Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana : What to Name Your Baby Now

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-07-02
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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The book all new babies want their parents to read--now with the latest predictions, inspiration, and advice. "In the decade since we've begun writing about names, the world of baby-nbaming has mushroomed from a sleepy little enterprise, with parents naming their children Jennifer and Jason and wondering whether there might be anything more exciting out there, to an adventurous and intelligent and style-conscious activity in which parents investigate everything from their family trees to names from their ancestors' native lands to atlases and even dictionaries that are ever more inventive, individual, and enlightened." --Linda RosenkrantzandPamela Redmond Satran No one knows baby names like these two experts--whose first bookBeyond Jennifer & Jasonpredicted back in 1988 that then-obscure place names like Madison were "so far out they're on their way in" (They were right too: By 1998, Jennifer had gone from #4 in popularity to #24 and Madison had become the ninth most popular name for baby girls). This is the guide that tells you what you really need to know: which names are hot, which names are not, and which names are on their way up or down. Who cares if "Cameron" means "crooked nose" in ancient Scottish Gaelic? If you love the name, you want to know whether it's still as right for a boy as for a girl, and if there are going to be five other Camerons in your child's class at school. The brand-new edition of thie groundbreaking book gives you thousands of new choices and the kind of knolwedgeable guidance you won't find anywhere else. There are all-new sections, with all-new research, on naming a girl and naming a boy today, as well as fresh insights into the power of a name to influence your child's life, and lists of the most important styles and trends: Gender bending--names that defy old stereotypes Ethnic names--vastly expanded multicultural options to reflect almost any heritage Celebrity baby names--the most comprehensive up-to-date listing of who's naming their baby what What's hot now--plus The Classics: Sixty Traditional Names that Transcend Time

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
What's Hotp. 8
The Century Namesp. 9
The Surname Namesp. 11
Hero Surname Namesp. 15
Importsp. 16
The Brits and the Celtsp. 20
Place Namesp. 22
Comfy Namesp. 25
Good Girlsp. 27
Names in Bloomp. 28
Biblical Boysp. 29
The Irish Roguesp. 30
Riddle of the Middlep. 32
A Garden of Rosesp. 36
So Far Out They're inp. 36
Word Namesp. 37
Nature Namesp. 38
Day Namesp. 40
Postvirtue Namesp. 41
Profession Namesp. 43
Word Namesp. 44
Endangered Speciesp. 45
Mythological Namesp. 48
A Girl Named Boyp. 52
So Far in They're Outp. 56
But I've Always Adored Amandap. 59
Fashion Limbop. 61
So Far Out They'll Probably Always Be Outp. 65
The 100 Most Popular Names For 1998p. 72
Pop Spellingsp. 80
Meganamep. 82
Regional Flavorp. 82
Southern Belles and Beausp. 83
Western Cowboysp. 85
New England Namesp. 86
What the Rest of the World Is Doingp. 87
England and Walesp. 88
Scotlandp. 89
Norwayp. 89
The Netherlandsp. 90
Francep. 91
Good-bye, Dick; Good-bye, Janep. 91
Starbabiesp. 93
Boys' Names for Girlsp. 96
Comfy Namesp. 96
Importsp. 97
Place Namesp. 99
Century Namesp. 99
Biblical Namesp. 100
Last Names Firstp. 101
Nature Namesp. 103
Classicsp. 103
Exotic, Unusual, Uniquep. 104
And the Othersp. 106
TV Receptionp. 108
Disney Worldp. 117
There's Only One Umap. 121
Much Ado About Namingp. 123
Brit Litp. 127
What's Really in a Name?p. 136
The Classicsp. 140
Unusual Namesp. 162
Why Briyana Spells Troublep. 166
Creative Namesp. 169
No-Nonsense Namesp. 173
The Nickname Gamep. 176
Short and Sweetp. 178
No-Nickname Namesp. 181
Fitting In/Standing Outp. 184
Classp. 187
Yuppie Namesp. 192
Royal Namesp. 195
Naming a Daughterp. 202
Feminissima Namesp. 204
Feminine Namesp. 206
No-Frills Namesp. 211
Naming a Sonp. 214
All-Boy Namesp. 218
The Two-Syllable Solutionp. 220
Unisex Namesp. 221
The True Unisex Namesp. 224
Boys to Girlsp. 225
The Girls Are Winningp. 227
Androgynous Starbabiesp. 228
A Concise History of American Baby-Namingp. 234
Colonial Period and Eighteenth Centuryp. 234
Nineteenth Centuryp. 238
Twentieth Centuryp. 240
African-American Names: History and Traditionsp. 249
Popular African-American Namesp. 257
Muslim/Arabic Namesp. 262
African Namesp. 265
Names From Across the Oceanp. 268
Celtic Namesp. 268
Scottish Namesp. 269
Irish Namesp. 271
Welsh Namesp. 273
Dutch Namesp. 275
French Namesp. 277
German Namesp. 281
Greek Namesp. 284
Italian Namesp. 286
Scandinavian Namesp. 288
Slavic Namesp. 292
Spanish Namesp. 296
Variazioni on a Themep. 302
Jewish Namesp. 307
The Kosher Curvep. 309
Hebrew and Israeli Namesp. 310
Conan, Patron Saint of Late-Night TVp. 315
Some Celtic Saintsp. 320
You Say Maria, I Say Mariahp. 326
Family Namesp. 330
Putting the Name Before the Babyp. 333
Bad Advice?p. 333
Baby, Jrp. 335
Some Juniors Who Made Names for Themselvesp. 338
Sibling Names (for First-Time Parents Also)p. 339
Double Troublep. 343
Whose Name is it, Anyway?p. 344
The Name Becomes the Childp. 346
Indexp. 351
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