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100,000+ Baby Names: The Most Complete, Fascinating, and Helpful Name Book You Can Find by [Lansky, Bruce]
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About the Author

Bruce Lansky is the #1 author of baby-name books in North America, selling over 11.5 millions copies of baby name books. His other name books include: The Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World, The Very Best Baby Name Book, 60,000+ Baby Names, 25,000+ Baby Names, 15,000+ Baby Names.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3225 KB
  • Print Length: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook; 1 edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2009
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VL1CLC
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
First, let me state the obvious: You will find many, many names in this book. Besides American and Christian names the book lists many ethnic names: African, Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Irish, Italian, etc.
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 Quality: many Indian names listed in this book are archaic and woefully outdated-- the sort of name that conjures up images of someone in their 80s.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.
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Considering the size of the book I was disappointed in the lack of information and meanings given. They are mostly one word meanings, if there is a meaning at all. Mostly it seems like it wants to take you in a big circle of reference from one name to the next never quite giving you what you are looking for. It wasn't helpful for me. I found "The Babyname Wizard" book A LOT more informative and helpful.
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This book is a waste of time. The author collected all names from around the world but did not bother to check their meaning, origin, etc. Many names are associated with ridiculous non-facts or false facts. Many others do not have their origin as stated. We know that for sure about polish names - we come from Poland; but we noticed the same thing with many other names as well. Very weak book. Do not buy it!
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This book is an amazing resource. I used to be a writer and now I work in video games (which still involves writing stories and developing characters) and I generally turn to this book when searching for a good name. I find that if I don't use a rich resource like this one to look through and get some new name ideas I'll likely just keep reverting back to my own personal favorites... which leaves you with a lot of similarly named characters throughout projects. I have two "go to" books that I turn to for naming - this one is for those times when I just want a sea of names to choose from and sort through, basically whenever I have no real idea or starting point for a character's name.

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.
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I bought this hoping it would be a fun way for me and my wife to narrow down the potential baby names. Unfortunately many of the "names" were unpronounceable, different spellings of the same name, and random words they claimed were names ("nimrod" is among the suggestions).

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.
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It does have a LOT of names, but 90% of them are pretty ridiculous and I can't see many parents actually choosing these names for their children. I wonder if someone just sat down and made up tons of names just to give it the title "100,000+". Next time, instead of going for a baby book with a large quantity of baby names, I'll be looking for a specific genre of baby names that I like to be more specific, like "traditional baby names" or "unique baby names" ect.
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This isn't 5 stars because I really feel like there are a lot of obscure names that no one would ever use. There are a lot of alternate spellings listed as their own entires so 100,000 is really probably more like 75,000. Still, probably the most options you'll get if some of the smaller name books aren't giving you options you like.
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We chose this book after physically perusing through 12+ other name books in the bookstore. This one caught our eye since it was just recently updated in 2016 and also contained multiple lists that other books did not. In addition to separately listing names by gender in alphabetical order, Lansky included various, other lists too. Namely, lists of favorite names - from previous years, foreign countries/states, popular pop/media/historical names, atheletes, presidents, celebrity children, and many other methods. The name selection has been truly unique and different (some of them I don't even know how to pronounce) but traditional names were also included. I appreciate how the names also were defined and the origin (hebrew, english, french, etc) was also noted. It truly is a comprehensive book that has been helpful with figuring out a name for our child. We appreciate that this book is no nonsense but full of options and organized in a very easy to follow manner. Highly recommend this book over the baby wizard and other books out there.
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