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Product Details

  • Paperback: 699 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684039990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684039992
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Bruce Lansky is the #1 author of baby-name books in North America, selling over 11.5 millions copies of baby name books. His other name books include: The Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World, The Very Best Baby Name Book, 60,000+ Baby Names, 25,000+ Baby Names, 15,000+ Baby Names, and 5-Star Baby Name Advisor. He is also editor of a successful series of humor books, children's poetry books, and children's fiction.

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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

This book is FUN, too.
Bubby's Momma
It seems like most of the names were just different spellings to drive up the number of names the book can claim to have.
tcelestine
This book is filled with names for even the most picky Mommy or Daddy.
Emmas Mommy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Armani on July 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
First, let me state the obvious: You will find many, many names in this book. Besides American and Christian names the book lists many ethnic names: African, Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Irish, Italian, etc.
I can't comment on the quality and accuracy of all the names, but being East Indian I do have a fair bit of knowledge regarding Indian names.
The problems with this book:
1. Many of the name meanings are wildly inaccurate.
2. Some boys names were incorrectly classified as a girls name and vice-versa.
3. Some Arabic names were incorrectly classified as Indian.
4. Quality: many Indian names listed in this book are archaic and woefully outdated-- the sort of name that conjures up images of someone in their 80s. The American equivalent would be names like Ebenezer or Nimrod. Those names were popular at some point in the 1880s, but how many parents would give that name to their child today =)
The bottom line: there are a wide variety of names to be found here, but if you're going to go with a name you are unfamiliar with be sure to check alternate sources for meanings, source attribution and gender-appropriateness.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By B. Goldstein on August 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Considering the size of the book I was disappointed in the lack of information and meanings given. They are mostly one word meanings, if there is a meaning at all. Mostly it seems like it wants to take you in a big circle of reference from one name to the next never quite giving you what you are looking for. It wasn't helpful for me. I found "The Babyname Wizard" book A LOT more informative and helpful.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bryniarski on May 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a waste of time. The author collected all names from around the world but did not bother to check their meaning, origin, etc. Many names are associated with ridiculous non-facts or false facts. Many others do not have their origin as stated. We know that for sure about polish names - we come from Poland; but we noticed the same thing with many other names as well. Very weak book. Do not buy it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather English on November 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you go in both the girls names and boys names some names such as Hannah are listed for both genders. Hannah a form of Johann?? I don't think so! Hannah is a girls name and it's Hebrew. The author did this throughout the book and it was rather annoying.

I we were looking for some unique names like Harbour for a girl (as similar to Harper) and I've seen it as a girls name a few times and it's not listed at all anywhere in the book. Elizabeth is even listed in the boys section.

At the top of each page there's a little system the author devised and it's kind of dumb because it's not used for every name. Used more for girls, used more for boys, used equally. Elizabeth is listed in the boys section (again pretty ignorant) and it's labeled used more for girls ok so why mr. Lansky is it listed in your boys section of your book? Makes no sense whatsoever.

Some of the meanings are wrong (ok alot)

Bruce Lansky used to produce good baby name books but this one is pathetic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rod on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book just seems to be a mindless dump of some huge name database this guy has compiled.
It is super overwhelming and it also seems that several names were invented to just make the number, including arbitrary joining of 2 names. e.g. Aaronpeter: Combination of Aaron and Peter,

Also almost every variation of a name makes up a different entry.

The section at the start has limited use. It seems that John's and Michaels appear in almost every category.

Skip this self proclaimed number #1 baby name author and go for Baby Name Wizard instead.
The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashley L. Moree on February 6, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It does have a LOT of names, but 90% of them are pretty ridiculous and I can't see many parents actually choosing these names for their children. I wonder if someone just sat down and made up tons of names just to give it the title "100,000+". Next time, instead of going for a baby book with a large quantity of baby names, I'll be looking for a specific genre of baby names that I like to be more specific, like "traditional baby names" or "unique baby names" ect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Peach on June 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are an expectant mother, you probably don't want a book where you have to weed out 90,000 names to get to normal names. Some of the information is incorrect or at least not including the factual information. I hated this book because of the made up names that were included. I can't believe it got this high of a rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justo S. on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Searching for name options, meanings, etc. in the web is not very efficient so I decided to buy this book when I saw it in the store. The number of options is large, and it includes origin, meaning, gender classification, etc., so it looked like a good book.

However, you must be careful when reading this book. Not only the "good" names are there but I found several important flaws in some of the names listed, like the following examples.

- Pulqueria (girls). Translated as Latin for pretty. Maybe, but it is Spanish for some kind of cantina.
- Sandia (girls). Accurately translated as watermelon (Spanish).
- Sato (girls). Accurately translated as sugar (Japanese). No Japanese girl has this name (there is a very similar family name, though).
- Sarik (boys). Translated as Hindi for bird. Maybe, but it is Arabic for thief.
- Feo (boys). Accurately translated as ugly (Spanish).
- Santana (boys). Correctly described as a Mexican general. But it is actually a family name incorrectly spelled, and he is not the most liked historical character in his country.
- The meaning of Japanese names actually depends on what characters are used, but the book gives only one of the many options without further explanation. There are also Japanese names listed in the wrong gender.

Let's be serious. Will you name your baby "watermelon" or "ugly"?

If you are thinking in giving your baby a name not very common, do your research first. Do not believe only what the book says about the name.

A good point about the book is its set of lists (popular names, professional names, etc.). One I liked is "The Impressions Names Make."
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