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It's very rare that an event occurs that causes both British royal-watchers and readers of comic strips or viewers of a beloved local television show to rejoice as one, but the birth of Queen Elizabeth II's latest great-grandchild has accomplished that rare Triple Crown.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the first child born to Prince Harry and his wife, former American actor Meghan Markle, came into this world without a name, but after a day of speculation over what his moniker would be, the world learned he would forever hence be known as Archie.
No one knows which one of the couple chose the name Archie, or what meaning it has to them, but he now joins some other famous and notable Archies, both from the past and today.
Funny how the most famous Archie isn't a real person. Archie is a fictional character created to be in a comic book back in 1941, but in the decades since he has morphed into a media juggernaut starring in books, radio shows, comic strips in newspapers, and on television in both animated form and now in live action on Riverdale. Heck, he was the lead singer on the number one hit Sugar, Sugar in 1969.
Somehow we don't believe the bigoted, blue-collar worker Archie Bunker is the Archie the royal couple named their son after, but you never know: he was a character on a successful television show and Markle was also a character on a successful television show. Bunker, played by Carrol O'Connor on All in the Family from 1971 to 1979, and then in Archie Bunker's Place until 1983.
He was born Archie Leach, but he is more well known by his stage name of Cary Grant. The suave, debonair actor first gained success in romantic comedies such as The Awful Truth and His Girl Friday, was nominated for Academy Awards for Penny Serenade and None but the Lonely Heart, and worked on thrillers with Alfred Hitchcock, including North by Northwest and Suspicion. Archie/Grant died in 1986 at 82. Baby Archie's name inspiration? Well, once again, Markle was an actor...
His first name is Archie, but not only was his last name Wood, he is made out of wood as well. Archie Wood hosted the TV show Archie and Friends which ran on the then-CKY TV from the 1960s to the 1980s. This Archie was a puppet and "Uncle" Bob Swartz was the ventriloquist who gave him his voice. Unless Markle was a child in Winnipeg — which she wasn't — this Archie did not a royal name bring
With a name that has been around for three generations, you could almost see a royal being named after him. But this Archie used to be a National Football League quarterback in the 1970s and 1980s, most of the time with the New Orleans Saints, and his sons have had some football success too: ever hear of Peyton or Eli? But the only way this Archie became the namesake is if Prince Harry caught an American football game thinking it was like British football.
This Archie was a boxer and held the title of Light Heavyweight World Champion longer than anyone. He holds the record for most career knockouts and had one of the longest careers in the history of the sport. And, after he hung up his gloves, he began training boxers including a couple of guys named Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. He died in 1998 at 82. Who knows? If Markle is a fan of boxing...
Even though this Archie is the only woman on the list, this could be closest to the name inspiration. She portrayed Kalinda Sharma on the television show The Good Wife at the same time as Markle was working in Hollywood. Panjabi also won a Primetime Emmy Award, an NAACP Image Award, and two other Emmy nominations, and a Golden Globe nomination. She also played Pinky Bhamra in Bend It Like Beckham.
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