Popular books about the meanings of names include Dorothy Astoria's "The Name Book: Over 10,000 Names - Their Meanings, Origins and Spiritual Significance" and Amanda Elizabeth Barden's "Baby Names Made Easy: The Complete Reverse-Dictionary of Baby Names," according to Amazon.com. Neala Shane's "Inspired Baby Names from Around the World: 6,000 International Names and the Meaning Behind Them" is also a popular book on the meanings of first names.
Dorothy Astoria's "The Name Book" provides an alphabetical list of names, which includes classic, contemporary and biblical names. For each name, she provides the language and culture it originated from, as well as its inherent meaning and spiritual connotation. She also includes any significant scriptural verses that contain the names she lists.
Amanda Elizabeth Barden's "Baby Names Made Easy" organizes names according to their categories of meaning. Names can be categorized according to qualities, such as innocence and purity, or they can be organized according to things, such as flowers, trees and things that grow. Barden also provides separate indexes for boy and girl names.
Neala Shane's "Inspired Baby Names from Around the World" provides the meaning and origin of each name listed, including facts about its historical, cultural and spiritual background. She offers both an index of names organized by meaning and an index of names organized by ethnicity.