Celebrity baby name: Harper Seven

So, the Beckhams didn’t have their fourth child on the Fourth and name her Fourth, as I’d hoped.

But they did have a 7+ lb baby girl, after 7 a.m. Sunday morning, during the seventh month of the year and name her Seven.

Harper Seven, actually.

After the Beckhams’ announced the name, my blog started getting a lot more traffic than usual — all of it to blog posts mentioning the names Harper and Seven. I can’t recall any other celebrity baby name ever affecting my traffic like this before. Makes me very curious to see what kind of a boost the Beckham baby will give the names Harper and Seven in 2011.

What do you think of the name Harper Seven?

Source: David Beckham announces baby name: Harper Seven Beckham

16 thoughts on “Celebrity baby name: Harper Seven

  1. I personally dont like it. I expected something ultra feminine for their first name, and instead they give her Harper, and a number.

    Hasn’t the name 7 been used on a celeb baby before? Or am I just crazy?

    I personally dont think Seven will chart, but Harper should definitely go top100 for girls and put the name firmly on the pink team (unfortunately).

  2. I think seven was/is also David Beckhams’ jersey number… another bit of meaning in there. Still not sure I love it, but it’s clearly personal for them.

  3. I like Harper, but I’m surprised by their choice.

    They “finally” get their girl and they gave her an sexually-ambiguous name? Taken out of context, how many people would guess the correct gender of ordinary siblings named: Harper, Cruz, Romeo and Brooklyn?

  4. I, personally, view this as unfortunate, since my (male) cousin is named Harper- and it’s a family name. However, I have seen Harper a lot for girls, and I can live with it… I just prefer it for boys or as a unisex name. As for Seven… It’s okay. I don’t feel like it goes with Harper, though.

    Like Julie, I was surprised that it wasn’t something ultra-feminine! I was expecting something like Paris or something to that effect.

  5. I am disappointed. I definitely thought they’d be more innovative and start a new trend, not pick up on an existing one! Harper is already overused to me and Seven, while meaningful for them, just seems like they’re trying too hard to sound cool.

    I keep having to remind myself that they’re not American, though, so to them Harper probably seems much more ‘new’. I’m also just not a fan of the flow or lack thereof. Three 2-syllable names don’t sound that great together.

    One thing I’m sure of is that little Harper will have quite the wardrobe. I can’t wait to see pictures!

  6. @SkyeRhyly – I agree about Harper. It was already 119th & climbing, and I think something like this basically ensures that it’ll reach the top 100 for girls.

    @Kristin – Yes, I think you’re right. Thanks for mentioning that.

    @Julie & Libby – I’m don’t think I’m too surprised by the gender-ambiguity, given the names they’ve already chosen. Though, yeah, it might have been nice to break the pattern this time. Just not their style, I guess.

    @T – Very good point about the Brit vs American thing. Though, they’ve lived here for at least a few years, right? Hm.

    @Charly – I miss Seinfeld.

  7. Oh, also, I’ve been seeing those “half past seven” jokes. I’ll quote the blog Anglophenia on this one:

    The entirety of Twitter is making the same joke over and over again at the moment, at the expense of Victoria and David Beckham “Harper Seven? Half-past seven?” It’ll probably calm down by the time she’s old enough to look at the Internet.

    The joke works in the UK, but the a-sounds in “Harper” and “half” don’t sound alike in American English, so it doesn’t work so well over here.

  8. I personally kind of like Seven. It has meaning to the family, and I like middle names that are different, I mean one of my sons’ middle names is Brave, and I’m thinking about other word names for my twins.

  9. While Brooklyn has grown up with a much more feminine name when compared to brothers Romeo and Cruz, I think he will now look at baby sister Harper and reflect that he still has possibly the most feminine name of the sibset.

  10. Several news sites are claiming that the name Harper was inspired by a Wizards of Waverly Place character named Harper. Unconfirmed rumor, of course.

  11. My youngest watches that, she is quite a funny character, definitely not the worst person to be named after.

  12. @SkyeRhyly- I understand that Paris was originally a masculine name, but to me it’s always held ultra-feminine connections- the city of love, Paris Hilton (and by her, the color pink), delicate things, etc. It’s similar to what I think about when I think of other place names, like Dallas, Vienna, or London.

  13. thank god they did not have twins the other might have been called tempest eight

  14. Beckham recently posted a video to his Facebook page. In it, he talked about why they chose the name Seven.

    A lot of people have assumed that it’s just because it was my shirt number that I wore for many years, and part of it is.

    Part of it is because I had so much luck around wearing that number, wearing it for England, wearing it for Manchester United — it was such an influential number throughout my career, and a lucky number, but that wasn’t the main reason.

    The other reasons behind ‘Seven’ were because it symbolizes spiritual perfection, Seven Wonders of the World, seven colors of the rainbow and in many cultures around the world, it’s regarded as a lucky number.

    Source: David Beckham Explains Baby Name — Why Seven?

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