Maybe contemplating the name Rufus sparked my revelation. Or it might have hit me when I encountered an Otis. Whatever the inspiration, I suddenly realized that my most-loved boys’ names end in the letter s. Yep, almost all of them.
Amias? One of my all-time underappreciated favorites.
What is it about s-ending names that hold such appeal?
It’s true, I prefer their soft, sybillant ending to the harder –er ending that’s so popular right now for boys’ names. Besides being more gentle, it feels a bit more surprising, intrinsically distinctive.
Many of my favorite classic boys’ names end in s: Thomas, James, Louis, Charles, and Nicholas. And trendier choices of decades past, from Chris and Curtis to Dennis and Douglas to Ross and Russ to Jess and Wes, helped whet the overall appetite for s-ending names.
Some of the names that end in s are fairly fashionable today. These include:
- Elias (my favorite of all the male El– names)
- Silas (thanks to Weeds)
Because I’m around names all the time, I prefer those that are a little further off the beaten track. For instance:
- Cornelius (though I would never saddle a child with it)
- Davis (much prefer to David)
- Fergus (the truth is I don’t like this, but Linda does)
- Zacharias (much better than Zachary)
And then there are the names that don’t exactly end in s, but might as well.
- Horace (I love this name, but appreciate that it would be very difficult for a child)
You get the idea. Of course, not every s-ending name is a winner. A few I wouldn’t recommend:
- Giles (in the U.S., the pronunciation is just too confusing)
- Hans and Lars (too Olde Worlde for me)
- Mars (undeniably cool, yet….)
- Paris (the girls really did take this one)
- Purvis (some crazy person searched this a couple thousand times on nameberry)