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Names are a fascinating topic. Most people don't know what names mean. People used to give names to their children that actually meant something, but today we give names that have been passed down in the family, or because some saint has them, or just because they sound good, or some other reason that has nothing to do with meaning, and so people end up with names that poorly suit them, or names whose meanings are not what people expect. And then there are all those trendy names. I went to school with four girls named K(C)athy at the same time. What could be worse?
Most name books are designed with parents in mind, but they're a great read nonetheless. And some of these are just for the curious and have very little to do with babies.
What does your name mean?
Celtic Baby Names: Traditional Names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and Isle of Man
The Dictionary of Sanskrit Names
NTC's Classical Dictionary: The Origins of the Names of Characters in Classical Mythology
1,001 African Names: First and Last Names from the African Continent
10,000 Names for Your Baby*
35,000+ Baby Names
African Names: Names from the African Continent for Children and Adults
Asteroid Name Encyclopedia
Baby Names for the '90's and Beyond
Baby Names for the New Century
Bebes Preciosos: 5,001 Hispanic Baby Names
Beyond Jennifer and Jason: An Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby
Beyond Sarah and Sam: An Enlightened Guide Jewish Baby Naming
Beyond Shannon and Sean: An Enlightened Guide to Irish Baby Naming
Bible Baby Names: Spiritual Choices from Judeo-Christian Tradition
The Book of African Names*
The Book of Irish Names: First, Family and Place Names*
California Place Names
Cassell Dictionary of Proper Names
The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names
The Complete Book of Magical Names
The Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names*
Dictionary of First Names
A Dictionary of Lunar Feature Names
A Dictionary of Jewish Names and Their History
What Is Your Name : Book of Eritrean and Ethiopian Names
The Distinctive Book of Redneck Baby Names
The Guinness Book of Names
Irish Names for Children
Japanese Names: A Comprehensive Index by Characters
The Language of Names
The Melting Pot Book of Names
Tracks of Dancing Light: A Native American Approach to Understanding Your Name
The Ultimate Baby Name Book
Unusual and Popular Baby Names
What to Name Your African-American Baby: Names of Significance & Dignity to Reflect Your Child's Heritage
What's in a Name? Reflections of an Irrepressible Name Collector
What's in a Name? Unaitwaje? A Swahili Book of Names
Ancient Egyptian Names for Dogs
Who Were the Pharaohs? A History of Their Names with a List of Cartouches
Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache
Saints Names for Your Baby
Onomasticon Godelicum: Locorum Et Tribuum Hiberniae Et Scotiae: An Index, with Identifications, to the Gaelic Names of Places and Tribes
The New Age Baby Name Book
The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names
Celtic Names for Children
Dictionary of First Names
The Name Book: The One Place to Find Names for Everything Imaginable, Except Babies
The Best Baby Names for Jewish Children
Names of Women of the Bible
Chinese Names : The Traditions Surrounding the Use of Chinese Surnames and Personal Names
Irish First Names
What's in a Name : Discovering the Fascinating Origins and Contemporary Meanings of More Than 3,000 Names
Armenian First Names
Baby Names Around the World
Dictionary of German Names
Celtic Names for Children
What Is Your Name : Book of Eritrean & Ethiopian Names
The New A-Z of Babies' Names
Complete Book of Baby Names : Traditional and Modern
A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names -- NEW!
The Dictionary of Irish Family Names -- NEW!
As you may have noted from my homepage, my name comes from the Hebrew, Latin and Gaelic respectively. Allegedly, my name literally means: God's-concecrated-house youthful son-of-the-strong-in-battle, thus Temple Y. Battlestrong, for short. Mom named me Elizabeth because she thought it sounded strong, and Dad because he wanted to name me after the Betsy McCall doll. What wonderful reasons. Kinda an odd name for an atheist though. If I ever have children, I would want to give them names whose meanings I know, and evoke some sense of my hopes for them. Something that won't be confused with anyone else either. All these great names out there that no one uses. Hey, use them already!!
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