- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Meadowbrook (February 28, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671561138
- ISBN-13: 978-0671561130
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,759,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very Best Baby Name Book In The Whole Wide World: Revised Edition Paperback – February 28, 1996
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Of course, back in the 50s and 60s, there were naming trends but not this near frenzy to be unique and original (but not so original as to be downright WEIRD), so the pressure wasn't so great. Nowadays, you gotta give the kid the right name, get him/her in the right pre-school and modern dance class and into a college prep program by age four or their lives will be ruined (and it'll be ALL your fault).
Bruce Lansky is nothing if not comprehensive, so for those seeking variety in naming, there will certainly be an abundance here. Of course, one of the book's selling points is the sheer number of names offered, but Lansky knows and you know that 99% are things most parents would NEVER even consider. It's nice to see what the most popular names in Bulgaria are, but most of them really won't fly at that trendy pre-school after all.
A look at the '91 edition (back when it was simply THE *BEST* BABY NAME BOOK (IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD) is instructive. Back the first name listed in the girls' section was (as you might guess) "Abbey, Abby." This time out, you have such exotica as 'Aolani and 'Aulani preceding (taking precedence, I guess, because there is an apostrophe BEFORE the actual "A").Read more ›
I was astonished when I saw the updated copy of this book -- my skinny 1984 ed. has only 13,001 names! When I flipped through the newest edition in search of the obscure names I tend to like (like another reviewer's husband, I am a writer), I was thrilled to find most of them, in addition to more common names.
I also own Sherrilyn Kenyon's Character Naming book, and I have to say that the new version of The Very Best Baby Name Book may have it beat. My biggest complaint about Kenyon's book is that while it includes Hebrew and even a (very) few Sanskrit names, it is almost completely devoid of any Asian-based names (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, among others). Lansky includes lists of popular names from around the world -- from Canada to Russia to China to Kenya. Though Kenyon's book does categorize names based on nationality, it can be a little mind-numbing to page through the same names in nationality after nationality, so it's nice to have another reference with the more traditional alphabetical approach (and nationality of origin is included for each name).
I have also used websites that contain databases of thousands of names, and I adamantly believe that buying a book like Lansky's is *well* worth the money. Online databases, while useful, are riddled with advertisements and popups; typically the list of names fills only a tenth of the page, leaving you paging through short list after short list and spending as much time clicking and scrolling as you do reading names. Lansky's book is a compilation of lots of sites of this sort, and a must-have for any writer's (or future parent's!) shelf.
15 things to consider, sterotype names, gender-neutral names, popular names from around the World (1997).
5 pages of actual names of famous people (interesting). Name facts.
148 pages for girls and 160 pages for boys. Identifies the origin of the name, the definition, and alternate versions. Insight.
Is a name a name or is it who the person is/becomes?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used this very book to name both of my children. Tons of optionsPublished 15 months ago by Kelly Kennelly
I write short stories and my husband is a novelist, so we are always on the lookout for good names for our characters. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by V. Irene Vega
This book works great for not only naming babies, but dogs too. :-) I would recommend this to anyone. Although, I think some of the names are repeated a little.Published on January 12, 2013 by Tara B Cooper
I actually purchased this book twice once for me and once for my friend I love the top names categories, twin section, by syllable section and unique or common names highly... Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by diasaucedo
I did not see the book because I had it sent to my sister, but she loved it and found a perfect name for her new baby girl. It made it there in good time too.Published on January 30, 2012 by Tina S.
Almost every name you could imagine. Use the definitions of the names for my Sunday School class. Excellent book if looking for a name for a baby.Published on October 21, 2011 by Roger Rodeck
Bought this book for our 2nd baby. Couldn't pronounce most of the names (yes, I'm educated). I'm looking for a not so popular name, but it seemed like most of the names were made... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by LSUMOMMY
This book is just ok. Though it has lots of names, almost every name says "see this name" under the meaning. It gets very frustrating! Read morePublished on August 9, 2008 by Natalie