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The Book of Irish Names: The Origins and Meanings of Over 150 Names for Children [Hardcover]

Iain Zaczek , Jacqueline Mair


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Sept. 1 1999
The Celtic tradition has give us some of our most beautiful and evocative names. Comprehensive calendars of Irish saints' feast days also allow a baby's birth to be matched to the saint of the day. The names, which range from the ever popular Liam and Bridget to the more unusual Aoife and Lochlainn, are accompanied woith speciall commissioned illustrations, making 'The Book of Irish Names' the ideal present for parents-to-be. Other books by Iain Zaczek Ancient Irish Landscapes Irish Legends.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (Sept. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903116031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903116036
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g

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About the Author

Born in Dundee and educated at Oxford University, Iain Zaczek has extensively researched and written on Celtic legend and culture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but not useful Dec 26 2007
By IrishMama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Beware of this book if you, like me, are pregnant and trying to find the perfect Irish name before your baby is born. The book is very pretty and informative about the names it actually has. However, although it has 90 pages of names there are only 1-3 names per page and several pages have pictures with no names. In fact, it has only 80 boy's names and 71 girl's names. I believe they took the most popular names and gave the reader a paragraph on the origin of each, which is nice but now I still need to buy another book to make sure I've also considered the many more obscure Irish names for my baby.
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely outdated Aug. 11 2013
By Kimberly Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book because my husband and I are having a baby and we wanted a traditional Irish name. This book is so outdated, we had never even heard of most of the names in here. We ended up googling our baby name. What a waste of money.
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost but not quite April 24 2009
By VUWildcat04 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's fantastic that this book even exists, but it falls short. It is not very inclusive nor comprehensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource of you are considering an Irish name for your child July 29 2008
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Irish brought many things with them when they left their native land and went to the United States. Along with leprechauns and other myths, they include their names. As is the case in any culture, the name is generally an abbreviation for a more exalted title and a linguistic modification of another name. For example, Sean is the Irish form of John and means "God's gracious gift."
This book contains the explanation of over 150 Irish names, roughly evenly split between male and female. If you are about to have a baby or are just interested in the origins of common Irish names, then this is a book that will interest you.

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