Beckham documentary reveals the real meaning behind Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper's names

Stuck with choosing a name for your baby? Here's how David and Victoria Beckham chose theirs as revealed on the new Beckham Netflix series

Victoria Beckham holding daughter Harper Beckham when she was a baby and split layout with a baby with empty name label
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Choosing a baby name isn't the easiest thing to do - aside from picking the right name for your baby and the era it was born you also have to choose something they are going to like too.

No pressure, their baby name is only going to be with them throughout their time at school and on every official document until they are of the legal age to change it - but did you know it could make a difference to whether they will be successful or not? according to these most successful baby names.

And as David and Victoria Beckham give fans an insight into their family life including where they live, with the release of the new Beckham Netflix documentary, they also shed some light on the baby naming dilemma they faced like most couples - and where they took inspiration from to get some of the most unusual baby names.

Firstly, if you're wondering how many kids do David and Victoria Beckham have, then there are four - three sons, Brooklyn, 24, Romeo, 21, and Cruz, 18 and daughter Harper, 12.

How many kids do David and Victoria Beckham have, as illustrated by a picture of Mia Regan, Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Beckham, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Peltz Beckham and Nicola Peltz Beckham

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Brooklyn Beckham

In the docuseries, Victoria reveals the real reason they chose to name their first child Brooklyn. She tells viewers that she chose to name him that because she was in Brooklyn, New York when she called her partner David to tell him she was pregnant.

Recalling the moment, which took place before England's World Cup game against Argentina, where David was given a red card and sent off the pitch for kicking out at opposition player Diego Simeone, Victoria, explained, "I told David the night before the game. He was so, so happy, we both were and there was never any doubt in my mind that I should tell him. I mean, it was what we wanted and he could not have been happier.”

Brooklyn was born on 4th March 1999 and according to Bump, the name Brooklyn in its original form means "broken land" yet Brooklyn's English spelling associates it with "water" or a "small stream" while globally it is recognised as the hip waterside neighbourhood in New York. 

Victoria Beckham and son Brooklyn at a football match

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Romeo Beckham

Next up, son Romeo, was born on 1st September 2002, at Portland Hospital, London like his older brother Brooklyn. Despite sounding like a Shakespeare character, David admitted they chose the moniker because "it's just a name we love". He also commented at the time that the baby already had "Brooklyn's nose and Victoria's chin."

According to Nameberry, the name Romeo is a boy's name of Italian origin meaning "pilgrim to Rome, Roman."

Victoria Beckham holding son Romeo Beckham when he was young

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Cruz Beckham

Victoria and David's third son Cruz was born on 20th February 2005 but instead of being born in England, he Victoria gave birth at the Hospital Ruber Internacional in Madrid, of which David almost missed the birth.

Cruz is a boy's name of Portuguese origin, yet traditionally it's used as a surname, derived from the Latin word crux, meaning "cross". Cruz can also be known as a religious name due to its association with Jesus on the cross, according to The Bump.

Reports by fandomwire claim David admits being so star-struck by movie star Tom Cruise that he suggested to his wife that they should name their youngest son after him. “Cruise is a great name, but we could spell it different,” he suggested to his wife, Victoria Beckham.

He added that ‘Cruz‘ is the Spanish spelling, so they decided to go with Cruz Beckham. “Also, living in Spain, Cruz is spelled the way it is in Spanish. So that’s why we got it,” he explained.

Tom Cruise split layout with Victoria Beckham and son Cruz

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Harper Beckham

And finally Harper Beckham name inspiration came from author Harper Lee - who famously penned To Kill A Mockingbird.. Harper was born on 10th July 2011 and David ended days of speculation over the name choice by confirming that the baby girl was named after the author. He said, "Victoria's favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird, it's a very strong, passionate book and the author was Harper Lee, and that is where Harper came from."

Harper Lee author of To Kill A Mockingbird split layout with Victoria Beckham and daughter Harper

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For other baby name inspiration there's royal baby names, or for Disney fans there's these Disney baby names for boys and girls, and Bridgerton baby names.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.