Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana: What to Name Your Baby Now

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Quoted everywhere from Parenting to The Wall Street Journal, with more than a million copies of their books in print, bestselling authors Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the baby-name experts. In this fresh and expanded new edition of "the best baby-naming book ever written" (The News Journal), they offer irresistible lists of names you won't find anywhere else, along with their trademark wit and insight on the most important questions—-and answers—-for expectant...

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Overview

Quoted everywhere from Parenting to The Wall Street Journal, with more than a million copies of their books in print, bestselling authors Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the baby-name experts. In this fresh and expanded new edition of "the best baby-naming book ever written" (The News Journal), they offer irresistible lists of names you won't find anywhere else, along with their trademark wit and insight on the most important questions—-and answers—-for expectant parents:

Style: What's hot and what's cool—-including Honest Names, Spiritual Names, Kreeatif Names, The Two-Syllable Solution, Word Names, The Exotics, and a Girl Named Boy

Popularity: The most popular names in America and around the world, and what celebrities are naming their babies

Image: What's really in a name, and why Briyana spells trouble

Sex: What's it like for a girl to grow up with a traditionally feminine name like Abigail or Blossom; a no-frills name like Alice or Jane; or a unisex name like Dylan or Dakota? And are there any decidedly masculine names left for boys?

Tradition: A concise history of American baby naming, plus inspired ways to reflect your own cultural heritage

Family: Whose name is it, anyway? And other vital considerations

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The classic baby name guide."- The New York Times Magazine

"The arbiter of hip baby names."- The Wall Street Journal

"The Spy magazine of name-the-baby books: smart, sassy, well-informed, and not afraid to name names."- Scripps Howard News Service

"Unlike garden-variety baby-name guides, [Beyond Jennifer & Jason] lays it on the line."

- Entertainment Weekly

The New York Times Magazine
"The classic baby name guide."
The Wall Street Journal
"The arbiter of hip baby names."
Scripps Howard News Service
"The Spy magazine of name-the-baby books: smart, sassy, well-informed, and not afraid to name names."
Entertainment Weekly
"Unlike garden-variety baby-name guides...[Beyond Jennifer & Jason] lays it on the line."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312330880
  • Publisher: Griffin
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz is the author of Telegram! Modern History as Told Through More than 400 Witty, Poignant and Revealing Telegrams and the memoir, My Life as a List: 207 Things About My (Bronx) Childhood. In addition to writing articles to numerous magazines, she writes a nationally syndicated column on collectibles.

Pamela Redmond Satran is the author of two novels about motherhood, Babes in Captivity and The Man I Should Have Married. She is a contributing editor to Parenting magazine, a columnist for Baby Talk, and a frequent contributor to such publications as Glamour and Bon Appetit.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction 1
Style 5
What's Hot 8
Honest Names 9
Spiritual Names 11
Biblical Boys 12
Red Tent Names 13
Kreeatif Names 14
The Two-Syllable Solution 17
The Brits & the Celts 20
Place Names 23
Nature Names 26
Riddle of the Middle 27
Hero Middle Names 29
One-Syllable Middle Names 31
A Garden of Roses 33
Starbaby Middle Names 33
What's Cool 36
Word Names 37
Wilder Nature Names 38
Day Names 39
Postvirtue Names 40
Profession Names 41
Word Names 42
Endangered Species 44
Mythological Names 47
A Girl Named Boy 51
The Exotics 54
Exotic Surname Names 57
Fashion Limbo 59
So Far Out They'll Probably Always Be Out 63
Popularity 65
The 100 Most Popular Names for 2003 68
But I've Always Loved Emily 75
Regional Flavor 78
Southern Belles & Beaus 78
Western Cowboys 80
New England Names 80
What the Rest of the World Is Doing 82
Canada 83
England & Wales 85
Scotland 86
Ireland 87
Australia 88
New Zealand 89
Germany 89
France 90
The Netherlands 90
Belgium 91
Italy 91
Spain 92
Norway 93
Sweden 93
Finland 94
Croatia 94
Russia 94
Good-bye, Dick; Good-bye, Jane 95
Starbabies 97
Hotties 99
Honest Names 102
Biblical 103
Kreeatif & Unusual 105
The Two-Syllable Solution 108
The One-Syllable Solution 109
The Brits & the Celts 110
The Italianates & Other Imports 111
Place Names 113
Nature Names 114
Boys' Names for Girls 115
Last Names First 116
Nickname Names 117
Traditionals 118
TV Reception 121
Reality TV Names 130
It Takes One to Play One 132
Disney World 133
There's Only One Uma 137
Much Ado About Naming 141
Brit Lit 146
Image 151
What's Really in a Name? 154
The Classics 159
Unusual Names 181
Why Briyana Spells Trouble 186
Creative Names 189
No-Nonsense Names 193
The Nickname Game 196
Short & Sweet 198
No-Nickname Names 201
Fitting In/Standing Out 204
Class 207
Yuppie Names 210
Royal Names 212
Sex 215
Naming a Daughter 218
Feminissima Names 220
Feminine Names 222
No-Frills Names 227
Naming a Son 230
All-Boy Names 234
Tough Guys, Not-So-Tough Names 236
Unisex Names 238
The True Unisex Names 241
Boys to Girls 242
Androgynous Starbabies 244
Tradition 247
A Concise History of American Baby-Naming 250
Colonial Period & Eighteenth Century 250
Nineteenth Century 254
Twentieth Century 256
African-American Names 264
Popular African-American Names 272
Muslim/Arabic Names 276
African Names 278
Names from Across the Ocean 281
Celtic Names 281
Scottish Names 282
Irish Names 284
Welsh Names 286
Dutch Names 287
French Names 289
German Names 294
Greek Names 297
Italian Names 299
Scandinavian Names 300
Slavic Names 304
Spanish Names 308
Variazioni on a Theme 313
Jewish Names 318
The Kosher Curve 320
Hebrew & Israeli Names 321
Conan. Patron Saint of Late-Night TV 326
Some Celtic Saints 330
Family 333
You Say Maria. I Say Mariah 336
Family Names 341
Putting the Name Before the Baby 344
Bad Advice? 346
Baby Jr. 348
Some Juniors Who Made Names for Themselves 350
Sibling Names 353
Double Trouble 356
Twin Starbabies 357
Whose Name Is It. Anyway? 359
The Name Becomes the Child 362
Index 367
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    A good comprehensive name book

    As each one of us is unique, so can our names be. This book provides you with the variety of choice needed when you want to stretch out on a limb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    Best Way to Pick a Name

    This book offers a new way to pick baby names. Besides just giving basic definitions, derivations, and the such, this book delves into things deeper. For example, feelings and associations that come with certain names. I especially like the sections that describes what is in, out, and on the way out. Find a name that strikes a balance between being unique and relatable. My personal favorites are Camille and Owen. Your kid may have a head start with a great name chosen with help from this one-of-a-kind baby name book.

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