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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb Your favorite baby name book?

    I've never picked up (or even looked through) a baby name book until yesterday.

    A surprising statement coming from a name nerd on nameberry of all places, I know, but a book with endless lists of thousands of names I have to weed through to find even one that fits my taste bore me. Then, at the library, I found a book called Hello, My Name Is Pabst by Miek Bruno and Kerry Sparks. My view on name books has completely changed.

    Some of the names included are quite ridiculous and not to be taken seriously, I hope (XBox360, +, Whatchamacallit, Etymology, etc.,) but there are also some gems in categories that I couldn't help adoring (Sinclair, Priscilla, Walt, Linden, Philomena, Orson, Lars) in a format that kept me intrigued!

    Now, I'm thinking I'll give one of Pam and Linda's books a go. (Please don't hate me for not doing it yet, ladies!) So, berries, do you have a particularly beloved baby name book?

     
     
     
     
     
    I fancy these: Twila Posey, Odette Francesca, Orlaith Glimmer, Fianna Ruby, Indie Nell
                               
    Ouen Amos, Cillian Ambrose, Oswin Maverick, Casimir Orlando, Oscar Phineas  

     
     
     
     

  2. #3
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    I love the Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg. She's developed, along with her computer scientist husband, a series of algorithms which accurately predicts style families and likely sibling names. It's eerie. In addition she provides a subjective take on each name-- no "this is a Greek name meaning 'light-bearer;' rather 'most commonly seen in the world as a name of Satan.; etc. P&L do this in their books as well.

    For name arcana I enjoy Kay Sheard's book, "Llewelyn's Complete Book of Names." It has a decidedly pagan twist and I am decidedly not pagan but I still enjoy it very much.
    Blade, MD

    XY: AR
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    Aquila * Chrysanthe * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Ione * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrra * Petra * Rosamond * Seraphine * Silvana * Theophane / Blaise * Cyprian * Darius * Evander * Giles * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Peregrine * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Iman / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Najid _ Rafiq _ Tariq

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    I used to have one whose title escapes me at the moment; it had maybe 100,000 names. That ended up being a quantity-over-quality issue. For example, nobody is seriously considering naming their child Cash Money (hopefully), but this was listed. Wish I still had the book, just for the entertainment value. Gave it to an expectant friend years ago, though.

    I really like the current release by Pam & Linda: The Nameberry Guide To The Very Best Baby Names. My only minor gripe with it is that it's missing one of my children's names (Zachary) in favor of a variation (Zachariah). Harrumph! Easy enough to justify, but I still think Zachary's going to come back!
    Mom to James Daniel (10) William Joseph (9), Elise Marie (7), and Zachary Allan (1)
    http://letterstoauntkay.blogspot.com/

    TTC #5
    Serena (Seri), Audrey, Rose, Naomi, Diana, Kate, Adele, Georgia, Lucy, Linnea, Clara
    Thomas Christopher, Henry, Orin, Arthur, Samuel, Seth

    DH's "approved" list:
    Seri, Naomi, Amy, Diana, Lucy, Kate/Katie/Katherine, Audrey
    Thomas ("maybe")

  4. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by blade View Post
    I love the Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg.

    I second this - it's a real favourite. There are lists, which can be interesting, but I really love looking up my favourite names and exploring the suggested brother/sister names for further inspiration.

    I also like 'Baby Names Made Easy' by Amanda Elizabeth Barden. It groups names by similar meanings, so if meanings are important to you this is a winner.

    I've got a few of the Nameberry E-books (Best Boys, Best Girls & Off the Grid Names) and liked that they were easy to read and had a good selection of names. Basically they've hand picked some of the best names and given a more in depth description - kind of like the descriptions here on the site. I personally preferred the e-books more than 'Beyond Ava & Aiden', but that was because they are more about just the names, whereas 'Beyond Ava & Aiden' is better if you are also after naming advice.

    Hope that helps

  5. #9
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    Another one for the Baby Name Wizard, I love that the little name blurbs are objective, and I LOVE names categorized by theme in name books (which is why I bought Pam and Linda's "Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana" as my very first name book).

    I tend to get most of my name inspiration from language academy/ preservation/ governance sites, though. Name books are good, but only so many international names make it in to English language name books (which is all that's available here).
    Lucia
    Sela, Iris, Bronwen, Eleanora and Bastian, Fletcher, Gideon, Edmund

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