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40, 001 Best Baby Names Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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The essential one-stop baby name bible
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I really regret wasting my money on this. For anyone who is looking for a 'fun' baby name book with useful suggestions, I recommend instead 'The Baby Name Wizard' by Laura Wattenberg. And if you're looking for a book which really knows its onions viz. meanings etc, try 'The Oxford Dictionary of First Names.'
This book is really, really BAD. I don't write many reviews on here, but this one moved me to do so if only in the hope of depriving this silly woman of more undeserved royalties.
Stafford boasts that this is 'the very best baby-naming book ever' - a bold statement indeed from someone who claims Winsor (sic) is the English for 'Royal' - there i was thinking Windsor was the place name that the royals adopted to move awy from their German name...
And would you name your son Spanky? Teddy-Blue (American for smiley, apparently!)
And the 75 fun lists includes 'names for children of lesbians and gays', 'names that make you smile', 'names for future lawyers', 'names that will help make your baby popular', and 'comfy names that kids like having'. All totally ridiculous.
The book will only be useful in the unlikely event that the world runs out of firewood.
The only positive thing to say is that the introduction is quite a good read, but even then deteriorates into anecdotes of people with ususual names, who basically just say "I really liked my name when I was growing up" or the opposite. Hmmmm.
Please don't waste your money buying this! I wish I had read these reviews before I had.
also, much worse nearly all "meanings" behind the name are totally wrong
Diane Stafford seems to have no clue.
...if you check how valuable the book is to others, pls see fo rhow low they sell in teh used section... 18 pence...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How is this is the 'very best baby naming book ever'? It's not, trust me, you'll agree it is the worst. It's repetitive & extremely old fashioned. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Oh, it's something and nothing. Not very many traditional names, all quirky stuff. Bought it second hand so ok.Published 1 month ago by Ange N
I regret buying this book. Also paying the price I paid. Very poorly written and not enough meanings for the baby's names. The book is also very boring and not interesting at all. Read morePublished 9 months ago by claire boo
Very comprehensive but repeats a lot of names in various lists. Good buy if you are clueless on namesPublished 12 months ago by HJ
Really not impressed with this book. Wish I had read the reviews prior to purchase as they say the same thing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by kathryn
This book gave us a great laugh round at friends one evening with headings such as 'names that freak you out' and name suggestions such as Dweezil and Spunk. A ridiculous book!Published 15 months ago by Ms. A. Moore
This is the best baby name book by far (I have read a lot) really good variety of names from traditional to very unusual. This book would suit everyone. Fast delivery.Published 18 months ago by Rachel Thomas