Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby by Linda RosenkrantzBeyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby by Linda Rosenkrantz

Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby

byLinda Rosenkrantz, Pamela Redmond Satran

Paperback | June 23, 2009

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The all-new, better-than-ever edition of "the classic baby-name guide." --The New York Times Magazine

Ever since they revolutionized the world of baby-naming with Beyond Jennifer & Jason--the first book to go beyond dictionary definitions to identify the image and style of particular names--Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran have brought their wit and insight to literally millions of parents. Now, America's baby-name experts pinpoint the very latest trends in this all-new, up-to-the-minute edition of "the best baby-naming book ever written" (The News Journal).

Fresh, fabulous, and irresistible, Beyond Ava & Aiden is packed with fascinating new tips and lists, including:

*Green Names (Bay, Willow, Aster)

*Hipster Names (Pearl, Ruby, Dexter)

*Names That Work (Archer, Baker, Carter)

*Vintage Chic (Daisy, Clementine, Felix)

*Metrodude Names (Jackson, Jax, Maddox)

*Baby Gods and Goddesses (Juno, Orion, Clio)

And many more inspired---and inspiring---choices.

LINDA ROSENKRANTZ and PAMELA REDMOND SATRAN, who regularly appear as baby name experts in national media including People, The Wall Street Journal, US Weekly, USA Today, and The New York Times, have sold a million and a half copies of their baby name books. Linda lives in Los Angeles, California, and Pam outside New York City.
Title:Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your BabyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.64 × 0.81 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.64 × 0.81 inPublished:June 23, 2009Publisher:St. Martin's Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312539150

ISBN - 13:9780312539153


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What’s HotA+ NAMESToday’s baby namers not only want their kids to get As later on in school, they want to give them an A to start off with—as the initial letter of their names. There’s been a remarkable upsurge of hot A names—we did, after all, call this book Beyond Ava & Aiden—especially if you consider that in 1975 only seven of the top fifty names began with any vowel, while in 2007 there were seventeen beginning just with the letter A. Vowel names in general are on the rise—lots of interesting E, I, and O names as well—but A as in Alpha is definitely the leader of the pack.And there are even some scientific grounds for choosing an A name. A study by Leif Nelson of the University of California, San Diego, and Joseph Simmons of Yale in the journal Psychological Science stated that students whose names began with A or B earned higher averages than students whose names began with letters farther down the alphabet, and that there were also more students in top-ranking law schools with names starting with A or B—so making an A-pick now might just help point your child toward the A-list.You’ll find lots more A names plus other vowel-beginning names on the other hot and cool lists. But here are some of the hottest A names:Girls ANGELAALIYAH ANGELICAABIGAIL ANGELINAADA ANIKA/ANNIKAADDIE/ADDY ANNAADDISON ANNABEL(LA)ADELAIDE ANOUKADELINE ANYAADRIANA APHRAAERIN APPLEAINSLEY ARABELLAAISLINN (ASH-LIN) ARAMINTAALABAMA ARDENALEXA ARIAALEXIA ARIAN(N)AALEXIS ARMANIALI ARTEMISALICE ASHAALLEGRA ASHBYALMA ASHLYNAMABEL ASIAAMELIA ASPENAMELIE AUBREYAMERICA AUDENAMITY AUDREYANAÏS AUGUSTAANASTASIA AUTUMNANDROMEDA AVAAVALON ANGELAVALYN/AVELINE ANGUSAVERY APOLLOAVIS ARCHERARIBoys ARMANIAARON ARROWABBOTT ARTHURACE ASAACHILLES ASHADAIR ASHERADRIAN ASHTONAIDAN/AIDEN ATTICUSALESSANDRO AUDENALEX AUGUSTALFIE AUGUSTEN/AUGUSTINAMORY AXELANDERSON AZARIAHMILLENNIAL NAMESThere is an entire generation of names moving rapidly up the popularity list that distinguish themselves by being newly minted. Even if they existed as surnames or place names or occupations, they’ve rarely been used before as first names. Many of them are morphed versions of names that were used in another form earlier, while others have been spun from thin air. The underlying feeling seems to be a desire for a new beginning along with the new millennium. Anything we did and said, felt and experienced in the last century is over now. We’ve entered an era of change, and these names are evidence of that belief.Girls(mostly) BRADYADDISON BRAXTONAINSLEY BRYSONARIA CADEAVERY CALEBROOKLYN CAMDENCADENCE CANNONCALI CHACECHEYENNE CHANCEELLE COLBYHARLOW COLTLEXI COLTONMACY DARWINMARLEY DAWSONMYA EASTONREESE FISHERSAGE FLINTSAILOR GABLESCOUT GAGESIENNA GRAYSONSIERRA HUDSONSKYLA HUNTERSKYLAR JADENTAYLA JAXTRISTA JAXONJETBoys(mostly) JETSONASH KANEASHTON KIANBECKETT KYLANBRADEN KYLERLANDON FINLAYLENNON HARLEYLENNOX JALENLOGAN JAMESONMAVERICK JUSTICEORION KAIROCKET KEATONRYDER KENNEDYSTEEL LONDONSTONE PAYTON/PEYTONTRENTON REEVEZANDER RILEYROMYEither ROWANAUDEN SAWYERBLAZE TAJDEVON TRACENew-Age NamesRelated to the Millennial group are the New-Age Names—children of the new era but with a distinctly spiritual twist. These names reflect positivity, peace, an enduring strength and the thirst for a higher power. They include:ANGEL DESTINYANSWER DEVABLISS DHARMABODHI EDENCHARITY ESSENCEDEACON EVERFAITH PATIENCEGENESIS PAXHARMONY PAXTONHAVEN PEACEHEAVEN PRAISEHONOR SERENITYINFINITY TRINITYJUSTICE TRUEMERCY TRUTHMESSIAH VERITYMIRACLE ZENNEVAEH ZIONSTAR POWERThe names of stars and their children are flashed before the public all day, every day, and not just in the gossip magazines and TV shows and online blogs, but on the national nightly news and in mainstream media like the New York Times, Time, and Newsweek. Those famous names have become an increasingly powerful influence on baby-naming trends in general and on what we name our individual children. A star can single-handedly make a boy’s name like Drew or Cameron seem feminine and sexy, catapult a shy old favorite like Violet or Matilda to superstardom, even raise an old-school glamorous name like Ava or Harlow from the dead. Celebrities have made us more accepting of quirky ethnic names such as Viggo and Suri, have encouraged us to look for names that honor significant places (Kingston) or heroes (Nouvel), and have inspired us to invent unique names—from Beyoncé to January to Story—of our very own.StarbabiesWhen your great-aunt Agnes can reel off all twelve first and middle names of the Jolie-Pitt sextet, you know you’re living in a culture that celebrates celebrity babies. We scrutinize their high-profile moms’ bumps, pore over their nurseries and layettes, and when the name is finally announced, everyone weighs in: Is it too far out? Is it too trendy? Will it work in my neighborhood as well as it works in Malibu?Many of the names below have either already become hot or are beginning to heat up thanks to a starbaby’s influence. A star can pluck a name out of limbo and give it new life and potential, as in the cases of Julia Roberts’s Hazel (not a popular choice at first), Tina Fey’s Alice, Jessica Alba’s Honor, and several celebrities’ picks of Tallulah. The same holds true for boys, with such instant hits as Kingston (Rossdale), Maddox (Jolie-Pitt), and several Becketts. Even older children thrust in the spotlight—most notably, Malia and Sasha Obama—can inspire real-life namesakes.The following is a selective list of starbaby choices that might influence your pick for the newest star in your own family:GirlsAGNES Elisabeth Shue & Davis GuggenheimALABAMA Drea de Matteo & Shooter JenningsALICE Tina Fey, Tom CavanaughANGEL Melanie (Spice Girl) BrownAPPLE Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris MartinARIZONA Art (Everclear) AlexakisASHBY Nancy O’DellAUDREY Greg KinnearAVA Kevin Dillon, Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra,Jason Priestley, Caroline Rhea—to name themost recentAVALON Rena SoferAVIS Daniel BaldwinBAILEY Scott Baio, Stella McCartney, Teri Polo(who spelled it Bayley)BIRDIE Busy PhilippsBLUEBELL Geri (Spice Girl) HalliwellBRIGHTON Jon FavreauCHARLESTON Joey LawrenceCHARLIE Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O’ConnellCLEMENTINE Ethan HawkeCOCO Courteney Cox & David ArquetteDOLLY Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O’ConnellDOMINO India HicksEASTON Elisabeth RöhmEDEN Marcia CrossEDIE Samantha MortonEMERY Angie Harmon & Jason SehornEVER Milla Jovovich & Paul AndersonFINLEY Lisa Marie PresleyGIA Matt DamonGRIER Brooke ShieldsHARLOW Nicole Richie & Joel MaddenHARPER Martie (Dixie Chick) Maguire, Lisa Marie PresleyHEAVEN Brooke BurkeHONOR Jessica Alba & Cash WarrenINDIGO Lou Diamond PhillipsJAGGER Soleil Moon FryeJOHNNIE Melissa EtheridgeJUNO Will (Coldplay) ChampionLOTUS Rain PryorLUNA Constance MarieMAEVE Chris O’DonnellMARLO Rob CorddryMARS Erykah Badu & Jay ElectronicaMERCY Andy RichterMILEY Rev RunNAHLA Halle BerryNAVY Nivea & Terius NashNELL Helena Bonham Carter & Tim BurtonODETTE Mark RuffaloOLIVE Isla Fisher & Sacha Baron CohenPALOMA David CarusoPETAH Ani DiFrancoPIPER Samantha BeeRHIANNON Robert RodriguezROMY Sofia CoppolaRUBY Tobey Maguire, Charlotte ChurchSADIE Adam Sandler, Finola HughesSAGE Toni ColletteSAM Tiger WoodsSAWYER Sara GilbertSCARLETT Karen Elson & Jack (White Stripes) WhiteSERAPHINA Jennifer Garner & Ben AffleckSHILOH Angelina Jolie & Brad PittSIENNA Campbell BrownSTELLA Tori SpellingSUNDAY Nicole Kidman & Keith UrbanSURI Katie Holmes & Tom CruiseTALLULAH Philip Seymour Hoffman, Damon DashTRUE Joely FisherVALENTINA Selma HayekVIOLET Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck, Dave (Foo Fighters)GrohlVIVIENNE Angelina Jolie & Brad PittWILLA Philip Seymour HoffmanZAHARA Angelina Jolie & Brad PittExcerpted from Beyond Ava & Aiden by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran.Copyright 2009 by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran.Published in July 2009 by St. Martin’s Press.All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

Editorial Reviews

"Unlike garden-variety baby-name guides . . . [Beyond Jennifer & Jason] lays it on the line." -Entertainment Weekly

"If you want some inspiration in naming your baby (or if you just want to spend some amusing moments), pick up Beyond Jennifer & Jason." -Family Circle