by David A. Woodbury, quality paperback, 245 pages, $8.50 at Amazon, Kindle edition $3
Babie Nayms by David A. Woodbury — Thousands of suggested first names for whitish babies who don’t have strong ethnic or pseudo-ethnic roots – an entirely new, and irreverent, look at the phenomenon of naming babies with sections on contrived names, palindromes, surnames as given names, and, for the first time, no attempt to separate girls’ names from boys’ names.
The first two of the book’s five sections are available on line.
Preface (read it now) — How we name our babies
Part 1, A-Z (read it now) — Names that someone already bears [partial on line]
Part 2, A-Z – Contrived names
Part 3, A-Z – Surnames as given names
Part 4, A-Z – All lists combined
From the Preface:
In here you will find thousands of unusual names, some truly unique names (meaning the only one ever), and ideas for creating a new name from scratch. You’ll find so many good names that it will make you want to have a lot of babies.
This book is almost entirely facetious. If it weren’t, it would probably insult you, for I’ve pointed out some peculiar things about a lot of names, and you are probably related to someone I’ve poked fun at. But, although facetious, a pair of sharp realities also make this book as serious as a two-bit ax: It exposes the astonishing truth that hundreds of corny names are already on living people’s identification cards, and as a result of this irreverent little volume, other ethnically-challenged parents may be inspired to give such names to many more yet-to-be-born children. If it weren’t for those two misfortunes, it might be a harmless effort.
Was I having a baby when I wrote Babie Nayms? No! My kids were already old enough to be having children of their own. But someone needed to write the book. Since I was the first to recognize that, I took the assignment.