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10,000 Baby Names: How to choose the best name for your baby
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10,000 Baby Names: How to choose the best name for your baby [Kindle Edition]

Holly Ivins
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Discussing possible names is one of the most exciting things about being pregnant, and this book will help you make the perfect choice (Our pick for pregnancy) --Mother & Baby

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A fresh and contemporary approach to naming a new baby

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So you're expecting a baby - congratulations! Now comes one of the most enjoyable, yet difficult, decisions you'll have to make as new parents: choosing a name for your baby. We guide you through what you need to consider when making this important decision, as well as a generous helping of funny and unfortunate real names, so you know what NOT to name your baby: If your surname is WHITE don't call your child ISLA; Check that your baby's initials don't spell GBH or RAT; What are the top 10 boys and girls names? Who called their baby girl SURI? With over 10,000 names, their origin and meaning, we'll provide the inspiration and advice you need to make a choice you and your baby are happy with for life.

From the Publisher

Choose from the latest and best baby names

From the Back Cover

10,000 of the latest and best names!

Need inspiration naming your newborn?

Then look no further. 10,000 baby names is jam-packed with the most popular baby names, latest celebrity choices and names making a comeback, so you can pick the perfect name for your baby.

Choose from a huge list of the most current names, their meaning and origin, aswell as funny -and unforutnate- real names you'll want to avoid.

Includes tips on:
-What to consider when choosing a name
-Middle names, initials and nicknames
-What NOT to name your baby
-Choosing complementary names for twins

Choose a name you and your baby are happy with for life.

About the Author

Holly studied at the University of St Andrews where she attained an MA in English and an M.Litt in Romantic Studies. She currently lives in London where she works in publishing.

Eleanor is the author of several books, including the annual Baby Names series. She has a special interest in helping parents make difficult or unusual decisions, and giving families the tools they need to grow. Her writing subjects have included pregnancy and baby care, special needs children, gender equality, and `unusual' parenting. Eleanor is also a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. Originally from the UK, Eleanor Turner now lives in the USA with her family.

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Top tips on choosing a name

Fall in love with the name(s) you've chosen. If you
plough through hundreds of pages of names in this book
and none of them jump off the page at you, then you
probably haven't found the right one yet. Likewise, if a
relative, friend, or even your spouse suggests a name and
you wrinkle your nose every time you hear it, it's not the
name for your baby.

You will want to pick a name that you can shout with
confi dence across the school playground, or hear with
pride when they graduate from university. Pick a name
which makes you smile because if you love it, hopefully
your child will too.

Research. You've already started the process of researching
which name to pick simply by buying this book, but there are ways to expand the process if you wish to. The internet
can be a fantastic way to look up meanings in more depth,
or to fi nd out if your baby's name is becoming more or
less popular through the years. This is particularly useful if you want to avoid a situation where your daughter has the same name as three other children in her class, or if you don't want your son to be teased because his name sounds rude in another language. Other ways to do research include making lists of names you hear during the run-up to the birth, going back into history to fi nd names of great cultural importance, or fi nding a meaning you like and linking a name to it. The name Helen, for example, means `light', but there are a great many variations of it, including Aileen, Eleanor, Helena and Lena. Therefore, if you like the idea of naming your daughter `light' but aren't keen on Helen, researching other variations might just lead you to the perfect one.

Don't listen to other people. Sometimes, grandparents
and friends will offer `advice' during this time which may
not always be welcome. This is worth bearing in mind if
you've fallen in love with a name and it's either slightly
unusual or doesn't follow the set pattern your partner's
family have used for the last 50 years. Sharing your choice
of name with other people can lead them to criticise it,
which you'd probably rather not hear if you've got your
heart set on it. Also, if you're bucking with tradition and
don't plan on calling your newborn after their great-greatgreat-Grandfather, keeping it a secret until after the birth and registration can work to your advantage. Trust your own instincts and remember: no-one will really care once they see your baby. Its name will simply be its name.

Find a name with meaning. A lot of parents want to find
a name for their baby that means something. If you're
interested in history you might try naming your daughter
after queens of England (Elizabeth, Mary or Victoria) in the hope that it will fi ll your child's soul with a sense of pride and importance. This can inspire your child to try to live up to their name's reputation. Having a name which has a back story helps your child understand their significance in the world, so whether you name them after a religious saint or prophet, an important political fi gure or a hero in a Greek tragedy, ensure they know where their name comes from. They may just be inspired to be as great as their namesake.

Have fun. Picking out names should be a fun process. Laughing at the ones you'd never dream of choosing
can really help you narrow it down to the ones you
would. You can also experiment with different spellings,
pronunciations or variations of names you like, or go to
places where you might feel inspired.

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