prince Philip’s family.

In the spiritual realm, too, names are important.

Matthew 1 tells us that Jesus’ name was chosen by God before Jesus was born.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins (1:21). When the baby was born, Joseph immediately called his name JESUS (from 1:25).

Why did God want His Son to be named Jesus?
Jesus (The Old Testament Joshua and Yeshua) means "Savior" and "the salvation of the Lord." Jesus' name defines Him. When someone said His Name, they were calling Him Savior! They were recognizing the One Who would save them from sin. His Name says it all.

Savor this passage:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11).

God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name:

the Salvation of the Lord

Every knee will bow before this King.

My best wishes to Prince William and Kate on the birth of their new little son, the future king of the United Kingdom—George Alexander Louis.

I pray that all of them will come to know the King of kings, whose Name is Jesus.


  1. I was surprised that they didn't have a name ready at birth - most parents have discussed all of that and have one picked out by the time the baby is born. But I realize there are many more factors in naming a royal baby than we "commoners" face. :-)

    I enjoyed this reflection and comparison with the naming of "The" royal baby, the King of Kings. And I also echo the thoughts and wishes in your last couple of paragraphs.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Barbara. I, too, was surprised they didn't have the name decided on--or didn't want to say so--before his birth. Maybe they had several in mind and then decided which ones when they got to know the little guy. I guess we'll never know.

      Glad to be a "commoner" for all kinds of reasons. :o)


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