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Boys’ Names: The Happy Ending

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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.

Amadeus and MilesMusic to my ears.

Augustus, Octavius, Cassius, and Aurelius? Love, love, love, and love.

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:

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UPDATE!! Check out our final list of popular baby names 2010 for boys!

Our most popular baby names 2010 for boys are a mix of the traditional and trendy choices like Jacob and Aiden that dominate the official list of popular baby names 2010 plus a variety of more intriguing and unusual choices, from Finn to Roman to Wyatt.

You can also check out our popular baby names 2010 for girls.  Here are our boys’ Top 100 this year:

1. HENRY
2. FINN
3. OLIVER
4. JAMES
5. ASHER
6. JACK
7. MAX
8. QUINN
9. JUDE
10. LIAM

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