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Bring Back Beatrice! {baby name book worth owning} + giveaway

I’m going to try and not offend anyone during the course of this feature.  Try being the operative word here.  The first moment you find out that a little piece of Heaven is growing in your belly, names start flying through your head.  I know I personally was headed straight to Barnes & Noble to scour the baby name books, pencil and pad in hand.  There’s a bunch of books out there, filled to the absolute brim with names you know, names you don’t, and some that are just plain made-up.  Shortly into my search for the perfect name for my daughter, I realized I already knew it.  It had been a name I had dreamed about as a child, naming all of my favorite characters in my writings; it was Savannah.  Five years later, thinking about a possible next baby, the name isn’t coming quite as easy.

I can honestly say, I have never owned a baby book in my life, until now.  The absolute look of the pastel colors, enormous bindings… it makes for a daunting task, one that I’ve shied away from.  Now, I did just mention “until now” because I have found my ultimate baby book that will sit on my bookshelf with no shame.   Bring Back Beatrice by Jennifer Griffin is absolutely perfect with its small size, attractive bold yellow cover, and it’s 1,108 baby names with “meaning, character, and a little bit of attitude.”  Walk into any book store and you’ll find the most popular baby name books have something like 100,000 names in them (literally).  Who has the time or patience to weed through all the crap. ridiculous. names not for you?  I know I don’t.

Let’s get this said upfront, I did not know before reviewing this book that my name, Sarah, would be called “the little black dress of girl’s names,” I really didn’t.  However, I do love the compliment that ultimately must go to my mother and father.  With that being said, and no bias on my part, this book has done the work for you.   Griffin has whittled down the enormity of name options to a very discriminating 1,000+.  She will influence you to stick traditional, help you avoid the trendiness trap, and ultimately help you find the name that most represents you, your family, and that little bundle of potential.  After all, some names may sound cute on a wriggling, drooling baby, but you’re not naming a baby, you’re naming a future adult.   Pick a few names out and decide how they will sound as a CEO, an elected official, or other powerful figure.  Does it have the same ring?  I highly recommend checking out Bring Back Beatrice, for not just name suggestions, but a crisp view on the names’ traditional and modern implications.  The title itself is a nod to all the traditional but underutilized names out there for your pickin.  I’m all for chosing unique names for your unique child, but that doesn’t mean you have to make one up.  There are hundreds of names that date back to days of names with a meaning that little to no one is using.  Those names scream uniqueness yet are steeped in the rich history of tradition. I’m going to jump off my high horse and let you fine people read the book for yourself.  Not only does Griffin offer a list of names for girls and boys, but she also gives advice on other factors to consider like length, scansion, and cultural connections.  Purchase a copy of this newly published book (April 2011) and I promise your mind will be whirring with great new names to consider.


Two lucky winners will get a copy of Bring Back Beatrice! of their own. To enter simply share a traditional baby name that you love.


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Contest ends May 2, 2011 at Midnight PST. Winners will be chosen by and emailed.

WINNER: CANDACE! Congratulations!

Special thanks to Workman Publishing for providing a copy for review purposes.

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