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Cool Names for Babies

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Five years ago, America’s leading baby-name experts, Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, wrote a hip little book to answer the question they were asked most frequently: “What are the cool names?” Cool marches on, so it’s time for a fresh new look at the latest trends, including:
• Little Caesars: Led by celebrities (from Daniel Baldwin’s Atticus to Julia Roberts’s
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 7th 2003)
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Julie Decker
Not all Baby Name Books are created equal! This book doesn't have a ton of "meanings" for your little one's name, but what it does have is cultural relevance--an understanding that the people you give these names to will be entering a society where their names will be their label and will convey a certain thing about them (or their family). Obviously some of its "right now" trends were probably dated before it got published, but what I did really like was how it pointed out the way names become ...more
The only thing I liked about this book was its brevity. It is very short compared to some all-encompassing baby name dictionaries, so one can actually get through all of the names listed in this book in a short amount of time.

I didn't like anything else about this book. Admittedly, I took offense when the book's introduction ridiculed one of the (very nice, very classic) names at the top of my list of favorites. Plus, the introduction was just weird, saying that it's okay if you use a cool name
Seth Jenson
This is the second book I've read (skimmed) on baby names. Instead of getting shorter the name list has been getting longer and longer, but not because there are so many names that we're in love with. In fact, there haven't been any that we've been totally in love with yet but today we forced ourselves to eliminate some names off the list and categorize those that remain. Anyone who knows me isn't surprised to hear about lists. Anyway, now we've got an A list and a B list and so on all the way u ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Look, someone left this by the self-check machine and ... the book did tempt me, and I did read. Well, part of it. I can't help thinking, dumb premise. Also, some of these names are so uncool. Parents need to accept that some names are not unique and exotic and outré, marking their child as a special snowflake — they're just dumb. I recommend Margaret Rose's Baby Names For Dummies for anyone looking for something more sensible. If you plan to have kids, cultivate an ear for names to develop a se ...more
In light of the animal print bib on the cover, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. "Cool Names for Babies" was published in 2003, so even the "coolest" names don't seem especially edgy or new at this point. But it's just as well. I like the categories this book sets up; it's intriguing to think about why certain names have become popular, and the authors certainly identify many of the continuing trends (grandparents' names, "old lady cool," literary names, British names, etc.) My own list o ...more
Yve Chairez
I like the way the names are categorized in this book: "place names", "supermodel names", "outer space names"; each category only takes up about 2 pages and the names are surprisingly relevant. Beats those A-Z books that have hundreds of names with ridiculous spellings like Aan, Aann, Aen, and other such bullshit that no one in their right mind really has enough patience to skim through.

My daughter's name happened to be in this book and I found a couple good suggestions for our next. Also, I lik
Christina Kaslow-trujillo
interesting, though many names seemed random as fillers.
I like naming trends and am interested in how names become what they are, but this book stands apart from others because it not only shows you some cool names but some strategies on how to look for/create your own and what to do to consider whether you should actually bestow those names on children or what. I like baby name books not only because they're interesting in and of themselves, but also because I can sometimes use them as resources in naming characters in my novels.
I thought this book was ridiculous when a friend gave it to me. But in the end, I found the groupings and classifications to be fairly helpful. It also completely decoded the trends in naming that I had observed but not really been able to identify or analyze. Here it is, all laid out for you-- whether you want to avoid the trends or jump right in them, you'll at least know where your choices fit.
I found this book at Barnes and Noble the other night and I believe we have another name for one of our girls. Pretty fun book with a really varied selection inside- fairly small compared to the other gigantuous name books you'll find.
a really great name book. it has names divided by style, which really helps since people tend to gravitate toward the same style of names. much more useful than those name books that just list names and meanings.
Rachel C
Lots of categorized name lists. Likely, I won't pick any name from this book, but the intros to each chapter/category were pretty amusing.
A fun baby name book to read. They classify the names by uncool, cool and cooler. For example: Anne (uncool), Anna (cool) and Anya (cooler).
fun book we looked at. Better than A-Z books. Breaks it down into "plants" or "musical names" or "cool old fashion names"... stuff like that
This book is fun. I didn't pick a "cool" name for my first baby, nor will I for my second, but it's fun to read through options.
Apparently I'm cooler than I thought - in my quest for baby names, many of the ones I came up with are listed in this book!
I read the most recent edition. It's up-to-date and relevant, full of cool names that aren't too far-fetched.
Cabryn Taylor
Feb 13, 2008 Cabryn Taylor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: moms-to-be
Shelves: baby-names
This book has quite a few unique names. It's a good change from some of the other same-ol-same-ol name books.
I'm trying to think of middle names, and also convince Adam that he DOESN'T want "Brigham" if it's a boy.
Good Ideas and some bad names what do some parents think of when naming there new born. :0) Cute Book
i'm obsessed with baby names, even though no babies. this is the best of the many books i've had.
Tandy Coughlin
It had some very unique names, some way weird...all in all. it was okay. nothing super special.
Very interesting had names I had not heard of before.Enjoyed the book.
Gabrielle Carolina
A great take, though so subjective to the times. Cool is an ever-changing word.
This is also another really awesome baby name book (again, I don't need any!)
Kristin Chandler
good alternative to the generic name books, we found some good ones!
Aubrey Lynn
Found my daughter's name in this book!
Janelle Revier
Too Bizarre. Too cool. Too out there.
waste of time...for me at least.
This book is retarded.
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Pamela Redmond Satran is the author of 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent novel, The Possibility of You, is written as Pamela Redmond and published by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books. A New York Times bestselling humor writer, she has a new humor book, Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?, due out from Bloomsbury in September 2012. She is the creator with Li ...more
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