In case you somehow managed to miss it, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just announced the full moniker of their newborn son: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. And, well, suffice it to say the internet has thoughts about Baby Sussex’s name. While it was a bit surprising the couple decided to make the announcement so soon (considering they had previously stated they would do things on their own time), no one should be surprised that the tot is trending on Twitter.
Harry and Meghan made the big reveal via their official royal Instagram account, sharing the news alongside a photo of their firstborn meeting his great-grandmother, the Queen, his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, and his grandma, Doria Ragland. Naturally, there was much speculation ahead of little Archie’s birth about what his name might be. Would it be a nod to a fellow royal? Something sentimental, perhaps? Neither, it would seem. Per CNN, the couple chose their child’s first name because they “just liked the name Archie.” Harrison literally means “son of Harry,” so that makes sense. Finally, Mountbatten-Windsor has been used by relatives of the Queen — meaning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did squeeze a tiny royal shout-out in there somewhere.
But, judging by Twitter, many people suspect Harry and Meghan might be fans of a certain red-headed comic book (and now CW TV series) character.
— alex (@alextotenthomas) May 8, 2019
— Eric Sander (@eric_shoeman87) May 8, 2019
I'm sorry but I hear Archie and all I can think of is pic.twitter.com/5jVNmEag3H
— Laura Cohen (@lauragailcohen) May 8, 2019
DO THEY KNOW HE WILL HAVE TO SAVE RIVERDALE https://t.co/fwGm3apTJd
— Julia Bush (@jabush) May 8, 2019
Congrats to PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle on the birth of their son Archie, who we will all call Archiekins. pic.twitter.com/D5AEt311sN
— AhoyComicMags (@AhoyComicMags) May 8, 2019
— Brushing Off (@BrushingOff) May 8, 2019
why did they name him archie when jughead is the one who wears the crown
— corbin dewitt (@corbin_dewitt) May 8, 2019
Let's all just respect the power move of a ginger prince naming his son Archie. pic.twitter.com/K3V3n5M7Me
— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) May 8, 2019
Archie? Really? If they have another boy or girl will they be named Jughead and Veronica? #riverdaleroyals
— Ruben Murillo (@rubenmurillo) May 8, 2019
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) May 8, 2019
Of course, the hilariously on-the-nose tweet that came from the official Archie Comics Twitter account tops ‘em all.
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) May 8, 2019
Although Netflix Canada comes in a close second, proposing an alternative title for the royal tyke:
Archie, Earl of Riverdale
— Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) May 8, 2019
Others pointed out that Archie might have different connotations for different generations… but they all seem to be in the TV/entertainment realm.
Generation gap personified: When you heard Baby Sussex's name was Archie, did you think All in the Family or Riverdale?
— Nancy Krulik (@NancyKrulik) May 8, 2019
Then there were those who offered commentary on the name in general. Often to great comedic effect.
Damn, Archibald Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor sounds royal AF. Archie of Sussex about to be walking around like pic.twitter.com/OR9iM8VrnE
— Minntality (@Minntality) May 8, 2019
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is absolutely the name of the dude in every Edith Wharton novel who sits in the same opera box as the protagonist and is always making comments like “when did Pearl return from Paris anyway? I thought she was a continental girl”
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) May 8, 2019
Stop saying the royal baby was named Archie after riverdale when we all know he was named after this legend from Balamory pic.twitter.com/9SEplMySMR
— Mollie (@mollwithanie) May 8, 2019
The name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor sounds like he automatically has a higher credit score than I do as a toddler. pic.twitter.com/QQHt2p0yVy
— Fearless/Lessfear (@Quotemeorelse) May 8, 2019
We think Archie is a downright adorable name for the royal baby — whether it was inspired by Archie Andrews, Archie Bunker, Archie from Balamory or, truly, just because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dig it. In full disclosure, though, we’re fully on board with calling this kid Archiekins for the foreseeable future.