Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg

    • The Baby Name Wizard, Revised 3rd Edition: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby by Laura Wattenberg
    • Published May 7, 2013
    • Other books by the author are the first two editions of this book published in 2005 and 2008.

    • There are several baby name blogs (,, and to name just a few). The author is responsible for Baby Name Wizard blog and she writes about weekly on various topics related to naming children.
    • The book is a compendium of the more recent trend of distinctive names (Jayden or Adilyn, for example) as well as the old favorites (Jack or Rose, for example). It also offers advice on sibling names and how to navigate among many naming criteria.
    • Names are sorted by boy and girl lists in alphabetical order and in the second part of the book names are sorted by type. 

    • I actually tried to get this book in 2013 but my library only had the 2008 version. 
      • Popular names have changed even from such a short period of time ago!
    • I have only one child and he's in his 20s with a nice classic Irish name so I am not interested in naming a baby myself but I do love seeing how the trends are changing baby names.
    • I also enjoy seeing how cultural trends are responsible for new favorites and how some old-fashioned names are starting to make a comeback.
      • On the author's blog she discusses the trends in names especially as the Social Security Administration releases name data every year for newborns.
      • Also found on the blog site ( you can enter your name and see its popularity ranked over the last 130 years. Here is my name as an example:
    • This book is recommended for those expecting a baby or those just interested in names of today.