~The A to Z of Names explores the origin and meaning of more thatn 9000 South African names. It lists almost 4500 names, variants and derivatives of girls and women as well as more than 4500 of boys and men in alphabetical order. Some names reflect: the circumstances at the time of birth; the time of day when the child was born; the birth order of the newborn; the parents' reaction to the birth; the newborn's appearance or desired characteristics. There is a strong trend towards using surnames as first names. Many vocabulary words are also used as first names. The number of names is further increased by variants of traditional names, independant short forms of traditional names and newly created names. There are also many feminine forms of masculine names. A name may also be connected to an occupation, colour, animal or bird; a plant, virtue or task. Names of famous persons are included as well as the promise each name holds, with a related verse of Scripture. A comprehensive index makes it easy to find names and a section at the back explores the Christian perspective on the importance of names, the names of God and the practical application to our lives. The A to Z of Names is a comprehensive and authoritative guide with easy access to the origin and meaning of most South African names and the special promise each name holds.