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Looking for the Perfect Name for Your Baby?

Jeffrey, Andrew, Sarah or Charlotte Ė what name should you pick for your new baby? With thousands of possible choices, new parents sometimes find that selecting just the right name can be a monumental task.

First, you'll want to try our Find Baby Names tool.

After you've searched online and gotten some ideas, you might want to consider some offline browsing as you find moments here and there throughout the day.

There are dozens of baby name books are available at the library or book store. Here are some of the better selections:

A World of Baby Names, by Teresa Norman, Perigee Books, 1996. A diverse collection of over 30,000 names from around the world. Features names, meanings and pronunciation, all within 30 nationality sections.

Baby Names for the í90s , by Barbara Kay Turner, Berkley Books, New York, 1991. Covers naming trends in the 1990s, top 100 names for boys and girls, names to watch, cross-gender names, special and unique names, name origins and meanings and list of 10,000 names.

Beyond Charles & Diana: An Anglophiles' Guide to Baby Naming, by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, St. Martinís Press, 1992.

Beyond Jennifer & Jason: An Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby, by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, St. Martinís Press, 1992.

Beyond Sarah & Sam: An Enlightened Guide to Jewish Baby Naming, by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, St. Martinís Press, 1992.

Beyond Shannon & Sean: An Enlightened Guide to Irish Baby Naming by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, St. Martinís Press, 1992.

From Aaron to Zoe: 15,000 Great Baby Names, by Daniel Avram Richman, Little, Brown & Co., 1993. Includes chapters on naming considerations, a language/ethnicity list, popularity list, occupation/activity list, a meanings list and more.

The Melting Pot Book of Baby Names, 3rd Edition, by Connie Lockhart Ellefson, Betterway Books/F&W Publications, Cincinnati, 1995. Covers 10,000 names from 50 countries and includes phonetic pronunciations and meanings.

20,001 Names for Baby, by Carol McD. Wallace, Avon Books, 1992. Features alphabetical listings of boysí and girlsí names with spelling, pronunciation, meaning, origin, etc.

Visit Find Baby Names for lots more baby naming resources. From United Parenting Publications, September 2002.

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