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French Stewart Welcomes Daughter Helene Claire

08/07/2013 at 05:00 PM ET

French Stewart Welcomes Daughter Helene Claire
Nadine Bosurgi

He may be starring in the new series Mom this fall, but French Stewart is all about dad — because he is one!

The actor and his wife Vanessa, an actress,¬†welcomed daughter Helene Claire at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 28 in West Hollywood, Calif., Stewart’s rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“She was born six weeks early and could be held in the palm of your hand,” the proud papa, 49, tells PEOPLE.

The couple turned to their families for a bit of inspiration when choosing a name for their first child, paying tribute to both baby girl’s paternal and maternal sides.

“We named her after my lovely mother. My sister is also a Helene,” Stewart shares. “There are five wonderful Claires in Vanessa’s family so the tradition of it is very special for us.”

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