As I am sitting on bed rest with just a few week to go, I was given the The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book. We are still between two girl names, and have not decided upon a boy’s middle name. As I looked through the book at each of our names, each description stayed the same: “Creative, intelligent, caring, funny” and, depending on boy or girl, “handsome or pretty.” In looking for a name, I would like to know the origin and history of a name, rather than someone’s opinion of the name (the book is essentially a printout of opinions from BabyNames.com), never mind the fact that each of the names had the exact same description. I found it funny as my 3-year old niece, Rowan, was visiting me and I asked her what names she liked. She replied, “Rowa, Sowa and Zoa.” Surprisingly Rowa was listed in the book described as “sexy, weird, powerful, intelligent, ethnic.” In a world that we are trying to overcome teasing and bullies I am not sure the author should be using words like “weird” or, in another case, “loser,” to describe a name. Obviously, I would not recommend this book.
Available July 1