First Name Reverse Dictionary: Given Names Listed by Meaning

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This innovative dictionary allows the user to find given names which relate to a specific meaning. Arranged alphabetically by definition, the names are followed by the language of origin, variations (derivatives, diminutives, and nicknames) of the name itself, and the name as interpreted in different languages. Separate sections are included for male and female names. Using the dictionary you could discover that there are over 160 names listed for "flower," from Anthea (Greek) ...

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Overview

This innovative dictionary allows the user to find given names which relate to a specific meaning. Arranged alphabetically by definition, the names are followed by the language of origin, variations (derivatives, diminutives, and nicknames) of the name itself, and the name as interpreted in different languages. Separate sections are included for male and female names. Using the dictionary you could discover that there are over 160 names listed for "flower," from Anthea (Greek) to Zahara (African).

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Editorial Reviews

ARBA
when writers wish to use a name based on its meaning, this book will make their job all the easier
First Name Reverse Dictionary: Given Names Listed by Meaning
Wilson Library Bulletin
Zom Zoms
Circulating copies of baby name books are hard to keep on the shelves, and the ones in reference get heavy use between prospective parents in search of names for their children and writers in search of character names. These books are arranged by name, sometimes with a division by gender. If you want to name your child "Adrian", you can find out what the name means easily enough. But what if you want to give your child a name that reflects a particular attribute or you want to be sure a character in your next novel has a name that suggests a certain character trait--or flaw? The "First Name Reverse Dictionary" can help The format is easy to use. Male and female names are in separate sections. The "Index to Entry Names" will help those who have a name and need to be referred back to the meaning or to alternate forms of the name. Entries are in strict alphabetical order. Language of origin is noted parenthetically; pronunciation is not given Selection criteria are not given, and some omissions are odd. "Faith" and "Prudence", once-common personal names in their own right, are not entries. Entries for such attributes as "girl" or "brave" cover a column or more. Western European names (Celtic, Germanic, Romance, Greek) predominate. Eastern European and Hebrew names follow, and Sanskrit, African, Asian, and Native American names appear less frequently. African and Native American names are not generally identified by tribal or language group The layout of the book is easily readable, with plenty of white space and varied type faces. At 206 pages, there is no way this can be a comprehensive list of names and their meanings, but it is a good start at a different, and helpful, way to select names. The curious browser can enjoy it as well.
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An innovative dictionary that allows the reader to select a meaning like "lovable" and find which given or first names carry that meaning. Arranged alphabetically by definition, listings include the language of origin and name variations. Includes an index of entry words. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
2d ed First Name Reverse Dictionary: Given Names Listed by Meaning
Wilson Library Bulletin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899507484
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 217

Meet the Author

Writer Yvonne Navarro is a DIA contractor and works as an operations officer in southern Arizona. She lives in Sierra Vista.

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