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“Unlike garden-variety baby-name guides . . . [Beyond Jennifer & Jason] lays it on the line.” ―Entertainment Weekly

“If you want some inspiration in naming your baby (or if you just want to spend some amusing moments), pick up Beyond Jennifer & Jason.” ―Family Circle

About the Author

LINDA ROSENKRANTZ and PAMELA REDMOND SATRAN, who regularly appear as baby name experts in national media including People, The Wall Street Journal, US Weekly, USA Today, and The New York Times, have sold a million and a half copies of their baby name books. Linda lives in Los Angeles, California, and Pam outside New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 Original edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312539150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312539153
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved the earlier versions of this book. I used Beyond Madision and Montana in naming my firstborn. I am now expecting again and was happy to find a new version. WAS happy. Until I read it. There are so many contradictions, it's like they randomly put names into contradictory lists, then when names fall or rise, no matter what they can say they predicted right.

I gave this book two stars instead of one only because of the inclusion of some new categories of names, such as the hipster and yupster lists.

This book needed an editor. I think that it was rushed to print based on the success of the previous editions. I recommend picking up an older edition and double-checking your name choice's current popularity on the SSN newer lists.

Big problems:

1. Names appear on conflicting lists. Some names appear on the lists for masculine names. Then some of the same names are on the unisex lists!

Cade is on powerboy and unisex. Either a name is unisex OR masculine. Not both.

Cale is on both Powerboy and Metrodude. Those are not the same things. At all. I'm sure people read one list, find a name they like, and then choose it...never realizing that their "powerboy" name might also have been picked by someone for their sweet little GIRL. Or, a parent picks a "unisex" name for their princess, then learns it's really got a "powerboy" image.

P. 132 - Katie is on the "mom names" list - the description says these are names you wouldn't want to name your little girl today because they're dated. P. 133 - Katie is on the "girlish names" list - cute and girlish names that hold on to their appeal. Oh, but they do say that some of the girlish names are also now grandma names. How is this supposed to be helpful?
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This book is unlike your typical name book that gives you lists of 1000's of names (most so strange or out of style that no one would use them) and instead gives you actual information and advice. Pamela and Linda have been writing these books on names for years and they are by far our countries "Baby Naming Experts". It tells you about the names popularity, what others think of it and how your child will be perceived having the name. This book was so entertaining to read too! How many baby naming books can you say that about? If you have a baby to name this is the one book you should spend your money on! I loved it!
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It's okay, but it's nothing that you can't already find online. My husband insisted on a baby name book, so I bought it for him, but he never even looked at it. We ended up going with the very first name I suggested.
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I love all of the individual name lists. Nature names. Mythology names. And so on and so forth. However, unlike their previous work, this book does not include an alphabetical listing with their opinions on each name, like I was expecting it would.
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What a delight to see another book published by those tireless and witty baby names experts, Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran!

Aptly described by The New York Times as being the "better-than-ever edition of the classic baby name guide," authors Rosenkrantz and Satran have their fingers on the pulse of modern-day onomastics, as they not only present and predict those top names that appeal to today's parents, but also revive classic, forgotten, and clearly non-trendy names that parents-to-be might not otherwise have considered. If a particular name should appear on more than one list, there is a good reason for it: The authors leave no stone unturned in their presentation of the various ways in which names are perceived.

Those already familiar with the authors' previous books, as well as their entertaining blog, will appreciate the authors' now-famous themed lists throughout this book -- themed lists that provide ease of scanning when considering names. These themed lists are preceded by descriptive text, accurately highlighting the historical background upon which the particular theme is based. For example, in the section titled "African American Naming Traditions," we learn about the evolution of African American names, from the infamous plantation days (one-fifth of African American names were of Greek and Roman classical origin) to the mid-19th century when these names were influenced by the New Orleans use of French-style prefixing, to today, when ethnic identity claims a large role in name selection.

Other ethnic groups are represented as well, in lists titled "The Celts Are Coming," "The Kosher Curve," and a section on "International Names."

This book is a yet another gem in the Rosenkrantz/Satran nomenclature crown.
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I am a fan of nameberry.com. This particular publication helps you narrow down which "type" or "genre" you and your partner can be classified as. I wished there were more suggestions for each genre.
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As a huge fan of Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz's baby-naming guides, I'm pleased to report that their newest book, "Beyond Ava and Aiden," is simply outstanding in every way!

Organized into logical, easy to read chapters and sections pertaining to style, image, sex, and tradition, "Beyond Ava and Aiden" leaves no stone unturned when it comes to offering current, honest, and well-researched naming information and advice. Unlike other baby-naming books that simply list names in alphabetical order, "Beyond Ava and Aiden" actually lets you know if your favorite name is stylish...or not.

Suggested names are grouped into delightful categories (examples: Vintage Chic, So Far In They're Out Names, Flower and Fruit Names, Hipster Names, Yupster Names, Creative Names, Girly-Girl Names, Powerboy Names, Fictional Characters, The Celts Are Coming) designed to help future parents make informed naming decisions.

As with Satran and Rosenkrantz's other baby-naming books, their naming advice and categories are presented with humor and ease, creating a pleasant and relaxing reading experience.

Whether you're a name fan or someone attempting to name a little one, "Beyond Ava and Aiden" is a must for you. There's nothing else like it!
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