by Barbara Kay Turner
This A-to-Z guide features thousands of names for boys and girls, with advice for parents on selecting names that won't fall out of fashion too quickly, updating traditional and timeless names, predicting the trends of tomorrow, and more.
The entry pages include, among other things, a look back at naming trends over the last century and the reassurance that some names, no matter how far into the future we go, will always stand the test of time. There's also advice on selecting a middle name, and a few sensible rules for picking the perfect name.
Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana
by Linda Rosenkrantz, Pamela Redmond Satran
In Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana name experts Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran present a baby-name book that goes far beyond the usual name lists and definitions.
Satran and Rosenkrantz provide an accurate history of American naming traditions, discuss the sociological and psychological impact of names, and, yes, include list after list of possibilities organized into categories: popular names, yuppie names, African-American names,old-fashioned names, comfy names, androgynous names, unpopular names, creative names, mythological names, effective and ineffective middle names, classical names, Shakespearean names... and so on.
55,000 plus Baby Names
by Bruce Lansky
55,000 plus Baby Names has old and new, popular and old-fashioned names, includes icons to identify names used for both boys and girls. And it now includes the top 100 boys and girls names according to the latest Social Security data.
It has old and new, popular and old-fashioned names. Not only the familiar American names but other common names from around the world.
If you're looking for definitions this book doesn't elaborate but gives a few words plus the origin and alternate spelling. There are also lists of the most popular names from different decades and different countries.
The Perfect Baby Name
by Whitney Walker, Eric Reyes
Unlike other baby name books that overwhelm you with endless alphabetical lists and name definitions, The Perfect Baby Name is the first book to offer a systematic process for choosing a first name that sounds good with your surname. It shows you how to examine your surname by the sum of its parts - consonants, vowels, syllables, and accents - and match it with a complimentary first name using the most basic rules of poetry and phonetics.
Names that are pleasing to the ear are easy to remember, and if people remember your name, they think of you first for party invitations, job referrals, and social introductions. A great-sounding name can make your child more popular and successful in life.
The Baby Name Wizard
by Laura Wattenberg
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. The Baby Name Wizard is created by a name-searching mom, it uses groundbreaking research and computer generated models to pinpoint each name's image, examine it's usage and popularity over the last 100 years, and suggest other promising ideas.
A perfect guide to the modern world of names, this book 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.