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100,000 + Baby Names:The Most Complete Baby Name Book

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In this revised edition you'll find over 100,000 up-to-date names that reflect the latest naming trends--complete with origins, meanings, and variations.  This includes ethnic names from over a hundred countries:  nearly 19,000 English names, 12,000 Latin names, 10,000 Hebrew names, 11,000 Greek names, 9,000 African-American names, 9,000 Hispanic names, 8 ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Meadowbrook (first published July 1st 2004)
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Victoria
This is a terrible book. My partner and I noticed that a lot of the name definitions were just lacking or plain wrong. Additionally, most of the 100,000+ names are so far fetched most can't be pronounced and would be torture for a preschool kid to learn living in the U.S. A few examples: Achcauhtli (for a boy) and Omofledis (for a girl). Although our favorite is Cunturpoma (from Quechua) that means: "powerful as the puma and the condor". I can't make this stuff up. Do yourself a favor and skip t ...more
Tina Hayes
Oct 26, 2008 Tina Hayes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone needing to name a baby or pet
This is a great book for anyone who needs to pick out names, whether for a baby, a pet, or characters in a book you're writing. There are literally over 100,000 names in here, from modern quirky to old-fashioned classics.

The book is arranged in an easy to use manner, making it a snap to find whay you're looking for. The two main sections are for boys and girls, each name listing having the name's origin, meaning, and alternate spelling and forms in alphabetical order. Plus there are many short
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Dawn Turner
The perfect reference for writers. I ran across this book last week and picked it up after paging through it. It contains everything I need when choosing character names. I can get rid of the other much more limited baby name books I have. This one does the job of all of those plus more! So glad I found it!
Mia McInnis
Traditional names, combined names, modern names and exotic, all together with wonderful explanations, translations and histories. Add to that a write up for parents in the beginning about choosing names, the options and the warnings, this is one of the better name books I have yet stumbled upon.
Ryan
100,000 plus names. That's a lot of names. The book is organized nicely. A lot of 'popular' lists at the front and ideas or things to keep in mind when choosing a name. Then a huge alphabetical list of names. Girls first then boys. All the names have an affiliated country listed. Most have multiple spellings listed. All have some sort of 'meaning' listed. You'll even find a graphic that alerts you to names that can be sexually ambiguous.

If you're looking to find a name for your kid or pet there'
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Andrea
the format of this book is very confusing. Instead of having one entry for a name like "Andrea" they have a separate entry for every variation (Andria, Andrya) and all they do is say 'a variation of Andrea' and leave it up to you to go back to the main name and look up the meaning. This is very, very cumbersome if you are trying to search all the names for ideas.

The one good thing I can say is that it has some interesting chapters and lists in the beginning, but that doesn't make up for the nea
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Angela Mondragon
The reason I bought this is because though I'm studying Japanese, I'm not that proficient yet at breaking down name meanings...unfortunately, though this one claims to have a really good selection of foreign names, I wasn't too impressed with the Japanese selection. Otherwise, it's pretty good though, for more common names and their meanings, as well as trends in naming over the past several decades. I'll keep it around for naming characters in my writing or for when I have a kid of my own, if I ...more
Amy
Hmm ... wonder why I'm reading this book. ;)

100,000 names later and there's nothing new on our list that we can both agree on. Oh well. I guess you like what you like.

My only qualm with this book is that they should have chosen a font with better capital letters. When I'm staring for pages and pages at Gs that look like Cs and Is that look like Ls, reading the names can get a bit confusing. Otherwise, how can you go wrong with 100,000 names unless you just can't agree on anything new. So it goes
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Jean Oram
There are zillions of baby name books out there and this one is fantastic. It has lots of baby names, their meanings, etc. BUT it also has names popular by decade and other statistical information that may intrigue parents-to-be. It also has lists of names based on different traits.

(Also a great book for writers looking for character names.)
Erica Cameron
This book is a fantastic source not only for expectant parents, but for authors who just can't memorize this many names. It ranges from the mundane to the strange and is sure to provide a name for even the hardest to pin down characters. :)
jacky
Part of my birthday gift from Mike :) We didn't find a lot of use for this book since we picked name pretty much on our own, but it was useful for looking up what our options meant. It was also fun looking at the different lists.
Jessica
Nov 29, 2009 Jessica added it
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I like the way this book was broken into categories; literary names, historical names, names that rhyme, names popular in 1910, names meaning strength, nerdy or sexy. It has to be a complete book....the name Ludicris came up a few times.
Alyson
Best baby name book I've used. I needed some good names for a book I was working on and this was what I got. It's sorted very nicely with lists in the front and then girls names then boys. tons of names to choose from.
Soulsolfelis
This book is not only good for parents, but also fantastic for authors. I just purchased the kindle edition so that my family stops complaining about me carrying around the full size print version.
Morgan
I read through the lists in the front of the book because they were so much fun but when it came to the actual names, I only really read the M names for boys and girls and the the T names for girls.
Rachel C
I liked that this book includes many categorized lists, e.g. international, nerdy, hippie, etc. Also, it seems very complete and includes variations.
Lily King
As a baby name book connoisseur, I consider Bruce Lansky's 100,000 Baby Names one of the best in its genre. An absolute stand-by!
Jasmyn
May 05, 2009 Jasmyn added it
Marc and I are having a difficult time agreeing on names...so I figured 100,000+ names couldn't hurt to thumb through. :)
Amanda Lyons
A great reference book whether you're looking for baby names or names to use for your characters in writing!
Morgan
Jun 30, 2009 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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My name is in this book! I like alot of the names. Some of the names I know there made up! LOL!
Faye B
Lots of names but unfortunately no stories to go along with the names or how the name came to be.
Robyn Pittluck
can't believe i actually bought it - but we did find the perferct name for our little girl!
Summer
Hopefully my baby's name is in here somewhere....decisions, decisions...
Heather Castillo
Too many names in this book that were just useless. Stopped reading.
Sarah South
To put it plainly, this book sucks. Then again, I like "weird" names.
Katie
I have baby fever and decided to browse for some names.
Frances
This book has many creative names. Mine are better.
Mikael
lots of characters, not much for development though.
Latasha
Just fun to pull out pet names from this book :)
Robin
too many to pick from!!!
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