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Ideal for choosing baby names!,
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This review is from: A Dictionary of First Names (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)
I have to disagree with the people who say this book is not suitable for choosing baby names, as that's exactly why I bought it and it has been much more useful than the actual "baby name books". Of course there are plenty of names in it that I wouldn't choose, but that's purely down to personal taste and is the case with any name book. The advantages of this one, as far as I'm concerned, are (1) that it gives you a more detailed account of the name's meaning and history, rather than just a one-word meaning; (2) that because of this, and because it's from a reputable publisher, I feel that the accounts it gives are more likely to be accurate; and (3) that it cross-references related names for both sexes. The only downside for me was that I'd have liked a list of Cornish names along with the Welsh, Scottish, Irish, etc.