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    What's a good name for the British King?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Link the Writer, Oct 20, 2010.

    In my sci-fi story, my character eventually goes to London to see the British Royal family. Since it's set years into the future, I thought that the UK would still carry on the tradition of the Royal Family. This time, they have the King.

    And I also considered a climax where the British Royal Space Force (RSF) goes to war and one of the characters screams out his name.

    I want a good name for the king. A name that sounds British, dignified, honourable. Something that will send chills of pride and fear (depending on which side you're on) down the spine.

    Well, any suggestions? :D
     
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    I like William.
     
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    I like Thomas.
     
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    King Thomas...

    King William...

    King Thomas I!! Now there's a majestic name for ya! :D Behold his description!

    There, before her eyes, stood the most majestic figure she could scarcely imagine. Tall, firm, muscular, with a smartly clipped round beard, the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland stood over the balcony. His left arm was hidden behind his dark blue, pressed coat adorned with an elegant red stash. She could see, between the railings his matching blue trousers and well-polished black boots.

    Her heart fluttered. This was it, this was him! The Hero of London, who fought off the French and invading Klurnia army across the English channel!
     
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    Or King John Thomas :D
     
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    Hmm, Thomas doesn't sound bad, though I've never thought of it as royal name. I'm for Henry, to be honest for some weird reason or even Edward :D
     
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    King Rowan of the family Atkinson.
     
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    Henry, George, James, Alfred, Arthur, Ethelred and Edgar have all been kings at one time. I like Edgar it sounds a strong and no nonsense type of name and his family can always call him Eddie.
     
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    Look back over the years at the history of the Royal Family, Link. Recently we've seen a fair few Georges and an Edward or two. And also remember that the monarch can pick the name s/he wishes to be known by. For instance, we know Prince William as William, but he could choose any of his given names to be known by once he's on the throne. So we could see Henry IX, or William IV (I think we're up to 4 - could be wrong).
     
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    I like Alfred. Alfred the Great is a hero of mine. Why haven't there been more Alfreds in British history? Did they retire the name, the way a sports team retires a player's number if he's been a great player?
     
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    I agree Alfred is an excellent name, although I think most have moved to Gotham City.

    Maybe Simon the Shiftless, or Harold the Honourable.
     
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    Edmond, Walter, Marcus, Adrian, or Horace?
     
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    Accorinding to http://www.britannia.com/history/h6f.html you can just take a pick from this awesome list.

    House of Wessex
    Egbert
    Æthelwulf
    Æthelbald
    Æthelbert
    Æthelred
    Alfred, the Great
    Edward, the Elder
    Æthelstan
    Edmund, Magnificent
    Eadred
    Eadwig (Edwy), All-Fair
    Edgar, the Peaceable
    Edward, the Martyr
    Æthelred, the Unready
    Edmund, Ironside

    Danish Line
    Svein, Forkbeard
    Canute, the Great
    Harald, Harefoot
    Hardicanute

    House of Wessex, Restored
    Edward, the Confessor
    Harold II

    Norman Line
    William I, the Conqueror
    William II, Rufus
    Henry I, Beauclerc
    Stephen
    Empress Matilda

    Plantagenet, Angevin Line
    Henry II, Curtmantle
    Richard I the Lionheart
    John, Lackland
    Henry III
    Edward I, Longshanks
    Edward II
    Edward III
    Richard II

    Plantagenet, Lancastrian Line
    Henry IV, Bolingbroke
    Henry V
    Henry VI

    Plantagenet, Yorkist Line
    Edward IV
    Edward V
    Richard III, Crookback

    House of Tudor
    Henry VII, Tudor
    Henry VIII
    Edward VI
    Lady Jane Grey
    Mary I, Tudor
    Elizabeth I

    House of Stuart
    James I
    Charles I

    The Commonwealth
    Oliver Cromwell
    Richard Cromwell

    House of Stuart, Restored
    Charles II
    James II

    House of Orange and Stuart
    William III, Mary II

    House of Stuart
    Anne

    House of Brunswick, Hanover Line
    George I
    George II
    George III
    George IV
    William IV
    Victoria

    House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
    Edward VII

    House of Windsor
    George V
    Edward VIII
    George VI
    Elizabeth II
     
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    Hmmm...there hasn't been a Mary II yet. I think I'll have King Thomas I's wife be Queen (or princess?) Mary II.

    Oh and *saves the link on favorites page* thanks so much for the info. =D Quite a long history Britain has.
     
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    Um, there has been a Mary II and it'd be really odd if Mary III was in exactly the same boat as Mary II, since she was wife of William III, and they co-ruled. Monarchs don't tend to do that - William and Mary are the only example. Normally the wives are not numbered unless they are the one wielding power.

    Depending how far in the future, I'd say in close future you should go with the name stagnation that's been going on - they've all been a George or Edward for ages and ages and ages.
     
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    Well, my story is set in the year 2955, so yeah. :p
     
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    Something very waspy sounding with lots of Roman numerals behind it.

    Alfred was a great king, there should definetly be another one. Of course, we all know that one Arthur shall return from Avalon to rule England once again!:)

    I can't wait, I would love to see Camelot.
     
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    Erm...it doesn't exactly work like that.

    If there is a king on the throne, then his wife is called the queen, but no numeric suffix is attached (for example, King George VI's wife was Queen Elizabeth, but she wasn't Queen Elizabeth II- that title belongs to her daughter).

    This is because in that circumstance the "Queen" is not the monarch but the consort of the monarch. It's the same principle that the husband of a reigning Queen is referred to as Prince Consort (i.e. Prince Albert, or Prince Phillip), which actually also has roots in the belief that King outranks Queen.


    I hope that explains a bit, and isn't just confusing rubbish...
     
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    No, that explains it. Thanks. King Thomas I's wife would just be Queen Mary. If King Thomas I died...
    Okay, question.

    Suppose they had no child and King Thomas died. Who would take over? Queen Mary (who would probably turn into Queen Mary II?) What if he did it when the heir (let's say their daughter Amelia) was still a young child? Would her mother rule in her stead? But what then? Would Amelia have to wait for her mom to die to finally take over?

    I guess it depends on the age of the heir apparent in that case.
     
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    The nearest blood relative would take over.
     
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    Well if he had no heir the crown would pass either to his brother, nephew or whoever was in the line. However if he had an heir but he/she was too young, her mother would probably be queen regent until child was of age. Or the king would set someone other to be regent in his/her name :D In any case the throne would go to the child when he turned eighteen.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    I don't believe Mary could rule in her own right, unless she was in the line of succession anyway (note: Phillip is about two hundred and something-th in line to the throne in his own right, so if all the members of the royal family above him popped their cloggs simultaneously, he'd become king).

    The crown would go to the nearest blood relative, so if Thomas had no heirs then you'd be looking at his brothers, uncles, cousins, etc.

    If Amelia was still a young child, then you'd be looking at a regent ruling in her stead and name until she came of age. I'm not sure how the regent would be selected, in all honesty.
     
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    Regent is chosen usually by the previous monarch, or government. Often it's another family member - princes can be regents if they're old enough and their father is away/unable to rule (I think the Regency period in English history was when whichever King George went mad was mad? Correct me if I'm wrong there - I'm just guessing. :p My knowledge of English history peeters out between the Stuarts and Victoria... :p)

    In medieval times regents were quite common 'cause the king was always going off to war, or even touring the country and had to leave someone in charge with the government. Modern times they tend to show up only in exceptional circumstances.

    In any case, regents are usually a bit of a tricky one, since the young monarch might prefer someone, and there'll generally be hangers on trying to appease them and get some power. Look at Edward VI's regents. Messy times. But that was because there were next to no Tudors left at that point. Better regencies happen when there's someone very capable of rule, who just happens not to be the chosen monarch. :p
     
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    You said your story is set 900 years in the future?

    With that said, you'd want to go with something more future-ish and not archaic, you know?

    What about Derek? It's strong-sounding enough to be royal, but it's a relatively non-old-fashioned name and there's never been a King Derek before.
     

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