The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby

The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby

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by Laura Wattenberg
     
 

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Yes, your baby’s perfect name is out there.
The trick is finding it.

The perfect baby name will speak to your heart, give your child a great start in life—and maybe even satisfy your relatives.  But you can't expect to just stumble on a name like that in an A to Z dictionary or on a trendy list.

That’s why you need The…  See more details below

Overview

Yes, your baby’s perfect name is out there.
The trick is finding it.

The perfect baby name will speak to your heart, give your child a great start in life—and maybe even satisfy your relatives.  But you can't expect to just stumble on a name like that in an A to Z dictionary or on a trendy list.

That’s why you need The Baby Name Wizard. Created by a name-searching mom, it uses groundbreaking research and computer generated models to pinpoint each name’s image, examine its usage and popularity over the last 100 years, and suggest other promising ideas. A perfect guide to the modern world of names, The Baby Name Wizard will engage you from the first name you look up and keep you enchanted through your journey to the just-right name for your baby.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767931595
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
902,375
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

LAURA WATTENBERG is a writer, researcher, and software designer who developed the name analysis software after becoming frustrated in her search for names for her two daughters. She lives outside of Boston.


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Baby Name Wizard 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
jsharvey More than 1 year ago
I was struggling with ideas for what to name my second daughter so I went looking for a second baby names book. If you're looking for a comprehensive list of thousands of baby names and their meanings, then this isn't the right book for you. However, if you're looking for a book with information about current name popularity, naming trends, and how to select names for your children that go with their siblings' names, this book has all of that and more. It was extremely well laid out and helped me to discover which name "types" are my favorites so that I could create a list of names that my husband and I will hopefully be able to choose from.
MyklSkeleton More than 1 year ago
After finding out my wife was pregnant 5 months ago we headed on down to our local B&N to pick out some baby books. We looked at a LOT of baby name books but none of them really grabbed us. Most just look like huge lists of names and not much else. However, when I flipped through this one I knew it was different. Next to each name is a little graph that charts the name's popularity over the years. It's not super detailed or anything but it's a very nice touch (and since I have a degree in math I especially liked it). Next to each name is a "rating" such as Popular, Biblical, Antique that tells you the style of the name. It gives a brief description of meaning and usage including famous people with the name. It gives suggestions for middle names and names of siblings which my wife really likes. All in all it's a great book if you need this sort of information.
kelslynie More than 1 year ago
My favorite baby name book. No other name book I've seen can compare. It is highly detailed with each name, unlike every name book I've seen. With each name it gives pronunciation, meaning, origin, popularity, different spellings, good names for siblings (a.k.a. similar names), and has a very nice little description with each name, which I love. This book contains a nice big variation of names, ranging from very common to the quite unheard of. My husband and I have discovered some great unique names from this book that we have never heard of. Also this book has an extensive collection of name lists and categories. This is the BEST name book! I absolutely love it. No other I've looked at has ever compared to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great baby name book if you are struggling with naming your child. It presents a unique perspective on names by classifying them according to various types like "Romantic" or "nicknameless" and eras such as names from the '60's or '80's. It also discusses popularity and sibling names which we found very helpful. Even if you've narrowed your search down to a few names, this book helps by offering similar names. We took it on vacation with us and were very entertained! i would strongly recommend this book as an alternative to other straight forward name books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've seen a lot and this is the best! My favorite feature is the Brother/Sister suggestion names.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We instantly found a name for our first child, but struggled with our second - we couldn't agree. With this book we were able to look up our first child's name, then see a couple of different groups of names which were stylistically similar, not just like the random celebrity name lists and popularity lists in other naming books. We were amazed how accurate the groups were - all of our other favorites were in the same one. We narrowed it down, looked those names up, and found a great name that complemented the first one. True, this book has fewer names than the 100,000+ ones, but who's really considering "Brunhilda" or "Xerxes"? If you want a really thoughtful and interesting guide, I highly recommends this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls: Elliot, Selena, Piper, Hazel, Lola, Lauren, Khloe, Ava/Eva, Taylor, Madlyn, Ali, Maya, Cassia, Harper, Laurel, Abbi/Addi Boys: Zane/ Zayne, Elliot, Thomas, Xander, Ben, Sam, Michael, Charlie, Jaxen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for helping decide on names. It gives you brother and sister names for each name and also the pros and cons. A must have for namers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book to pieces (literally, my book is in pieces) and I send it to every new mom I know- it helped me pick my daughter's name (Molly) and I wish that I'd had it before my son was born (I love his name (Ryan), but it is very popular)-It is extremely helpful, but also very entertaining- enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pregnant with our second baby girl, I have found this to be the only resource to find a name for her. This book gives me a new way to search for names without being overwelmed by the endless list of names that I have to weed through to find a decent one worthy of my little girl! This is the place to start when looking for the right baby name.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book when I was 8 months pregnant with our second child, for whom we had already picked out names. I bought it anyway, for the pure enjoyment of reading through it. It's that amazing. I showed it to my mom, who had 11 children of her own. She raved about it. Let's be honest here: who really needs a baby name book with a half million name suggestions? Sure, if you're looking for a name for your child that would only be listed in something so cumbersome (Xanadu or Heliotrope, perhaps?), maybe this isn't the book you're looking for. But friends and relatives of ours have had a blast looking up their names and comparing what their own siblings' names are with what the book suggests. I love the fact that Laura Wattenburg points out common nicknames, people's perceptions of the name, and historical trends of the name. I applaud her on her genius!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and used it with ease and delight the author realy has come up with a wonderful way to compose fact as well as make it fun, nameing a baby is a daunting task, and if you arent up to speed on trends, this book is perfect for you. If you are having a baby or know someone who is, use this book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not use a book to name my first three children. But when I was pregnant with my last two (twins) I wanted to spice it up a bit. I read this book and I picked Adelaide and Addison for my twin daughters. They seemed interesting and it said that Adelaide was rare and I automatically loved it. I also found it interesting that it included the meaning and popularity and so on. I kind of wish that I had chosen this book to name my other kids and they all would have had interesting names. I am now finished having kids but I have five amazing children three girls and two boys; Addison, Adelaide, Arianna, Adam, and Auston. Auston is 6, Adam is 4, Arianna is 3, and Addison and Adelaide are my new borns 9 months.
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I will always love names
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