Boys’ Names: The Happy Ending

Boys’ Names: The Happy Ending

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:

  • Atticus

  • Dallas

  • Elias (my favorite of all the male El– names)

  • Elvis

  • Gus

  • Harris

  • Jonas

  • Lucas

  • Magnus

  • Marcus

  • Moses

  • Phineas

  • Rhys

  • Silas (thanks to Weeds)

  • Travis

  • Because I’m around names all the time, I prefer those that are a little further off the beaten track.  For instance:

  • Angus

  • Bas

  • Boris

  • Caius

  • Cassius

  • Cyrus

  • Cornelius (though I would never saddle a child with it)

  • Darius

  • Davis (much prefer to David)

  • Erasmus

  • Fergus (the truth is I don’t like this, but Linda does)

  • Ignatius

  • Josias

  • Jules

  • Justus

  • Lazarus

  • Linus

  • Lucius

  • Morris

  • Osias

  • Otis

  • Perseus

  • Piers

  • Quintus

  • Romulus

  • Rufus

  • Seamus

  • Thaddeus

  • Thelonious

  • Tobias

  • Ulysses

  • Zacharias (much better than Zachary)

  • And then there are the names that don’t exactly end in s, but might as well.

  • Ace

  • Blaise

  • Boaz

  • Chase

  • Horace (I love this name, but appreciate that it would be very difficult for a child)

  • Max

  • Vince

  • Wallace

  • You get the idea.  Of course, not every s-ending name is a winner.  A few I wouldn’t recommend:

  • Beavis

  • Brutus

  • Giles (in the U.S., the pronunciation is just too confusing)

  • Hans and Lars (too Olde Worlde for me)

  • Judas

  • Mars (undeniably cool, yet….)

  • Paris (the girls really did take this one)

  • Purvis (some crazy person searched this a couple thousand times on nameberry)

  • Severus

  • Sextus

  • Zeus

  • About the Author

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

    Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.