Where did the idea for Storybook Names come from?

“Oh for Heaven’s sake, there must be a site somewhere that does this!” I exclaimed in frustration as I searched in vain. I was looking for a book. A friend of mine had just had a baby and I wanted to buy a book each for a new baby and his older brother as a gift. I thought it would be nice if each book featured a character with the relevant child’s name, and was looking for a website which would give me this information. No joy. This happened a couple more times in the intervening years, leading me to wonder why no-one had produced such a thing. Surely I couldn’t be the only person who wanted to know this? And then the penny dropped – why didn’t I write it myself? I had a change in work circumstances, which meant that I actually had the time to do it, and my friends still kept having babies, so I had a go. And here it is.

How to use this site

Click on the A – Z to find an alphabetical list. From there click on which ever letter begins the name you are interested in. The names are listed alphabetically, with similar spellings or short versions grouped together (for example, Josephine, Josie, Jo). The right-hand column contains further details using a key; for what the letters represent you can click here or at the top of each page. I have not put age guidance down as it can be quite subjective, but within each name they are in order of age suitability from youngest to oldest. I have mainly steered clear of Young Adult fiction, so all the books should be suitable up to the age of 11, but do check further if you are unsure about anything. I hope you enjoy browsing through the site. Please feel free to leave comments suggesting other books or names which should be on here, or future topics for blog posts – I would love to hear from you!

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