David and Victoria Beckham have named their fist daughter Harper Seven, a choice that is already dividing opinion.

In a statement on his Facebook page, former David Beckham announced: "I am so proud and excited to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Seven Beckham.

Victoria wants to call baby Santa

"She weighed a healthy 7lbs 10oz and arrived at 7.55 this morning, here in LA. Victoria is doing really well and her brothers are delighted to have a baby sister xx.”

One-time Posh Spice Victoria Beckham gave birth by Caesarean at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles yesterday.

Harper Seven was welcomes by the Beckham’s three sons:  Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, eight, and Cruz, six.

According to The Sun, David was in tears with happiness at the birth of daughter. Harper is said to look exactly like Victoria did when she was a baby.

The other ex-Spice Girls were quick to congratulate Victoria and David.

Mel B tweeted: "congrats!!! Yipeee another spice baby is born, damn it wish it was me this AM cos I feel like I'm about to POP!"

Emma Bunton also tweeted: "Big kiss to @victoriabeckham can't wait to meet your gorgeous little girl!"

What does the name Harper Seven mean?

Both boys and girls are often called Harper in the US.

The most famous Harper is probably Harper Lee, the female author of To Kill A Mockingbird.

The name comes from an old English surname which referred to someone who made of played harps.

Seven is thought to be a lucky number for the Beckhams.

A source told The Sun: "The couple loved the name Harper. It has no hidden meaning – they just fell for the name and think it has a lovely sound.

"They went for Seven as a middle name as they think it is a lucky and spiritual number. And the baby arrived around 7am in July – the seventh month."

Seven was also David's squad number with Manchester United and the England team.

However Twitter users have been less than complimentary about the name Harper Seven.

“Beckham can't be the only person to accidentally name their child after being interrupted doing a crossword. Harper? (7),” tweeted GarethAveyard.

“In light of the Beckhams calling their child Harper Seven Beckham I'm calling my firstborn Steinway Eight-Eight Peri-Peri Nando Chicken,” said platinummind.

While torieloo22 tweeted: “Really laughing. Just told my husband name of new Beckham baby & he genuinely thought I was telling him the time.”