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The Complete Book of Baby Names: The Most Names (100,001+), Most Unique Names, Most Idea-Generating Lists (600+) and the Most Help to Find the Perfect Name Paperback – June 1, 2009

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If you've got an occasion to bestow a name, and you're looking for the widest possible range of choices, you can't go wrong by bringing home a copy of The Complete Book of Baby Names. (phantomscribbler.blogspot.com 20070125)

The Complete Book of Baby Names is a great resource if you are naming a baby, and, it's also an interesting read. Busy Girl has been using it to inform all her friends what their names mean.

Most importantly, though, it covers what NOT to name your baby. I'll let you check that one out yourself. (BusyMom.net 20070210)

Since this is my third child, I've been through my share of baby name books, about 2 a pregnancy. This one I found as my favorite, not just the first few chapters but the list of names are wonderful and broken not just into boy and girl categories but lists of popular names by country, twin names and hordes of other lists. You'll be amazed, as I was. (snowboundintheyukon.blogspot.com 20070109) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lesley Bolton is the author of The Complete Book of Baby Names and 25,001 Best Baby Names and is a freelance writer and publishing professional. She lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 2 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402224559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402224553
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Arambarri on February 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
We picked the book up as an impulse item while starting our baby registry at one of the big box stores.

The up front information on things to think about is valuable. But the bulk of the book seems to be a data dump of any possible word that could be used as a name. As another person observed - too much filler. Some of the top ten lists were pretty weak - top gangster names, top zodiac names etc.... There are little side notes (symbols) next to many names, but we couldn't find the key to let us know what the symbols meant.

Kind of a fun book for conversations, but far too many nonsensical offerings to sift through. And somehow in the 100,001 names such as Hemp or Turbo she missed Lars? Odd.
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While I agree with several other reviewers that this book isn't so useful for naming human babies, it is exceptional for naming small, furry animals like rats. While a name like "Bronty" might not suite your little one, its just great for a gerbil. And who wouldn't want a fluffy moues named Agamemnon or Padgett? In fact, this book is a treasure-trove of gem like rodent names. Got a pesky little female hamster with an attitude? Avalbane might suite it perfectly. How about Machiko or Juancho? Ideal for a pair of loving ferrets.

There are literally thousands of awesome rodents names in this book. Not since TOO MANY DAVES found in The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Zeus has such a useful collection of curious monikers been assembled. Just don't name your Chinchilla Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate, they'll take it personally.

For Baby names, I'd instead suggest The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby. Any time you can use magic to solve a I problem I'm all for it.
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I love names, and this book is full of them. I would recommend this book to anyone searching for names. I search through this book each night and always find another lovely name that I haven't heard before. :) If you need a name or names, get this book. It won't let you down.
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I wanted to like this book. I looked over the top 100 lists but wanted to find a middle name I like with Breanna. This book is fairly worthless. I've gone through J-R and the names are crazy. I thought some of the reviews were picking the oddest name in the book just to leave a negative review but it's a random list. It has all of mythology like Narcissa and Deidamea, stuff like Powder Karmel and Chestnut, all the nature terms Lake and Prairie, all the gemstones like Peridot and Topaz, all flowers and spices from Chrysanthemum to Paprika. It is truly worthless. You would do better reading the dictionary. If you have a heritage, you might like it as there is Vietnamese and Arabic and Hawaiian names by the hundreds. I started reading the beginning and the writing is great. I didn't understand the negative reviews. But yeah it is just....believe the reviews. Don't take them with a grain of salt.
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I like this book because it has so many names in one central location, and the internet baby name sites can be kind of sluggish and full of ads. I read the Kindle version and liked being able to highlight the names I liked and then look at all of them in one list and then share. There were some random common names that were missing which I found odd, given it has quite a few foreign names as well. Offers good advice on things to consider when selecting a name as well, which never would have otherwise crossed my mind.
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There is a reason this book contains 100,001 names - most of them are things you would never dream of calling your child and are basically just filler. I'm sorry, but Fluffy? Cactus? Camera? I could just as easily name my baby by pointing at inanimate objects in my living room. The chapters that give tips on choosing names are interesting, but overall I'm very disappointed and think this book was a waste of money.
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This is a really nice book; it defines the names according to groups, (like celebrity names, historic people, etc.) in the first half, breaks them down into gender in the second and then twin names in the third. The book includes a vast quality of mythological names, yet it downfalls in not telling, (a majority of the time,) which legend it came from. Overall, this is a great book that has loads of names to choose from.
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Although there are quite a lot of names to go through, most are not useable. This book however did provide a great laugh and could be a good reference of what NOT to name your child. True you can find some ideas, but if you ever wondered why a lot of your friends name their children similarly, you'll probably understand after reading this book. Out of the thousands of potential names, there are probably less than 100 names that won't get your kid beat up on the playground. Also, it would be helpful for a pronunciation guide as it's virtually impossible to pronounce a lot of the names.
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