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Name Trends: Say yes to ‘S’

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It’s pretty obvious that the first initial letters of names move in and out of fashion.  The last several years have seen a rotation of vowels—A, E, O, I– as favored name-starters.  But there have been instances, too, of  ending sound name trends as well, which aren’t quite so apparent.  Case in point:

In the early decades of the twentieth century, in addition to name trends like  the birth of the flower name craze—Rose, Violet, Lily, Daisy, Hazel and Myrtle– as well as gem names like Pearl, Ruby and Opal, and the month names of April, May and June, there was an infatuation with girls’ names ending in ‘s’.  Appellations such as Doris, Phyllis and Lois were seen as ultra-poetic and romantic, having an appealing classical feel—but it was a fad that faded fairly quickly.  Today’s most popular list , for example, shows only two female names ending with the S sound in the Top 100 (Alexis and Genesis), while in the years from 1900 to 1930, there were five times that number.  Some of them still sound terminally dated today:

Dolores

Doris

Gladys

Lois (maybe)

Phyllis

…while the other half are either ripe for revival or already back:

Agnes

Alice

Beatrice (ice-endings produce an S sound too)

Florence

Frances

Other s-ending names somewhat further down on those early twentieth century lists were:

Avis

Bess

Clarice

Eunice

Iris

Janice/Janis

Leatrice

Mavis

Mercedes

These days, we’re noticing the emergence of interest in a whole raft of sibilant-ending names. Some are recent imports, some are newly revitalized oldies, others are unusual nature or place or word names.  Taken together, with their fresher feel, they are beginning to start a trend of their own.

The up-and-coming s-sound-ending names include:

Alannis/Alanis

Amaris

Amaryllis

Anais

Annalies(e)

Ardis

Arliss

Artemis

Bliss

Carys/Karis

Charis

Chloris

Corliss

Damaris

Dilys

Ellis

Eos

Glenys

Glynis

Hollis

Ines

Isis

Lettice

Lillias

Lotus

Lourdes

Memphis

Nerys

Neves

Norris

Pallas

Persis

Reese

Solstice

Tallis

Tanis

Thais

Venice

Venus

Wallis

Plus a few boys’ names that have tiptoed into the girls’ section, such as James, Jules

Do you see this as a trend?  Particularly like any of the names?

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