Book Review: “Naming Your Little Geek: The Complete List of Comic, Game, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Names” by Scott Rubin

Naming Your Little Geek: The Complete List of Comic, Game, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Names is the ultimate reference guide for any human or pet parent looking for an excellent, nerdy name. While I’m currently neither, that didn’t stop me from loving this comprehensive list gathered by Scott Rubin.

The book is alphabetical, and each letter is split into names for girls and names for boys. Rubin provides a disclaimer in the beginning, explaining that names were put into this binary categorization based on the fictional character whose name he is referencing. He goes on to say, “All of that being said, there’s no such thing as a gendered name, and any name can be given to (or used by) a boy, a girl, a trans person, or a non-binary person.”

Rubin includes references for the movies, television shows, comic books, and novels in which he found these names. Many of the blurbs also include the name’s meaning in one or more languages. I can’t even begin to fathom the amount of work that went into this, considering Rubin needed to research each name’s historical and fantastical origins. In the back of the book, you’ll also find a helpful chart of the genres in which each name appears (for example, characters named Sandor can be found in fantasy, horror, and superhero texts) and an alphabetical name index for when you just need a name starting with the letter Q.

This is a very comprehensive book, and I’m pretty obsessed with it. I loved reading each name’s blurb, and I know I’ll be pulling this out when it’s time to name a pet, child, or new Wi-Fi network. If you love geeky names, this is the book for you.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Familius, for review.

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