Victoria Beckham and David Beckham have named their new baby girl Harper Seven. But what's the meaning of her name? Well, the "Seven" is in reference to the date and time the baby was born, the seventh hour in the seventh month on the seventh day of the week. Seven was even David's old soccer number, and it's also a very spiritual number. As far as the "Harper" goes, Victoria has simply always been a fan of the old English name. However, the moniker is rather common in Hollywood, so it's kind of surprising that the mother of Cruz, Brooklyn, and Romeo chose such a normal name. So just how many other Harpers are there?
Well, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka welcomed adorable fraternal twins via surrogate last October, naming their baby boy Gideon Scott and their baby girl Harper Grace. There's no word on what inspired the couple's moniker choices, but they definitely did a good job choosing names that don't sound silly, unlike some other celebrity parents out there.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl did let his fans know who his baby girl Harper Willow was named after when she was born in April 2009. According to the rocker, Harper was the name of his great-uncle. While the name might sound sweet and lyrical, Dave described his new addition as being "loud as hell" (she must have inherited her papa's pipes).
"Saved by the Bell" actress Tiffani Thiessen and her hubby Brady Smith named their daughter born in June of last year Harper Renn. The actress recently showed her love for Justin Bieber by donning a T-shirt with his photo on it (after he first wore a shirt featuring a photo of her from her teen star days), so she and the Beckhams' son Romeo have their love of the Biebs in common -- he reportedly wanted to name his little sister Justine Bieber Beckham in honor of the pop star.
In October 2008 Lisa Marie Presley gave birth to beautiful twin girls Harper and Finley. The singer described her daughters as being polar opposites, with Harper described as being "delicate, sensitive and much more serious than her sister" (it seems like a fitting personality to go with the name). Interestingly enough, Lisa Marie's famous father Elvis was born a twin, but his brother died at birth.
David Spade's daughter Harper was also born in 2008 to Playboy playmate Jillian Grace. Spade is no longer with her mother, but has worked to maintain a relationship with his daughter (hopefully he learned fairly fast that feeding her cell phones probably isn't the best idea).
Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulis have also used the name, with other Harpers including Dixie Chick Martie Maguire's Harper Rosie, Laura Allen's Harper Edward, and Paul Simon's adult son Harper.
So there are have been more than seven Harpers in Hollywood, but what about Sevens? Well, apparently Erykah Badu and Andre Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000) loved George's perfect "Seinfeld" baby name -- they dubbed their son Seven Sirius when he was born in 1997.
But back to the name Harper. Why is it so popular? Well, it is a surname, and there's definitely been a trend toward using surnames as first names -- think monikers like Bailey, McKenzie, Sawyer, Addison, and Finn. Plus fans of "To Kill a Mockingbird" might name their children after author Harper Lee, or perhaps they like the fact that the meaning of the name is "harp player." Whatever the reason, it's actually a bit sad that Victoria went with such an overused name instead of inducing eye-rolling with something really wacky (but at least she tried with "Seven").
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- Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
- fraternal twins
- Victoria Beckham
- Lisa Marie Presley
- David Beckham
- David Spade