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on 15 July 1998
I found the book very useful while helping my daughter choose a name for her son, The name she eventually chose was Rhys,a very ancient and royal name bore by Welsh Celtic Kings.
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on 25 January 2000
I agree that there are some wonderful names. The pronunciation and histories are especially helpful; however, the names are not divided into male or female, but purely alphabetically. Incredibly annoying.
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Wonderful assortment of names (not definitive and maybe difference of opinion on some)> Not divided into male and female names, but then these days with a penchant for giving male names to females maybe I am being picky.
It gives the meaning of the names, drawn from Celt Languages of Scots Gaelic, Welsh, Manx, Beton and Cornish - 1200 traditional first names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Mane, with the pronunciations, and interesting tidbits about people that had the name. The only US book with names offering this wide of a selection. Since many people have trouble with pronouncing these names, the pronunciations guide is every helpful.
Of special interested to writers looking for Celt derivative characters for their books.
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on 6 July 1998
I really enjoyed this book. It has the most extensive list of Celtic baby names that I have come across. The definitions help give you some background information on each name. The top baby name book I have com e across!!
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on 7 February 2001
As Judy Sierra herself writes in the introduction, "This book is intended for parents and others who live outside the Celtic regions, and I have selected only those names I think will be most interesting to English speakers." Let's paraphrase: this book is for people who think they are eating Scottish food when they dine at McDonalds! There's only one 'Mac' name in the Scottish section.
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