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20,001 Names for Baby Paperback – May 1 1995

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (May 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038078047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380780471
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,427,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Carol McD. Wallace is a freelance writer based in New York City. She is also the author of The Greatest Baby Name Book Ever and 20,001 Names for Baby.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the standard long list of names in alphabetical order, this book does it well. Girls and boys names are separated into two separate lists, one making up the first half of the book, the other the last half.
Just about every name has its meaning and origin listed. Along with it are variations of the name. This was particularly helpful and gave some extra naming ideas.
But if you looking for something more inventive or creative, this book is not it. It's just a list of 20,001 names. Don't get me wrong, it does what it does well. But reading a list that long may start to bore you.
I'd recommend getting "Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana" by Linda Rosenkrantz in addition to this book. This book probably has more names, but the "Beyond Jennifer & Jason" book will probably keep you awake, and give you some good ideas. I have both books, and I'm glad I do.
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I went name by name through this entire book and didn't once stumble across the choice of "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo." Perhaps this was #20,002.
It's a shame really as this will be suggestion #1 when the girlfriend and I finally settle down and start having kids. (Note to self: find girlfriend. Preferably one who doesn't mind Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo as the first born's namesake).
Now you may say "that name is obnoxious. Who would ever choose to name their child that?"
The sort of person who doesn't believe the wedgie factor is high enough with names like "Bryndyn" and "Aynslie" that's who.
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By A Customer on Feb. 3 2002
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For a break, I enjoyed the list from "Breathe! A Guy's Guide to Pregnancy." Names included:
Jack. Derivation: Irish. Orginal Meaning: "God is Merciful." Today's meaning: "My parents used a focus group to come up with my name."
Leo. Derivation: Latin. Original meaning: "Lion." Today's Meaning: "Someone liked Titanic a little too much."
Jesus. Derivation. Hebrew. Original Meaning: "Son of God." Today's meaning: "Utility infielder from the Dominican Republic."
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I really like this book because it doesn't just list "Elizabeth" and the name's meaning. It also includes something of the history of the name, who has used it and when and then the author includes an exhaustive list of pet names such as Elise, Elisabeth, Lillibet, Betty, Bettina, etc. Good names and good bits of information to go with them. I still want more names though, but I'm difficult.
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By A Customer on Feb. 14 2004
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This book was not helpful or interesting to me at all. Getting through it was a chore - I did get through it - but when I was done I hadn't found a single new or exciting name to consider. It doesn't include pronunciations, which I found disappointing as well.
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By A Customer on Jan. 4 2000
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This book turned out to be a disappointing resource. Although the book includes 20,001 names, many are unlikely and outlandish (Klotild, Edwige, Ghislain, Ethelbert, Birtle), making it arduous to sift through to find the names more worthy of consideration.
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