About the Book

Original Publication Date: February 01, 1992

This reference for writers provides meanings for some 25,000 names and surnames from 45 countries, listed by origin. An explanation of naming practices and historical context is provided for each origin section, and there is a reverse look-up of names by meaning, as well as an alphabetical index of names. An introduction gives practical advice on naming characters and places plus tips on naming for specific genres, and sidebars within the entry sections tell how published authors solved their naming dilemmas. Kenyon (whose name means Blond from the White Meadow) is a fantasy author. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


  • (A)SK Sherrilyn

The Story Behind The Story

Sherri began collecting names when she was in elementary school. For years she kept them in spiral bound notebooks. Once she started writing, she diligently typed them in and then put them in ring binders. The writers from the critique group loved them. It was Cathy Maxwell who told her she needed to publish the list. Kenyon tried, but no one wanted them. On her fourth attempt at Writer's House, they finally bought it.

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