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Bring Back Beatrice: 1,108 Baby Names with Meaning, Character, and a Little Bit of Attitude Paperback – 4 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (4 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761158952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761158950
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 3 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As well as being a mother, I'm also a name enthusiast, so I own lots of 'baby name' books. This is, without doubt, already one of my favourites. As someone who prefers names with real meaning, and a rich history, this book was always going to be a winner with me. Too many 'baby name' books have countless trendy, creative, made up and badly spelt names. This book doesn't. It DOES have some of the more modern/trendy names, but Jennifer Goodwin is quick to point out the flaws of such names (i.e. that they'll date quickly), and often suggests one or two not-so-trendy alternatives that are similar in style/flow. Jennifer is keen to point out, that she herself fell victim to 'trendy name syndrome', as Jennifer was hugely popular in the US during the 1970s/80s but has now fallen out of favour. As such, the name has dated quickly, so Jennifer DOES know what she is talking about. The book is aimed at American audiences, as some of the names that Jennifer highlights as deserving to be brought back, are already back in the UK (i.e. Beatrice). However, that aside, this is still a great book for anyone who doesn't want a 'baby name' book filled with thousands upon thousands of trendy/creative/made up/badly spelt names, and instead just wants a book with good, solid names. There is a good selection of names too, such as timeless classic names that are always in style (Elizabeth, Sarah, Charlotte, John, Robert, Alexander), but also names with a history/pedigree that you don't hear much/as much these days (Mabel, Frances, Kezia, Josiah, Edmund, Richard). A great book and I recommend it to any expectant parents and name enthusiasts alike.
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The book has lots of traditional names but we found many to be American so not really for us.
However, I thought the introduction was useful.
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I read the negative views before purchasing this book, but still went ahead with buying - please, do not make the same mistake that I did! The main comments I had read in the negative reviews were that the names were too unusual, obscure and/or American; my eldest son is called Cole, so I thought this would actually suit me. However, it turns out that unusual/obscure means names that you could never name your children, eg. Adolf, Hercules, Jesus. etc. and American means names that would sound weird outside of the US, eg. Brick, Hunter, etc.
The other names featured that did not fall under these two categories were the standard issue names everyone considers, like Jack, Luke, etc.
All in all, other than giving my husband and I a good giggle, this was a pointless purchase.
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We bought this book as we are expecting our first child and wanted some ideas. I have to say that the girls section is much better than the boys section and we have got quite a few ideas from the girls. The problem is with the boys. It is very American, and the boys section seems to be made up of names that are actually surnames, yet Americans are using them as first names. You like Mick Jagger? Why not call your child Jagger? It also has one awesome gaff. Under the section of Celtic gods, it suggests calling your child "Wogan" the god of laughter. It isn't even an ironic tongue in cheek entry as it is next to actual Celtic gods! Oh and there are a lot of American sounding animal names and hunting related names.
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A small, chunky 500+ page book that is cute, funny and with a different selection of names than traditional books. I am very happy with the purchase. It provides much useful information on origin, nicknames and alternatives as well useful groupings (if you like X name, try X name, etc.). Also groups names by associations, e.g., biblical, country, etc. which is quite fun. With over 1000 names it is a nice resource.
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I was really disappointed by this book. I expected a book full of old-fashioned names but it has all sorts in it, just like any other baby name book but has less names in it than most! It also has descriptions which have put me off some names that I had previously liked!
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I love that the author has obviously studied literature, since she is well versed in poetry and novels, characters etc. She has also listed a great selection of classic names, as well as some more modern ones. The information for each name is informative yet concise, with examples of nicknames and similar sounding names. I know someone commented on the name Jagger used here, but such a tiny flaw for such an excellent book, with so much more to offer the reader. And I think it needs noting here that the trend on naming with last-names used as first and random names like Apple, although an American thing, HAS indeed spread across the pond to the UK. Our country is very diverse with its melding of cultures so we are using names from across the globe, but we are hugely influenced by US culture and entertainment, media and celebrities, whether we like it or not - it gets in your mind - and we cannot stop it! How many babies are now being named Isabella? It was VERY popular with the release of Twilight, and remember all those Harry's when Harry Potter was top of the box office? So do not criticise ts author for trying to include some 'trendy' names for the small portion of her readers who might want to consider a rock-star name like Jagger! Okay okay, I would not use it personally, but I would perhaps name my dog Jagger, and I also use baby naming books when choosing pets names lol - so it can come in handy!
A funny trend is happening now, that as well as funky made-up names and original creations, we are turning back to classical names from the Victorian era, which is what 70% of this book is about. Griffin has even safety-pinned little icons next to the names that should have a come back - and some already are! Lily is such a popular name now, as are many flower names...
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