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General Hospital Soap-Star Couple Has Baby Girl, Chooses Name Rising in Popularity

First of all, to imagine that two soap-screen characters were discovered to be secret, real-life lovers, well that’s hot. Now to learn that the lustful couple has had their first child together, it just makes you believe wonderful things do work out, doesn’t it?

Twenty-nine-year-old Mom Kirsten Storms (the name just screams soap star or romance novel, doesn’t it?) and Dad Brandon Barash, 34, both have roles on the soap that trumps all soaps, “General Hospital.” Mom plays Maxie Jones and, Dad, Johnny Zacchara. While the couple initially kept their love affair hush-hush, not initially revealing news of their June wedding and baby-on-the-way, Dad gave in to intense pride and posted the name of his darling baby girl on Twitter…even her name…soon after the bundle of joy’s arrival.

This little princess, anointed Harper Rose, shares her first name with several celeb babies. While technically a name for both boys and girls, it has most often been given to baby girls in recent years. Becoming quite popular among the celeb set (it’s the names of daughters of David and Victoria Beckham, Neil Patrick Harris, Lisa Marie Presley, and rocker Eddie Veder and Jill McCormick, as well as the the name of writer Harper Lee), the name has also skyrocketed on the Social Security rankings of most popular names in all the U.S., appearing in 2012 as name number 24. Back in 2003, the name ranked number 1,103 on the list. Talk about moving up in the world.

An occupational name, Harper goes back to the Middle English word for harp and means harp player (such a docile, lovely image, no?)

Mazeltov to the growing, happy family!

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