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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (February 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380762277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380762279
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol McD. Wallace is a freelance writer based in New York City. She is also the author of The Greatest Baby Name Book Ever and 20,001 Names for Baby.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Fowler on December 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the standard long list of names in alphabetical order, this book does it well. Girls and boys names are separated into two separate lists, one making up the first half of the book, the other the last half.
Just about every name has its meaning and origin listed. Along with it are variations of the name. This was particularly helpful and gave some extra naming ideas.
But if you looking for something more inventive or creative, this book is not it. It's just a list of 20,001 names. Don't get me wrong, it does what it does well. But reading a list that long may start to bore you.
I'd recommend getting "Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana" by Linda Rosenkrantz in addition to this book. This book probably has more names, but the "Beyond Jennifer & Jason" book will probably keep you awake, and give you some good ideas. I have both books, and I'm glad I do.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "bermie" on January 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book turned out to be a disappointing resource. Although the book includes 20,001 names, many are unlikely and outlandish (Klotild, Edwige, Ghislain, Ethelbert, Birtle), making it arduous to sift through to find the names more worthy of consideration.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Rose Daughtridge on January 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like this book because it doesn't just list "Elizabeth" and the name's meaning. It also includes something of the history of the name, who has used it and when and then the author includes an exhaustive list of pet names such as Elise, Elisabeth, Lillibet, Betty, Bettina, etc. Good names and good bits of information to go with them. I still want more names though, but I'm difficult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "papilionidae" on January 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book contains everything you want to know about names. You will find definitions, related names, examples of people with the name and much more. A great resource to have as you make a very important decision!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 20, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
20,001 Names for Baby / 0-380-76227-7

As a writer, I like to buy "baby name" books and browse through them when looking for meaningful names. I really like the orientation and approach of this particular name book. Each name has a given country or language of origin, the meaning of the name (all of which seem very well researched), and notable actors/politicians/literary characters who have shared the name.

This last bit - reminding the reader of notable occurrences of the name - is very useful; you might not remember that "Templeton" is the greasy rat from "Charlotte's Web" without a gentle reminder here. The book also notes how heavily used the name is, and in which region, although this information is is anecdotal, not numerical (i.e., "Usage has tailed off in recent years").

The only thing this book is in need of is a new revision - the version I have is old enough that the entry for "Hermione" notes that the name is almost completely unused!

~ Ana Mardoll
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bellamkonda Siva Prasad Tenali on April 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This 409 page babynames book has very detailed meanings of names. Boys and girls names are listed separately. Priced at less than US $ 4, this book is definitely worth its money. Do not miss this if you want to name your new born baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Delorme on October 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very straightforward book/list of names...there is an extensive selection of names which includes both traditional and exotic names.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marian F. Howe on September 22, 2013
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I got this book for a relative as a gift. Gives so many unique names and their origins.
Good book to have on hand.
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More About the Author

Carol Wallace, co-author of "To Marry an English Lord," has written 21 books, including most recently her historical novel "Leaving Van Gogh." Previous titles have included humor, parenting, and social history. In 2006 Wallace received a M.A. in art history from Columbia University. The research for her M.A. thesis provided the foundation for "Leaving van Gogh." A 1977 graduate of Princeton University, Wallace lives in New York. She blogs at http://carolwallace.wordpress.com
More information is at http://www.carolwallacebooks.com

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