Megan Hilty Welcomes Daughter Viola Philomena

09/19/2014 at 02:40 PM ET

Megan Hilty Welcomes Daughter Viola Philomena Brad Barket/Getty

She’s music to her parents’ ears.

Megan Hilty and husband Brian Gallagher welcomed a daughter, Viola Philomena, on Thursday, Sept. 18 in New York City, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

It’s the first child for the former Smash star, 33, and her musician¬†beau, whom she married last November in Las Vegas.

The couple announced the pregnancy in March, telling PEOPLE over the summer that they were down to three name choices.

“My mother knits Christmas stockings every year for the new member of the family,” Gallagher said at the time. “She put in one request: She said, ‘Listen, I have arthritis, so the fewer letters, the better for me. If you can do five letters or less, I’d really appreciate it.'”

“We don’t know what she’s going to look like!” adds Hilty, a Broadway vet. “We’re trying to keep it short.”

Looks like they did!

— Sarah Michaud with reporting by Julie Jordan

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sky on

wow, what a name…poor kid they will call her VP

Jae on

So…if SMASH had lasted her character was written in preggo because she was??

Lori on

Good grief! What has she got against that poor kid? What a horrible name!

Jennifer from the Netherlands on

I don’t know Megan Hilty?

Anna on

Congrats- but dumb name!!! Philomena? Really? UGH

Jen on

Viola Philomena? Wow….

Nikki on

Congrats to the happy parents! I love Megan, and I think the name is beautiful. It’s better than yet another Emily, Kate, Jennifer, Ashley, or any of those names you see multiples of in a classroom, but it’s not so strange as a North, Apple, or any of those fruity celeb names. It’s old fashioned, but unique and pretty.

Anonymous on

To each their own…my three year old’s name s Philomena, so some people like it… better than the trendy Madison, McKenzie or Kayla. Bt, hey what do I know? I could care less if people liked my or my child’s name.

Lunabell on

Philomena is a beloved saints name that I pray to frequently. Maybe she believes in saints and is paying homage to her. Personal decision for her and her husband. I love the name.

emily on

Everyone love Daphne Oz daughter name philomena Bijou.which I think is worse then Megan daughter name.

jorgie on

what a voice, what a voice, what a voice. I miss that show. Plots were really stupid but oh the music!!!!!

I hope the name is for the woman in the book/movie and not for a “saint.” Anyway, her name is Vi! And the viola is a nice instrument! she can go by “Ola” too. Good for them. Thank goodness not another Madison (“Medicine”) or Melissa, and thank goodness the middle name is not Grace, Rose, Annabella, Ann…..etc . etc. etc.

Anonymous on

Philomena is beautiful, could be Mena for short. I don’t care for Viola

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Marie on

How sad. That is one…make it two ugly names.

Marie on

What did the baby ever do to mom or dad? Did dad agree to that name?

Marie on

It’s really sad. This name is still not worse that Pilot Spektor.

lola on

Awwww…… what a classic and beautiful name!! My cousin is named Viola and my sister-in-law is named Filomena, we call her Femie. These might not be names you hear every day, but thank goodness they did not choose a name that the child will be made fun of like Apple, chair or royal!!

Lori on

Viola. Sounds good to me. My family is keeping on the tradition of good ole name – by passing along Bea and Mary and Emma and Laura. Why not Viola? Beautiful name if you ask me. Philomena too.

Anonymous on

Not fan of the name, don’t think it’s a very good name.

ksu2000grad on

Viola was my Great-grandmothers’ name. Congrats to them!

NV on

Ooh happy for them on the addition of Viola Philomena!