Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn baby princess, wave to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Duchess gave birth to the Princess on Saturday morning.
Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn baby princess, wave to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Duchess gave birth to the Princess on Saturday morning. AP Photo - Tim Ireland

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: what names mean

JUST named, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is sure to spark millions of copycats across the world.

But what exactly does her name mean?

Charlotte is the feminine version of the name "Charles", which means "manly" or "free man". Common abbreviations are Charlie and Lottie. Charlotte came in at number 21 on a list of the most popular girls' names in the UK for 2013.

Elizabeth comes from the Hebrew name "Elisheva", which translates loosely as "God is my oath". It's not even in the top 100 UK baby girl names, although its common abbreviation, Eliza, is.

Diana - the name of Prince William's mother, Lady Diana Spencer - is the name of the Roman hunting goddess.

In Roman mythology, she was the goddess of the hunt as well as of childbirth and the moon. Like Elizabeth, it's not among the most popular girls' names, but that can't stay the same for long.


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