Beckham Baby Name Revealed: Harper Seven Beckham!
Throughout Victoria Beckham’s pregnancy, there were endless rumors about what the fashionista and her soccer star husband, David Beckham, were going to name their long-awaited first daughter. Well, now we can report that the rumors were… wrong!
“I am so proud and excited to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Seven Beckham,” David announced on Facebook Sunday night. “She weighed a healthy 7lbs 10oz and arrived at 7:55 this morning, here in LA. Victoria is doing really well and her brothers are delighted to have a baby sister xx.”
While the names the Beckhams selected for their sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz all grew in popularity after the celebrity couple named each child, Harper is already one of the fastest growing female baby names in the U.S. After first appearing on the chart in 2004, Harper soared to its current spot, No. 119, in 2010 -- and it looks like it's going to continue on up. The Middle English name means “harp player” and was popularized by author Harper Lee. With Victoria’s huge fashion background, the association with style bible Harper’s Bazaar -- on whose cover she has appeared many times -- likely gives it added meaning.
Some of the other celebrities who have contributed to the growing popularity of the name Harper include Neil Patrick Harris (Harper Grace Burtka-Harris), Tiffani Thiessen (Harper Renn Smith), Dave Grohl (Harper Willow Grohl) and Lisa Marie Presley (Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood).
Baby Beckham’s middle name, the number name Seven, isn’t something anyone, well, figured on – but it makes sense. Seven is the number David wore when he played for Manchester United and England. Jerseys that read “Beckham 7” have been worn by millions of the jock's fans. Then there’s the fact that the baby was born in July -- the seventh month -- at 7am -- the seventh hour. The Beckhams also celebrate their wedding anniversary in July.
Seven has had some popularity in the name world. If you watched Seinfeld, you’ll remember George Costanza declaring that Seven was a beautiful perfect baby name "for a boy or a girl... especially a girl." Andre 3000 and Erykah Badu agreed – they named their son Seven Sirius.
Seven isn’t the only number being used as a name. Cortney and Robert Novogratz, stars of Bravo’s 9 by Design, named their fifth child Five. Lance Armstrong, while waiting for his fifth child to arrive, famously dubbed her Cinco Armstrong and even created the Twitter handle @cincoarmstrong. When she was born, she was given a more traditional name: Olivia Marie Armstrong. We also put together a list of possible names for babies born on 11-11-11 with Eleven making the cut.
Do you think the name Harper Seven Beckham is a good fit with big brothers Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James and Cruz David? Are you a fan of the new “It” name Harper? What is your opinion on number names -- any that you’d consider? Weigh in now.