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"A" Is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Pick up a celebrity magazine and you'll see that the art of naming babies has reached new heights of self-expression, with recent choices like Shiloh, Sailor, Apple, and notably, Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q. Hewson. Baby namers today want monikers that reflect something personal. Where better to draw inspiration than the books you cherish and the characters you love? A IS ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 28th 2008 by Center Street (first published 2008)
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Mar 27, 2014 Jaguar rated it it was amazing
»RATING--4.5 stars.
Note: I read this for character name ideas.

Wow! This is the best name book I have read! I have many things I loved about this book.

1) The names were separated with genders.

»This is a problem I have run into most of the time in the huge 500 pg. name books.

2) It did not have 500 names that start with A, B, C, etc.

»It had the PERFECT amount a names for each letter of the alphabet.

3) I liked that there were some middle name ideas as well.

»Only a tiny small amount, but still
Feb 03, 2017 Lindsey rated it it was ok
Many names were interesting and there was many facts and background for each name. I felt like the author only pulled from a specific set of literary references.
Aug 22, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
I was excited to read about A Is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books (I think I read about it on the blog Cup of Jo) because I was looking for a literary name, since I'm a librarian and love to read. The premise is that you don't really NEED all of those names in your standard baby name book, because most people really just pick from about 200 names. Consider it a curated list if you will. This book is divided into a girl section and a boy section and has names along with the author's thoug ...more
Mar 27, 2009 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People looking for an original book for the avid reader who's expecting
This book was just excellent especially if you’ve gone through countless dull and boring baby name books that just present lists with a blurb on the origin of a name or get into some long winded explanation about not only origin but also tracing it back to days of yore droning on like a tedious dictionary about when it first appeared and all the Joe Blow Shmoes who were named it (most of whom you’ve never even heard of anyway) and more blah blah blah –thankfully you won’t find any of that here! ...more
Lorilee Craker loves names ... and it shows. I am a fellow "name freak" and book lover, and so I enjoyed Craker's approach to the baby name book. There are no boring lists here. "[...:] each name selected for A is for Atticus is profiled for its uniqueness, image, and whether or not it is up-and-coming or more stale than last week's doughnuts." That's accurate, as this is not a comprehensive list of literary names. It's really a collection of Craker's favorite names from literature. As should be ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
A is for Atticus (Lorilee Craker)
Major disclaimer here, DO NOT SKIP: We are not pregnant, nor immanently expecting to be so. I just wanted to explore our options and start strategizing for the next. The tag line is: Baby Names from Great Books. From the back: Is your bookshelf an untapped gold mine of fabulous baby names? Every name is spoken of in a lighthearted, conversational tone, with at least one literary reference, and often times with cultural/ethnic ones as an added bonus (what famous c
Oct 10, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
Second review-4 stars (June 2016)
So apparently I already read this book and totally forgot about it. And I have a completely different perspective the second time around. Much more fun to read than your average baby name book. Deducting one point because her description of Milo is all about Liv Tyler's kid and makes no reference to The Phantom Tollbooth. Also minus that same one star because it didn't help us find a name.

Original review-1 star (October 2011)
The subtitle to this book is a scam.
Jun 19, 2010 SmarterLilac rated it it was amazing
One of the only baby name books incisive and fascinating enough for me to include on my Goodreads list. I read it for what it says about why certain baby names are more popular than others, and feel Craker's take on the mood of modern parents is spot on. For instance, she writes that names beginning with the letter 'Z' are less appealing because today's parents are very, very careful about the identity their children may draw from a name, and the last letter of the alphabet is simply too strikin ...more
Aug 03, 2013 Zoey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
As far as baby name resources go, this one has been a gem. The book highlights classic and cool names following the vintage trend that have the added bonus of being drawn from literary sources. Each name seemed carefully chosen for this collection, with fun commentary about literary and current contexts. This was a fun read because the author was so clearly invested in the project. (Contrast this to mass-produced baby name books and apps that reach 50,000 names by stooping to include unpronounce ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
If you need to name a human, take the small amount of time to read through the names listed in this book. Although we didn't use it when naming our two children, I was pleased to see both of their names in the book. The names we are considering for our third were also listed. So this book confirmed our hipness. ;-)

There is nothing too outlandish, but enough uniqueness for most discriminating parents. Of course there are a few traditional names too...but the layout of the book makes it easy to s
Sep 16, 2012 Bianca rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-baby
Not your usual baby name book, but a collection of meaningful literary names that have been taken from those books you've loved.
The idea is to identify a character with personality traits that you'd also like to see your baby possess.
I'd recommend it for any pregnant book lover - it's been a fun read.
Aug 19, 2015 Jacqueline added it
Shelves: parenting
My favorite baby name book. Limited number of carefully selected names - organized alphabetically for reference, but so readable that I wanted to read it cover to cover. All of the names have some sort of literary connection, and the author shares her opinion of impressions and connotations of the names.
Gabrielle Carolina Nash
Jun 02, 2012 Gabrielle Carolina Nash rated it it was amazing
This is the baby name book for all my fellow lit-geeks, writers and readers! Well thought out, consistent in its concept and so beautifully formatted, A is for Atticus is one of my favorite baby name books (and I've studied enough of them to say it!)
Feb 17, 2009 Allison rated it really liked it
I very entertaining and informative look at baby names. Not your typical book of lists and meanings.
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Aug 09, 2012 Britt, Book Habitue rated it liked it
While I love the idea behind this baby name book, I didn't love the execution.
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Jan 11, 2015 Kat rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
What a cute little book. Very useful. Lacked a section on gender-neutral names.
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Lorilee Craker speaks for MOPS groups and at other events for mothers. She writes on entertainment for a major daily newspaper and is the author of several books including Loving Life with Your Preschooler. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Doyle, and their two sons.
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