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Name Trends: Say yes to ‘S’
Name Trends: Say yes to ‘S’
Apr 19, 2024 4:37 AM

  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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