First Name Reverse Dictionary

First Name Reverse Dictionary

Given Names Listed by Meaning

Book - 2007 | 2nd ed
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"This innovative dictionary allows the user to find given names which relate to a specific meaning. Arranged alphabetically by definition, the names are followed by the language of origin, variations (derivatives, diminutives, and nicknames) of the name itself, and the name as interpreted in different languages. Separate sections are included for male and female names"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780786429349
Branch Call Number: 929.4 NAV 2007
Characteristics: vii, 267 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 1st name reverse dictionary


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Mar 21, 2014

A reference book about first or given names, the book is presented in two sections. The first section is a list of descriptive and cultural meanings and then lists the names (and their cultural context or nationality) that carry that meaning. For example, under the entry "beautiful" are the names Belle (french), Bella, Ilona (Hungarian), Calantha (Greek) and so on. Another example - the descriptor "bold" has the names Tracy (Latin), Germaine (Old German) and others. The first section is sub-divided giving female names first followed by male names.

Section two is simply an index of names listed alphabetically. Each entry here is followed an f or m indicating female or male and a few words that describe its historical or cultural meaning.

This is an indispensible book for expectant parents and its especially good in its clarifying the meaning behind names. It's refreshing to have a source that puts names into a context. Though I am past the baby naming stage, I still occasionally turn to this book and discover new names and new meaning for old names.

A definite asset.


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