As the nation celebrates the arrival of the latest royal baby, Staffordshire’s Registrars offer their own special welcome.
Prince Louis Arthur Charles was born on Monday morning to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and weighed in at a healthy 8lb, 7oz. the baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge and is fifth in line to the throne.
The name Louis, which took most people by surprise, was chosen over the bookies favourites, Arthur, James and Philip. Louis also ranks number 71 in the top 100 most popular boys names.
Last year, in Staffordshire, Six parents chose Louis as their son’s first name, with a further four choosing it as a middle name according to the county’s registrars.
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:
“The birth of Prince Louis on Monday was wonderful news for the country and I would like to offer a huge Staffordshire congratulations to Kate and William.
“The birth of any child is a marvellous occasion but when it’s a future monarch and fifth in line for the throne, it makes the occasion even more special.
“Almost 3,840 babies were registered in Staffordshire in 2017 with the most popular names following similar patterns to those in other parts of the country. While Louis is a more traditional name with ten parents opting for it in Staffordshire last year, I’m sure we will see even more Louis being registered over the next few months and years.”
For babies born within Staffordshire, the County Council has seven full time registration offices and eight part time locations where births can be registered. Parents have 42 days to register the birth and the appointment can now be booked online or on the myStaffs App. Registration staff will need the name of the child with the date and place of birth together with the parents’ names, occupations and places of their births.
A popular option available at Staffordshire’s registrar offices for families naming their child is to hold a baby naming ceremony. The baby is welcomed into the family with a choice of poems, readings and promises that can be included in the celebration. For more information call 0300 111 8001 or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk.