Beckham baby name boosts sales of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
July 20th, 2011
05:43 PM ET

Beckham baby name boosts sales of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Not only are we constantly talking about the, er, creative names celebrities come up with, but these monikers can apparently also help out book sales.

According to, the website's sales of "To Kill a Mockingbird" more than doubled after David Beckham revealed that their chosen baby name of Harper for their daughter was partly inspired by the book's author, Harper Lee.

"A lot of thought goes into our children's names and Harper was a name that we've loved for a long time for a couple of reasons," Beckham says on his Facebook page, according to the Daily Mail. "One reason is Harper's an old English name which we loved and one of the other reasons was Victoria's favorite book is 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'"

As a result, the Amazon's U.K. site has seen a 123 percent increase in sales, with "To Kill a Mockingbird," first published in 1960, rising to No. 38 on the best-sellers chart, according to a statement from the e-retailer. (At the time of this post, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel was at No. 23 on the list.)

If only a celebrity had named their baby Borders...

Filed under: Books • Celebrities

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  1. Dexter Keilen

    I really love it when david beckham gets a goal, this guy is really a football legend.


    March 25, 2013 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ronny Meachen

    david beckham trully is one of the best players today. ,

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    December 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. YBP

    When i read the headline, I expected to read that they named the kid Scout...or Boo.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Donna

    Now we just need to get more Americans to read it. Harper Kardashian, maybe?

    August 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Donna

    My son read TKAM for his summer reading project for middle school. I'm a proud mom.

    And if having the Beckhams name their daughter after Harper Lee gets more people to read one of the greatest books of all time, then kudos to the Beckhams.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    at least they didn't name the kid Atticus

    August 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      I LOVE the name Atticus!! I camethisclose to naming my second son Atticus.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Now we just need to get more Americans to read it. Harper Kardashian, maybe? 😉

      August 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maya

    Is this what it takes to get people to read now?

    August 7, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kelly

    I'm so aggravated! Harper was the name I had picked out for a baby girl I hope that I will have someday and now because Posh named her baby it every yuppie mom will too. It will be the next Emma, Olivia, or Chloe!!!

    August 7, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. M

    What, did she stop reading after the sixth grade?

    August 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RichieP

    Dammit. When I read the headline I was hoping they named the baby Boo.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kena305 – Just a speech could boost sales... hmm this is great

    August 2, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sandy

    Many more people have seen the movie than read the book. Some of them say it's their favorite book because they love the movie.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. zoundsman

    I loved the movie. The scene of the kids in costume in those
    dark woods, juxtaposing danger with their vulnerability, always stuck in my head.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zoundsman

    Great. Get them kids to read however-poke 'em with a stick!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. scout123

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most read books in American high schools. Maybe the sales went up because we are heading into Fall??? Kids have to buy their own books now adays....The Beckhams are cool and all...but jeez.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichieP

      The sales went up on amazon.UK. That means it was a bunch of British people who bought it.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. loriey

    I can almost hear it now...poor kid......Quit Harping on it Harper....

    July 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. gah

    While I wouldn't say To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book, I do love it. I also think the name Harper is pretty. Let's face it, it's much better than naming your kid after a fruit or something. At least it's a meaningful name.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jason D

    So not named Harper after Harper collins, the book company owned by you guessed it "Rupert Murdock"

    July 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. DaveNYUSA

    I wish Posh would just disappear.

    July 23, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. grofys

    we named our son peer. feel free to read the play, or listen to the suite.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. malsings07

    Victoria Beckham always looks so fake when she gets her picture taken it's always a pose what does she really look like?

    July 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  22. susan

    She is cute!! I would change her tampon any ole time.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Davis

      If you are really a "Susie" and you want to fiddle with "her' tampon, you are one sick puppy!

      August 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. katelyn

    I didn't know Victoria Beckham could read!!!!! 🙂

    July 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Fabio

    my farts smell like hot dogs

    July 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. olive

    I bet she eats his tasty boogers.

    July 21, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  26. Jared

    Check out this tune!

    July 21, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  27. Bootsy

    @Evel Knievel You're right a brother's a good suspect.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  28. BBee

    Not a damned thang

    July 21, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  29. boocat

    It took some celebrity who named their kid Harper to get people to read this book?!!!! This book was on my "must read" lists from both high school and college. What the hell are schools teaching these days?

    July 21, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  30. Simon and Buttfunkel

    What a great movie. Robert Mitchum riding around on a motorbike, robbing ice cream trucks, beating up women and having his way with the sissy-men. We loved it.

    July 21, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  31. Jehsea

    Obviously Evel the troll never read "To Kill A Mockingbird" all the way through. Part of what made Harper Lee's book such a courageous one was the time in which it was written; as we, as a nation, stood on the threshold of The Civil Rights Act, with so many dead – and still dying – merely for the color of their skin, an accident of birth. Asking ourselves who we REALLY were and what really mattered. Harper deserved the Pulitzer Prize for her one and only novel.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      Absolutly correct on every point. One of the greatest books.

      July 21, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Yanker

      Gore, Carter, Obama received prizes also which negates any relvancy. Too bad. OH... *POOT* <--consolation prize.

      July 21, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Actually, Evel the Troll has a graduate degree in English literature and has read "TKaM" about 7 times. Obviously, Jehsea the bait taker doesn't get sarcasm.

      July 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. nerp

    That is the best thing I read all day. fo' reeeeeeeeeeeaaaal.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Red Carpet Downthere

    Want to read the worlds most annoying thread... .

    July 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Nut Flex

    Not impressed..but how about that rendition of mockingbird on "Dumb and Dumber"... .

    July 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bartleby

    The author's full name is Nelle Harper Lee. She was named for her maternal grandmother, Ellen. "Nelle" is "Ellen" spelled backwards.

    July 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoundOfForest

      Personally I think the name "Elena" is prettier and more poetic. Never knew Russian and English are related...

      July 21, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  36. SoundOfForest

    On the other hand, "Lord of the Flies" reveals raw human nature. Absense of girl character makes it simply more vivid. A genius work.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  37. SoundOfSound

    The book also shows that quest for truth or hunger for truth beats all enemies and obstacles. At the end, truth alone stands. It's just matter of time.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  38. SoundOfForest

    That work was monumentom as it teaches that quest for truth is far more important than keeping traditions or living with inclination. America's true victory over the rest of the world.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanya

      "America's true victory over the rest of the world."

      Really? Over the rest of the whole wide world???? Have you ever left the U.S.? What is it with the "God Bless America and no place else" mentality?

      July 21, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • slowpokes

      It's a great book and movie, but if she had said Jonathan Livingston Seagull was her favorite book the masses would have rushed to buy it?

      July 21, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      I have no idea what you're trying to say.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

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