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Cool Names for Babies [Paperback]

Pamela Redmond Satran , Linda Rosenkrantz
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7 Aug 2006

The up-to-the-minute word on what’s hot and what’s not in baby names.

Every new parent faces the dilemma of what to call their baby – should you stick to something traditional? Or come up with something unfamiliar?

Since its first publication in 2004, Cool Names for Babies has become the last word in what names are cool and how to choose one for your child. This latest edition is packed with up-to-date info on today's most popular choices, as well as the most recent offerings from the celebrity name game.

In addition, Cool Names for Babies suggests how you can use your imagination and source names from the past, from art, place names, literature, colours, nature,the music scene,and even video games! How about taking Gwyneth Paltrow's fruit name route, but opting for something a little more exotic, such as Papaya or Tamarillo? Or why not try revamping a more common name by adding an extra letter so that Amos becomes Ramos? Or, as Jordan soars in popularity, how about going for another river such as Amazon or Seine?

More and more parents are looking for unusual and individual ideas, which are not catered for in traditional babies' names books, this is the title for them. It’s fun; it’s informative; and it’s packed with inspiration.

Chapters cover:

• Mainstream names

• Famous names

• Old names

• Creative names

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New Ed edition (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007180578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007180578
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hundreds of classic, wild and weird names for inspiration. -- BBC Parenting

Save your little one a lifetime of bullying. -- Boys Toys

About the Author

Pamela Redmond Satran is a contributing editor for Parenting magazine and a columnist for Baby Talk in the US. Her articles appear frequently in the New York Times and Glamour, and she is the author of five novels: The Home for Wayward Supermodels, Surbanistas, Younger, Babes in Captivity and The Man I Should Have Married.

Linda Rosencrantz contributes articles to numerous magazines, writes a nationally syndicated column on collectables, and is the author of several books.

Linda and Pamela have been collaborating on baby name books for more than twenty years.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read 25 Nov 2004
By A Customer
also for people which are not pregnant - like me.
I bought this book as a pressie (I saw it whilst browsing the shop) for a pregnant couple who are desperately looking for an interesting name to give to their baby boy.
Before giving it to them I was too curious to lay it down.
It gives you quite some background information about the theory of coolness of names and baby names in particular.
The different sections make the book a good reference.
I can definitely recommend it. The price isn't too high either, so it's worth buying!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be called weird & odd names for babies 4 Dec 2010
By JLS Mum
Bought this when pregnant with my first baby, not my idea of cool names a lot of them I wouldn't have even been able to pronounce. I was hoping to find something original & pretty for a girl however most names were quite strange & too off the wall for me, I read through the book once & then gave it to the charity shop, maybe this book should be directed for sale to celebrities only!!
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 25 Oct 2006
Very good for stimulating creative thought about unique baby names. Unfortunately, most of the 'cool' names will have already been taken...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so cool 24 Oct 2007
I advise anybody looking for a good baby name book not to buy this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this name book, but they quickly become dated 23 April 2004
By Jennifer H. Yarrington - Published on
Here is the deal: If you want a list of names with meanings and origins, KEEP LOOKING. THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU! Rather, tihis book trys to put its finger on the pulse of what a cool name is. As a person who was given the trendiest name of my generation I wanted something else for my own children. The books they write do a pretty good job of spotting trends, but now that the trends are changing so fast it is getting harder for them to keep up. Granted, this also allows them to keep writing and selling books! Remember also that this book is a collection of 2 women's opinions, which you may or may not agree with. I agree with them most of the time so I find the books helpful and entertaining.
When you are tryiing to come up with a name for your baby, it was more important to me know how popular it is and how it may be perceived than it is of welsh origin and means "white wave"- I am sure that did not come at all into play to the millions of moms that named their daughters Jennifer in the 70's and 80's. They just liked the way it sounded and their favorite movie may have been "Love Story". This book is for people who want some ideas on what other people are doing, and then they can follow the trend, or buck it, as they choose.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for people who are internet savvy 25 Aug 2005
By William Moor - Published on
I love this book! I'm one of those people who want a unique name for my child and this book is laid out in a very different way than the other books I have. The other reviewers are correct in that there are no meanings given, but anyone with an internet connection can look up the names themselves. I also have one of those thick 30,000 best world names books and prefer this smaller one. If you are looking for unique names and a little entertainment, this book is great. It's a small book, so don't expect to just buy this book as you search for your baby's name.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for writers; not for parents-to-be 14 Jan 2007
By Dead Kennedys - Published on
I'm a writer, so I'm always on the lookout for interesting names I might use for some characters. I have about three people named Scott, five James's (all men), and a good three or four girls with the name Elizabeth. So I picked this up, thinking it might help me. There are some good ideas for character names in here (Narcissa, Dashiell, and Isolde), but I don't think it's a good idea to just smush a name together for a real person (who in their right mind would name their kid Moon?). Plus, it also promotes giving kids crappy names. What really made the star-rating go down for me was their section on grandpa/granddaughter names. It's offensive that they say names like Marshall, Stanley, Wallace, Gary, Randolph, Theodore, and Sherman shouldn't be used on a boy. It's okay to name a girl Marshall, though! After all, a girl obviously is stronger with a male name! "Rolls eyes". Bull. Giving a girl a name like Wallace or Stanley is nothing short of cruel. These are boy names and should stay that way. The same goes for Elliot. And also, a lot of these names aren't new. The -aden trend is already dated; there are so many Brayden/Caden/Jaydens nowadays. I gave it two stars because I found some good ideas in here for CHARACTERS or PETS! But it's only two because it's also suggesting that it's okay to give your kid a crappy name (or should I say, krappeigh, since creative spelling is where it's at nowadays).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE these books! 17 Jan 2007
By Emma Woodhouse - Published on
I adore the books these authors write; they are my soulmates! I have been interested in names ever since I was a child, and their books totally feed my craving. I love their insightful and intelligent advice, I love their humor, and I love lists! I love knowing WHY people (and celebrities) named their child what they did. Knowing trends is very important to me; I would never want my child to be one of 5 of the same name in her class as I was with "Susan". These books have their finger on the pulse, and also give lots of alternative suggestions to popular names. I love their "So Far Out They're In" type categories. This book is a total winner, and very entertaining, unlike those "encyclopedias" of name meanings. I always lend mine to prospective mothers, and keep an extra copy just for that purpose.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Name Book! 21 July 2004
By L. Belfiore - Published on
This book is great. It gives you the list of today's top 100 names, as well as tossing out some lesser known ones from other parts of the world, and names that haven't been in the mainstream for decades. Great book if you want a different name for your baby without it being too out there or borderlining trashy. We got our baby's name from this book!
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