David Beckham a Harper Lee fan?

News that British soccer star David Beckham and wife Victoria have named their new daughter Harper Seven has sparked a round of speculation about their connection to Harper Lee, author of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."

There's no word about whether the parents were fans of TKAM, though I doubt the American classic resonates in their native land -- or is a staple of middle- and high-school reading lists there. The Mail quoted a friend as saying: "Harper is an old English name, something Victoria has always liked. Seven is a very lucky happy number and the baby was born just after 7am, in the seventh month." The Mail also noted that other celebrities, including Lisa Marie Presley and Neil Patrick Harris, have children named Harper.

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Of course, naming a baby after a favorite author or literary character is a time-honored tradition. I give the Beckhams credit for not following the Harry Potter and Twilight crazes, and naming their daughter the super-popular Emma or Bella. And they seem to be following a literary theme, considering their other children: (A Tree Grows in) Brooklyn, Romeo (and Juliet), and (Martin) Cruz (Smith).

Who knew they were such avid readers?

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