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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton
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.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
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.
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.
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
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.
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
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.