The Best Baby Names for Booklovers (Plus brilliant baby name books if you're still stuck!)

Picking the perfect baby name is a hard task. Particularly for booklovers because we know how many terrific character names there are! From the heroes of the stories to the authors that write them, there are many great baby names to be found on your bookshelves, and we've narrowed down a few perfect, but unusual, baby name choices for booklovers below.

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Lyra - The name of the tough and intelligent heroine of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series would make the perfect baby name for a new addition to an adventure-loving family.

Hermione - Hogwarts' brightest student, Hermione Granger, from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, is a brave and intelligent character and using her name could bring a little magic into your life.

Juliet - Juliet is the heroine of William Shakespeare's most romantic and tragic play, Romeo and Juliet. This beautiful Italian-inspired name would suit a baby born into a family of theatre fans.

Alice - As a baby name, Alice is subtle in its links to literature but there is nothing subtle about the madness of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland. This sweet name perfectly suits the good-natured but rather cheeky Alice.

Wendy - For another name from a magical children's story why not call your daughter after J.M. Barrie's heroine from Peter Pan? This pretty name was invented by J.M. Barrie and is therefore an unusual but fun choice.

Harper - If you would prefer to name your child after a literary great then Harper, after To Kill A Mockingbird author, Harper Lee, is a brilliant choice.

Toni - We've taken this unusual girls name from award-winning novelist, Toni Morrison. Known for covering important topics in her books, such as race and inequality, this lovely baby name is inspired by one of the best writers in recent times.

Matilda - The heroine of Roald Dahl's children's classic and an avid book reader herself, this name is perfect for a daughter born into a book-loving family (unlike poor Matilda herself!).

Scarlett - This gorgeous name comes from Scarlett O'Hara, the protagonist of Margaret Mitchell's classic novel, Gone with the Wind. Beautiful and determined Scarlett is probably better known now from the film version where she is played by Vivien Leigh.

Arya - Ned Stark's brave daughter from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is the perfect baby name suggestion for fans of the books or of the TV adaptation, Game of Thrones.

Tess - This name comes from Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Ubervilles, loyal and resilient Tess encounters much misfortune but her character stays strong throughout.

Maya - Poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, is well-remembered for her incredible work and naming your baby after her would be a tribute to a fine poet.

Liesel - This German baby name comes from Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, Liesel is a brave, kind girl with a willing to learn and is the perfect choice for parents who are fans of contemporary classics.

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Roald - This unusual name comes from children's author, Roald Dahl, who had a wonderfully creative mind and would be a great choice for an unusual family.

Heathcliff - Emily Bronte's only novel, Wuthering Heights, is one of the most read books in English literature and the name of her daring and passionate hero, Heathcliff, has been used by the incredible actor Heath Ledger!

Dorian - If you enjoy Victorian classics, maybe you should consider naming your child after Oscar Wilde's handsome but tragic hero, Dorian, from The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Aldous - For another name pick from a popular author, consider naming your son after Aldous Huxley, philosopher and writer of Brave New World.

Holden - J. D. Salinger's protagonist, Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye, is a flawed but fascinating character who has become the ultimate teenage rebel of fiction. Whether that intrigues you or puts you off completely, it would make a great name for a young rebel!

Percy - This name comes from the hero of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians books. Percy is a brave demi-god, and being the son of Poseidon, he has a love of water. This name would suit a son from a family of who loves the sea or wants a name with a subtle reference to Greek mythology.

Max - Max is the young boy who finds himself in a magical world in Maurice Sendark's Where the Wild Things Are. The name seems to have become less common recently but if you are looking for a name from a popular children's book then Max is a great option.

Terry - If you are a fantasy fan who would like to honour the late Terry Pratchett then why not name your son after him. This baby name would bring a little magic into your lives and that of your new bundle of joy.

Dante - If you are a fan of Italy or poetry then why not name your son after the famous Italian poet, Dante?

Edgar - For new parents who love the weird and the spooky then the name, Edgar, after writer and poet, Edgar Allan Poe, is a great option.

Peter - The name, Peter comes from two children's classics, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit books. If you love the idea of naming your child after a children's hero but can't pick just one then why not choose a name that comes from more than one character.

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Darcy - This lovely name comes from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the kind-hearted but rather awkward Mr Darcyi is one of the best loved characters in fiction and would make for an excellent baby name.

Pip/Pippi - These cute baby names or nicknames are inspired by Pip from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and Pippi Longstocking from Astrid Lindgren's children's stories.

If you haven' t found the right name for your new arrival yet, don't worry, we have plenty of baby name books to help:

The Best Baby Name Handbook - Louise Nicholson

Baby Names 2017 - Ella Joynes

40,001 Best Baby Names - Dianne Stafford

7000 Baby Names - Hilary Spence

The Penguin Book of Baby Names - David Pickering

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    David Pickering
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    Of all the decisions a new parent makes, choosing that special name is the most significant and the most rewarding. A new reference book for prospective parents, this clear, helpful and easy-to-use A-Z guide gives you thousands of brilliant suggestions for picking the perfect name for your new arrival. It also includes appendices of the top ten names through the centuries and the most popular celebrity names.
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    Ella Joynes
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    Choosing a name for your baby has never been easier or more enjoyable with Baby Names 2017. Whether you are looking for a traditional name or something more adventurous, Baby Names 2017 will help solve your baby-naming dilemmas. Inside you'll find over 8,000 of this year's favourite names as well as: * Recent celebrity baby names and ones to avoid! * What's hot and what's not right now * Baby name trends for 2017 * Top names for boys and girls * Tips on naming your baby and advice on registering the birth and dealing with family expectations Baby Names 2017 is simply the most up-to-date baby name book you can buy to help you with the all-important baby name decision!
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    Dianne Stafford
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    Nothing is more personal than a name and the naming of a baby is taken very seriously by all parents-to-be. With an extensive, easy-to-use alphabetical listing of every boy's and girl's name imaginable, 40,001 Best Baby Names, unique among the plethora of baby name books on the market, also includes fun, individualised lists, such as: good names for race-car drivers, names that spawn nasty nicknames, names for children who are handsome or beautiful, nerd/dork/wallflower names, deathrow names, names for smart kids and much, much more! With 40,001 names to choose from, in an accessible, enjoyable format, 40,001 Best Baby Names is the essential resource for all parents-to-be.
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    Hilary Spence
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    A name is for life! It may be sad, but it is certainly true that you don't meet too many high-flying, successful guys called Wayne or Elvis. What you hope for your baby to become, is as much a consideration as the names you like. The decisions you make will create an image or style that your baby will have to grow up with - and grow into. You owe it to this experience to consider a wide choice of names. You should browse and extract names from this book. The issues are many. From trendy to traditional, and from the popular to the sophisticated. You have to strike the balance that you feel is right for your baby. I have been studying names for many years and I have come to believe that names choose themselves - if you will allow. Mum knows her infant well, through the subliminal relationship she has built carrying her child. Intuitively she will understand whether her baby is a Nigel or a Tom, a Claire or a Holly. This book introduces you to the many ways to name your baby with style and suitability. Meaningful names, musical names, mystical names...Enjoy the sounds and meanings of these richly varied names. Note their exotic backgrounds and consider the numerous variations we provide on so many of them.
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    Louise Nicholson
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    New design and format for this excellent bumper size baby name guide. The new edition is updated to include popular new names such as Britney, Lourdes, Harley. Trying to find a name for your new baby? If so, The Best Baby Name Book will give you plenty of ideas for newborn boys and girls. As well as the names themselves, the book provides the origins and history of each name so the reader can discover the background and meaning and choose the perfect name. Names in the book include all of the well-known and popular names as well as: / Names from different cultures -- including Celtic, Ancient Greek and Roman, Hebrew, Arabic, Norse, Native American and Gypsy. / Historical names -- Kings and Queens, Saints. / Literary names. / Names in different languages -- Middle and Old English, German. / Names made famous by stars of music, film and TV. Also included are baby horoscopes so parents to be can read about their baby's star sign and predicted personality traits. Ideal names to suit each star sign are suggested. This edition is updated with the new names which have become popular since publication of the previous edition -- Britney, Brooklyn, Kylie -- to name a few.