name we give our children represents the family. Not demanding but
imploring the child to respond to this call and fulfill the destiny
inherent in the meaning of their name." This statement made by the
author in her forward embodies the tone and underlying message in
her book. The names we choose for our babies are so often much more
than just "what sounds good." Rather they are filled with meaning
and intended to symbolize something greater. In this same way, Martinez
Wood's book is more than just alphabetized lists of boys' and girls'
names. Her definitions and historical explanations lend meaning to
each and every name on the page.
book is a bilingual edition. Beginning on one cover, you will
find an English text. Flip the book over and begin reading from the
opposite cover and you will find the same text in Spanish. In the
center of the book is a Catholic calendar of saints (that is-a calendar
that shows which saint[s] each day of the year is dedicated to) as
well as a place to write down and keep track of your own favorite
names for your baby. The rest of the book is divided into sections:
names derived from saints, names related to the church, nature names
and family names. The family names section is the largest and covers
every name you can think of from Aarona to Zenón. Each name is defined
and its historical references are explained. Martinez Wood also offers
a guide to pronunciation, diminutive forms and variations of each
As the title suggests,
the book is decidedly Hispanic in its choices regarding which names
to include. If you are Hispanic, of Hispanic descent or looking for
a Hispanic name for your child, this book is a wonderful resource.
Its focus will help guide you in finding the perfect, meaningful name
for your little "bebito."
Book review by Elsie Bustamante
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