10 Baby Name Books: Thousands of Ideas at Your Fingertips

Name giving is, probably, one of the most important parental duties. Once you choose one variant and obtain the birth certificate, it will be hard to change things. You have no room for error, so approach it with maximum responsibility and care. Bother your head about your child’s name? These baby name books will be your ultimate source of inspiration!

Words have meaning and names have power: they can define child’s destiny

1. The Coloring Book Of Celebrity Baby Names

Baby name book with colorings - draw and get inspiredChoosing a baby’s name is difficult. In fact, choosing the perfect name with a correct meaning for your baby is an activity that every parent knows is full of stress with very often no relief in sight. That’s why ‘The Coloring Book of Celebrity Baby Names’ was created as a stress-free way to help mothers and fathers choose that perfect name for their brand new baby. Featuring over 120 baby names from celebrities around the world, every coloring page showcases several different suggestions for you to contemplate and color at your leisure. Helping you to make one of the most important choices of your baby’s life in a calm and relaxed frame of mind.

2. And The Baby’s Name Is…

‘And The Baby’s Name Is…’ is a book that every family and household should have. This book sheds light on the connection between the name given to a child and the destiny of that child. Unknown to many, along with every name comes a calling. The average name is called or pronounced hundreds of times a day. And because of the power of the tongue, that child is being prophesied to each time the name is called. As kids, we used to say that “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” However, as we grow older, we realize that this saying is very far from the truth. So God’s Word is true; The power of life and death is in the tongue.

Therefore, the choice of names for our children may impact their journey in life more than we can imagine! In today’s society, choosing a child’s name has become as simple as taking polls from friends and associates, or merging portions of two names. In fact, some parents would just give a child a name simply because it sounds cute! Sadly, many children (and parents alike) do not even know the meaning of their names. ‘And The Baby’s Name Is…’ enlightens one on how to carefully and diligently handle the task of selecting a child’s name.

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3. The New Baby

For a firstborn child, the arrival of a baby brother or sister is almost sure to arouse mixed feelings. Along with all the excitement, suddenly someone else is sharing the attention and love that the firstborn used to have all along. “In his direct and understanding approach, Fred Rogers gets right to the heart of a potential situation, letting children know they’re not alone in their feelings”.–American Bookseller.

4. An A-z Of Baby Names

This is a classic baby name bookPatrick Hanks is an authority in naming, and the new edition of his An A-Z of Baby Names (previously called Babies’ Names) will definitely provide you with a suitable variant for your newborn.

In the English-speaking world, there are 2,500+ common names, from widespread Michael and Jane to unique Olive and Aaron. Reading this book you can grasp inspiration from plants (“Azalea,” “Rosy”), mythological gods and goddesses (“Mars”, “Irene”), precious stones (“Ruby”, “Amber”), and so on. Each entry is accompanied by a short history and famous name bearers.

The list is topped off by names from films and TV, literature and pop culture, as well as nicknames and names common in some certain region.

Like in other baby name books, an appendix includes thematic indexes for many name categories such as Biblical names, names from television and films, names from literature and popular culture, pet forms and nicknames, as well as a list of the most popular names by year and by region.

5. 100,000+ Baby Names

One of the most popular baby name books so farBruce Lansky’s book is a total bestseller in North America: where else can you find such an enormous scope of names? This edition is regularly updated to show the recent naming trends. Another great thing is that the book starts with the recommendations for picking up a name that both parents and child will love.

If you want to approach the task of naming with all seriousness, you’ll definitely love this book. Lansky did not just present the trends – he explained how they change through time. So you can figure out how your child’s name will be perceived in 5, 10, or even 20 years when he/she will graduate from university!

Other interesting sections are dedicated to names that historical and literary figures bore. The author also explains which impressions are left by this or that name. This is one of the most valuable baby name books ever created.

6. The Baby Name Wizard

One of the most helpful baby name books, if you don't have any ideasSome parents face not the problem of choice, but the problem of reaching compromise and taking the final decision. There’s a myriad of names out there – how can you decide on one and agree on it with your spouse? Laura Wattenberg helps readers to solve this issue in The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby.

This book is read light: it’s jam-packed with jokes and helpful tips. But don’t rush to make any conclusions – take it seriously! The book uses a computer-generated algorithm to explain parents the method of choosing a name with regard to kid’s national origin, meaning, and other factors. You can also figure out how to pick up brother and sister names so that they would make a perfect match.

So if you have no clue on how to name your kid, use the Wattenberg’s approach and figure out a name that suits your child from regional, community and family standpoints. That might save you a lot of time, especially during the last weeks of pregnancy when reading dictionaries and arguing with your partner is the last thing you’d be doing.

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7. Inspired Baby Names from Around the World: 6,000 International Names and the Meaning behind Them

This 700-page book from Neala Shane is full of different names from all over the world. For better convenience, they are grouped by gender and are listed in alphabetical order. Although every listing is short, every name includes pronunciation, meaning, and the region where it’s typically used.

Another thing that makes this book great is a spiritual affirmation for every name. Shane says she has made a thorough research and paired names with blessings to show their culture and origin. It can be a religious, literary, or cultural message that deepens the meaning of the name.

This is one of baby name books that would be interesting for everyone, not only parents-to-be.

8. Hello, My Name is Pabst

Extraordinary baby name book for creative parentsThe full book’s title ‘Hello, My Name is Pabst: Baby Names for Nonconformist, Indie, Geeky, DIY, Hipster, and Alterna-Parents of Every Kind’ explains everything. Mike Bruno and Kerry Sparks decided to think out of the box and come up with names that you haven’t met before. Although this book was published over six years ago, it’s still full of unusual variants that you have probably never considered before.

Don’t expect to see such listings as “Names inspired by religion” or “Most common Brazilian names” in such baby name books. Instead, authors combined names using such categories as like “Names that will Look Good Painted on a Food Truck” and “Names to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.” This book is fun and simple and can be truly useful if you seek a strike of inspiration.

9. Rock and Roll Baby Names

Make your baby rock this world!Want your baby to rock this world? Rock and Roll Baby Names by Margaret Eby should be your ultimate guide then. It offers 2,000+ names inspired by music and musicians.

It’s carefully organized into sections by genres and other criteria. Thus, parents can get a name from certain music styles or timeframes. Once you set your mind upon some name, flip to the page to check its rock and roll meaning. Jam-packed with cultural information, interesting facts, musical history and lyrics, this book would be a true joy for music fans, as well.

10. Best African-American Names: The African-American Baby Name Book

Teresa Norman, the author of “Best African-American Names”, offers over 10,000 names connected with the African-American culture, history, and traditions. It casts a fresh look at traditional biblical, Muslim and African names and offers new versions of the classics.

Each name is accompanied by a brief origin explanation and meanings. Besides, it describes African-American naming traditions. With this massive tome of names, you won’t lack creativity.


Choosing a name for your little pea might be a real challenge with so many great options around. Let these baby name books be your ultimate source of inspiration.

How did you decide upon your children names? What guided you? Share your experience in comments.

 

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