Tiffani Thiessen Welcomes Daughter Harper Renn

06/15/2010 at 12:55 PM ET

John Russo

Tiffani Thiessen and husband Brady Smith have a reason to celebrate!

The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Harper Renn Smith, on Tuesday, June 15 in Los Angeles, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Baby Harper, who weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz., is “doing great,” as are the new parents.

Thiessen, 36, and Smith, an artist and actor, have been married since 2005.

Announcing her pregnancy, the actress said that starting a family is “something we’ve wanted for a long time and we are thrilled that it’s actually happening.”

— Eunice Oh

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Lauren on

Congratulations!!! I have been wondering when this baby would be born. I feel like she has been pregnant forever. Can’t wait to see what the baby girl looks like! What an adorable name!

Ali on

Kelly Kapowski is a mama hehe! So happy for Tiffani and her husband! Hope all is well with the new family of 3.

ILuvPerfectParents on

Yeah congrats!! I love her!! Waiting for the perfect parents who know the perfect names for other peoples children to start commenting on HER choice of name for HER child!!

Sarah on

Finally! I’ve been waiting for this announcement for at least two weeks now. Wasn’t she already due in May? I’m not sure about Renn, but I love Harper!!

sklyer on

Congratulations to Tiffani and Brady welcome to the world baby Harper Renn.

Brooklyn on

Congratulations to them! I LOVE the name! Harper is great and I love Renn as a middle name!

Meredith on

Lauren, I feel the same way! Congrats to the family and welcome to the world Harper!

Serena on

Congrats to Tiffani and Brady!! What a beautiful name!!

Rye on

I have been wondering when we were gonna get this news!!! It’s about time!! haha! Very happy for this new family!! πŸ™‚
I am actually strangely digging the name Harper. I love it!!!

izzy on

i love the name! harper is such a cute name. renn reminds me of even stevens, a show that i LOVED. i knew she’d choose a good name πŸ™‚

skipsie on

thats a beautiful name! i love the name harper!

aurora mia on

what a cute name!!!

Lola Monroe on

@ILuvPerfectParents….I think your just a trouble starter…nobody is looking to critisize Tiffani and her husband…their name choice is very normal..take a chill pill.

Congrats to the new family, I love the name Harper!!! I think ill go watch Saved By The Bell repeats to celebrate hehe!!!

ILuvPerfectParents on

@- Lola Monroe
I’ve been coming to this site before it was sold to People by Danielle, even before Danielle had Anya and the extra negative judgment of celebs and their choices for their families, never fails. If I’m wrong, then I apologize ahead of time!

Erin on

Ren was the name of Kevin Bacon’s character in “Footloose”! See! Six degrees of Kevin Bacon! Anyhow, love the name. Congratulations to the family!

Anonymous on

Such a fantastic name. Reminds me of a tired old town in Alabama.

Remy on

Ooh, what a lovely name! I love it! Congrats to Tiffani and Brady on their new baby girl!

Fifi on

Love the name Harper!! She was a fairly big little girl, huh? Good for them πŸ™‚

cris on

ILuvPerfectParents~ I always love how people (such as yourself) never fail to passive-aggressively instigate negativity. The interesting thing about this, is that these comment’s are never made on ‘normal or average’ names, just on names that are unusual, thus making your dislike of the name blatantly obvious.

Pamela on

Awesome name!

ILuvPerfectParents on

Great point Cris! I just realized how big the baby is! Wow! I bet she is just as beautiful as her parents!

Janine on

absolutely love the name, but I’d spell it Wren.

Carmen on

Awe I’m so happy for her and I LOVE the name.

Mallory on

Awww, beautiful name! She was really overdue if Tiffani was actually due in May! (I know sometimes celebs have lied to the press about their due date.) Congrats to them! And today is my 18th birthday, so this is pretty cool for me! πŸ˜€ I don’t know of any other celeb babies born today, lol.

Marilyn on

I knew she’d have a girl! I’ve been waiting for the announcement forever.

Hols on

Congrats to Tiffani and Brady! I adore the name.

Renee on

congrats Tiffani! so happy she finally had the baby. I KNEW it was a girl. so excited for them! I bet Renn is after Tiffani’s mom who is named Robyn. Its different but a nice name! and Renn is my nickname! Tiffani has been my favorite actress since I was a little girl. Waited so long for her to have a baby. I know her and Brady will be amazing parents. and I bet Harper is just gorgeous! the baby is actually not as big as I thought since she was very overdue! Tiffani was due in May.

Elizabeth on

Congrats to them! I was wondering when their baby would arrive. I actually thought she was due at the end of May. I absolutely love the name Harper Renn!

isabelline on

Wow, big baby! Harper’s a great name. congrats to the new parents!

Gaia's mom on

Wow aren’t we all getting old?? I grew up watching her on television! “Its alright cause its save by the bell!”
Congrats to them both, I’m sure the baby is beautiful.
Harper is a cute name, I liked it a lot as a teen. Its so funny, I went to school with a Renn and thought the name was so cool. We actually considered that name for Gaia but ultimately found it too chic for our taste.

I don’t know why people are so sensitive, hearing the name of the baby is my favorite part of the news. Im sure when each of us were born some friend of the family said “I can’t believe they went with THAT” its part of life.

ocnlvr83 on

Congrats to Tiffani and Brady! I am sure she’s the cutest little girl in the world.

romy on

Iluvperfectparents, I don’t see why any poster should be swayed by your comments. If they want to come here and give their opinion on the name then who cares. That doesn’t mean they think they are better parents because they have an opinion on a name and post it. That’s how these boards work. Tiffani can choose to come here or not and read comments.

Christina on

Congrats! Well, I was wrong! I thought she was having a boy since she said she craved red meat. I guess that goes to show that people pregnant with girls can crave red meat, too. I bet she’s beautiful! Also, Harper is a very cute name. πŸ˜‰

Ashlee on

Cris, why I’d like to think comments would be reserved for completely outlandish names, individuals found fault with Kevin Costner and his wife’s choice of Grace for their newest addition. For some individuals, unless they choose the name themselves, they’re never satisfied.

soph on

Harper Renn is a great name. Sounds very light and elegant.

lizz on

I looooove that name

glee fan on

@ ILuvPerfetParents all my sister’s kids were almost or over 9lbs.
congrats! love the name choice. i love how “it’s” normal unlike what omse other celebs have named their children.

JMO on

The name is sweet. Had a feeling it was a girl. Just don’t know why. Congrats!

Kaylie on

I absolutely adore the name choice! Harper and Renn are both so unique but pair wonderfully together! Congrats Tiffani and Brady!

klutzy_girl on

Finally! Longest celeb pregnancy ever, I swear.

Congratulations to Tiffani and Brady! I love the name, and I called that she was having a girl.

Luna on

I love the name Harper Renn. My mother had a very common last name, so her mother decided to give her kids more unusual names so they wouldn’t be Robert Jones, Robert Smith, Robert Johnson etc. I guess that’s what they did with Harper Renn Smith. Congratulations Tiffani and Brady and welcome to the world beautiful baby Harper.

Sage on

I really like the name Harper. I always found Tiffani to be such a beauty, and I have no doubt this baby will be the same. Can’t wait to see a pic of her.

Mal on

Wow what a beautiful name. Congrats to all! I can only imagine how beautiful this baby is.

Ahava on

My daughter turned 5 at the end of May and she was born on her due date-weighing 9 pounds 6 ounces. πŸ™‚

I love the name Harper. I’ve enjoyed it all my life, especially because of author Harper Lee (even though it isn’t her real name).

I also have a dear friend who goes by ‘Ren’, even though her full name is Karen.

Maddy on

love her, love the name Harper…but I am silently shedding a tear that Harper has become so popular!

Gabrielle on

Congrats to Tiffani & family! LOVE the name Harper! One of my favorite baby girl names!! So sweet!!

Stella Bella on

Love the name Harper!

SAR on

That’s wonderful news! Congratulations to Tiffani and her husband. Honestly, I thought, probably mistakenly, that her baby was due before now…just as with Minnie Driver, I thought Tiffani would be pregnant forever. Tiffani probably thought so too, even if the baby wasn’t overdue. I understand women in their final trimester often think that.

Harper Renn is an unusual name, though certainly not on the level of “Apple” or “Moxie CrimeFighter.” Lisa Marie Presley named one of her twin girls Harper. I wonder if Tiffani and/or Lisa were thinking of the author Harper Lee when picking names.

tracy on

Congratulations to the newest family trio.

Louise on

ooh yay!

I love the name Harper, have done since Dave and Jordyn Grohl had their little girl, Harper Willow! it does seem to be a opular name amongst celebs at the mo (Lisa Marie Presley also has a Harper, as does Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, unless i’m mistaken?)
I love it.
cant wait to see pics!

Lauren on

My daughter’s name is Grace Harper! My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and my husband loves movies so we named her after Grace Kelly since she is also our little princess. LOVE the name! I knew a girl also named Lauren and went by Ren. Go figure. Congratulations to them both!

D on

Congrats! Don’t care much for the middle name though.

Luna on

David Spade has a daughter named Harper as well.

Elle on

Yeah!!! I have been waiting to hear this news for SO long! Congratulations Tiffani and Brady! Welcome to the world sweet little Harper Renn…I’m sure you will be a precious blessing to your parents :o)

Can’t wait to see a pic of this little darling!

Laura on

Harper is a very cute name – getting more and more popular by the minute. Funny thing is I personally know 2 Harper’s but both are boys. One of them is nearly 6 years old.
Are there any celebrity boy Harper’s out there? I can’t think of any.

izzy on

@christina, it just goes to show that all old wives tales are not accurate at all! haha.

Rachel on

I absolutely LOVE the name Harper :O) It reminds me of Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird which is one of my all time favorite novels. So happy for Tiffani and her husband!

robinepowell on

Congrats to the happy couple, I was wondering when this baby would arrive. Tiffani was due in May, but I guess baby Harper had other plans.

Unusual name, but not as weird as some others out there. πŸ˜‰

iluvperfectparents on

@glee fan & Ahava
9+ pounds is/almost 3 pounds more than any of my kids. Wow, I was like the girl in the exorcist at 6+ pounds. (lol) Kudos to you Ahava and your sister Glee fan! I wonder what the biggest child of a commenter or someone they know on CBB weighs?

Mirdeb on

Wow, what a nice name!

Ariana on

Ahava, Harper Lee is the author’s “real name”, she just goes by her middle name. I’ve loved the name since I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. Congrats to Tiffani & Brady!!

Bancie1031 on

Congratulations to Tiffani and Brady! I love the name Harper Renn πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to see her …. Tiffani was a beautiful pregnant woman πŸ˜€ I can’t believe Kelly Kapowski is a mommy πŸ˜€

Sarah M. on

Harper is a very cute name – getting more and more popular by the minute. Funny thing is I personally know 2 Harper’s but both are boys. One of them is nearly 6 years old.
Are there any celebrity boy Harper’s out there? I can’t think of any.- Laura on June 15th, 2010

Harper Edward (Bruce Weyman & Laura Allen), Harper (Paul Simon) are the only 2 males with the name I’ve heard of. Harper Rosie (Martie Maguire), Harper (David Spade), Harper Vivienne Ann (Lisa Marie Presley), Harper Willow (Dave Grohl), Harper (George Stephanopoulos) are all female Harper’s. (Some were mentioned already.)

When one of the more recent Harper’s was born, Dave Grohl’s I think, several people got bent out of shape over how it’s a boys name and why would anyone ever name a girl that. It started out as a boys name, but is used MUCH more commonly for girls now, I think. I had to search to find the 2 boys with the name…

I absolutely LOVE the name Harper for a girl! Congrats to the new family!!

Renee on

iluvperfectparents I have a friend who told me that she weighed 10 pounds when she was born! shes almost 6 feet today. her mom still had 4 other kids after her though so I guess it wasn’t too bad. LOL

CelebBabyLover on

I thought she was due back in May! Anyway, congrats to her!

Ali on

Lovely name. Congratulations!

amandamay on

congrats! love the name!

Sophia on

Congratulations! I LOVE the name! Harper and Renn (although I prefer Wren) are two of my favourite names! How lovely πŸ™‚

Laura on

I am so happy for Tiffani and her husband. Lovely name πŸ™‚
Congrats to her, I’m sure she’ll be a wonderful mother

gianna on

tiffani was due in may, she was over 2 weeks overdue. she was posting on twitter and facebook, about when is this child of mine coming out already lol. Anyway I new it was a girl, tiffani knew the sex and didn’t wanna say it, but in her interviews I always got the vibe it was girl with certain things she said. and tmz had a photo of her 3 days ago, it looked like a girl pregnancy, showed all over her face and a lot of people I know their girls were born over due too. loved tiffani on 90210 and saved by bell, and she was a sweetheart when I met her years ago, and so gorgeous. I bet the baby is gorgeous. Wasn’t expecting a name like this because she said she wanted a traditional type name and although this isn’t weird like say apple or bronx, just not a name I expected, but to each is own. can’t wait to see pics of the baby.

m-dot on

She was a beautiful as a preggo. I cant wait to see her little girl! I LOVE the name Harper Renn! Sounds clean, elegant, and intelligent.

maggie on

oh i love the name harper very cute and has a 1930’s feel to it! congrats to the happy parents and i can’t wait to see pics of the baby!

Mira on

I don’t like the name, actually. First of all, it’s a family name, rather than a first name. Canada’s prime minister is Stephen Harper. So it sounds quite silly to me to call a baby Harper. Plus, if one absolutely wanted to use Harper or Renn as a first name, I think they both sound more appropriate for boys. JMHO.

Tee on

To answer the above question, my youngest niece was 11 pounds, born sunny side up at home!

Harper is a beautiful name and I’m so happy to hear that she is finally here and everyone is well!

Luna on

My daughter just informed me that Harper is Alex’s best friend on Wizards of Waverly Place. Go figure.

Sage on

I know Harper is techniquelly a boy name but I think of girl because of the Harp part and that is very girlily to me.

But I love the name and Harper is becoming trendy because I wrok in a daycare, also I have never heard Harper on a boy and I’ve met 5 this year.

Lara on

Congrats! I love Harper – I have a 3 year old named Harper!!
It is becoming popular.

Lori on

Congrats to the happy family. I particularly love the name Harper Renn because it is very strong, but still feminine. If she wanted to become CEO of a multibillion dollar company, she would be taken seriously with a name like Harper. Many womens’ names….not so much. I couldn’t sit in a board room and have a meeting with a CEO if her name was Bambi. Exactly why I gave my son and daughter very carefully thought out names. Congrats again! Can’t wait to see her!

Terri on

Cute name.

Robin on

Fantastic! Does anyone know how the actual birth went? I know she was going to do HypnoBirthing; just wanted to see how it went for her as I used this fantastic method to deliver both my children!!!

Siobhan on

Congratulations!!! What a beautiful name!! I’d also love to hear how teh birth went, especially as she was going to do hypnobirthing, which I did.

sue on

Congratulations to the new parents….May they enjoy every moment God Blesses them with for they grow too fast!!!!!!

soph on

Lori, there’s nothing feminine about Harper. It’s a Scottish surname. Even Harper Lee’s first name was Nelle.

ILuvPerfectParents on

To answer the above question, my youngest niece was 11 pounds, born sunny side up at home!
@Tee, Wow!!! That is almost double the weight of any of my children. I was like Linda Blair in the exorcist with 6+ pounds babies, I don’t know what I would have been like having an 11 pound baby. LOL

Amy on

I just want to say congrats to Tiffani and her husband. I think it doesnt matter whether or not she was over due but it does matter that the baby is at least healthy. Also Harper Renn is a gorgeous name. Anyway congrats to the family

Karm on

Nice names πŸ™‚

allicia on

What a beautiful name!! It is becoming popular though. I have a 9 year old daughter whose name is Harper. Believe it or not, I guess it can be a boy’s name too. Our pediatrician, and her pre-school both thought she was a boy based solely on her name (her middle name doesn’t give any clue to her gender). I guess it is a Southern thing. Anyhoo, Congrats to the new parents and baby girl!

CelebBabyLover on

soph- And surnames can’t be feminine? As for Harper Lee, another poster already explained that Harper IS her actual first name. She just goes by her middle name- Nelle. πŸ™‚

Saber on

Congratulations nice news. That is lovely. πŸ™‚

Lauren on

Harper Lee’s first name IS actually Nelle.

Miki on

Congratulations!! Love the name too. She shares a birthday with my oldest πŸ™‚ He just turned 5. It’s a great day to become a mom!! There were a lot of celebratory birthday sundaes that night at Red Robin. I think it’s a big birthing day LOL

April on

Harper is a beautiful name for a daughter….my nearly 2 year old daughter’s name is Harper Grace!!

chani on

congratulations to her and her husband, beautiful name

Pony on

I have a 7 month old girl named Harper! I was so excited to hear she used it also. I choose it becuase I loved Harper Lee. Its pretty name! You will start hear it pop up more often.

Stephanie on

Congrats and your still just as beautiful always..xo

elizabeth on

I have been a fan of Tiffani ever since the Saved the Bell days, 90210, and of course, several of her Lifetime Movies. I think she’s beautiful, down to earth, and will be a terrific mommy to Harper. Love and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness and good fortune to Tiffani, Brady, and baby Harper.

Samara on

What an awesome name! Can’t wait to see pics. COngrats to Kelly Palo-… I mean Tiffani and her Beau on the birth of Harper. I love that name! LOL