What Shall We Name the Baby Author:Winthrop Ames What's in a name? Probably more than meets the ear. Names are usually chosen for sound, not significance. But a closer look at the origins and meanings of everyday names makes one wonder: — If Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) knows that his names mean "little heard." — Or if John Lindsay knows the meaning of his names, "God's gracious gift - from... more » the island of serpants."
Or if Richard ("powerful ruler") NIxon would have defeated Hubert ("bright-minded") Humphrey ("supporter of peace" in the 1968 election if they had run soley on a name basis.
Winthrop Ames provides bewildered parents, intrepid pet owners and nomenclature enthusiasts with a dazzling array of names and their origins. In this age of identity crises, his book is a valuable natural resource as well as an entertaining reference.« less