10 baby name ideas inspired by bestselling books

Unique names from Wolf Hall, Go Set a Watchman, Game of Thrones and more

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If baby-name inspiration is what you’re after then have a look through our list inspired by some of the bestselling books of the year…

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Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

Names: Harper, Atticus

Harper and Atticus have been popular baby names for years thanks to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s sequel Go Set a Watchman – written in the mid-1950s but published in 2015 for the first time – has become a bestseller, so we expect to see a resurgence in the popularity of Harper. But the new book casts noble Atticus Finch in a more negative light than the first book, so his change in character might put some parents off.

Amazon, £9

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Paper Towns, by John Green

Names: Margo, Quentin

Paper Towns is from the same author as the mega-bestselling tearjerker The Fault in our Stars. The coming-of-age story has just been made into a major film with fashion model Cara Delevigne playing runaway Margo.

Amazon, £3.85

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Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

Names: Arya, Khaleesi, Bran, Sandor

There’s endless baby name inspiration to be found in this epic 7-book-and-counting series. Just don’t choose Joffrey!

Amazon, £42

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Names: Alice, Dinah, Hattie

This classic children’s book celebrated its 150th year anniversary this year. Alice isn’t the only baby name inspired by the book; Dinah was the name of Alice’s cat, and Hattie is a nice, er, hat-tip to the Mad Hatter.

Amazon, £3.99

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Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

Names: Thomas, Elizabeth, Henry

All about the rise of Thomas Cromwell from lowborn boy to one of Henry VIII’s most powerful courtiers, this bestselling book was made into a major BBC series this year, and there are plenty of Tudor-inspired names to choose from.

Amazon, £3.85

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The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton

Name: Nella

This number-1 bestseller is all about 18-year-old Nella Oortman. Nella is an unusual name that’s derived from Helen and means ‘bright one’ in old Greek.

Amazon, £2.99

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The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Name: Liesel

This thought-provoking book, set in Nazi Germany in 1939, tells the story of a 9-year-old girl named Liesel. Liesel is the German version of Elizabeth.

Amazon, £3.99

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Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling

Names: Luna, Remus, Minerva, Lily, Lavender

Away from the central characters, there’s plenty of name inspiration to be had from Luna Lovegood, Remus Lupin, Professor Minerva McGonagall, Lily Potter and Lavender Brown.

Amazon, £3.99

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The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Name: Theo

The main character Theo Decker might be a bit of a rogue, but we love his name. Theo is traditionally short for Theodore, but the shortened version is pretty contemporary.

Amazon, £6.74

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Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Name: Tris

The main character Tris is be a girl, but her name is gender-neutral. It’s short for the Celtic name Tristan – a hero of medieval romance.

Amazon, £3.49

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