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The Last Word on First Names: The Definitive A-Z Guide to the Best and Worst in Baby Names by America's Leading Experts Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312961065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312961060
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,224,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Baby name experts Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran's The Last Word on First Names attempts to capture the best baby names of the '90s, with an emphasis on defining what's hip in baby names at this moment and why. While maintaining a focus on the up-to-the-minute popularity of particular names--Dolly is too cutesy for the postfeminist age, for example--the book doesn't skimp on the historical background of each name presented. For parents looking to find out how Richard has changed through the ages--once favored by kings, the name peaked in popularity in the '50s and now returns to favor--The Last Word on First Names is the baby name book to buy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The baby's due and you still can't agree on names? To the rescue: The Last Word on First Names."-- Scripps Howard News Service

Authors of the best-selling Beyond Jennifer & Jason, "the arbiter of hip baby names."-- The Wall Street Journal

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't tell you how many baby name books I read before I found this. I didn't just want a list of names, I wanted help chosing, and this was the only book that was useful. It helped us avoid names about to be too popular and gave us interesting alternatives. Really, don't waste your money, buy this one first.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A very opinionated, very fun to read book. Does not give many meanings of names, rather the authors concentrate on how the names are perceived today. Has a lot of unusual choices - not for you if you love very popular names. Could stand to be updated now, but still my favorite baby name book ever!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2000
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I own 7 baby name books, and this is by far my favourite. If you're interested in baby naming trends (and want to avoid a trendy name), this is the book for you. No doubt about it: this book is very judgemental (but people are judged by their names whether we like it or not). However, the writers seem to be well-rounded and intelligent so I often agree with their comments. The best thing about this book is how the writers discuss the names in current cultural context. I find this much more useful than a list of names with their obscure definition (who cares that Calvin means bald?). This book is useful especially for first time parents who may not realize that Brittany, Emma and Tyler are not original. I'd like to see an updated version of this book (even though I probably won't have any more children, I just find this book so fun to read)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1998
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Unlike boring name books with tons of lists, this one actually picks the best and worst names out there and gives you the authors personal opinions of them. And they have excellent taste! If you can't bear the thought of naming your baby Ashley or Brandon, this is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1998
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I thought that the book was a very helpful tool in picking out my baby's name. When you give a baby a name it is going to last forever so choose it wisely. I recommend this book in doing so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1998
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This book gives down-to-earth advice about the realities of the modern and not so modern names. It doesn't just list the meaning of the name, it tells you what perceptions may be associated with that name. The best I've seen!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paula (gwhahn@iocc.com) on August 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All the information about origins and histories of names is wonderful-- both interesting and helpful. But the authors are too obsessed with what Hollywood celebrities are naming their kids, and all that gossipy fluff gets rather tiresome after awhile. Please-- take out the fluff, and use that space to give us a concise meaning for each name. THEN this book will truly be the only naming guide a prospective parent needs. And by the way, anyone who thinks Catherine Earnshaw was SAINTLY has obviously never read "Wuthering Heights" for herself.
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Organized alphabetically and by girls' and boys' names (pink and blue pages, respectfully), "The Last Word on First Names" is one of the better baby name compilations. The authors leave very few stones unturned, offer alternate spellings and like-names, and the meanings of a majority of the names. While they also include famous people's babies names, I didn't really care.
If there's a more up-to-date version I sujjest you get that one, as they comment on the going trends, etc., around each name.
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