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The New Baby Name Survey Book: How to pick a name that makes a favorable impression for your child Paperback – August 14, 2007

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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About the Author

Bruce Lansky has edited a number of poetry anthologies (including Rolling in the Aisles, Kids Pick the Funniest Poems, If Kids Ruled the School, A Bad Case of the Giggles, Miles of Smiles, and No More Homework! No More Tests!), and 3 silly songbook anthologies. Lansky created the popular GigglePoetry.com website for children and the PoetryTeachers.com website for teachers. He also created the Girls to the Rescue series, the New Fangled Fairy Tales series, and the Can You Solve the Mysteries series.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684031647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684031644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,116 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 name books include: 100,000+ Baby Names, 60,000+ Baby Names, The Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World, The Very Best Baby Name Book, and 25,000+ Baby Names.

He is also one of North America's most popular authors and editors of children's poetry and children's fiction. His twenty children's poetry books (including Kids Pick the Funniest Poems and Mary Had a Little Jam) have sold more than 3.5 million copies. His three children's fiction series including Girls to the Rescue™, Newfangled Fairy Tales™ and Can You Solve the Mystery?™ have sold more than 1.4 million copies. He has recently launched two new series of picture books for young children: Picture Readers (for children ages 3 to 6) and Early Readers (for beginning readers).

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This is a really neat idea for a baby name book. I liked how it gave a list of what impressions various names gave people. You might love a name but forget that you'd be sharing it with a famous celebrity... or that the name gives people a certain impression. Many of the descriptions for the names were DEAD ON for people I knew. The names are listed first by "characteristic" and the names associated with that characteristic. Then there is an alphabetical listing of names. There are a few pages at the back where you jot your favorite boy and girl names, as well as another page for listing your "top ten" boy names and "top ten" girl names. There are a lot of common names and then some off-the-wall ones. Not an exhaustive list, but a good starter / mainstream naming book.
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When we were naming our first child, this book was invaluable, and now it's time to pick a name again, so we're back to this book.

Forget all the web sites that have you type in a name then tell you what it means. If I had a name to type in, in the first place, I wouldn't need to visit the web site! Web sites & books like that are so thoroughly frustrating. And I think to most people, ancient meanings are irrelevant.

This book makes looking for names FUN! And it was totally right on the money about what feelings certain names evoke. I am a bit perplexed why this book and this method of finding names isn't THE way to go with hundreds of copycat titles.

I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone having a baby.
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This only has the mainly used baby names, so it's not comprehensive. What it does have is a description of the kind of person associated with each baby name. What it is is, is that they surveyed a ton of people about what kind of person they imagined for each name. Like if your name is Jane, people think you're plain and dull as in 'plain Jane'. The purpose of the book is to know what kind of stereotype comes with the name you're about to give your baby. Some of them are good, some of them are bad. Read the entry on your own name and you might be surprised to find that it was accurate as to how people treated you when they first met you and all they knew was your name. Fascinating and fun.
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Kinda cool info, but a lot of the names are ridiculous (we were looking for more traditional names for our son) and we paged through the whole book only finding 2 names that we liked even thought were "OK". It doesn't have a lot of other names in it either. Over all it's kind of a cool addition to your book collection just so you can look up your friend's names and laugh at them, but it wasn't too useful (for us anyway) as far as actually naming our baby, or get name ideas.I'd give it 2 1/2 stars.
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By APM on August 26, 2011
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We used this book as a guide when choosing our daughter's name. If we liked a name, we would look it up in the book to see what the consensus was for its first impression. We actually ruled out several names because of the first impressions listed in the book. A name is often the first thing someone knows about you, and we wanted to make sure that we didn't give our little one a name that would resonate negatively in the future. Life is already hard - why make it harder with a bad name?!
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Gift for my daughter as she writes stories. She loves it, says it gives her ideas for character names. Gives interesting descriptions of what people often think of, what pops into their minds, when they hear a certain name. So she pairs her characters with names that will fit them well, depending on personality, traits, what they look like etc.
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