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People Are Betting on the Royal Baby Name

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As Kate Middleton gets closer to her due date, everyone's wondering about the second royal baby's gender and name—so much so that people are putting money behind their predictions. If we go by current public opinion, Kate and William will be having a baby girl named Alice.

"We have seen a significant number of bets, particularly from the Tunbridge area—you have to think there is a good reason for the gamble," a statement from William Hill revealed. The bookmakers slashed the odds of the couple picking Alice at 4-1.

One person wagered about $500 on the name, which would cost the bookies around $6,700 if the baby did turn out to be named Alice.

The name, which means "noble," would be a nod to Queen Victoria's second daughter, Alice Maud Mary, who was famous for her advocacy of women's rights in the 19th century and shocked her mother by breastfeeding her baby. In the past four years alone, Alice has jumped from No. 258 to No. 107.

Other fancied names among punters (in order of popularity) include: Elizabeth, with odds at 9-2; Charlotte at 11-2; and Victoria at 12-1. The front-runner for a boy's name is Arthur with odds at 20-1.

We'll just have to wait until mid-to-late April to see if Alice is a sure bet. In the meantime, we have no qualms with Alice, because hey, if Tina Fey likes the name enough for her daughter, then we can get on board, too.

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