One of the world’s most famous babies has arrived this week and, after much speculation, he finally has a name: Kate Middleton and William’s little prince will be called George Alexander Louis, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Some interesting statistics around baby names were recently released that tie in perfectly with the recent arrival of the ‘royal baby’. Each year in Canada, over 300,000 women give birth and this current generation of pregnant women, that also includes the United States and the United Kingdom, are highly influenced by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. From having followed every step of her pregnancy to choosing a ‘royal’ name for their own babies, ‘Generation Kate’ moms are also highly influenced by grandparents, according to the Royal Baby study conducted by Censuswide for Philips AVENT.

The study, which involved 1,000 women in North America alone, has found that grandparents are the biggest influencers when it comes to choosing baby names. According to the research, 46 per cent of expecting mothers rely on soon-to-be grandparents to help them make that decision, followed by friends (39 per cent) and celebrity choices (nine per cent).

The ‘Kate Effect’ is sweeping the globe with 59 per cent of North American moms saying they are considering ‘royal’ baby names. Top picks include:

  1. Elizabeth
  2. Alexandra
  3. William
  4. Catherine
  5. Victoria
  6. Henry
  7. Anna

Here’s a summary of the study’s findings.



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