Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It's All in the Name: The Complete Idiot's Guide to 40,000 Baby Names Review & Giveaway

Sometimes naming a child isn't easy. I know when I was pregnant with my first child it took us forever to pick the name that was just right for him. I bought every book I could find and made a list of about 25 names. Still, none of them seemed just right.

About a week before my scheduled induction (I was on bed rest with toxemia and I was being induced) the phone rang. It was my mom. She was so excited and she said, "We have the name for the baby!" At that exact moment in time an Ethan Allen commercial came on television. My mom told me that my dad was in the bathroom and told her to call me because he thought we should name the baby Ethan. And so it was.

Today there is a book called The Complete Idiot's Guide to 40,000 Baby Names (2nd Ed.). If I had owned this book back then I would have found his name on page 351 and it wouldn't have taken 8 months to figure it out. This book is nothing like the books I had when I was pregnant. Not only does this book have lists of names, but it has the most interesting stuff.

For example, did you know:
  • Aquinnah is the daughter of Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox
  • Kal-El is the son of Nicolas Cage
Or maybe you are looking for names the reek intelligence:
  • Ida (Tacke) a famous physicist of the 20th century
  • Blaise (Pascal) a famous mathematician from the 1600s
You can find the top baby names by country, state, year, and decade. You can even find out the most popular names for twins. There is so much fun and interesting things in this book that you don't even need to be expecting to enjoy it.

You can find The Complete Idiot's Guide to 40,000 Baby Names (2nd Ed.) on Amazon.com and in major bookstores around the country. You can even get one here! That's right, I have one for a lucky reader!

About the author:
Marcia Layton Turner (Fairport, NY) has written about a wide range of pregnancy and parenting challenges. She is also a best-selling author of more than 20 books. Her work has appeared on websites like iVillage.com, and in magazines such as Parenting, Woman's Day, and BusinessWeek, among many others. Turner and her husband know how hard choosing a baby name can be. They settled on a name for their first child months before he arrived but had to actually meet their second child before they chose a name for her.

ISBN: 9781592578412
Price: $14.95

Author: Marcia Layton Turner (Fairport, NY)

THE GIVEAWAY: Tell me your favorite boy and girl names. Leave a comment below with your contact information.

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7. Share the story behind your name or your childrens. (1 entry)

This giveaway will end August 4th at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be determined by Random.org and will have 48 hours to send contact information to lisa(dot)samples@gmail.com. It is mandatory to leave your email address in your first comment because I need to be able to contact you.

Disclosure: I received product for this review but no other form of compensation was given and my voice was not influenced by receiving this book.

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