Name book recommendations

First off I know that I can get everything from the internet, And I kind of realise what I’m looking for as a whole doesn’t exist. But maybe someone could help.

I’m looking for a book with a lot of strange, Old, [name]Barely[/name] used but legit names. International variations, good history and accurate meanings. Without author opinion.

Try [name]Llewellyn[/name]'s Complete Book of Names, by [name]Kay[/name] Sheard. It’s phenomenal, one of the only naming books written by a true, credentialed scholar.


I have 100,000+ [name]Baby[/name] Names by [name]Bruce[/name] Lansky. Tons of names, some really unusual ones, international variations and nicknames listed with each name - listing is just the names with no author opinion. Simple. Interesting introductory bits. Accurate as far as I’ve seen.

THANK YOU! From what I’ve seen this is perfect and exactly what I wanted

THANK YOU! From what I see of this book its exactly what I want.

great, happy to help. Also check out [name]Kay[/name]'s blog, nook of names.

I wholeheartedly second this recommendation!

I’m seconding (thirding?) the [name]Llewellyn[/name] book AND the Nook site, great names and such interesting reading. The book is really big and heavy with a tree on it. Beautiful!

I don’t know if other people have looked at these or not, but I like the [name]Oxford[/name] Names Companion - it’s a huge volume and an investment, but I use it a lot. It’s not a “baby name” book, it has sections on place names and such, too. I couldn’t tell you how accurate it is, I haven’t talked to anyone else whose used it.

I’m a big fan of [name]Kay[/name] Sheard’s book–so much so that I was happy to write a blurb for the back cover!