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20,001 Names For Baby: Revised and Updated Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2004
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About the Author
Carol McD. Wallace is a freelance writer based in New York City. She is also the author of The Greatest Baby Name Book Ever and 20,001 Names for Baby.
Top Customer Reviews
Just about every name has its meaning and origin listed. Along with it are variations of the name. This was particularly helpful and gave some extra naming ideas.
But if you looking for something more inventive or creative, this book is not it. It's just a list of 20,001 names. Don't get me wrong, it does what it does well. But reading a list that long may start to bore you.
I'd recommend getting "Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana" by Linda Rosenkrantz in addition to this book. This book probably has more names, but the "Beyond Jennifer & Jason" book will probably keep you awake, and give you some good ideas. I have both books, and I'm glad I do.
As a writer, I like to buy "baby name" books and browse through them when looking for meaningful names. I really like the orientation and approach of this particular name book. Each name has a given country or language of origin, the meaning of the name (all of which seem very well researched), and notable actors/politicians/literary characters who have shared the name.
This last bit - reminding the reader of notable occurrences of the name - is very useful; you might not remember that "Templeton" is the greasy rat from "Charlotte's Web" without a gentle reminder here. The book also notes how heavily used the name is, and in which region, although this information is is anecdotal, not numerical (i.e., "Usage has tailed off in recent years").
The only thing this book is in need of is a new revision - the version I have is old enough that the entry for "Hermione" notes that the name is almost completely unused!
~ Ana Mardoll
Good book to have on hand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We're a theater group. When we need character names, this book is one of our go-to sources. This is our third volume -- we wore the first two out.Published 11 months ago by Lorrett
I like it. would by from the seller again came in before time. Its very helpful .Published 21 months ago by Marlie
This book was not helpful or interesting to me at all. Getting through it was a chore - I did get through it - but when I was done I hadn't found a single new or exciting name to... Read morePublished on February 14, 2004
I went name by name through this entire book and didn't once stumble across the choice of "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo. Read morePublished on October 19, 2002 by Nad Namso
For a break, I enjoyed the list from "Breathe! A Guy's Guide to Pregnancy." Names included:
Jack. Derivation: Irish. Orginal Meaning: "God is Merciful. Read more