I found this book in my public library, and I was immediately struck by the author's unique method of organising the names inside. Any other baby name book will list names alphabetically, but in this book they are grouped by the meaning of the name. So, for example, the name Sarah means "princess", so it is listed under the category 'Royalty, Rulers & Regal Things'. This is brilliant if you are looking for themed names, as you don't have to trawl through the whole book to find them. And don't worry if you want to look up the meaning of a specific name. In the back is an alphabetical index of all the names in the book and what page to find them on. I loved this book so much that I decided to purchase my own copy so I always have it to hand when I want it.
I would encourage anyone interested in buying this book to scroll down and read the reviews from customers in America as well. As one customer said, it is a brilliant resource 'for fiction writers', especially if you're looking to give your characters names that have meaning to the character or reflect their personalities. And don't worry: although there are plenty of unsual names included in the book, there are just as many traditional Western names as well :)
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- ASIN : B001RS8KOM
- Publisher : Touchstone; Illustrated edition (6 February 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1818 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 967,916 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Ms. E. L. Hercock
Very different to any other baby names bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 December 2015
Don't buy unless you want to give your child a ridiculous name.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 March 2015
Absolute nonesense. Not worth the paper it is printed on. Favourite name - branch!
Not your typical baby name book!Reviewed in Canada on 29 January 2013
This book is OK if you want your child's name to have a specific meaning. If you have a certain name in mind it may be more difficult to find in this book as it is sorted by meanings. I enjoyed reading the meanings but I have other, more traditional baby name books that I refer to more often.
We managed to find Definitions to some names we already liked and about a dozen more that we didn't already ...Reviewed in the United States on 14 June 2016
This Reverse Dictionary is exactly what we were looking for. We managed to find Definitions to some names we already liked and about a dozen more that we didn't already know about that we loved. One thing I found annoying about it though (since I was reading it cover to cover so I wouldn't miss a great name) was that a few of the names are repeated a few times in different sections. This is not a bad thing though because some of these names have way more than one meaning. At the very end of the book it lists all the names in the entire book. This is very handy to have when making your baby name selection, or if you are a writer trying to figure out character names. We will be getting plenty of use out of it for sure!
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Vilia Ann Payne
A different kind of baby name bookReviewed in the United States on 25 May 2014
This book has about 50 chapters of baby names organized by meaning. The first few chapters are (1) Animals & Insects, (2) Astronomy, (3) Beautiful & Handsome, and (4) Blessings & Gifts. Each chapter has two sections, one for girl names and one for boy names. I like learning about names so I enjoyed just paging through the book. There is a chapter for Sadness & Trouble with some common names in it whose original meanings surprised me. This is more of an idea-generating book than a comprehensive dictionary. There isn't an index where you can look a specific name up to see if it's in the book, so I think that's something the author might think about adding in a future edition. Overall though, I'm glad I bought it and I enjoyed looking through it.
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