This unique guide includes 6,000-plus names from all corners of the globe, and each entry illuminates the name’s distinctive spiritual, historical, and cultural background — its poetry. Names, from the traditional to the newly coined, are fully explained. Pronunciation guide, origin, alternate spellings, and meaning are enhanced by the affirmation carefully chosen for each name. Lists of names by meaning, names by ethnicity, and most popular names by decade provide easy reference. Whether your aim is to honor ancestors, capture a child’s essence, or convey parental hopes, Inspired Baby Names from Around the World will help you greet and bless your new baby with heartfelt meaning.
“A child’s name is a prayer all the angels know.” — Daniel Ladinsky, bestselling author-poet
“Impeccably researched, Neala Shane’s book is a treasure of wonderfully matched quotes and fascinating information to help you name your child — one of the first and most meaningful gifts we ever bestow.” — Betsy Chasse, author of Tipping Sacred Cows, cocreator of What the Bleep Do We Know?!, and mom to Elorathea (“goddess of light”) and Maximus Theodore (“greatest divine gift”)
“It is said that when you say your name, you call in the soul. Choosing your baby’s name is a sacred act. Neala Shane has created a timeless gem. What a loving, eloquent gift this is to all mothers- and fathers-to-be.” — Renée Peterson Trudeau, author of Nurturing the Soul of Your Family
“A beautiful and inspiring resource — not only for parents searching for the perfect name, but for all who are interested in one of the roots of who we are in the world. The quotations alone make this a wonderful book.” — Janet Conner, bestselling author of Writing Down Your Soul and The Lotus and the Lily
“Inspired Baby Names from Around the World is a wonderful guide for the joyful and sacred task of discovering your child’s ‘true name.’...Light a candle, sip some tea, and enjoy the exploration!” — Denise Roy, author of Momfulness and My Monastery Is a Minivan