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The Penguin Classic Baby Name Book: Paperback – 1 Apr 2004

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87bba180) out of 5 stars Unexpected Joys 16 Oct. 2008
By J. M. Albert - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It is a baby name book, but its so much more than just your generic "Aaron", "Amy", and "Ainsley" with a quick blurb about origin or meaning. Carol Wallace instead includes names that appeared in various Penguin Classics. For instance, if you open the book to the Boy names you'll find Aaron and Henry and Marcus with information about characters in literature who bore the name. You'll also find uncommon, mythological or historical references such as Ion, Atlas, Hades and Hepzibah.

Its truly fascinating, if you have any love for classic literature, and I find myself reading it almost like a novel itself, just straight through. It is not for everyone, and certainly not your average baby name book, but I can truly recommend it for those who love names, love literature, or are equally as eccentric as I am.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87bba504) out of 5 stars Interesting literary references but impractical names 29 April 2006
By Danilibs - Published on
Format: Paperback
The names in this book are mainly for those searching for ones with strong literary ties. It is not good if you are looking for a "normal" name, nor if you are looking for something that is just less common.

Most of the names are simply impractical and unweildy for a child now.

I found it least helpful of all the books I purchased.
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HASH(0x87bb3474) out of 5 stars Inaccuracies 6 Jan. 2014
By tscott - Published on
Format: Paperback
Part of the appeal of baby name books is learning about the meanings. Some of the meanings in this book show a lack of understanding of etymology and sometimes a lack of research.

Wallace defines Timothy as "fearing God," but "honoring God" is a better meaning. The Latin verb "timere" does mean "to fear". But this Timothy has the Greek root 'theos'-"god", it follows that the 'timo' root comes from the Greek verb 'timao'-"to honor". And she says that the meaning of Telemachus is unknown. But the root 'tele' means "far off" (like telephone), and 'machus' means "battle" (like the words dimachaerus and naumachia).

Wallace makes a point of explaining her decision to list Germanic roots literally, even if the meaning sounds awkward. So Albert and Hubert are, respectively, "noble bright" and "intelligence bright". Wallace wants the reader to see the connection of 'bert' and "bright". But then Theodore is listed as "gift of God", and Theophilus is "loving God". Following the pattern of Albert and Hubert, the definitions should be more like "God's gift" and "God-loving".

Wallace clearly worked very hard to find the literary history of the names. But the meanings and etymology are unsatisfying.
HASH(0x87bafe58) out of 5 stars Good Book 22 May 2016
By Bookworm2 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Good book for research baby names. I love it!
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