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100,000 + BABY NAMES:The Most Complete Baby Name Book Paperback – Requires 386, September 1, 2015
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I can't comment on the quality and accuracy of all the names, but being East Indian I do have a fair bit of knowledge regarding Indian names.
The problems with this book:
1. Many of the name meanings are wildly inaccurate.
2. Some boys names were incorrectly classified as a girls name and vice-versa.
3. Some Arabic names were incorrectly classified as Indian.
4. Quality: many Indian names listed in this book are archaic and woefully outdated-- the sort of name that conjures up images of someone in their 80s. The American equivalent would be names like Ebenezer or Nimrod. Those names were popular at some point in the 1880s, but how many parents would give that name to their child today =)
The bottom line: there are a wide variety of names to be found here, but if you're going to go with a name you are unfamiliar with be sure to check alternate sources for meanings, source attribution and gender-appropriateness.
I personally loved that the book also includes a lot of older names as well. Again, when writing you often need names that sound unique or even mythical, without actually being the names of mythological characters. Old names are great for that - they look and sound familiar enough to seem natural, but they're strange enough to sound magical.
Plus you never know what kind of name someone is looking for, everyone has a different idea of what sounds pleasant to the ear, and a lot of people go for older names. Also, names tend to rotate, something that was your great grandmother's name could easily now be the cutest, trendiest name of the year.
I don't really have any negative points to bring up about the book. There are times when it is a little difficult to navigate, but that's just one of the perils of having such a vast wealth of material to go through. There are also some filler entries where one name will be listed more than once with different spellings (even though there is an "alternate spellings" section under the names) but if I had to guess I would say that in those few cases it looks like it may have been done because the two spellings were equally popular. I can see where it would make it more convenient for those using the book to have the most popular spellings listed separately so as to make entries easier to find since everything is alphabetical.
The first few pages however were somewhat useful. It has the most popular name going back 100 years, the top 10 names from multiple years, names of famous people and characters and other categories which provide decent lists of potential names.