The Meaning Behind The Adorable Baby Name Princess Eugenie Gave Her Son

August arrived a few months early! Princess Eugenie posted a sweet family photo to her Instagram account showing the newest member of the family: the son she and husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed on February 9. She took the opportunity to announce the baby's name: "We wanted to introduce you to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank," she wrote. "Thank you for so many wonderful messages. Our hearts are full of love for this little human, words can't express. We are excited to be able to share these photos with you.⁣" She went on to thank their midwife and the essential workers who cared for her in the hospital.

Although Eugenie is not a "working royal" – meaning that she does not participate in events in the Queen's name, via Town & Country -  she still carried on the royals' tradition of naming children after family members. In this case, the couple honored Prince Philip, Eugenie's 99-year-old grandfather. The baby is the ninth great-grandchild for the prince and Queen Elizabeth (with #10 on the way, courtesy of Eugenie's cousin Harry). Philip is also one of the middle names of the princess's uncle, Prince Charles, and cousin Prince William. 

The rest of young Master Brooksbank's name is unique to the British royals (via Good Housekeeping), but it's equally beautiful and meaningful.

Princess Eugenie's son's name is definitely "great"

The Brooksbanks have high hopes for their son if the name they chose is any indication. The name August comes from Augustus, which is Latin for "great" or "magnificent," via The Bump.  Philip comes from the Greek for "horse lover" – a fitting name for a child in a family known for their riding skills. (The Queen is still an avid rider at age 94, per People.)

When he reaches school age, the littlest royal will probably be one-of-a-kind in his class. According to the British edition of Cosmopolitan, neither August nor Philip currently ranks among the top 100 boys' names in the country, as recorded by the national statistical office. (On the other hand, George, Louis, and Archie are all right up there in popularity, and Charlotte is the #18 choice for British girls.) But he'll be right on point with his third name: Nameberry reports that one of the top baby name trends for 2021 is "avian middle names" such as Lark, Dove, Falcon, and, yes, Hawk(e).

In all, it makes for a wonderful name for the newest little royal. (And nicknaming him Gus would be totally adorable.)