Meghan Markle could call her baby Gertrude, Marmaduke or Ursula if she takes inspiration from royal family tree, ancestry expert claims

WITH the arrival of a royal baby growing ever closer, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have surely sat down to discuss the name of their firstborn child.

And while Diana remains a firm favourite for a baby girl, research shows that there are a few old-fashioned names that could make a comeback in time for the new arrival.

Should the royal couple decide to take inspiration for their family trees, Gertrude, Marmaduke, Ursula and Hyacinthe all feature in their ancestry.

Now that Meghan is free of royal engagements and focusing on her birth, she might be musing over names like Mary, John and Elizabeth which also feature in the family history of the pair.

According to research by, Meghan has two relatives named Gertrude who she might want to take inspiration from – her maternal great-great-grandmother, and paternal great-grandmother.

Born in Georgia in 1882, her great-great-grandmother Gertrude Sadler was heavily involved in charitable causes in her community, and was involved with the Good Samaritan Aid Society.

And Gertrude M Merril, who was born in 1887 and died in 1938, is related to Meghan through her father, Thomas Markle.

Other distant relatives include Ursula for a girl, and the Duchess has several male relatives called Ralph if she needs an idea for a boys name.

Meghan may even take inspiration from her historical royal roots and name her baby Jane after Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII who happens to be her second cousin 15 times removed.

Harry's family tree also includes unusual monikers including Lancelot, Boniface, Marmaduke and Hyacinthe.

Ancestry historian Russel James said: "When delving into someone's family tree, you never know what you're going to find – so it's always interesting to uncover names that would now be quite uncommon.

"The royal family have often been associated with traditional names such as George, Henry or Victoria, but with Meghan’s ancestry revealing names such as Ralph and Gertrude, predicting the name of the next royal baby remains a guessing game."

The baby is thought to be due at the end of April or in early May, and Diana remains the bookies favourite should the royal couple have a daughter.

In other royal news, take a peek inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal baby nursery, including gender-neutral grey paint and Soho House-inspired furniture.

And the Queen has now given Princes William and Harry permission to split their royal households permanently into two.

Plus, Meghan's friend George Clooney has come forward to defend the Duchess amid social media bullying, insisting 'she hasn't done anything wrong'.

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