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The Complete Idiot's Guide to 30,000 Baby Names Paperback – February 7, 2006

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About the Author

Marcia Layton Turner is a contributing editor at ePregnancy magazine, where she has written about a wide range of pregnancy-related challenges. She is also the bestselling author of more than 12 books, and her work has appeared on such websites as iVillage.com, and in such magazines as Woman’s Day and Business 2.0, among others.
Robbi Hess is a journalist and newspaper editor with more than 20 years of experience. She also writes business and medical articles for Business Strategies and For the Record magazines and has published fiction in The Writer’s Journal.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592574556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592574551
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,575,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a very focussed book, containing baby names and nothing but baby names. If that's what you're looking for, you've seriously come to the right place. It has a couple of aspects to it that I really love and that put it head and shoulders above the other naming books I've looked at. For one, it doesn't just take names from cultures--it has lists of names of celebrities, sports heroes, award-winners of various types, and so on. It provides a much wider array of lists to keep you interested and give you something to think about when naming your child. You could name your child after a Nobel Prize winner, an Olympic gymnast, the CEO of a famous company, an opera singer, an activist, or a mythological figure.

The one negative here is that some of these lists seem rather short and arbitrary (lists of actors and actresses, for example, seem to pick a rather arbitrary small subset of the possibilities), however, simply by pointing out the types of names you might look at the book gives you a place to start looking for more if you don't quite like the specific options it presents.

I like the fact that last names are included in some of these lists, which isn't the case with any other baby name resource I've found. You can use these last names as middle names, or, if you're a writer or roleplayer looking for inspiration, you can mix-and-match first and last names that you like.

All in all I think this is the most fun, interesting, and useful naming book I've seen so far. However, it does have a couple of problems. In one section the book promises to include a list of "no-nos"--names you should avoid giving your child--yet I couldn't find this section at all.
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Nice book for creative types who need lots of different names. Also good for new parents who do not want a normal name.
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This is a neat book. It has lists of names- everything from movie stars to nobel prize winners, in addition to the compilation of name suggestions.
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