Why did the Beckhams name their baby girl “Harper Seven”?


As Bedhead reported yesterday, Victoria Beckham gave birth to her long-awaited little girl. The Beckhams also released their baby girl’s name: Harper Seven. No Malibu, no Independence, no Lala, no Hollywood Beckham, no Angel Jefferson Beckham. Harper has become a popular girl’s name, I guess because of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve always liked the name too, but I’m slightly disappointed that Posh and Becks didn’t give us more to work with. Anyway, People Magazine has an article about “the story behind the name” – it is kind of interesting:

David and Victoria Beckham are spending quiet family time together welcoming their new arrival – and first baby girl – Harper Seven Beckham, and relishing their privacy, a rep for the couple tells PEOPLE.

But the question lingers: How did the parents of three boys – Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, 8½, and Cruz, 6½ – ever arrive at the name Harper, let alone Seven?

It may not be as complicated as you think. Harper is an old English name that Victoria has always loved, PEOPLE has learned, and seven is considered a very lucky spiritual number.

In addition, Harper Seven was born Sunday morning in L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center weighing 7 lbs. (and 10 oz.) in the seventh hour in the seventh month – on the seventh day of the week.

As sports fans can’t help but also note, seven was David’s jersey number for Manchester United and the English national team.

Speaking of numbers, the Irish bookmaking firm of Paddy Power has offered odds of 100:1 on Harper’s following in dad’s footsteps and going out for the England Women’s team. The odds of her becoming a singer in the mode of her former Spice Girl mom are 16:1.

[From People]

Ah, “Seven” makes a lot more sense now that I think about the whole “seventh hour in the seventh month – on the seventh day of the week.” What do you want to bet that Victoria originally scheduled her C-section for July 7th, but pushed it back for William and Kate’s visit? In the end, though, she didn’t even go out to meet Will and Kate (but David did). Also: I didn’t know Harper was an English name? I thought it had American origins. Learn something new every day.



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  1. Quest says:

    Totally scheduled her C-section + tummy tuck .

  2. original kate says:

    i love the name harper. seven is okay but three is my lucky number. doesn’t sound very good in a name, though.

  3. UKHels says:

    ah Vicky, none more chav-tastic!!! seriously though, it could be much worse

  4. Lisa Turtle says:

    I think Harper is a very sweet little name. I adored To Kill A Mockingbird. I actually named all my dolls “Scout” and “Jem” from that book when I was young. I was surprised the Beckham’s chose something so relatable! I’m sure Harper will see a spike in popularity following this birth.

    Also – Who is stupid enough to bet on what a newborn will achieve in 18-25 years?!?! Such a long time to wait for a return on that bet, either way. Bizarre. Probably just for the bookie to get some free press.

  5. brin says:

    Yeah, I didn’t know it was an “old English name” either. I’m just glad their was a meaning to them and not random names/number.

  6. Lucky Charm says:

    I just thought the kids watch “Wizards of Waverly Place” and she named her daughter after one of the girl characters, lol.

  7. Keen says:

    I would be incredibly surprised if someone had a tummy tuck with a cesarean. I know people say it’s done, but here’s the thing- OB’s (who perform cesareans) are NOT plastic surgeons! It’s completely different. Not saying that women don’t have tummy tucks, especially in hollywood, but for it to be just one procedure seems completely bizarre and improbable.

  8. Praise St. Angie! says:

    lmao at MichaelK’s take on this…George Costanza’s name was stolen again!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I thought Harper’s brothers wanted Justine Bieber Beckham. Seven’s good anyway.

  10. Mandy says:

    Wasn’t there an episode of Seinfeld where George said he wanted to name his kid Seven?

  11. OtherChris says:

    Harper is a cute name. I kind of expected something awful, so good for them.

    Really though, that long hair looks awful on her. I have hair like hers and you can’t let it go too long.

  12. foozy says:

    seven is seven of nine – star trek voyager!

  13. Jummie says:

    I thought Harper’s brothers wanted Justine Bieber Beckham. Seven’s good anyway. Congrats Posh and David.

  14. Sue says:

    Congrats to them on their new little one! @Quest – I would love a tummy tuck, if only my insurance would pay for it!

  15. UKHels says:

    @ Keen
    bear in mind this is her fourth c-section, I can’t imagine a tummy tuck will do much good
    I’ve only had one and the muscles are destroyed!!

  16. Patricia says:

    Harper is adorable! I love it.

    But Seven????? Completely idiotic.

  17. Atticus says:

    This makes me think of the kid in the old Peanuts cartoons whose parents named him Five.

    But love the Beckhams – how exciting to have had a girl after having three boys! That is going to be one spoiled, pampered little girl.

  18. katnip says:

    Harper is a cute name.

    Ok. I don’t really follow them. But I did notice that there has not been that much media coverage of her and the baby watch. I wonder is it more newsworthy in England.

    Until he posted that pic of her I had almost forgotten that she had not had the baby.

  19. TO BE OR NOT TO..WHATEVS says:



  20. LunaT says:

    It’s so much better than it could have been. I think it’s nice.

    Watch the use of “American”. There is more to “American” than just the United States. Ya know, all those other countries in both South and North America.

  21. Joji says:

    Wiki say:
    Harper is a Scottish family name which has also seen popularity as a given name. The name is believed to have originated from the Dalriadan region of Scotland especially in the Lennox district and is associated with the Buchanan Clan.

  22. the original bellaluna says:

    Well thank God it’s not Birkin! And I like Harper. Seven, not so much.

    But my kids were named for meaning, after they were born, so who am I to judge? (OMG, did I just write that?)

  23. kelly says:

    better than suri. does suri even have a middle name?

  24. Jazz says:

    Cute name, but Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Tiffani Thiessen, Lisa Marie Presley and David Spade have already beat them to it.

  25. Violet says:

    Well, it’s better than “Moroccan” but barely.

    Harper on its own just makes me think of the Canadian prime minister, which is an unfortunate association for a little girl.

    Tack on the Seven, and the poor kid sounds like a Cylon on Battlestar Galactica.

  26. MSat says:

    I came here to talk about George Costanza’s love for the name Seven but was completely distracted by the photo of Becks….if I had the pleasure of producing kids with that man, you can bet I’d look a lot happier about it than his wife! What’s with the pregnancy bitchface?

  27. Melissa says:

    This was a scheduled c-section? How odd – normally scheduled c-sections are done Monday thru Friday during business hours, not Sunday before 8am. I know they’re not regular folks like us, but still. Oh – and I’m with you Keen – I can’t imagine OBGYNs doing tummy tucks, or even a plastic surgeon doing one without letting you heal first from you c-section. I would think they wouldn’t know how much skin to take off so soon after birth because some of it is going to bounce back anyway.

  28. John Wayne Lives says:

    I’m just glad she didn’t schedule her c-section on the 4th. I was hoping that rumor wasn’t true cause it just rubbed me the wrong way.

  29. honestiago says:

    Like others, I got excited when I thought this was a Seinfeld reference. Kinda disappointed that it wasn’t XD

  30. Kellie says:

    For some reason I thought it was a fake pregnancy as well.

  31. Aqua says:

    At least Harper is a nice normal name that you can remember,pronounce and spell.And not a name that the child may be embarrassed to have as she gets older.

  32. Ja says:

    If they named me Harper, I would slap them both every single day non-stop until I could legally change it. And for those of you who think the rich spoiled brat will not care, I bet she’d rather burn all of Beckham’s Birkins in protest than live with such a f*** up name.

  33. Cissy says:

    This name really is well deserved to join the list of celebrities who call their kids really stupid names.

    Harper Seven….why didn’t they call the kid something more sensible – like Agatha Twenty Six ?

  34. Kim says:

    I think it an ok name. She wont go by middle name so who cares about the seven part. Harper is a cute name. Congrats to them!

  35. Kim says:

    Betcha David will get her a pink Berkin bag as her birthing present (unless she already has one which she probably does). So maybe a pink sapphire sparkler???

  36. lrm says:

    well the USA [the A is a clue!!!!] is the only one of the ‘americas’ countries to be called united states of America….hence, the abbreviation….to American.
    Though ppl try to make it sound US- centric and un PC, too bad-it’s been the US abbreviation for a very long time-and no other country uses it as a moniker….honestly, the PC thing is so old….
    but, you know, i will be sure to clarify if we are speaking between continents, but for countries, um, no, everyone knows ‘America’ is the US ‘A’…..
    Last i heard, mexico nationals call themselves mexicans, not norte americanos…same w/argentina-never south americans…
    and I have never heard a canadian reference himself as a northern american….
    so i think it’s all good to call the US america….really.
    whew. glad we got that cleared up early in the week….

  37. sapphire says:

    Bet that a plastic surgeon scrubbed in to do the closure-can’t do the tuck, but to clean up the scar.

  38. teehee says:

    What abotu Mother Harper from Mama’s Family? lol

  39. Sheigh says:

    At Beckhams, sons get girl’s name and daughter gets boy’s name!
    Anyway, I thought, they chose a name really more original than this. What happened ? Maybe, we didn’t hear the news very well! Rather be better Seven (or Four) Harper, no?

  40. cath says:

    Come on people! The Beckhams have three small children, they live in America home of the Disney Channel. Harper is a character from the very successful series ‘Wizards of Waverley Place’. She is the best friend of the character played by Selena Gomez. I like it!

  41. lucy2 says:

    I like Harper, but don’t care for “Seven” as the middle name. They seem to have their reasons why, but I wouldn’t have chosen that.

  42. Jen34 says:

    Re: c-section & tummy tuck

    A c-section followed by a tummy tuck is called a c-tuck. I was offered the choice by my ob/gyn after my 3rd c/section. She said it’s becoming common. They just bring in the plastic surgeon after the delivery. I passed.

  43. snackysnaxx says:

    C-section scars heal to be virtually invisible. At least both of mine did.

  44. snackysnaxx says:

    You CAN get a tummy tuck? I’d have jumped on that IMMEDIATELY! LOL!!

  45. Sisi says:

    isn’t Sunday considered the first day of the week?

  46. Ja says:

    Which one of you who like the name so much would really like to be named Harper? All of you? Seriously…?

  47. Klassy says:

    Harper is so overplayed. Tiffani Amber Thiessen, Lisa Marie Preseley, Neil patrick harris, Dave Grohl all recently named their daughters Harper. Its the new “Max”.

    I just expected Victoria to go more fanciful and unique like her sons’ names. oh well.
    I just remember growing up in the 90s and having three or four friends with the names Brittany, sarah, Jessica, amanda. oh and Matts. We all can name a few Matts lol

  48. Keen says:

    Jen34- I would switch OBs if you were seriously offered that option. Like Melissa said, how would they know how much skin to take off, your body needs a chance to ‘deflate’ after pregnancy. I can see them removing the scar tissue if you’ve had more than one, but I would check to see if that OB is even board certified b/c I cannot imagine that it’s becoming ‘common.” I don’t think that a reputable surgeon of any specialty would perform both procedures at once.

  49. antisara says:

    MAYBE BECAUSE IT SOUNDS BETTER THAN SURI OR APPLE? BUT IT’S EQUALLY STUPID AND SCREAMS: MY PARENTS MAY BE FaMOUS BUT ARE SORT OF RETARDED…LOL! AND WANT ATTENTION MORE THAN FOOD TO PUT ON SOME NEEDED EXTRA WEIGHT…HAHAHAHA…Biatch, check this out: MY GIRL WAS BORN 7.7.2007, how about that for 7′s and i didn’t have to play stupid air head or do a c-section for that, all natural and when she was meant to be born…damn, i’m lucky!

  50. 4Real says:

    You all are delusional if you think this twig had an almost 8lb baby girl. Can you say…FAKED BAKED…??

  51. Pyewacket says:

    Good grief, now Victoria Beckham is supposed to have faked her pregnancy? I know it is shocking, but women do still have babies, and I am curious to know what pregnancies have been faked and proven to have been so?

    I guess saying someone faked being pregnant is a lot more exciting to talk about for some people.

  52. gg says:

    All I can think of when I hear that name is SevinDust. The tomato bug poison.

  53. 4Real says:

    Only the FACT that its close to 8lbs and this bytch barely showed a bump on her FOURTH kid on the ninth month?? Get a clue!? Look at Kate Hudson who had her second kid the same day…a boy. If it was a premie I might have fell for it. Not no 8lbs…not this twig. Her face or arms never filled out. Never wanting pics taken of her?? She wanted a girl so she simply bought one or somebody to have one for her.

  54. frankly says:

    I wanted to name my older daughter Seven, but changed my mind when I was six months pregnant and the creepy movie “Se7en” came out.
    Way to ruin the name for me, Goop-head-in-a-box.

  55. Alix says:

    @ #47: In most of the world, Sunday’s considered the seventh day of the week. I can’t think of any other country except the U.S. that puts Sunday at the start of the week on calendar. Even so, don’t we all consider the weekend to be, literally, the end of the week, and Monday the start of a new one?

  56. Joe's Mom says:

    I like these two. Their lasting relationship and love for each other and their family is very special and commendable. I like the baby’s name and the reason her middle name is “Seven”. If you actually think this pregnancy was “faked”, look at this link. No way: http://www.popsugar.com/Victoria-Beckham-Pregnant-Beach-David-Before-Giving-Birth-18258336

  57. courtney says:

    the popularity of names goes in cycles like everything else in life does. Kate Hudson had her son the night before Harper was Born and has it ever occured to you that one of her parents might be a fan of author Harper Lee that’s like Meissa Newman was named after Lissy the Orphan girl in the movie Count Three & Pray her mothers first role on the big screen

  58. Vic says:

    Haper Seven. Seven so nobody forgets that the baby weighted 7 pounds when she was born.

  59. Tina says:

    In other news… Scary Spice farted.

  60. normades says:

    Harper is a much nicer name than Romeo. I feel sorry for that kid.

    It might be an English sur-name but the popularity of it as a girl’s first name is pretty American imo. Harper Lee will always be the first to come to mind.

  61. Olayinka says:

    I think beckham child is a wonderful child

  62. The Bobster says:

    Sorry, but George Costanza already has dibs on the name Seven.

  63. MotherLight says:

    LMAO!!!!! Was she born at harper st seven?

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