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Names through the Ages: The Complete Reference Guide for Writers, History Buffs, and Parents-to-Be Paperback – August 1, 1999
From Library Journal
Norman (The African-American Baby Name Book) aims her guide at writers, history buffs, and parents-to-be, but while the book is neatly organized, it does not meet the needs of any of these audiences. The information is arranged by country and then by era. Within each era, historical highlights are summarized and naming customs are discussed, followed by lists of given names and surnames with meanings and variant spellings. However, without an index, parents-to-be might have to scan as many as 37 lists to find a specific name. History buffs would find the summaries too brief and the number of countries covered (six) too limited. Writers would be frustrated by the lack of a clear explanation of sources or the criteria used to include a name within a specific era. The lists are too short to be comprehensive, and there is no indication that they feature the most commonly used names. Most readers will also be disappointed by the extensive repetition of names and the brevity of the information provided for each. Norman's thorough research, as demonstrated by the lengthy bibliography, and her straightforward writing style make this book browsable for patrons of larger public libraries. But with a good index and more attention to the names themselves, it could have been a unique and useful resource.AVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Teresa Norman is the author of The African-American Baby Name Book and A World of Baby Names.
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I had no desire to have a laptop in the hospital with me - we decided to name our kids after they were born - and so I had printed out sheets of names, and this book to help us. You might think us inveterate and incorrigible procrastinators, but no! We just like to meet the product before deciding on an appropriate name. Although, if I had known then what I know now, I would have found a name to mean "screams his head off at every opportunity" for our younger child. Because even now, at the age of 5, he still indulges in this.... *sigh*
And as I'm also a writer, it still lives on my reference shelf, because I like it. Somewhere in this digital age, it's nice not to have to print our a bunch of stuff - and I also like to highlight, and dogear, and generally manhandle my reference books. Call me old fashioned, but not even a kindle will reform me.