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

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Macmillan, Jul 2, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 398 pages
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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 Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran

No one knows baby names like these two experts--whose first book Beyond Jennifer & Jason predicted 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
  

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

User Review  - Shilo - Goodreads

This is, essentially, a collection of lists of names. The really useful thing about it, though, is that they are grouped according to a variety of possible genres, and it is easy to see spelling ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

I started reading these books about 15 or so years ago when I was expecting my first child, and they are by far the best baby name books ever written. The way the authors categorize names into lists ... Read full review

Contents

WHATS HOT
8
The Century Names
9
The Surnames
11
Hero Surname Names
15
Imports
16
The Brits the Celts
20
Place Names
22
Comfy Names
25
NONONSENSE NAMES
173
THE NICKNAME GAME
176
Short Sweet
178
NO NICKNAME NAMES
181
FITTING INSTANDING OUT
184
CLASS
187
Yuppie Names
192
Royal Names
195

Good Girls
27
Names in Bloom
28
Biblical Boys
29
The Irish Rogues
30
Riddle of the Middle
32
A Garden of Roses
36
Word Names
37
Nature Names
38
Day Names
40
Postvirtue Names
41
Profession Names
43
Word Names
44
Endangered Species
45
Mythological Names
48
A Girl Named Boy
52
SO FAR IN THEYRE OUT
56
But Ive Always Adored Amanda
59
FASHION LIMBO
61
SO FAR OUT THEYLL PROBABLY ALWAYS BE OUT
65
II
69
THE 1OO MOST POPULAR NAMES FOR 1998
72
Pop Spellings
80
Meganame
82
Southern Belles Beaus
83
Western Cowboys
85
New England Names
86
What the Rest of the World Is Doing
87
England Wales
88
Scotland
89
The Netherlands
90
France
91
STARBABIES
93
Boys Names for Girls
96
Imports
97
Place Names
99
Biblical Names
100
Last Names First
101
Mature Names
103
Exotic Unusual Unique
104
And the Others
106
TV RECEPTION
108
Disney World
117
THERES ONLY ONE UMA
121
MUCH ADO ABOUT NAMING
123
BRIT LIT
127
III
133
WHATS REALLY IN A NAME?
136
THE CLASSICS
140
UNUSUAL NAMES
162
Why Briyana Spells Trouble
166
CREATIVE NAMES
169
IV
199
NAMING A DAUGHTER
202
Feminissima Names
204
Feminine Names
206
NoFrills Names
211
NAMING A SON
214
AllBoy Names
218
The Twosyllable solution
220
UNISEX NAMES
221
The True Unisex Names
224
Boys to Girls
225
The Girls Are Winning
227
Androgynous Starbabies
228
V
231
A CONCISE HISTORY OF AMERICAN BABYNAMING
234
Nineteenth Century
238
Twentieth Century
240
Popular AfricanAmerican Names
257
MuslimArabic Names
262
African Names
265
NAMES FROM ACROSS THE OCEAN
268
Scottish Names
269
Irish Names
271
Welsh Names
273
Dutch Names
275
French Names
277
German Names
281
Greek Names
284
Italian Names
286
Scandinavian Names
288
Slavic Names
292
Spanish Names
296
Variazioni on a Theme
302
JEWISH NAMES
307
The Kosher Curve
309
Hebrew Israeli Names
310
CONAM PATRON SAINT OF LATENIGHT TV
315
Some Celtic Saints
320
VI
323
YOU SAY MARIA I SAY MARIAH
326
FAMILY NAMES
330
PUTTING THE NAME BEFORE THE BABY
333
BABY JR
335
Some Juniors Who Made Names for Themselves
338
SIBLING NAMES FOR FIRSTTIME PARENTS ALSO
339
Double Trouble
343
WHOSE NAME IS IT ANYWAY?
344
THE NAME BECOMES THE CHILD
346
Index
351
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About the author (1999)

Linda Rosenkrantz is the author of six other books in addition to the baby-naming series, ranging from "Gone Hollywood," a social history of the film colony, to a childhood memoir, "My Life as a List: 207 Things About My (Bronx) Childhood," A resident of Los Angeles, she also writes a syndicated weekly column on collectibles.
Pamela Redmond Satran is a contributing editor for "Parenting" magazine and a columnist for "Baby Talk" and "TV Guide," The former fashion features editor of "Glamour," her articles have appeared in publications ranging from "Self "to "Good Housekeeping" to the "Wall Street Journal," as well as online at parenting.com and women.com. She lives outside New York City with her husband and three children.
As authorities on baby names, they have written a column for "Baby Talk" magazine, and have been quoted in "People," "The Wall Street Journal," and "The New York Times Magazine," They have also made appearances on nationally syndicated shows such as "Oprah," and the "CNN Morning News," Their baby-name books have sold more than 750,000 copies

Pamela Redmond Satran received a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin. She eventually became the shoe and lingerie editor of Glamour magazine until she left in 1987. She is the author of five novels: The Man I Should Have Married, Babes in Captivity, Younger, Suburbanistas, and The Home for Wayward Supermodels. She is also the co-author of nine bestselling baby name guides with Linda Rosenkrantz, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible. She is the founder of the 800-member Montclair Editors and Writers (MEWS) group. Her title 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30 made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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