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35,000+ Baby Names Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 1995


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Bruce Lansky compiled more than 37,500 names from 250 countries in 160 languages, so your search for the best name needn't be hampered by limited choices. A glance at girl names beginning with I shows Ilona (Hungarian, a form of Helen), Ilse (German, a form of Elizabeth), Imala (Native American, meaning strong minded), Iman (Arabic, meaning believer), Imena (African, meaning dream), Imogene (Latin, meaning image), Ina (Irish, a form of Agnes), and Indira (Hindi, meaning splendid). And that's just from 1 out of 1,000 columns. You want only the best for your child, so start with his or her name. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

YOU'VE GOT THE WHOLE WORLD OF BABY NAMES IN YOUR HANDS!

This book will help you go beyond Tom, Dick, and Harriet in your search for just the right name for your baby. It has more than 37,500 names from 250 countries in 160 different languages, including:
Names from every corner of the globe.
Popular African-American names.
Unique names whose origins are distinctly American.
Popular and unique alternate spellings.
Traditional "male" names used by females.
Traditional surnames used as first names.
Exotic names that convey romance, adventure, and sophistication.
Names popularized by movies and television. Finding a name for you baby has never been more fun!

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook (May 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671519751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671519759
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,146,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bruce Lansky is the #1 author of baby-name books in North America. His other name books include: What's Your Baby's Name, Baby Names Around the World, The Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World, The Very Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World, 55000+ Baby Names, 25,000+ Baby Names, The Baby Name Survey Book, and the Mother of All Baby Names. He is also editor of a successful series of humor books, children's poetry books, and children's fiction.

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was interesting in its diversity of names. However, upon cross-checking some of the meanings, I found that many of them are inaccurate. This book is great if you just want a large list of names. However, I would suggest double-checking the meaning of the names you chose, especially if they are not "common" names.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This lengthy compilation of names is impressive until you look beyond the surface. Some names would be laughable if actually given to a child. Imagine naming your precious daughter "Tequila" or "Tijuana," for instance. Also, by including so many fabricated names and alternate spellings as separate entries, Mr. Lansky seems to be bent on attaining a quantity of names, rather than a high quality variety. Further, I question his devotion to accuracy when he lists the world-wide languages consulted. He includes several non-languages such as Brazilian, Peruvian, Ethiopian, rather than Portuguese, Spanish, Amharic and Tigrinya. Perhaps this shows his perception of his readers' knowledge? I conclude: this is an interesting list of names but by no means should it be used as an exclusive source of name origins or meanings!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kegley (skegley@green.ocn.ne.jp) on October 31, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read in the above hype about Mr. Lansky as being the "the #1 name in baby-names", I was expecting a good deal more than what I found upon actually reading this book.
While having more entries than many other baby-name books, "35,000+ Baby Names" is lacking and occasional inaccurate in the details of its etymologies. For example, as a speaker of Japanese, I noticed that the name Hachi is defined as "8,000", whereas it actually means only "8". In Japanese, "8,000" is HASSEN, not HACHI. Further, many names were listed simply as "American Indian". Given that there are even now several hundred different indigenous languages spoken in the Americas, representing historically a large variety of cultures, this is like narrowing the place of origin of the name "Edgar" down to, say . . ., Eurasia!
To its advantage, though, the book does include apparently useful advice and "Guidelines" to help parents decide on the best names for their children. "The Where in the World" section, which gives an idea of where the various languages from which many modern names originate are spoken is also interesting, though there are inaccuracies here as well. (Ashanti, an African language, is listed under the Native American heading.)
Overall, I was much more positively impressed with the scholarly quality of the book "The New American Dictionary of Baby Names".
I do not recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
35,000 Baby Names is a very nice collection of names, their meanings, and origins. I have found however that Mr. Lansky's book is lacking when it comes to names from the Far East and traditional names (Jewish, Eskimo, ....) and the African names are not abundant. For an American or Western European I would highly recommend this book. To one who is from a specific ethnic background I would have to point them somewhere else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2003
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I have to echo the earlier reviewer about this book's treatment of names from different cultures. The author proudly proclaims that he's broadened his cultural reach with this book, with new suggestions for Spanish names -- Sierra and Nevada!! -- and French names -- Brie and Chardonnay!!! It seems that his cultural research didn't extend past the contents of his refrigerator.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HappyFerret on February 17, 2003
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The names are bizarre and the tally is ridiculous. They consider "Ceejay" a name, short for C.J. Enough said.
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