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FirstTimeMumAt36 Wed 25-Jan-17 12:31:57

Hi everyone
This is my first pregnancy and my husband and I are realy stuggling with names. There is loadds of girl names that we both really like but we cant agree on any boys names.
Can anyone recommend a good book for us to look through for inspiration.

Thank you

AuntieStella Wed 25-Jan-17 12:33:22

Do they still even publish them?

If looking with a UK angle, then there is an 'Oxford book of...' (I had a copy of it many moons ago)

EzioAuditore Wed 25-Jan-17 12:39:38

Agree with AuntieStella, I would go for the (Oxford) Dictionary of First Names -- it was compiled by a group of academic researchers specialising in names, so is more trustworthy than some of the name-books you'll find. Although it predominantly concerns 'English' names, there are sections on names from other sources too (e.g. French names, Italian names, Scandinavian names).

Joeybee Thu 26-Jan-17 01:06:53

I find searching for British based baby websites the best and easiest way to search for names, plus they stay current, whereas books will always be out of date very quickly.
I recon maybe trying out a library, look at baby name books there for some ideas and inspiration.

Barefootcontessa84 Thu 26-Jan-17 22:33:44

Have a look at the lists published on ONS - all names given each year so give a good starting point!

FirstTimeMumAt36 Fri 27-Jan-17 12:48:26

Thanks for the suggestions. Ended up buying one off amazon. Now just to go through them all and seen if there is any that grab me!

GrumpetLikesCrumpets Mon 06-Feb-17 07:18:59

Which one did you go for OP? and do you feel a book is any better than just trawling websites?

mathanxiety Mon 06-Feb-17 07:46:53

Beware of 'Irish' names beginning with K and J.

Katielou75 Wed 15-Feb-17 10:33:37

I'm currently writing a name book which I'm planning to publish for Kindle on Amazon- watch this space! (I'm doing a 'Celtic' names book first).

florascotianew Wed 15-Feb-17 21:07:10

Am sorry, and I really, really don't want to be impolite, but I would not buy any book on 'Celtic' names - there's not really any such thing as 'Celtic' culture. Or 'Celtic' names.

Scottish, Irish, Welsh etc etc names (and local cultures) are all different; they are based on different branches of an ancient language and also reflect very different recent political/social influences and linguistic developments .

As previous posters have said, there is an excellent, comprehensive and scholarly book on first names already in existence : www.amazon.co.uk/Dictionary-First-Oxford-Paperback-Reference/dp/0198610602?tag=mumsnetforum-21
Compared wih that, most other books and websites containing 'Celtic' names have mistakes.

strawberrypenguin Wed 15-Feb-17 21:09:05

Use the ONS list it's great for looking at names

mathanxiety Thu 16-Feb-17 00:09:09

Amen to that, Florascotia.

Katielou75 Thu 16-Feb-17 01:14:31

Seeing that I'm Welsh, have Cornish heritage and am a frequent visitor to Brittany (coupled with the fact that I've studied etymology for many years) I'll carry on with my book- I'll not be asking you to read it!

Katielou75 Thu 16-Feb-17 01:17:28

PS I'm quite aware that there's no such thing as 'Celtic' names; that's merely an umbrella term as is covers all of the Celtic nations. Amazingly enough info have quite a bat knowledge on the subject. If you visited the InterCeltique festival in Lorient, as I do, you would realise there is still a strong connection between the nations, despite the obvious differences.

Katielou75 Thu 16-Feb-17 01:18:24

NB excuse the typos-should say I have quite a vast knowledge.

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