Zara Tindall changed her daughter's name at the last minute

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

Zara Tindall may not have a title herself, but she's still very much a member of the royal family. So when the Queen's eldest granddaughter had children of her own, she knew the world's gaze would be on her - and the names she picked.

Zara and her husband, rugby player Mike Tindall, welcomed their fist daughter in January 2014, and called her Mia Grace Tindall. So far, so easy. But when the couple's second daughter came along in June 2018, picking a name wasn't quite so straight forward. Zara and Mike ended up choosing 'Lena' as their child's first name - Lena Elizabeth Tindall, honouring her great grandmother the Queen - but that wasn't always the plan.

As Zara explained to the Telegraph back in 2018, shortly before Lena's birth they realised the name they had originally picked wasn't quite... ideal. "I liked the name Elena but I didn’t want her initials to be 'ET' so she's Lena," revealed the new mum.

You mean, you didn't want your daughter's initials to be the same as an adorable alien from an eighties film? To be fair, who knows if any kids growing up these days will even know what E.T. is...

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The name Lena, which is actually pronounced Lay-na, is of Greek origin and means "bright one", according to baby name site Bounty. Elena, on the other hand, is of French origin, but has a very similar meaning: "light, torch, bright".

The good thing is that Zara and Mike made the decision to switch names before Lena was born, although if they had changed it once she arrived, they wouldn't be the only royals to do so. Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and King George VI are all royals who don't (or didn't) actually go by their real name. Well, each to their own...

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