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The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names: 1000s of Names NEVER in the Top 1000 Paperback – September 4, 2013
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Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz are the coauthors of ten bestselling books about baby names and the creators of Nameberry.
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I read the Nameberry.com forums regularly, hoping that this book would give me some great usable names. However, it seemed like for every usable name, there's a dud (In My Humble Opinion/IMHO), I kept hoping to find a "gem", but names are very personal and individual.
From the book:
Usable girl names IMHO: Aveline, Clover, Bliss, Camellia, Emmanuelle, Katya, Remi, Waverly
Un-usable girl names IMHO: Adolpha, Afternoon, Cloud, Franny, Gypsy, Placida, Tupelo, Whimsy
Usable boy names IMHO: Auden, Carver, Corin, Grey, Mattias, Penn, Reeve, Soren, Whitaker, Wilder
Un-usable boy names IMHO: Bardo, Calixto, Drummer, Eleazer, Fenno, Gandy, Scorpio, Zbigniew
The glossary actually lists a lot more names than given space to explain in the book, it's in the back. I wish this book had given tips on how to find your own unique name, by sourcing family trees, remembering special cities, life events, etc. which could improve it more.
Again, names are personal. Therefore, you may find this hit-or-miss, or a total throwaway depending on what resonates with you.
You'll find plenty of truly great names, that are actually usable!
For example, the first page for boys included a few somewhat usable names like Abilene, Abraxas, Absalom, and Achilles, however, it was overwhelmingly names like Abt, Acker, Agu, Adhil, Adiv etc.
That said, I wouldn't recommend this book unless you want truly strange and mostly unheard of names.
I was surprised that some obvious names that would be 'off the grid' weren't even there.
For instance I would think Chutney is a good name for a boy and Ketchup for a girl, but even names like Cabinet, Bumper-sticker and Airbus weren't included. Or Adolf thinking about it. Or Chewbacca. Or Pamphlet.
I also think it's a bit of a cheek to write a book about imaginative and individual names when you are called Pamela - after all I can think of at least a few, Pamela Anderson, Stephenson, Ayres, Ferris, Grier or Geller Anne Gordon for example. I actually googled a few more but when I looked up 'famous people named Pamela' it came up with images for Patricia Arquette, Lucy Liu and Samuel L. Jackson. Oh yes and Leonardo DiCaprio but there was Pam St. Clement so that's another one. Anyway it just proves the internet isn't what it's cracked up to be.
However before I stray from the point in hand I'm just glad we got this for free.