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Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana: What to Name Your Baby Now Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006
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For expectant parents, it's part of the tradition to pore endlessly over baby-name books searching for the perfect moniker. Names carry stereotypes, vary in perceived attractiveness (a blond bombshell named Gertrude?), and help influence how we see ourselves. As Sigmund Freud once said, "A human being's name is a principal component in her person, perhaps a piece of his soul." In Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana, name experts Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran present a baby-name book that goes far beyond the usual name lists and definitions. Satran and Rosenkrantz provide a thorough history of American naming traditions, discuss the psychological and sociological impact of names, and, yes, include list after list after list of possibilities organized into categories: popular names, old-fashioned names, comfy names, yuppie names, African-American names, androgynous names, Shakespearean names, unpopular names, creative names, mythological names, effective and ineffective middle names, classical names... and so on. Annotated with humorous notes, descriptions, quotes, and name-derivation definitions, the book is a fun and fascinating read even for those not debating between Gravity and Jane or Mason and Hendrick. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The arbiter of hip baby names.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“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
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There's a great section that lists classic names for girls and boys that goes into more detail about the origin and meaning of the name, well-know people who share the name and other interesting trivia, but largely this is a book that breaks names down into various categories without detailing meanings. I thought one of the most interesting sections was the list of top 10 names by country.
We've used the book to cross out those names we don't like, circle the ones we do and try to narrow down names from there. Much easier to do that here than in a book packed with just alphabetical columns of names and a word or two about their meaning, in my opinion. This isn't the right book for everyone, but it was definitely the best choice for us.