Naming a little one is no joke, and it may take loads of research to find the perfect name for your baby. You have to consider your own personal background, pop-culture connotations, and ways the name could be used for teasing (Richard, anyone?). The search for a perfect baby name is only made more difficult by well-meaning suggestions from family and friends. But there is one way to make the name selection process less complicated — you can invest in one of many baby naming books.
Although there are about a million online name lists to choose from, these books may have more carefully curated names for you to consider. And isn’t there something pleasant about curling up with a book to find a name for your child? Your handwritten notes and lists in the margins may one day make for a nice keepsake.
So to help you with your seemingly endless search, here are nine excellent baby name books. Some are giant encyclopedias with thousands of names, while others are curated around a theme (such as literature or music). Armed with this information, you can confidently bestow a fitting name upon your child that will serve her well throughout life.