- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 27, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316744441
- ISBN-13: 978-0316744447
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Aaron to Zoe: 15,000 Great Baby Names Paperback – May 27, 1993
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For parents who are overwhelmed by the many possibilities for naming a baby, From Aaron to Zoe offers a series of cross-referencing browsers and a handful of helpful worksheets. Daniel Avram Richman's introductory sections cover meaning, ethnicity, name popularity by time period and occupation, and are backed up by an extensive section including definitions that reflect and correspond to the earlier categories. (Bob, for instance, is from the English, means "fame bright," and is less popular now than a century ago.) With all this information and 15,000 diverse names, it's nice that the book contains worksheets at the end to help parents trace the family-name tree, pick and match their favorites in every category, and keep track of the history of each possible name.
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When I read the title of the book I felt dragged into it: Zoe is the name of the baby girl of one of my friends and a name which I've always considered beautiful (heard it in a song by Lenny Kravitz for the first time), yet not too widespread. I had a chance to check out this book and found it to be one of the two best among books of baby names. What I liked most about it was how complete the description for each of the names was. It included the name, current language (where it comes from), ethnicity, meaning, biblical citation (if any), popularity, nicknames, alternative spellings and more. In the end, it doesn't offer 20 or 30 thousand names like most titles, but "only" 15 thousand. When you read it, it feels like the authors did a quality work in putting them together, proof once again that quantity doesn't necessarily imply quality. Also worth considering is "A World of Baby Names".