Did 'Seinfeld' help name baby Beckham?
July 11th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Did 'Seinfeld' help name baby Beckham?

In addition to being born in the seventh month of the year, at 7:55 a.m., on the seventh day of the week (depending on who you ask) and weighing 7 pounds, Harper Seven’s footballer dad donned the No. 7 jersey when he played for Manchester United.

The Beckham’s ties to the number aside, some CNN.com commenters suggested Victoria and David took a cue from "Seinfeld’s" George Costanza when naming their first daughter.

“Seven - wasn't that George Costanza's choice for a baby’s name? Victoria must be a ‘Seinfeld’ fan!” commenter Mathjan suggested.

In one episode, Costanza, played by Jason Alexander, says he wants to name his child Seven.

“It’s a beautiful name for a boy or a girl - especially a girl, or a boy,” Costanza says. “It’s Mickey Mantle’s number. So, not only is it an all-around beautiful name, it is also a living tribute.”

However, Jerry disagrees, saying Mug, Ketchup, Bisquick or any other item in his pantry would make a better baby name.

“Seven periods of school, seven beatings a day, roughly seven stitches a beating and eventually seven years to life,” he says. “You’re doing that child quite a service.”

What do you think? Should Harper Seven join the unique celebrity baby name hall of fame?

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  1. WhyohWhy

    Name 7 was better as comedy, not a lame story. And Why are these 2 even popular? He plays a sport for a city team that no one watches pretty much (c'mon, give me some stats, seriously? ok, maybe 2 people pay attention to american soccer) and she hasn't performed since when? So, why are they in the news? They don't really do anything. Just curious.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Matthew Jandecka

    This is much ado about nothing! Don't forget the kids first name is Harper. Nothing really unique there... Now if the child was named " Butter Nut Beckham", that would be worthy of discussion!

    July 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Coco

    Dont any of you have jobs, or a life?

    July 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pedro

    Mom should give girl her name: Victoria, with middle name: Secret.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mpm

    Should have gone with Barabbas...
    Barabbas Beckham, now that's got a ring to it!

    July 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fly Guy in SJ

    Theres something wrong with them, and with everyone else who gives their kid a weird name. That would include my parents, who gave my brother a normal name, but with an "alternate" (read, "wrong") spelling. Mine is normal (usual spelling, etc) but I've found that maybe half of Americans can spell it.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. G

    I'm gonna name my child "42" The answer to the ultimate question!

    July 12, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bird

    beckham's jersey number for the english national team is 7, therefore it's painfully obvious that this writer is an idiot. They named the kid from that, be real and grow up peter pan.

    July 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phillip

    Married with Children......
    There was a nephew of Peg named Seven..... he was on a few times then just disappeared.
    Maybe that is where the name is from..... not Seinfeld.

    July 12, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anne

    Why do news organizations insist on inventing BS stories like this? Why isn't their perfectly reasonable explanation of the origins of the name enough? Why not create an article saying Neil Patrick Harris's Harper and Erykah Badu's Seven inspired the baby's name too? Hell, maybe make a separate article for each, just to get more clicks and comments! Because that's what is important, right?

    July 12, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. SalseroUno

    Harper huh? "Harpy!! Come here!! Lunch is readdddy!!" Mom, why did you name me Harper when you knew they would all call me Harpy, isn't a Harpy a hideous, filthy, rapacious winged monster with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, legs, and talons of a bird? Well..thats what the Webster's said!!!

    July 12, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. JAM77

    I think Harper Seven is a great name. I chose less common names for my 3 children as well. Coincidentally, I was born on the 7th day of the 7th month in the year 1970. I was born at 7 am and am the 7th child. I turned 7 on 7/7/77 and on 07/07/07 I was 37. The party theme was obvously 7. Seagrams 7, 7 Deadly Zins, 7 Seas Salad dressing and even an apperance by the 7 dwarves! I would have to say 7 has been a lucky number for me. When my youngest child turned 7 a couple of years we started calling him Seven as a nick name and it just kinda stuck!

    July 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. SalseroUno

    Magnificent Seven.. kid can use the theme as a ringtone!

    July 12, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. PTM

    Susan: NO one is naming my child 7. George: (screaming out the window); OK LETS JUST ALL REAMAIN CALM HERE. Hilarious.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Cornwell

    What about Seven of Nine, from Star Trek Voyager?

    July 12, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. andrew

    yeeeaaahhh... I'm pretty sure the Beckham's have no idea what Seinfeld is...

    July 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. myob

    If you're George Foreman 🙂

    July 12, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  18. Karen

    All I could think was, "what happened to Harpers one through 6? Were they destroyed as unsuitable?"

    July 12, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  19. Jason

    My Dad's former co-workers were Mr. and Mrs. Leer. Thier beautiful baby daughter (now fully grown I assume)? Crystal Chandel.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Marcus

    Yet another self-absorbed celebrity hanging a ridiculous name on their kid. Sad...

    July 12, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  21. Sean

    Based on the Seinfeld reference in the headline, I thought the kid's name was going to be Mulva or Bovary

    July 12, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  22. Richard Allen

    This is hardly the first child ever named seven. Lets not read any more into it.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  23. Diana

    So wait... is her full first name "Harper Seven" or is Seven her middle name? Harper is a nice, old name... Like Harper Lee (the author of To Kill A Mockingbird)... Harper Seven as her first name is kind of silly.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  24. T

    I agree with "WLM", as long as it's a middle name and not a first name, the kid will be fine. There are worst names to be called....

    July 12, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  25. David

    I will say this... "7 The Footballer" (either Beckham or Elway) couldn't carry the jockstrap of "7 The Baseballer" (Mickey Mantle).

    July 12, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  26. rebel5

    Remember the TV Show "Blossom". Her best friend on the show was named Six. I think they are closet Blossom fans!

    July 12, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  27. Ally Wally

    Why name your kid "Seven" when you can name it a full "TEN".... 😉

    July 12, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  28. Angie

    Harper is the Canadian Prime Minister, lol

    July 12, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  29. rh

    I was thinking Seven (of Nine) from Star Trek.

    Also, Harper is almost common, my 8 year old has several in her grade. Harper Lee is the first person to think of when that name comes up.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  30. Patrica

    Lovely name!! Anything's more sane than Tripp, Trigg, Piper, etc.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  31. rj

    Worst name I've ever heard:
    Pronounced Ladasha
    No lie!

    July 12, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  32. Mia

    Im surprised that these reporters haven't really done their research. Erykah Badu a 4 time grammy award winner (so she isnt a small time artist) named her son Seven back in the 90s. Using Seven as a name isnt all that extraordinary when someone else has already done it.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  33. Gedwards

    7 is also the number of points for scoring a touchdown/extra point in football - Mr. Beckham's profession. Oh wait.....

    July 12, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  34. Byrd

    No, but its parents should shoot straight to top of the Complete Idiots List. And will someone please feed that scarecrow woman a cheeseburger and milk shake. She looks like sh&t.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  35. Margaret

    Doesn't anyone remember Seven of Nine?

    July 12, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  36. DEE

    Naming your child after numbers is nothing new. In African culture it occurs alot as well as the day you are born. You ever heard Kwame? Kwame is a male born saturday. Nsiah is six in Ghana asante twi. a child who is born on saturday but also the 6th child will be called Kwame Nsiah. Nothing new, westerners are just catching on. Btw Kofi Annan ( Annan in Ghana fanti is fourth).

    July 12, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. myob

    Pretty sure it was the name "Soda" George thought was an interesting name and not "Seven" – it was "Soda" ...

    Look it up 🙂

    July 12, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  38. banya

    What's's the deal with ovaltine? The jar is round, the mug is round....why don't they call it "roundtine"?

    July 12, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  39. Bruce

    Depending who you ask? Are you for real? Look at the calendar, Sunday is the first day of the week. Has been since the world began.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. Albert

    The number seven is known in the bible as a number for completion and wholeness. It's a great number.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  41. Bill Cosby

    I thought of the Seinfeld episode as soon as I heard the name.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  42. Lala

    Heh. We used the name Seven for our cat 12 years ago.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  43. kurt

    Seven was the youngest boys name on married with children......

    July 12, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  44. will

    seven was also the kid on married with children.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  45. Tom

    Both parents draw energy from being in the spotlight 24/7. They are media WH@#$res! The whole idea is to get people talking about the ridiculous name they have given to their child. In later life when they are both wrinkled and saggy, the kid certainly isn't going to thank them for setting the stage to be bullied at school!.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • tori

      to all you people who insist that this name will get her bullied, its not like this kid is going to be going to some inner city ghetto school. this kid is probably going to be able to buy and sell all of us by the time shes seven, so i wouldnt worry too much about her!

      July 12, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  46. RW

    The Mick actually wore number 6 in his rookie year (Cliff Mapes wore #7). Wonder if this is a nod to Mapes or a way to avoid an extremely embarrassing name.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  47. moosey

    Harper is the whiskey that Toad tried to buy when underage at the liquor store in American Graffiti. So Harper Seven would be a whiskey and seven-Up mixed drink. I like it.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  48. dude, really?

    not half as weird as River Phoenix, Rainbow Muffin, or remember Grace Slick named her child "god" with a small g? these people are idiots!

    July 12, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  49. George Costanza

    It was either that or Soda.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |

    I like it. It sounds nice and the the way number 7 is curved it reminds of Beckham curling free kicks. I recall the one with Greece for Euro qualifier wow ! And to top it all it was the last kick of the game ! !

    July 12, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  51. ash

    im surprised no one here mentioned Se7en....... are they naming the baby after all the sins she will commit?

    July 12, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  52. mike

    There was a famous queen in history whose name was queen sheba, which transalates to seven too.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  53. nerp

    Duude, it's all SCIFI like a robot.... cool....

    July 12, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  54. odiva

    I thought David Beckham was a soccer player.

    July 12, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  55. Me

    If you want to thank Seinfeld, then you should think of words that rhyme with Mulva or Celeste or etc.

    July 12, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  56. Me

    I thought her name was Steven Harper

    July 12, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  57. Chris

    My German friends' parents almost named him Seven...instead they just settled for Sven

    July 12, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  58. hipichik63

    seven is my lucky #

    July 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. JesusSaves

    Remember. Jesus saves. 🙂





    July 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Lori

    I had heard Victoria wanted to name the kid SANTA after the city of Santa Monica, so in comparison, Harper Seven is a perfectly normal name. Now let's wait and see what flaky name Kate Hudson picks for her son.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Bubba Gump

    If Seinfeld really helped them name their child, they should be arrested for child abuse. Seinfeld is/was a horrible overrated train wreck of a show.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • FCC McGee

      As opposed to the critical masterpiece that you created.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      You tell em bubba.......... Now go and watch the newest episode of "trailer trash kings" on Fox.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  62. Harry the Hat

    I'd go with 6 Appeal.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Kathy

    Love the name Harper and like Seven. At least it has meaning to them. Too bad she wasn't born on 7/7 though!

    July 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Cam

    I want to know what happened to Harpers one through six.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  65. sportreform

    she'll eventually gets teased with Harper's bizarre

    July 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  66. The Lunatic

    As long as it's not "Seven of Nine", I'm fine with it!

    July 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  67. one day all seven will die


    July 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Erik

    Show respect to the bundys. Married... With children.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jo

    I'd rather have the name Seven than Eight!

    July 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Gerry

    dumb article. I wanted to name my kid Seven long before the Seinfeld episode.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • luke

      the seinfeld episode was on 15 years ago or more......did you actually name ur child seven since?

      July 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Kolourful

    I keep thinking of the scary Seven movie with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman and someone's head winds up in a box – not a thought I'd like associated with my kid...

    July 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  72. stacy

    Beautiful name. Beautiful parents. Let's move on. 🙂

    July 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  73. cynthia duchenois

    Who cares? Mom always looks constipated and starving and Dad is covered in tatoos...taste doesn't seem to be something they possess...

    July 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Joe

    How about a tribute to both parents? Call the baby Anorexia Egomania Beckham.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  75. l.a. mom

    Seven is the name of Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 of Outkast's son and he's pretty big (at least 10 by now). So, if anyone goes in for that name it should be them.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  76. janks

    I'm just wild about saffron... Lol.

    July 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Mmmmm

    What y'all think about "saffron" or "aletheia" ?

    July 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  78. wwells

    What are the rich hiding that they won't share.

    Find out what we found and it will blow your mind.

    Google the term "SIMPLE STOCK CASH" and click the very first site. Go right to the penny' stock page to see what the rich do not want you to know.

    It is the turn of the little guy to make a ton of cash.

    July 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Penny stocks are garbage and you're a waste of space. I hate people who think penny stocks are good. Put them in a pile with people who think options are "where the money is" and people who buy real estate in Florida.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  79. ida m

    Hey! How about Victoria Seven! I think it is different and special!

    July 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Karen

    It's better than Shrinkage!

    July 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • lizzy10

      Butras, Butras Kali !

      July 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • KSB

      That's Boutros Boutros-Ghali!!! C'mon, git in the game!
      How about THX-1138?
      Or Muhammad 45X Jones?
      Stupid names children are saddled with for their entire lives (or at least until they're of legal age to change it) just to satisfy their idiot parents' vanity...do the parents think for a minute about how they're afflicting their offspring?
      Anyway, Harper's a very nice name and the number–in this case a name AND a number–I suppose they can live with as a middle name which doesn't have to be used at all. This name game idiocy seems to be endemic among rich celebrities...and the very poor...who will have a hard enough time as it is in life.

      July 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Leslie

    Someone better let Harper Lee know she's a man. After all these years...

    July 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  82. holly

    They named her after the Canadian prime minister Steven Harper

    July 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  83. whocares

    Its not your name so what's the big deal here. You ppl need to get a life instead of worrying about other ppls, PLEASE!!!

    July 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Wrex

    And you all forget the most beautiful Seven of all.... Seven of Nine. You people are slipping.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  85. BobinCal

    Altair four is not in use.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Suzie

    Harper Lee a man? I think not.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  87. maykat18

    When I hear the name Harper it reminds me of the author Harper Lee who wrote "To kill a mockingbird". Harper Lee was a man so I automatically think it is too masculine for a girl. As for the middle nam.... Give me a break.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  88. John Nalley

    Harper 7 was the team that killed Bin Laden.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  89. ruffy


    July 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      It's time for your meds.

      July 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ugh

      Not this stupid argument again. For all we know Tuesday is the day. Not to mention taking into account the rotation of the earth isn't perfect 24hr/365 day . It's just a day set aside for rest

      July 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Adam

    Not that there is anything wrong with it.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Dumb

    Seven is also the name of one of the kids whose father was in Outkast.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • One of Seven's friends

      Seven's father is Andre Benjamin from Outkast, and his mother is Erika Badu. He lives in Texas with her but stays here in the ATL for most of the summer with his father and family. Really cute kid...

      July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Wow!

    Nickname, yes. Legal name, oh he!! no! What is up with all the freakie names? Poor hollywood kids. At least when they turn 18 they can FINALLY change them.

    July 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  93. DWLEE

    Beckham is no. 7; nothing to do with seinfeld

    July 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  94. OLIVE

    Sevev isnt a bad name at all. Mr Seagram makes a mighty nice 7.

    July 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  95. OLIVE

    I dont think so. He woulda nemed it Lois Lane Bekham or Clark Kent Bekham.

    July 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Mr. Mike

    Harper Seven. Sounds like a group that was convicted of wrongdoing at some point.

    July 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Cletus

    we named our son Askim, whenever we're at the walmart & someone says, hey whats yer little boys name? we say Askim. they look at my boy & say , whats yer name?

    July 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Snarky

    Actually, didn't Married with Children use the name "Seven" before Seinfeld? They adopted one of their redneck cousin's kids and his name was "Seven" because they had "One, two, three, four, five..... Seven kids"

    July 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  99. WLM

    Geez, the kids middle name is Seven not her first name so I am not sure why people are so freaked out by it.. The baby's name is Harper which is very beautiful.. who cares about her middle name?????? I think it is better than " Apple, Buddy Bear, Pilot Inspeckter.. Need I go on?????

    July 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Lucy

    Harper Seven is a good name. I think the seven tribute to the father is great. Well done.

    July 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilentBoy741

      Yeah it's fantastic name - for a big heavy post-war sedan. "Come drive the all-new 1948 Harper Seven! Power. Luxury. Prestige. Nothing owns the road like a Harper. You should own one, too!"

      July 12, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |

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