The Complete Book of Baby Names
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The Complete Book of Baby Names

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by Lesley Bolton
     
 
By far, the most complete, up-to-date and BEST book on baby-naming!

Welcoming a new baby into the family is one of the biggest blessings in life. The Complete Book of Baby Names helps make this transition fun-and easy-by giving you the most complete and up-to-date book of baby names available.

Whether you're looking to carry on family tradition, stay

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By far, the most complete, up-to-date and BEST book on baby-naming!

Welcoming a new baby into the family is one of the biggest blessings in life. The Complete Book of Baby Names helps make this transition fun-and easy-by giving you the most complete and up-to-date book of baby names available.

Whether you're looking to carry on family tradition, stay true to your religion or ethnic background or want to try something new and different, The Complete Book of Baby Names is packed full of more than 100,001 baby names with origins and definitions that make choosing baby's names (almost) painless.

Perfect as a self-purchase or a gift, The Complete Book of Baby Names will delight expectant parents everywhere.

The Complete Book of Baby Names includes:

-- The most up-to-date list of popular names-including twin names
-- 276 fun lists to help you choose, including: names that command respect, celebrity names, names from children's literature and names with great expectations
-- Modern baby-naming trends
-- What not to name your baby
-- Attributes of a perfect name
-- Adding a middle name-or two
-- And lots more!

Everything you need to choose the perfect name!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402207648
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Pages:
696
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.41(d)

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Introduction

One of the first questions you will be asked by those who learn of your pregnancy is "Have you picked out a name?"--second only to "Are you have a boy or girl?" While this may be endearing at first, and somewhat annoying later, it only goes to show that there is an importance placed on names. As if preparing for the arrival of a baby isn't stressful enough, you are now under the added pressure of giving your child a name that he or she will have to live with for the rest of his or her life--or at least until he or she is old enough to legally change it. Add to that the never-ending suggestions from well-meaning family and friends--and possibly a few arguments with your partner--and baby-naming can become quite the daunting task! But it doesn't have to be. Believe it or not, you can actually have fun with the baby-naming process.

Yes, names influence first impressions. Yes, names sometimes spawn not-so-flattering nicknames that can follow a person all the way through retirement. Yes, names affect children's self-esteem. Yes, names are often obligatory ties to family. And yes, there are thousands to choose from. But what you must keep in mind is that this decision is yours. Not society's. Not your family's. Not your friend's. And certainly not stranger's. If you choose a name you take great pride in, your child will be proud of his or her name as well.

One of the biggest stressors surrounding the baby-naming process is the input you are guaranteed to receive from family members. Everyone from parents to aunts to good friends of the family will have an opinion that they're not afraid to share. And while you might want to honor your family by using one oftheir names (either as a first name, middle name, or both), there are a few factors you should think about before doing so, which will be outlined in this book. And you thought naming the baby would be the easy part!

If you want the advice of others--terrific! You are certainly going to get it. If, however, you don't want the added pressure of having to defend a name you choose or finding polite excuses not to name your daughter after Great Aunt Gertie, then keep your thoughts to yourself. Since more and more couples want to know the baby's sex beforehand these days, the element of surprise has been taken away from family and friends. Instead, many couples choose to keep their baby's name a secret, which is a good way to work the surprise back into the event. Another plus is that it allows you to avoid negative feedback from others. Once Grandma gazes upon those newbie eyes for the first time, she won't even remember she disapproved of the name you chose, let alone why. However, even if you do choose to keep the name a secret, open your mind to suggestions from others. Someone just might throw that perfect name your way.

Some of the most important decisions you make for your child take place before birth, including choosing a name. While it might seem intimidating at first, once you begin to think of it as a creative process, you'll be able to let your imagination go and have fun.

Meet the Author

Lesley Bolton is the author of The Complete Book of Baby Names and 25,001 Best Baby Names and is a freelance writer and publishing professional. She lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Complete Book of Baby Names 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sam884 More than 1 year ago
We had a hard time picking our baby's name and looked at a lot of guides, but this one was by far the best. There were a lot of lists to help us narrow down the choices, and the definitions seemed to be a lot better than in the other books (some of the other books had really odd definitions). This one was the most fun and easiest to use for us.
DarlaDB More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, I found a lot of new names I liked that I had never heard of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LunaWolf More than 1 year ago
I was excited to see this book because of it's large span of names and great price. I even looked through the book at some of the names and they seemed pretty good so I bought it. Later that day when I was looking more in-depth at the books I realized that a lot of the Japanese name translations were incorrect. After that I had a hard time trusting that what the book said was correct in the other languages I don't speak and I ended up returning it.