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Some kingly history behind Prince George's name

LONDON — In choosing to call their first child George Alexander Louis, Prince William and his wife, Kate, selected a first name steeped in British history.

While "George" means farmer and earth worker — not trades typically associated with U.K. royals — it has been borne by six British kings, four of whom served in a row.

Below, a look at the British monarchs called George who preceded the 2-day-old prince now third in line to the throne.

GEORGE I: The German-born, first king of Britain from the House of Hanover — which provided six British monarchs — acceded to the throne in 1714. The king — who spoke German, French and a little English — ruled until his death in 1727.

GEORGE II: Initially unpopular, George II gained greater respect as his reign lengthened. He was the last British king to fight alongside his soldiers, at the age of 60. Because his oldest son had died, George II's grandson inherited the throne upon his death in 1760.


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