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Everything You Need to Find the Right Name for Your Baby

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Overview

Everything You Need to Find the Right Name for Your Baby

Welcome to The Best Baby Names Treasury, an innovative resource that gives you the most deluxe features ever offered in a baby name book. Inside you'll discover everything you need to consider (from pronunciation and spelling to trendiness), every step to take (from where to find unexpected sources of ideas to how to personalize popular names), and every mistake to avoid (don't forget to Google your picks!).

  • 100,001 names (including alternate spellings, variations, origins, and definitions)
  • More than 250 lists, including:
  • 10 fresh alternatives for each of the top 10 boy/girl names
  • Top 10 boy/girl names for every state
  • The most recent Hollywood hits
  • Dad's Corner: Offbeat names culled from the world of guy pastimes
  • More than 50 quotes from real parents about the names they chose, why, and what they would do over

Treasury Tips

How the name you pick can give Baby the best possible start

• Painless ways to solve relative chaos

• How to name like a pro: Learn how to use the tricks of name consultants

• Family matters: How a theme can connect siblings and multiples

• Why you shouldn't neglect the middle name

• How to use baby name message boards to your advantage

The Best Baby Names Treasury also includes:

• A ribbon bookmark to help with browsing

• More than 40 colored, removable stickers for expectant parents to mark their favorites

• Tear-out keepsake worksheets to take to hospital or put in Baby's book

Pretty and practical, The Best Baby Names Treasury provides you with the best ideas to help you make the right choice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402214295
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Parentingsource.com is a leading parenting and pregnancy website from Sourcebooks.com.
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Excerpt from Chapter 1: What's in a Name? More Than You May Realize!

Your baby's name is the first birthday present she'll be receiving, one that has the power to shape how she will be perceived and who she will become. That adorable little bun in your oven is counting on you to come up with a beautiful, strong name for her to grow up with and grow into-a perfect choice; the perfect name.

And it's all up to you!

Some parents take this responsibility more seriously than others. Indeed, the last few years have shown a dramatic rise in a sort of naming neurosis. Take, for example, the Chinese mom and dad who infamously tried to name their child "@" (yes, "at"-the ubiquitous symbol used in e-mail addresses). They claimed that, roughly translated, the sounds that make up "at" also mean "love him" in Chinese, but officials refused to allow it. Also in China, whose exploding population presumably makes it harder to stand out, another set of parents named their baby "Saddam SARS" in 2003, in honor of some of the more unpleasant global events that took place that year. A hemisphere away, a New Zealand couple recently tried to name their son "4real." After being shut down by the government, they settled on the far blander "Superman" instead, though they insist their little man of steel will go by "4real" anyway.

While these may be ludicrous examples, the sincerity and spirit of these parents is actually quite understandable, even laudable: In this world of billions, a name-the ultimate signature of personhood-may be the best way to make your child stand out from the get-go. We whole-heartedly agree that choosing Baby's handle should be a license to have fun (keeping certain respectful limits in mind, of course), whether you're trying for that one-in-a-million moniker or simply opting for a well-loved classic.

But remember: It is not Baby's name that will make her unique. Rather, it's who she will grow to become that sets her apart from the masses, no matter if you call her Jane or January, Mary or Marquise, Emily or Ember. Now that it's your turn to choose, what will you do? How will you use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? There are so many things to consider that it might feel like it's almost impossible to begin. To help you along as you get ready to make your list, we've dissected some of the essential components, qualities, and characteristics that go into each and every name. So, without further ado, here are six things to think about for every twenty-first-century mom- and dad-to-be.

1. Impressions and Associations
You never get a second chance to make a first impression ... and the very first part of a first impression often comes in the form of a name. To understand what we mean, try the following exercise: Play a round of free association with your significant other as a way to evaluate contenders on your list. Just shoot some names out at each other and see what happens-you may be surprised at the images and associations they bring to mind.

It's not just the literal connections you may make with certain names-such as Saddam, Madonna, and Elvis-but more subtle assumptions that have simply entered the public consciousness in North America. For example, Bertha is a big woman; Dexter is a nerd; and Farrah is a babe with feathered hair.

This has to do with stereotypes, both good and bad. But the impressions we get from names also vary over time and space. The name Andrew, for example, dipped in popularity after the 1992 hurricane of the same name. This was especially true in Florida and Louisiana, where the storm hit hard, while in the Northwest, so very far away from all the devastation, the name actually retained its top-10 position. Predictably, Katrina dropped 136 places in a single year. Monica has suffered a similar fate since news of a certain scandal broke in 1998. The year after Princess Diana died, the name enjoyed a brief surge in popularity, as it did the year after she married Prince Charles in 1981.

It isn't always so cut and dried. There are plenty of names out there loaded with dubious associations-courtesy of popular culture, history, and current events-and yet some people choose them anyway. That's because, whether you realize it or not, your perception of a name is informed by many other factors, too: your personality, preferences, location, religion, economic status, and so on. If you teach a Modern Feminist Thought course at Berkeley, for example, you may not want to name your daughter Barbie, though a former pageant winner from Minnesota may actually have nothing but warm and fuzzy feelings for the name. But should you really worry about such things? Our feeling is that if a name works for you in your world, go for it!

2. Identity
Your name and your identity are inextricably linked. That's why so many parents feel anxious about the whole naming process-coming up with a name to suit somebody you haven't even met yet is a pretty tall order. But you needn't worry: As Baby grows up, he'll grow into his name, too. It will simply become a part of who he is, though in many ways-and this is the case with everyone-his name will say as much, if not more, about the people who named him!

A name often tells the story of its bearer. Think about it: What does your name say about you? When you're being introduced to someone else, what do you think it says about them? Whether you like it or not, a name can hold many hints and clues about its owner, including age, gender, social status, nationality, and religion, among others. As such, there are several ways that a name can reflect your child's unique identity. First, there's the family he's being born into. Endowing him with a name that has familial significance-whether it's the first name of a beloved great-grandparent who passed on, or your own maiden name-is an excellent way to tie together who your child is and where he came from with what he will be called. Religious, cultural, and geographic attributes of a family are also carried in a name, as are the expectations his parents may have of him. For example, calling your son Henry will perhaps make him feel a bit differently about himself than if you'd called him River. Consider these questions as you're making your list in order to infuse your choices with qualities that jive with your vision of him and his identity as a whole.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One:
What's in a Name? More Than You May Realize!

Chapter Two:
How to Choose: Finding the Right Name for Baby

Chapter Three:
Baby Namers Beware: The Top 10 Things NOT to Do

Chapter Four:
Middle Names: Magic in the Middle

Chapter Five:
Family Matters: Naming Siblings and Multiples

Chapter Six:
Playing to Win: Name Games, Family Feuds, and Last-Minute Mayhem

282 Fantastic Lists
** Including Historical Favorites, Most Popular in Every State, Dad's Corner,

10 Alternatives to the Top Ten, Celebrity Baby Names, Names from Around the World, and The Meaning of It All

Girls Names
Boys Names

Tear-Out Worksheets

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Great Baby Naming Book

    Forget about all the other name books out there, this one is the best. Has all the names you could imagine and various spellings for them as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Quite Helpful

    I found it quite helpful for picking out my baby-to-be's name...It's got a ton of names from all different origins, and the meaning behind each one. They've even included reader-submitted stories about some of the names and why the name fit their children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    Very Helpful

    This book was very useful in helping my husband and I come up with a name for our first child. It was informative and I liked that it gave you alternative spellings for names. All in all, it was a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    Too Diverse

    We were looking for a name for our baby girl. I purchased this book for some guidance and ideas. There were way too many names from other parts of the world that were way out in left field. The title or cover should definitely state it is very multi-cultural. We're still looking for a name. It is a good comprehensive worldly name book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Unwelcome Gift

    I gave this book as a gift to my daughter who is pregnant with my first grandchild so she could see the meanings of names that they were considering. After about a month I ask her how she was enjoying the book. She indicated it was not at all helpful. She said most of the names were non-traditional names that were hard to pronounce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Bacon? Seriously?

    You'd have 100,000 names to consider, too, if you included names like "Bacon." My husband and I found it a little *too* broad, which discouraged us because it made it harder to work through. I think I wold have preferred a less inclusive book and saved us a little cash, since this one was more expensive than the others.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    PERFECT!

    This book provides it all and then some...HIGHLY recommended!

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    Posted September 10, 2010

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