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The Baby Name Wizard

The Baby Name Wizard Review

The best baby name book we encountered, this book comes highly recommended by parents. They found that it really guides them though the process of choosing a name for their child, and provides recommendations that they really agree with.

The approach taken in this book really makes it stand out from the crowd. It is based on extensive research, and uses computer-generated models to track a name’s popularity and usage over the past hundred years.

The author, Laura Wattenberg, first conceived of this this book when she was trying to choose a name for her own child. Frustrated by the baby name books then available, she compiled a huge database of names, which allowed her to write computer programs which helped parents choose the perfect name.

Importantly, this book looks not only at the meanings and roots of names, but also at the worldwide popularity of them over the past hundred years. Like hairstyles and hemlines, baby names have fashions, and this book helps parents to understand these and choose a name which is truly unique.

The Baby Name Wizard

The best baby name book we encountered, this book comes highly recommended by parents. They found that it really guides them though the process of choosing a name for their child, and provides recommendations that they really agree with.

8.5 Total Score
The Baby Name Wizard

The best baby name book we encountered, this book comes highly recommended by parents. They found that it really guides them though the process of choosing a name for their child, and provides recommendations that they really agree with.

Durability
8.5
Design
8.5
Comfort
7.5
PROS
  • The approach taken in this book is unique. Rather than list a name’s “meanings”, which are often quite obscure and often false, the book tells parents what a name’s “style” is. These are categories which indicate what associations people have with the name you are considering, so you can see instantly if it has any unfortunate connotations that you had not heard of!
  • Each entry also lists names which pair well with the name you are looking at. This is great if your new baby already has an older brother or sister, or you are planning on having a few more children after this one!
  • The descriptions of the names are really well written, giving just the correct amount of relevant detail – often, baby name books will explain that a name has its roots in ancient Greek or Latin, which is nice to know but not really relevant to most parents!
  • The organization of the book is also great. Using the “style” category, parents can quickly find a list of names which have a similar “feel” to the one they are considering. This allows you to quickly come up with a list of preferred names, all of which have similar connotations, but all of which are unique!
CONS
  • In comparison to some other books, some found that this book did not have a huge list of names. If you are considering a very obscure name, this can be a frustration, but for most parents the number of names included in this book will be more than sufficient.
User Rating: 3.95 (1 votes)
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