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Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby Paperback – Bargain Price, June 23, 2009
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I gave this book two stars instead of one only because of the inclusion of some new categories of names, such as the hipster and yupster lists.
This book needed an editor. I think that it was rushed to print based on the success of the previous editions. I recommend picking up an older edition and double-checking your name choice's current popularity on the SSN newer lists.
1. Names appear on conflicting lists. Some names appear on the lists for masculine names. Then some of the same names are on the unisex lists!
Cade is on powerboy and unisex. Either a name is unisex OR masculine. Not both.
Cale is on both Powerboy and Metrodude. Those are not the same things. At all. I'm sure people read one list, find a name they like, and then choose it...never realizing that their "powerboy" name might also have been picked by someone for their sweet little GIRL. Or, a parent picks a "unisex" name for their princess, then learns it's really got a "powerboy" image.
P. 132 - Katie is on the "mom names" list - the description says these are names you wouldn't want to name your little girl today because they're dated. P. 133 - Katie is on the "girlish names" list - cute and girlish names that hold on to their appeal. Oh, but they do say that some of the girlish names are also now grandma names. How is this supposed to be helpful?Read more ›
Aptly described by The New York Times as being the "better-than-ever edition of the classic baby name guide," authors Rosenkrantz and Satran have their fingers on the pulse of modern-day onomastics, as they not only present and predict those top names that appeal to today's parents, but also revive classic, forgotten, and clearly non-trendy names that parents-to-be might not otherwise have considered. If a particular name should appear on more than one list, there is a good reason for it: The authors leave no stone unturned in their presentation of the various ways in which names are perceived.
Those already familiar with the authors' previous books, as well as their entertaining blog, will appreciate the authors' now-famous themed lists throughout this book -- themed lists that provide ease of scanning when considering names. These themed lists are preceded by descriptive text, accurately highlighting the historical background upon which the particular theme is based. For example, in the section titled "African American Naming Traditions," we learn about the evolution of African American names, from the infamous plantation days (one-fifth of African American names were of Greek and Roman classical origin) to the mid-19th century when these names were influenced by the New Orleans use of French-style prefixing, to today, when ethnic identity claims a large role in name selection.
Other ethnic groups are represented as well, in lists titled "The Celts Are Coming," "The Kosher Curve," and a section on "International Names."
This book is a yet another gem in the Rosenkrantz/Satran nomenclature crown.
Organized into logical, easy to read chapters and sections pertaining to style, image, sex, and tradition, "Beyond Ava and Aiden" leaves no stone unturned when it comes to offering current, honest, and well-researched naming information and advice. Unlike other baby-naming books that simply list names in alphabetical order, "Beyond Ava and Aiden" actually lets you know if your favorite name is stylish...or not.
Suggested names are grouped into delightful categories (examples: Vintage Chic, So Far In They're Out Names, Flower and Fruit Names, Hipster Names, Yupster Names, Creative Names, Girly-Girl Names, Powerboy Names, Fictional Characters, The Celts Are Coming) designed to help future parents make informed naming decisions.
As with Satran and Rosenkrantz's other baby-naming books, their naming advice and categories are presented with humor and ease, creating a pleasant and relaxing reading experience.
Whether you're a name fan or someone attempting to name a little one, "Beyond Ava and Aiden" is a must for you. There's nothing else like it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful when you're really struggling to come up with names.Published 26 days ago by ChristinaR
A good companion book for researching name meanings. Name meanings suggest positives character qualities that can motivate a person in a positive direction.Published 2 months ago by KAFS
It's okay, but it's nothing that you can't already find online. My husband insisted on a baby name book, so I bought it for him, but he never even looked at it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Olivia O'Herien
Looking for preppy or out of the box names? This is your book. Lots of lists with similar type of names if you have a "feel" for what you want. Really fun to read.Published 10 months ago by uvachic
I am a fan of nameberry.com. This particular publication helps you narrow down which "type" or "genre" you and your partner can be classified as. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Miriel McFarland
Really no better than any other book you could buy so really waste of money just have to buy to know that.Published on March 31, 2013 by M.Smith
I love these authors. They have a great, fresh approach to baby names. You may not find every name under the sun in this book, but who wants to read a book of 100,000 names? Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Amanda
I think some people have an issue with the fact that this is not an all-encompassing baby name book. But I feel that this book serves a specific purpose and it does so very well. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Mrs. B