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  • Published: 25 August 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141916392
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Penguin Pocket Dictionary of Babies' Names



What's in a name? Rather more than you might at first suspect, for names are steeped in history and myth and have much to tell us about our past, our beliefs - even our personality traits. The Penguin Pocket Dictionary of Babies' Names takes a close look at 3500 names, explaining origins and meanings, showing how some have changed in popularity and use over time and providing all the diminutive and variant forms.

Part of Penguin's major new series of reference titles ranging from Spanish and French dictionaries to books on spelling and quotations.
%%%What's in a name? Rather more than you might at first suspect, for names are steeped in history and myth and have much to tell us about our past, our beliefs - even our personality traits. The Penguin Pocket Dictionary of Babies' Names takes a close look at 3500 names, explaining origins and meanings, showing how some have changed in popularity and use over time and providing all the diminutive and variant forms.
Part of Penguin's major new series of reference titles ranging from Spanish and French dictionaries to books on spelling and quotations.

  • Published: 25 August 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141916392
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

David Pickering

David Pickering is an experienced reference books compiler who has contributed to (and often been sole author and editor of) some 150 reference books, mostly in the areas of the arts, language, local history and popular interest. These include an Encyclopedia of Pantomime (1993), a Soccer Companion (1994; 1997), a Dictionary of Superstitions (1995) a Dictionary of Witchcraft (1996) and a Dictionary of Proverbs (2001;2003). He is also the author of Perfect Pub Quiz. He lives in Buckingham with his wife and two sons.

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