A new little princess has finally received her name and it’s one with a lot of world and family history behind it.
Princess Charlotte will now be officially known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials announced Monday, with her full name being Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Here are five things to know about the name Charlotte.
First, Charlotte is the feminine form of Charles. Some are saying it’s a nod to Prince Charles, Charlotte’s grandfather. Elizabeth, is, of course, in honor of her Great Grandmother, and Diana is in honor of her Grandmother.
Second, Charlotte is, according to BabyNames.com, has English and French origins and means free.
Third, Charlotte is popular in the United States with the name coming in number 11 in 2013 according to the Social Security Administration. It was number 1 on BabyName.com‘s list of most popular names in 2014. in England, it was the 21st most popular girl’s name in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Fourth, Charlotte is a name of royalty, With Queen Charlotte, born Sophie in 1744, was married to George III. Buckingham House, known now as Buckingham Palace, was bought for Queen Charlotte and was known as the Queen’s House, The BBC reported.
Lastly, Charlotte is also the middle name of Duchess Catherine’s sister, Pippa Middleton, according to The Mirror.