Harper Seven Beckham creating a buzz already
David and Victoria Beckham's fourth child, Harper Seven, has social media abuzz with speculation about the origin of her name.PT1M17S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-1hbdh 620 349 July 12, 2011
It's been only 24 hours, but the internet is already buzzing with speculation over why football star David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria named their daughter Harper Seven.
Suggestions ranged from a character's name in a Disney show to the baby name choices of Seinfeld's George Costanza, to the name of US author Harper Lee, but everyone agreed on one thing - Harper Seven was an unusual name.
Yet when it comes to naming newborn children, a certain responsibility remains. How could Mrs Simpson, the lover of Edward VIII, thrive in English society as the daughter of Teackle Wallis Warfield?
"With elder brothers by the names of Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, no one was expecting that her name would be as ordinary as Rachel, Sarah or Emily," The Independent said.
Fourth child ... David and Victoria Beckham. Photo: Getty Images
"But the moniker handed to the latest addition to Team Beckham, a baby girl born in Los Angeles on Sunday, has probably surpassed them all."
The Daily Mail reported that it had the lowdown on how Harper was derived, quoting a source who said her name was taken from the Disney series Wizards Of Waverly Place, apparently a favourite show of the Beckham boys.
"The entire family had input - Victoria and David love the name, but it was the boys who actually came up with it," the source said.
David Beckham with sons (from left) Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn late last year. Photo: Getty/Jordan Strauss
"Victoria loved it because it's an Olde English name and even though Harper is an American by birth, she will always have English roots."
Seven, the Mail noted, was Beckham's "lucky number". It was the number on the jerseys the Los Angeles Galaxy footballer wore when he represented England and Manchester United.
"Number fixation is a well-known symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), from which Beckham suffers," the Mail added.
Footballer David Beckham and his designer wife Victoria have welcomed a baby daughter - Harper Seven.
The Independent published a list of potential theories for the name Seven, including the possibility the newborn was named after her birth time and weight.
"Harper Seven arrived in the seventh month of the year, at 07.55 in the morning, weighing 7lb 10oz [3.18 kilograms]. These are important omens."
With Beckham set to ink a 20th tattoo on his body to mark Harper Seven's birth, the paper joked that the name was perhaps a way to conserve tattoo space, as the Englishman already had "VII" tattooed on his right forearm.
Across the Atlantic, CNN speculated on whether inspiration for Seven was drawn from Seinfield's George Costanza character.
"It's a beautiful name for a boy or a girl - especially a girl, or a boy," Costanza said in the US TV show, referring to the number seven, which he wanted to name his daughter. "It's Mickey Mantle's number. So, not only is it an all-around beautiful name, it is also a living tribute."
Mickey Mantle was a US baseball player in the 1950s and '60s.
US newspaper The Baltimore Sun had a more high-brow suggestion, opining that the Beckhams named their daughter after Harper Lee, who wrote the novel To Kill A Mockingbird.
"David Beckham a Harper Lee fan?" the paper asked in a headline.
"I give the Beckhams credit for not following the Harry Potter and Twilight crazes, and naming their daughter the super-popular Emma or Bella. And they seem to be following a literary theme, considering their other children: (A Tree Grows in) Brooklyn, Romeo (and Juliet), and (Martin) Cruz (Smith).
"Who knew they were such avid readers?"
But The Guardian pointed out that the Harper Lee-reference might be unlikely, given that Victoria Beckham once admitted: "I haven't read a book in my life."
London's Daily Telegraph, though, gently chided the high-profile couple for giving their baby such a different name, arguing: "Yet when it comes to naming newborn children, a certain responsibility remains.
"How could Mrs Simpson, the lover of Edward VIII, thrive in English society as the daughter of Teackle Wallis Warfield?"
The Beckhams might also want to take heed from the woes of Bob Geldof's daughter Peaches, who said she was haunted by her name and taunted by cries of "Oi, Peaches, are your parents' bananas?" during her school days.
"I was going to be called Angel Delight at one point, so I suppose I can count myself lucky."
The Metro newspaper said parents like ex-Spice Girl Victoria and Geldof "have a lot to answer for" and noted that bookmaker William Hill were offering odds of 66-1 that she would change her name by deed poll before she turned 21.