Kate Middleton Pregnant: Baby Name Speculation Starts Immediately, James And Victoria Early Favorites

Kate Middleton had barely announced she was pregnant when baby name speculation begun, with an interested public trying to guess what she and Prince William will name their second child.

After months of speculation, Duchess Kate and Prince William announced Monday that they are expecting their second child. As with her first pregnancy, Kate Middleton is being treated for symptoms of severe morning sickness. She is being seen by doctors at her home in Kensington Palace, receiving fluids to prevent dehydration.

In the UK, oddsmakers are already listing favorites for Kate Middleton’s baby name. The biggest odds right now are on a baby boy named James, with 4/5 odds on a girl and 6 to 1 odds from Ladbrokes that he will be named James.

The UK’s Mirror has more on the Kate Middleton baby name odds:

“But rival firm Betfair are banking on tradition ruling the royal couple’s thinking, making Victoria their shortest-priced name bet at 9/1.”

“Both bookies have also issued short prices on Wills and Kate to name the new child after the Queen.”

“It’s an even money shot that the couple have their first daughter early in 2015 and Alexandra, Mary, Catherine and Kate are tipped to be on the couple’s naming short list.”

“Arthur is an 8/1 shot, while it’s 10/1 for Charles or Thomas.”

Betting firms already had to back away from taking wagers on whether Kate Middleton was pregnant. Back in July, firms stopped taking bets due to a high volume of wagers guessing she was pregnant. This came at the height of rumors that Kate was expecting.

The return of the speculation comes as good news to betting firms.

“Money talks, and we were right to suspend betting in July,” said Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said. “The Royal Baby betting frenzy is back in full swing, and with one correct gamble already in the bag, punters are quickly reinvesting their winnings on the couple having a second son called James.”

As always, a bet will be nothing but a guess. Kate Middleton and Prince William are not expected to reveal their baby name choice until the little one is born.

[Image Via Vanityfair.com]