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Baby Names for Dummies

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The fun and easy way to name the new bundle of joy
Brimming with over 5,000 names, from traditional to unique, this is the perfect reference for parents-to-be looking for naming guidance. It features a an impressive assemblage of options for both boys and girls-from Biblical, medieval, and Shakespearean names to musical and international names-along with a list of today's
ebook, 380 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by For Dummies (first published 2005)
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Jan 14, 2017 Manny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Top ten baby names January 2017


1. Donald
2. Vladimir
3. Adolf
4. Eric
5. Barron
6. General
7. Benito
8. Rex
9. Kompromat
10. Donald Junior


1. Ivanka
2. Ivanka
3. Ivanka
4. Ivanka
5. Ivanka
6. Ivanka
7. Ivanka
8. Ivanka
9. Ivanka
10. Kellyanne
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Dec 18, 2016 Call of duty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A bunch of years ago, I bought this book as a paperback book and was astounded. You see, I was writing a screenplay where I needed names for all my characters. When I retrieved this book, I never came across too much of the standard verbose definitions of what the name actually "means" which I enjoy knowing a tad bit about. It does feature a lot of information about each name's origins, diminutives and variants of all sorts. I was able to write it with the information this book gave, but it wasn ...more
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Jan 01, 2011 Elisabeth Waters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most writers I know, I collect baby name books, and this is a worthy addition to my library. The author doesn't use the "it sound sort of like X, so it must mean the same thing" approach that make some books painful to read (I still remember one that defined "Gamaliel" as "Camel of God"). If she doesn't know where a name came from, she says so. I found a good name for a character I need to add to my next story, as well as some fairly obscure names from my genealogical research. Ignore the " ...more
Dec 07, 2010 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, 2010
This book had a few good suggestions to consider at the beginning, but nothing I hadn't thought of already. I didn't gain any new name ideas from this book, but I do think the ideas at the beginning were worthwhile for those who haven't considered first and last name sounds together, and other tricks like that.

I wasn't a fan of the name grouping either.
Good tip: "You can't win. Don't sweat it." You can put tons of effort into choosing the perfect name, only to have it become a household name as a notorious criminal the next month. So don't worry about it too much.
Sep 12, 2007 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Expecting parents
It gives insight into naming but I think every parent knows what names they like and so any name book will do.
May 25, 2013 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat interesting but I enjoyed a different baby name book better.
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