Category: baby name Rufus
Lately Iâ€™m wondering: is all this talk about baby names changing the names we use?
A century ago, parents could draw inspiration from the newspaper, the Bible, literature, music, and anything on the family tree.Â There was room for creativity, but actual data gathering would have been difficult.
Today a few keystrokes will tell you how many girls were named Isabella last year, or whether hundreds of random strangers think that Ethan Alexander is a good name for your son.Â No wonder an expectant mom actually grimaced when I asked her if theyâ€™d chosen a name yet.
With all of this information, could it be that trends will accelerate?Â Will we talk ourselves out of using great names?Â Iâ€™ve heard of dozens of parents deciding against their top choice for fear that Stella is the next Ava. Or maybe theyâ€™re desperately searching for a name just like Logan, but much less popular, without actually being too unusual.
Maybe contemplating the name Rufus sparked my revelation.Â Or it might have hit me when I encountered an Otis.Â Whatever the inspiration, I suddenly realized that my most-loved boys’ names end in the letter s.Â Yep, almost all of them.
Amias?Â One of my all-time underappreciated favorites.
What is it about s-ending names that hold such appeal?
Itâ€™s true, I prefer their soft, sybillant ending to the harder â€“er ending thatâ€™s so popular right now for boysâ€™ names.Â Besides being more gentle, it feels a bit more surprising, intrinsically distinctive.
Many of my favorite classic boysâ€™ names end in s: Thomas, James, Louis, Charles, and Nicholas.Â 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.Â These include: