When a celebrity's first name is sufficient for everyone to know who it is, that's the sign of an unusual name. Ringo doesn't need 'Starr'. Elvis didn't need 'Presley'. If you create a fictional character so successful that its first name has the same effect then you know you've done well.
In deciding what constitutes an 'unusual' name (in the context of English-speaking countries), it would have been easy simply to raid the phone books of exotic lands and fill this tome with Chinese, African and Inuit names. Whilst there are inevitably many names that are of foreign origin in this collection, what I have attempted to do is to restrict the listings to those names which have some degree of familiarity due to their relevance to the culture and history of English-speaking lands.
There are many wonderful names that are familiar to us from the works of Shakespeare yet which rarely see the light of day in the modern world. There are historic people - from the Romans to the Victorians - whose names trip off the tongue in a delightful way when rediscovered. There are Biblical names that are wonderfully evocative and poetic. Additionally, there is a new category of unusual names spawned by celebrities who seem to have a knack for finding (or coining) bizarre and interesting names for their children.
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*** Each name in this eBook is accompanied by information about its geographical origin, its symbolic meaning, examples of previous usage in literature and real life, as well as nicknames that other characters can use to refer to them.***