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If you gave your baby a royal name in 2018, we have some awkward news.

When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in glorious fairytale perfection in May this year, there were predictions that there would be a flood of little Aussie girls called Meghan. Surely it was inevitable that our love for everything Meghan Markle-y would include our baby name choices.

Yeah, nah.

I mean, Meghan? Come on. It’s just Megan, spelled with an extra H and pronounced with an extra G.

We all know too many Megans in their thirties and forties to get really excited about this minor variation of the name.

Mamamia checked with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria to see how many babies called Meghan have been registered so far in 2018. Their answer? “Less than 10.” (If a name is used less than 10 times, the Registry won’t give exact figures, for privacy reasons.)

To put that into perspective, a name needs to be used at least 50 times in Victoria to make the top 100. Last year, Harlow and Luna scraped into the top 100, with 57 Harlows and 56 Lunas being born in the state.

Well, how about Eugenie, then? A flood of those, with all the excitement about Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank? Again, less than 10 so far in Victoria this year.

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It seems Princess Eugenie's wedding didn't inspire a baby name trend. Image via Getty.
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Okay, but Harry? Aren’t we all wild for Prince Harry? Yes, the baby Harry count for 2018 is up on 2017 figures, but Harry is a name that’s been on the up for a long time anyway. And, interestingly, around the time of Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May, the number of babies being called Harry actually dropped. There were 98 in the first quarter of 2018 and 59 in the second.

Same goes for Louis, the name given to the little prince born in April. Like George and Charlotte, Louis was already on-trend when William and Kate chose it. But there was a dip in babies being named Louis in the second quarter of the year, according to Victorian figures. It’s like parents across the state hesitated, asked themselves, “Do we really want to look like we’re naming our son after the prince?” and then eventually went, “Yeah, cool name.”

Like Harry, it looks like Louis will finish 2018 up on the year before.

Sure, we can be influenced by the Royals when it comes to baby naming, but only if we like the name anyway. It’s the same as with any celebrity. We’re not going to call our daughters Apple, just because Gwyneth Paltrow did, but we might call them Harper, like Victoria Beckham did, or Harlow, like Nicole Richie, or Luna, like Chrissy Teigen.

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It was always a bit much to expect Meghan Markle to make Meghan popular. Even Harry’s mum, the insanely popular Princess Di, couldn’t catapult the dated Diana to the top of the charts. The name re-entered the top 100 in Australia in 1981, when Di married Prince Charles, but never made it as high as the top 50, and disappeared again after a few years.

Sorry, Meghan. We love you. We love your hair, we love your make-up, we love your dresses, we love your taste in men. But we don’t love your name enough to give it to our daughters.

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