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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 2 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402224559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402224553
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've got an occasion to bestow a name, and you're looking for the widest possible range of choices, you can't go wrong by bringing home a copy of The Complete Book of Baby Names. (phantomscribbler.blogspot.com 20070125)

The Complete Book of Baby Names is a great resource if you are naming a baby, and, it's also an interesting read. Busy Girl has been using it to inform all her friends what their names mean.

Most importantly, though, it covers what NOT to name your baby. I'll let you check that one out yourself. (BusyMom.net 20070210)

Since this is my third child, I've been through my share of baby name books, about 2 a pregnancy. This one I found as my favorite, not just the first few chapters but the list of names are wonderful and broken not just into boy and girl categories but lists of popular names by country, twin names and hordes of other lists. You'll be amazed, as I was. (snowboundintheyukon.blogspot.com 20070109) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lesley Bolton is the author of The Complete Book of Baby Names and 25,001 Best Baby Names and is a freelance writer and publishing professional. She lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.

More About the Author

Lesley Bolton is a freelance writer and publishing professional with over six years of publishing experience. She is also the author of The Complete Book of Baby Names, The Everything Guide to Writing Children's Books, and The Everything Psychology Book. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Customer Reviews

Don't take them with a grain of salt.
Candace
Also, it would be helpful for a pronunciation guide as it's virtually impossible to pronounce a lot of the names.
ACB133
No need to even buy this book - just flip to that list and you're done.
Elle paleo

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Arambarri on February 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
We picked the book up as an impulse item while starting our baby registry at one of the big box stores.

The up front information on things to think about is valuable. But the bulk of the book seems to be a data dump of any possible word that could be used as a name. As another person observed - too much filler. Some of the top ten lists were pretty weak - top gangster names, top zodiac names etc.... There are little side notes (symbols) next to many names, but we couldn't find the key to let us know what the symbols meant.

Kind of a fun book for conversations, but far too many nonsensical offerings to sift through. And somehow in the 100,001 names such as Hemp or Turbo she missed Lars? Odd.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. Nicholas on August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ever thought of naming your baby Oder? What about Pekar? If so, then this book is for you. If not, you will have to wade through tens of thousands of unusable names that are there just as filler.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Beauchamp TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
While I agree with several other reviewers that this book isn't so useful for naming human babies, it is exceptional for naming small, furry animals like rats. While a name like "Bronty" might not suite your little one, its just great for a gerbil. And who wouldn't want a fluffy moues named Agamemnon or Padgett? In fact, this book is a treasure-trove of gem like rodent names. Got a pesky little female hamster with an attitude? Avalbane might suite it perfectly. How about Machiko or Juancho? Ideal for a pair of loving ferrets.

There are literally thousands of awesome rodents names in this book. Not since TOO MANY DAVES found in The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Zeus has such a useful collection of curious monikers been assembled. Just don't name your Chinchilla Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate, they'll take it personally.

For Baby names, I'd instead suggest The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby. Any time you can use magic to solve a I problem I'm all for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ACB133 on July 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Although there are quite a lot of names to go through, most are not useable. This book however did provide a great laugh and could be a good reference of what NOT to name your child. True you can find some ideas, but if you ever wondered why a lot of your friends name their children similarly, you'll probably understand after reading this book. Out of the thousands of potential names, there are probably less than 100 names that won't get your kid beat up on the playground. Also, it would be helpful for a pronunciation guide as it's virtually impossible to pronounce a lot of the names.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on May 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is not what it says. There are not 100,001 different baby names to review; there are names repeated several times with no definitions for these names. The only names in the book that explain the meaning and where the name comes from are some of the most ridiculous names I've ever heard. There's a definition for the names Pacific and Cadillac but not Sarah or Johnathan - not what I expected! If you want a combination of odd and traditional names I suggest you skip this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dmrbooks on September 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing resource book with lots of lists, the meanings of all the names and really good introductory materials (that were very helpful). 100,001 names is a lot of names, so having some ways to think about them is very helpful. So were the lists of most popular names in categories such as country, ethnicity and religion. And I really liked the attributes of a perfect name (considerations such as sound, family names, nicknames, meaning, stereotypes, putting together first and last names, etc.). A tremendously useful book for naming babies (and even pets or characters in novels.) And fantastic shower gift.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aesaint on July 24, 2011
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There is a reason this book contains 100,001 names - most of them are things you would never dream of calling your child and are basically just filler. I'm sorry, but Fluffy? Cactus? Camera? I could just as easily name my baby by pointing at inanimate objects in my living room. The chapters that give tips on choosing names are interesting, but overall I'm very disappointed and think this book was a waste of money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela A. Hilligoss on November 7, 2009
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I Chose this book since it was the 2nd bestseller in baby names here on Amazon, and shoot with 100,001 names you can't go wrong, can ya ? Most of the lists of popular names are absurd, they just threw in names of popular people in today's culture. Then the most popular names of 2007 they re-list the same names multiple times within the list, and it isn't even with a different spelling. Did they not proofread this book ? Guess not after all with 100,001 names who would want to.
Half the names are unheard of and uncanny, but to each their own. I want unique but not to torture my child.
One plus is they did offer alternative spellings and origin, as well as one definition of the name.
I just found the book to be too much to digest. There was no way I could possibly sift through the entire book so I gave up and purchased a few other reasonably sized name books.
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