Beautiful Names from Around the World

Loreto Todd
The Perfect Name for Your Baby

A powerful and essential guide from a world authority on names. Incorporates history, meanings and significance.


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400 pages
196x130 mm
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A powerful and essential guide from a world authority on names. Incorporates history, meanings and significance. With 2,500 possible choices – names from around the world and from different cultures, this beautifully designed guide is an essential companion book to the author’s Celtic Names for Children.

Includes fascinating stories of the origins of each name, names from Shakespeare, virtues, flowers, placenames and names which are popular internationally and suggests names for twins and triplets. This comprehensive guide also lists notable namesakes throughout the ages and contains a pronunciation guide and spelling variations.

Perfect for parents who would like an unusual, eloquent or meaningful name for their child

Loreto Todd is Professor of English at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Born in Northern Ireland, she attended Queen's University, Belfast where her classmates included poet Seamus Heaney and writer Seamus Deane. She worked in England for many years, and was director of the programme of World English Research at the University of Leeds, England.

She has travelled extensively and lectured in Africa, America (North and South), Asia (India and Singapore), Australia (Brisbane and Sydney), the Caribbean and the Pacific (Hawaii, Solomans, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea). She has written 30 books, over 80 articles and chapters in books; over 100 reviews, short papers and has edited several journals.

During her travels, she has amassed a collection of texts, as well as audio and audio-visual recordings, from around the world. These total in excess of 12 million words and include: Conversations; Descriptions of language choice and use; Oral and written literature. She is currently working on this archive material and translating the Pidgin and Creole texts.

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