- The Washington Times - Friday, May 9, 2003

More info:

Books —

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Baby Names,” by Sonia Weiss, Alpha Books, 1999. This is a good choice for those who want to see how names evolved.

“Baby Names Now: From Classic to Cool — the Very Last Word on First Names,” by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, St. Martin’s, 2001. This baby name book features modern and classic names.

“Celtic Names for Children,” by Loreto Todd, Irish American Book Co., 1998. This book includes 2,000 Celtic- and Gaelic-inspired baby names.

“The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names,” by Linda Wolfe Keister, Signet, 1998. This book lists created names, African names and historical names.

“Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana,” by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, St. Martin’s, 2001. This updated version of a classic baby name book has lots of advice for expectant parents.

“The Baby Name Survey Book,” by Bruce Lansky, Meadowbrook Press, 1998. This is an update of Mr. Lansky’s 1990 baby personality survey, in which he shows the connotations that come with various names.

Associations —

Social Security Administration, 2100 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. Phone: 800/772-1213. Web site: www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/index.html. The Social Security Administration tracks the popularity of baby names year by year. Charts are available that estimate how many children were given a particular name in any year.

Online —

Babynames.com Inc. (www.babynames.com) is a site that features ideas for baby names. It also has a daily name poll and a personalized naming service in which Babyname.com staffers, for a fee, will come up with name ideas.

Parentsoup.com (www.parentsoup.com), a division of IVillage, has interactive baby naming tools as well as message boards to discuss ideas with other parents.

Baby Name Network Inc. (www.babynamenetwork.com) has a directory of hundreds of names and their meanings.

The commercial site Baby Zone (www.babyzone.com/babynames) has many baby name features, including names around the world and message boards to discuss ideas.

At the Utah Baby Namer (www.wesclark.com/ubn), a site run by Springfield residents Cari and Wes Clark, visitors can see ideas for unique spellings and pronunciations of Mormon names.

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