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Queen Victoria

Names of Queen Victoria's male-line descendants

Table of Contents:


Author's Note
Introduction
Some Observations
Names of Queen Victoria and Her Male-Line Descendants
Appendix 1: A Selection of Queen Victoria's Thoughts on Naming Babies
Appendix 2: Names of Queen Victoria's Female-Line Grandchildren, 1859-1891
Sources
 
 
Author's Note

This document contains the names of Queen Victoria, and those of her male-line descendants from 1840 to the present time. (An exception is the inclusion of the children of her granddaughter, Princess Louise, Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife, because they were created Princess of Great Britain in 1905.) Each entry lists the names which the descendant received at his or her christening, the name by which he or she was formally known, and (when known) the name (usually a nickname) by which he or she was known to the family. Where applicable, the entry also contains the name by which the descendant became known at his or her accession.

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Introduction

If there was anything guaranteed to unnerve Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren, it was the naming of their new baby. The Queen had definite ideas about what her children's names should be, and what her children's children's names should be. She believed she was the head of a family, as well as the head of a dynasty. Queen Victoria desired, therefore, that her name and that of her husband, the Prince Consort, be perpetuated amongst their descendants, as she explained in a letter to her eldest son, Bertie, ten days after the birth of his second child in 1865:
"Of course you will add Albert at the end, like your brothers, as you know we [Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort] settled long ago that all dearest Papa's male English descendants should bear that name, to mark our line, just as I wish all the girls to have Victoria after theirs! I lay great stress on this; and it is done in a great many families." (King George V, p. 4)

'Marking' the family line with a particular name was something very important to Queen Victoria. She had previously spoken about this to Bertie following the birth of his first child in January 1864, when she told him what his own son's name would be, while at the same time informing him what she expected his regnal name to be:

"Respecting your own names, and the conversation we had, I wish to repeat, that it was beloved Papa's wish, as well as mine, that you should be called both, when you became King, and it would be impossible for you to drop your Father's. It would be monstrous, and Albert alone, as you truly and amiably say, would not do, as there can be only one Albert! You will begin a new line, as much as the Tudors and Brunswicks, for it will be the Saxe-Coburg line united with the Brunswick, and for the two united names will mark it, in the way we all wish, and your son will be known by the two others, as you are by Albert Edward." (Queen Victoria in her Letters and Journals, pp 179-180)*

It was one thing to request the name Victoria or Albert be added to the string of names of a child, but Queen Victoria went one step further by sometimes choosing the names of her grandchildren without consulting the parents, as she did for the firstborn child of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1864. She decreed her grandchild's name to be Albert Victor, and added to the parents' distress by informing others what the child's name was before informing the parents.

Despite the pressure Queen Victoria brought to bear on her children and grandchildren, she was rarely successful in having a child named after herself or her husband. When the Prince and Princess of Wales's third child was born in 1867, she told them to name their infant daughter after her. The parents had already made their choice, and would not budge, and named their daughter Louise after the Princess of Wales's mother. Queen Victoria was equally unsuccessful when the Duke and Duchess of Connaught's third child was born in 1886. She wanted the infant named Victoria, but the parents remained firm about their choice of Patricia. (The Duke and Duchess called their daughter Patsy, but to the Queen she was Victoria Patricia.)

Time did not relax Queen Victoria's determination to involve herself in the naming of her descendants. In 1894, she tried to impose her choice of name on the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York:

"I am most anxious naturally that he should bear the name of his beloved Great Grandfather, a name which brought untold blessings to the whole Empire & that Albert should be his 1st name." (Royal Children, pp 73-74)

To emphasize her point, the Queen reiterated an earlier refrain:

"This will be the Coburg line, like formerly the Plantagenet, the Tudor, ... the Stewart, & the Brunswicks" (Queen Mary, p. 301)

It didn't matter. George and May stuck to their choice of Edward. (They included Albert, but as the second of the child's seven names.) The following year, the Queen got her wish when the Duke and Duchess of York named their second child Albert. (He could hardly have been given any other name, especially as he had been born on December 14, the thirty-fourth anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria's beloved husband, the Prince Consort.)

Queen Victoria and parents did not always clash over the first name of a newborn. The Queen, however, reserved the right to complain if her choices for the additional names did not meet with her approval. When the Duke and Duchess of Connaught's second child was born in 1883, all were in agreement that the child should be named Arthur. As to his other names, Queen Victoria did not want to have Patrick among them because Ireland had 'behaved so dreadfully'. The Queen eventually relented when her son, the Duke of Connaught, pointed out to her that Patrick was the name of one of Scotland's saints, and was also one of the names she had given him at his birth.

* Some thirty-seven years later, when the Queen was no longer able to impose her will, the Prince of Wales chose not to take his formal name Albert Edward as his regnal name. He had previously explained to his mother in 1864 that he understood her wishes "about his bearing two names, 'although no English Sovereign has ever done so yet, and you will agree with me that it would not be pleasant to be like "Louis Napoleon", "Victor Emmanuel", "Charles Albert" etc., although no doubt there is no absolute reason why it should not be so.' (Edward VII, Prince & King, p. 365). The new king explained his choice of name in his accession speech: "I have resolved to be known by the name of Edward, which has been borne by six of my ancestors. In doing so I do not undervalue the name of Albert, which I inherit from my ever-lamented great and wise father, who by universal consent is I think deservedly known by the name of Albert the Good, and I desire that his name should stand alone." (Edward VII, Prince & King, p. 366)
 
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Some Observations

All four of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's sons had Albert amongst their names. (One son had Albert as his formal name, although it was part of a compound name, Albert Edward.)

Three of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's five daughters had Victoria amongst their names. (One daughter had Victoria as her formal name.)

All six of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's male-line grandsons had Albert amongst their names. (None of these grandsons had Albert as his formal, single name, although one had it as part of his formal, compound name, Albert Victor.)

All ten of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's male-line granddaughters had Victoria amongst their names. (One of these granddaughters had Victoria as her formal, single name, and another had it as part of her formal, compound name, Victoria Melita.)

Four of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's male-line great-grandsons had Albert amongst their names. (One of these great-grandsons had Albert as his formal name.)

One of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's male-line great-granddaughters had Victoria amongst her names. (None of these great-granddaughters had Victoria as her formal name, either as a single name or as a compound name.)

Of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's female-line grandchildren, one grandson was named after his grandfather (Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg in 1869), and two granddaughters were named after the Queen (Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine in 1863, and Princess Viktoria of Prussia in 1866). Another granddaughter had Victoria as part of her compound name (Princess Victoria Eugénie of Battenberg) in 1887. No female-line great-grandchildren were named after Queen Victoria or the Prince Consort, although two great-granddaughters had Victoria amongst their names.

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Names of Queen Victoria and Her Male-Line Descendants

N.B.: Descendants whose names include Victoria or Albert are indicated in bold UPPERCASE type.

1. Victoria, Queen of Great Britain (1819-1901)
- names received at christening: Alexandrina VICTORIA
- known formally as: Alexandrina Victoria (until her accession)
- known to the family as: Drina (as a young child)
- name assumed at accession: Victoria

1.1. Princess Victoria of Great Britain, Princess Royal (1840-1901)
- names received at christening: VICTORIA Adelaide Mary Louisa
- known formally as: Victoria
- known to the family as: Pussy or Pussette (as a young child), Vicky (when older)

1.2. Edward VII, King of Great Britain (1841-1910)
- names received at christening: ALBERT Edward
- known formally as: Albert Edward
- known to the family as: Bertie
- name assumed at accession: Edward

1.2.1. Prince Albert Victor of Great Britain, Duke of Clarence and of Avondale (1864-1892)
- names received at christening: ALBERT Victor Christian Edward
- known formally as: Albert Victor
- known to the family as: Eddy

1.2.2. George V, King of Great Britain (1865-1936)
- names received at christening: George Frederick Ernest ALBERT
- known formally as: George
- known to the family as: Georgie
- name assumed at accession: George

1.2.2.1. Edward VIII, King of Great Britain (later Duke of Windsor) (1894-1972)
- names received at christening: Edward ALBERT Christian George Andrew Patrick David
- known formally as: Edward
- known to the family as: David
- name assumed at accession: Edward

1.2.2.2. George VI, King of Great Britain (1895-1952)
- names received at christening: ALBERT Frederick Arthur George
- known formally as: Albert
- known to the family as: Bertie
- name assumed at accession: George

1.2.2.2.1 Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain (1926- )
- names received at christening: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
- known formally as: Elizabeth
- known to the family as: Lilibet
- name assumed at accession: Elizabeth

1.2.2.2.1.1. Prince Charles of Great Britain, Prince of Wales (1948- )
- names received at christening: Charles Philip Arthur George
- known formally as: Charles
- known to the family as: Charles

1.2.2.2.1.1.1. Prince William of Great Britain (1982- )
- names received at christening: William Arthur Philip Louis
- known formally as: William
- known to the family as: William

1.2.2.2.1.1.2. Prince Henry of Great Britain (1984- )
- names received at christening: Henry Charles ALBERT David
- known formally as: Henry
- known to the family as: Harry

1.2.2.2.1.2. Princess Anne of Great Britain, Princess Royal (1950- )
- names received at christening: Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise
- known formally as: Anne
- known to the family as: Anne

1.2.2.2.1.3. Prince Andrew of Great Britain, Duke of York (1960- )
- names received at christening: Andrew ALBERT Christian Edward
- known formally as: Andrew
- known to the family as: Andrew

1.2.2.2.1.3.1. Princess Beatrice of Great Britain (1988- )
- names received at christening: Beatrice Elizabeth Mary
- known formally as: Beatrice
- known to the family as: Beatrice

1.2.2.2.1.3.2. Princess Eugenie of Great Britain (1990- )
- names received at christening: Eugenie VICTORIA Helena
- known formally as: Eugenie
- known to the family as: Eugenie

1.2.2.2.1.4. Prince Edward of Great Britain, Earl of Wessex (1964- )
- names received at christening: Edward Antony Richard Louis
- known formally as: Edward
- known to the family as: Edward

1.2.2.2.1.4.1. Princess Louise of Great Britain (Lady Louise Windsor) (2003- )
- names received at christening: Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary
- known formally as: Louise
- known to the family as: Louise

1.2.2.2.2. Princess Margaret of Great Britain (1930-2002)
- names received at christening: Margaret Rose
- known formally as: Margaret Rose (as a child)
- known to the family as: Margaret

1.2.2.3. Princess Mary of Great Britain, Princess Royal (1897-1965)
- names received at christening: VICTORIA Alexandra Alice Mary
- known formally as: Mary
- known to the family as: Mary

1.2.2.4. Prince Henry of Great Britain, Duke of Gloucester (1900-1974)
- names received at christening: Henry William Frederick ALBERT
- known formally as: Henry
- known to the family as: Harry

1.2.2.4.1. Prince William of Great Britain (1941-1972)
- names received at christening: William Henry Andrew Frederick
- known formally as: William
- known to the family as: William

1.2.2.4.2. Prince Richard of Great Britain, Duke of Gloucester (1944- )
- names received at christening: Richard Alexander Walter George
- known formally as: Richard
- known to the family as: Richard

1.2.2.4.2.1. Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster (1974- )
- names received at christening: Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard
- known formally as: Alexander
- known to the family as: Alexander

1.2.2.4.2.2. Lady Davina Windsor (1977- )
- names received at christening: Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte
- known formally as: Davina
- known to the family as: Davina

1.2.2.4.2.3. Lady Rose Windsor (1980- )
- names received at christening: Rose VICTORIA Birgitte Louise
- known formally as: Rose
- known to the family as: Rose

1.2.2.5. Prince George of Great Britain, Duke of Kent (1900-1942)
- names received at christening: George Edward Alexander Edmund
- known formally as: George
- known to the family as: Georgie

1.2.2.5.1. Prince Edward of Great Britain, Duke of Kent (1935- )
- names received at christening: Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick
- known formally as: Edward
- known to the family as: Eddie

1.2.2.5.1.1. George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews (1962- )
- names received at christening: George Philip Nicholas
- known formally as: George
- known to the family as: George

1.2.2.5.1.1.1. Edward Windsor, Baron Downpatrick (1988- )
- names received at christening: Edward Edmund Maximilian George
- known formally as: Edward
- known to the family as: Edward

1.2.2.5.1.1.2. Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor (1992- )
- names received at christening: Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen
- known formally as: Marina-Charlotte
- known to the family as: Marina-Charlotte

1.2.2.5.1.1.3. Lady Amelia Windsor (1995- )
- names received at christening: Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret
- known formally as: Amelia
- known to the family as: Amelia

1.2.2.5.1.2. Lady Helen Windsor (1964- )
- names received at christening: Helen Marina Lucy
- known formally as: Helen
- known to the family as: Helen

1.2.2.5.1.3. Lord Nicholas Windsor (1970- )
- names received at christening: Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan
- known formally as: Nicholas
- known to the family as: Nicholas

1.2.2.5.2. Princess Alexandra of Great Britain (1936- )
- names received at christening: Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel
- known formally as: Alexandra
- known to the family as: Pud

1.2.2.5.3. Prince Michael of Great Britain (1942- )
- names received at christening: Michael George Charles Franklin
- known formally as: Michael
- known to the family as: Michael

1.2.2.5.3.1. Lord Frederick Windsor (1979- )
- names received at christening: Frederick Michael George David Louis
- known formally as: Frederick
- known to the family as: Freddie

1.2.2.5.3.2. Lady Gabriella Windsor (1981- )
- names received at christening: Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia
- known formally as: Gabriella
- known to the family as: Ella

1.2.2.6. Prince John of Great Britain (1905-1919)
- names received at christening: John Charles Francis
- known formally as: John
- known to the family as: Johnnie, Johnny

1.2.3. Princess Louise of Great Britain, Princess Royal (1867-1931)
- names received at christening: Louise VICTORIA Alexandra Dagmar
- known formally as: Louise
- known to the family as: Looloo, Louise

1.2.3.1. Lady Alexandra Duff, later Princess Alexandra of Great Britain (in 1905), 2nd Duchess of Fife (1891-1959)
- names received at christening: Alexandra VICTORIA Alberta Edwina Louise
- known formally as: Alexandra
- known to the family as: Alix

1.2.3.2. Lady Maud Duff, later Princess Maud of Great Britain (in 1905) (1893-1945)
- names received at christening: Maud Alexandra VICTORIA Georgina Bertha
- known formally as: Maud
- known to the family as: Maudie

1.2.4. Princess Victoria of Great Britain (1868-1935)
- names received at christening: VICTORIA Alexandra Olga Mary
- known formally as: Victoria
- known to the family as: Toria

1.2.5. Princess Maud of Great Britain (1869-1938)
- names received at christening: Maud Charlotte Mary VICTORIA
- known formally as: Maud
- known to the family as: Harry, Maudie

1.2.6. Prince John of Great Britain (1871)
- names received at christening: Alexander John Charles ALBERT
- known formally as: John
- known to the family as: Johnnie

1.3. Princess Alice of Great Britain (1843-1878)
- names received at christening: Alice Maud Mary
- known formally as: Alice
- known to the family as: Fatima (as a young child), Alee, Alice

1.4. Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh (later Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) (1844-1900)
- names received at christening: Alfred Ernest ALBERT
- known formally as: Alfred
- known to the family as: Affie

1.4.1. Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1874-1899)
- names received at christening: Alfred Alexander William Ernest ALBERT
- known formally as: Alfred
- known to the family as: Young Affie, Young Alfred

1.4.2. Princess Marie of Great Britain (1875-1938)
- names received at christening: Marie Alexandra VICTORIA
- known formally as: Marie
- known to the family as: Missy

1.4.3. Princess Victoria Melita of Great Britain (1876-1936)
- names received at christening: VICTORIA Melita
- known formally as: Victoria Melita
- known to the family as: Ducky

1.4.4. Princess Alexandra of Great Britain (1878-1942)
- names received at christening: Alexandra Louise Olga VICTORIA
- known formally as: Alexandra
- known to the family as: Sandra

1.4.5. Prince N… of Great Britain (1879)
- names received at christening: not christened (stillborn)
- known formally as: not applicable
- known to the family as: not applicable

1.4.6. Princess Beatrice of Great Britain (1884-1966)
- names received at christening: Beatrice Leopoldine VICTORIA
- known formally as: Beatrice
- known to the family as: Baby Bea (Baby Bee)

1.5. Princess Helena of Great Britain (1846-1923)
- names received at christening: Helena Augusta VICTORIA
- known formally as: Helena
- known to the family as: Lenchen

1.6. Princess Louise of Great Britain (1848-1939)
- names received at christening: Louise Caroline Alberta
- known formally as: Louise
- known to the family as: Loo-Loo, Loosy

1.7. Prince Arthur of Great Britain, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942)
- names received at christening: Arthur William Patrick ALBERT
- known formally as: Arthur
- known to the family as: Arthur

1.7.1. Princess Margaret of Great Britain (1882-1920)
- names received at christening: Margaret VICTORIA Charlotte Augusta Norah
- known formally as: Margaret
- known to the family as: Daisy

1.7.2. Prince Arthur of Great Britain (1883-1938)
- names received at christening: Arthur Frederick Patrick ALBERT
- known formally as: Arthur
- known to the family as: Young Arthur

1.7.2.1. Prince Alastair of Great Britain (later Alastair Windsor, 2nd Duke of Connaught) (1914-1943)
- names received at christening: Alastair Arthur
- known formally as: Alastair
- known to the family as: Alastair

1.7.3. Princess Patricia of Great Britain (1886-1974)
- names received at christening: VICTORIA Patricia Helena Elizabeth
- known formally as: Patricia
- known to the family as: Patsy

1.8. Prince Leopold of Great Britain, Duke of Albany (1853-1884)
- names received at christening: Leopold George Duncan ALBERT
- known formally as: Leopold
- known to the family as: Leo

1.8.1. Princess Alice of Great Britain (1883-1981)
- names received at christening: Alice Mary VICTORIA Augusta Pauline
- known formally as: Alice
- known to the family as: Little Alice (as a child)

1.8.2. Prince Charles Edward of Great Britain, Duke of Albany (later Karl Eduard, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) (1884-1954)
- names received at christening: Leopold Charles Edward George ALBERT
- known formally as: Charles Edward (he had been known officially as Leopold for a short time as a very young infant)
- known to the family as: Charlie

1.8.2.1. Hereditary Prince Johann Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince of Great Britain (1906-1972)
- names received at christening: Johann Leopold Wilhelm ALBERT Ferdinand Victor
- known formally as: Johann Leopold
- known to the family as: Leopold

1.8.2.2. Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of Great Britain (1908-1972)
- names received at christening: Sibylla Calma Marie Alice Bathildis Feodora
- known formally as: Sibylla
- known to the family as: Bylla

1.8.2.3. Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince of Great Britain (1909-1943)
- names received at christening: Dietmar Hubertus Friedrich Wilhelm Philipp
- known formally as: Hubertus
- known to the family as:

1.8.2.4. Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of Great Britain (1912-1983)
- names received at christening: Caroline Mathilde Helene Ludwiga Augusta Beatrice
- known formally as: Caroline Mathilde
- known to the family as: Calma

1.8.2.5. Prince Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince of Great Britain (later Titular Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1932, then Titular Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1954) (1918-1998)
- names received at christening: Friedrich Josias Carl Eduard Ernst Kirill Harald
- known formally as: Friedrich Josias
- known to the family as:

1.9. Princess Beatrice of Great Britain (1857-1944)
- names received at christening: Beatrice Mary VICTORIA Feodore
- known formally as: Beatrice
- known to the family as: Baby (as a child)

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Appendix 1: A Selection of Queen Victoria's Thoughts on Naming Babies

"Our little boy [...] is to be called Albert, and Edward is to be his second name."
- Queen Victoria to King Leopold I of the Belgians on the birth of her second child (the future King Edward VII), November 29, 1841 (The Letters of Queen Victoria, First Series, Volume I, p. 364)


"Our little baby [...] is to be called Alice, an old English name, and the other names are to be Maud (another old English name and the same as Matilda) and Mary, as she was born on Aunt Gloucester's birthday."
- Queen Victoria to King Leopold I of the Belgians on the birth of her third child (Princess Alice of Great Britain), May 16, 1843 (The Letters of Queen Victoria, First Series, Volume I, p. 480)


"Leopold is to be the name of our fourth young gentleman. It is a mark of love and affection which I hope you will not disapprove. It is a name which is the dearest to me after Albert, and one which recalls the almost only happy days of my sad childhood; to hear "Prince Leopold" again, will make me think of all those days! His other names will be George Duncan Albert [...] George is after the King of Hanover, and Duncan as a compliment to dear Scotland."
- Queen Victoria to King Leopold I of the Belgians on the birth of her eighth child (Prince Leopold of Great Britain), April 18, 1853 (The Letters of Queen Victoria, First Series, Volume II, p. 445)


"You are right in supposing I don't admire the name of Charlotte [...] I regret baby has not got Louise amongst her names [...]."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of her first daughter (Princess Charlotte of Prussia), August 6, 1860 (Dearest Child, p. 268)


"Speaking of your little darling's names - let me only say that I do hope one of your daughters, if you have any more, will be called Victoria [that is called by that name, not just part of a list of names], so that there may be the 4 generations of Victoria."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of her first daughter (Princess Charlotte of Prussia), August 7, 1860 (Dearest Child, p. 268)


"Alice's child is to be called Victoria Alberta Elisabeth Matilde Marie, and will be called Victoria - the first of our grand-children that will be called after either of us. This I know was not your fault - but it grieved me."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of Alice's first child (Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine), April 18, 1863 (Queen Victoria in her Letters and Journals, p. 176)


"As regards the names, if others besides Albert Victor are added (which I don't the least object to), you must take dear Uncle Leopold's also. You could not give King Christian's and the Landgrave's without also giving Uncle Leopold's. I would advise reserving Edward for a second or third son."
- Queen Victoria to Bertie on the birth of his first child (Prince Albert Victor of Wales), January 13, 1864 (Queen Victoria in her Letters and Journals, p. 179)


"I fear I cannot admire the names you propose to give the Baby. I had hoped for some fine old name. Frederick is, however, the best of the two, and I hope you will call him so. George only came over with the Hanoverian family. However, if the dear child grows up good and wise, I shall not mind what his name is."
- Queen Victoria to Bertie on the birth of his second child (the future King George V), June 13, 1865 (King George The Fifth, p. 4)


"I am much pleased and touched that the dear, new baby [...] is to be called after me, as I cannot deny that it pained me very much that four children were born without one being called after either of your parents [that is, that their usual name was not Albert or Victoria]. However I know that you could not help that. I love my poor old name [...]."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of her fifth child (Princess Viktoria of Prussia), April 25, 1866 (Your Dear Letter, pp 69-70)


"The child ought to be called "Victoria". But upon those subjects Bertie and Alix do not understand the right thing. Just as your children were called after the Prussian Royal Family, Bertie's ought to be after the English Family."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of the Prince of Wales's first daughter (Princess Louise of Wales), May 11, 1867 (Your Dear Letter, p. 135)


"Poor good Sir C. Lewis would have been delighted at the idea of one of my grandchildren being called Sophia on account of the Electress Sophia. Else I think the name ugly." [Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863), scholar and statesman, and close personal friend of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort, was an admirer of Electress Sophia.]
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of her daughter (Princess Sophie of Prussia), July 16, 1870 (Your Dear Letter, p. 286)


"The names of the baby [Margaret Beatrice Feodore] are for once (forgive my saying it) all pretty. Feodore is a dear name which I love to see repeated."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of her eighth child (Princess Margarethe of Prussia), May 11, 1872 (Darling Child, p. 41)


"How absurd of Willie and Dona to call the child William. As they have not told me, when I write to Dona to thank her for her letter and some of the child's hair I shall say "Of course you will call him Fritz after his two Grandpapas", and shall see what they answer."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of the Queen's great-grandchild (Prince Wilhelm of Prussia), June 22, 1882 (Beloved Mama, p. 122)


"You write as if Edward was the real name of dear Eddy was called by, while it was Victor Albert which Papa again & again said was his real official appellation - & all his monograms were V.A."
- Queen Victoria to Georgie on the birth of his first child (the future King Edward VIII), June 1894 (Queen Mary, p. 301)


"It is a great satisfaction to us all that it should be a second boy & I need not say how delighted I am that my great wish - viz. that the little one born on that sad anniversary shd. have the dear name of Albert - is to be realised."
- Queen Victoria to Georgie on the birth of his second child (the future King George VI), December 1895 (King George VI, p. 8)


"Received a dear letter from Georgie, which has given me the greatest pleasure, saying that they [the Duke and Duchess of York] intended the baby to have the name of Albert."
- Queen Victoria's Journal, 16 December 1895 (Queen Victoria in her Letters and Journals, p. 331)


"It is a great pleasure to me that he is to be called Albert, but in fact, he could hardly have been called by any other name [since he was born on the anniversary of the Prince Consort's death]."
- Queen Victoria to Vicky on the birth of the Duke of York's second child (the future King George VI), December 22, 1895 (Beloved & Darling Child, p. 184)

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Appendix 2: Names of Queen Victoria's Female-Line Grandchildren, 1859-1891

(N.B.: Grandchildren whose names include Victoria or Albert are indicated in bold UPPERCASE type. Underlined names indicate usual, formal names.)

1.1. Princess Victoria of Great Britain, Princess Royal (1840-1901)
m. 1848 Friedrich III, German Emperor, King of Prussia (1831-1888)
1.1.1. Friedrich Wilhelm II Viktor ALBERT, German Emperor, King of Prussia (1859-1941)
1.1.2. Princess VIKTORIA Elisabeth Auguste Charlotte of Prussia (1860-1919)
1.1.3. Prince ALBERT Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929)
1.1.4. Prince Franz Friedrich Sigismund of Prussia (1864-1866)
1.1.5. Princess Friederike Amalia Wilhelmine VICTORIA of Prussia (1866-1929)
1.1.6. Prince Joachim Friedrich Ernst Waldemar of Prussia (1868-1879)
1.1.7. Princess Sophie Dorothea Ulrike Alice of Prussia (1870-1932)
1.1.8. Princess Margarete Beatrice Feodora of Prussia (1872-1954)

1.3. Princess Alice of Great Britain (1834-1878)
m. 1862 Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1837-1892)
1.3.1. Princess VICTORIA Alberta Elisabeth Mathilde Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (1863-1950)
1.3.2. Princess Elisabeth Alexandra Louise Alice of Hesse and by Rhine (1864-1918)
1.3.3. Princess Irene Luise Maria Anna of Hesse and by Rhine (1866-1953)
1.3.4. Ernst Ludwig ALBERT Karl Wilhelm, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1868-1937)
1.3.5. Prince Friedrich Wilhelm August Viktor Leopold Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine (1870-1873)
1.3.6. Princess VICTORIA Alix Helena Louise Beatrice of Hesse and by Rhine (1872-1918)
1.3.7. Princess Marie VICTORIA Feodore Leopoldine of Hesse and by Rhine (1874-1878)

1.5. Princess Helena of Great Britain (1846-1923)
m. 1866 Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1831-1917)
1.5.1. Prince Christian Victor ALBERT Ernst Anton of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1867-1900)
1.5.2. ALBERT John Charles Frederick Arthur George, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1869-1931)
1.5.3. Princess VICTORIA Louise Sophia Augusta Amelia Helena (Helena Victoria) of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1870-1948)
1.5.4. Princess Franzisca Josepha Louise Augusta Marie Christina Helena (Marie Louise) of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1872-1956)
1.5.5. Prince Frederick Christian Augustus Leopold Edward Harold of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1876)
1.5.6. Prince N... of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1877)

1.9. Princess Beatrice of Great Britain (1857-1944)
m. 1885 Prince Henry of Battenberg (1858-1896)
1.9.1. Prince Alexander ALBERT of Battenberg (1886-1960)
1.9.2. Princess VICTORIA Eugénie Julia Ena of Battenberg (1887-1969)
1.9.3. Prince Leopold Arthur Louis of Battenberg (1889-1922)
1.9.4. Prince Maurice Victor Donald of Battenberg (1891-1914)

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