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Old 04-23-2016, 05:50 AM
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There are two Alexanders in the British royal family, I believe:

Lord Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster
Lord Alexander ("Xan") Richard Anders Windsor, Baron Culloden
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:09 PM
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There are two Alexanders in the British royal family, I believe:

Lord Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster
Lord Alexander ("Xan") Richard Anders Windsor, Baron Culloden
I love the twist on Alexander by making him Xan as its different to Alexander.

There aren't many others in the family - some have it as a middle name.

James Alexander Philip Theo (though Edward and Sophie said Alexander was just a name they liked, whereas Philip and Theo are for Edward's father and Sophie's grandfather respectively.)

George Alexander Louis. I think they said Alexander was also just a name they liked, whereas the Louis addition could be for Louis Mountbatten, just like William.
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:28 PM
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The Duke of Gloucester is Richard Alexander Walter George. His three middle names are in honor of his three godfathers.

-Alexander was for Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunisia
-Walter was for his Uncle Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, Duke o Bucchleuch
-George was for his cousin George, 2nd Marquess of Cambridge


The father of the current Duke of Kent, Prince George was George Edward Alexander Edmund. In his case the name would be in honor (most likely) for Queen Mary's grandfather Duke Alexander of Wurttemberg. Her father carried the name Alexander as did her youngest brother.
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:33 PM
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Princess Louise, the eldest daughter of Edward VII and Alexandra, was Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar. The Dagmar honored Alexandra's sister, Princess Dagmar (Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia).
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Old 04-23-2016, 11:26 PM
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Names honoring godparents seemed quite common:

Henry, Duke of Gloucester:
-Henry possibly in honor of the husband of his godmother Princess Beatrice
-William or his godfather William II of Germany
-Frederick for his godfather Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts
-Albert for the husband of his godmother and great-grandmother Victoria

William of Gloucester
-his first name was likely in part for his godfather and maternal Uncle Lord William Montagu-Douglas Scott

Prince Michael of Kent
-George for his godfather George VI
-Franklin for godfather Franklin Roosevelt

Prince Edward of Kent
-Edward for his godfather Edward VIII
-George for George V godfather and grandfather
-Nicholas for Prince Nicholas of Greece, other grandfather and godfather

Alexandra:
-Helen: form or Elena for her aunt and godmother Princess Elena of Yugoslavia
-Elizabeth: her aunt whose husband was godfather, the queen mum was also one of her godmothers
-Christabel: was for being born on Christmas

Victoria, Princess Royal
-Adelaide was for Queen Adelaide who stood as her godmother
-Mary for her godmother the Duchess of Gloucester
-Victoria both for her mother and grandmother who served as godmother

Alice (whose first name was chosen by the Prime Minister)
-Maude was an anglicized honor of her godmother Princess Sophia Mathilda of Gloucester

Helena
-was named for the Duchess of Orleans, Helene, godmother
-Augusta was for her other godmother the Duchess of Cambridge

Arthur
-was chosen as he shared a birthday with his godfather the Duke of Wellington
-William for his godfather Prince William of Prussia

Albert Victor
-Christian after his godfather Christian IX of Denmark

Victoria:
-Victoria for her grandmother/godmother Queen Vic
-Alexandra not only mother but likely a nod to 2 godfathers Alexander II and the future Alexander III
-Olga for godmother Olga of Greece
-Mary for godmother Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
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