The Next Trend in Boy Names


The us-enders

Like the o-enders*, the us-enders have a lot of potential. I encourage parents who like these names to use them. I’ve heard Angus, Atticus, Julius, Linus, and Magnus discussed among the hipster-set, and I decided to check the stats on these names.

Most of these names are not in the Top 1000, but I observed:

  • Julius has been moderately ranked and seen a steady climb over the past decade, from 414 in 2001 to 335 in 2010. Statistically, Julius is the Leo* of the us-enders.
  • Atticus has recently entered the Top 1000 and has seen a meteoric rise, starting at 937 in 2004 and rising to 564 in 2010. Atticus is the Milo* of the us-enders.

Could Atticus be a flash in the pan? Maybe. But us-enders are great nevertheless. They are so varied with so many to choose from, with different lengths and rhythms, like these amazing, many yet to be discovered, mostly manly,** names:

Amadeus
Angus
Atticus
Augustus
Bemus
Brutus
Cassius
Gus
Fergus
Ignatius
Julius
Junius
Leviticus
Lazarus
Linus
Magnus
Marcus
Marius
Mateus
Mattaeus
Remus
Rufus
Seamus
Thaddeus
Titus

Admittedly, some of these names might only be for the intrepid, such as Ignatius and Leviticus. I almost didn’t include Leviticus but added it due to the currently fashionable v (think Calvin, Everett and Oliver).

But there are many other us-enders that have an easy-wear style, such as Angus, Fergus, Julius, and Remus. These names are just adventurous enough and would fit in well with the Jude’s, Oliver’s, Phineas’, Romans, and Sebastian’s seen at some playgroups in 2011 America.

And while these names may still seem off-the-wall to many, who would have thought Atticus would rise so quickly? For those with fanciful, refined tastes there’s Amadeus and Thaddaeus. For those who prefer a more hard-core masculine edge, there’s Bemus, Seamus, and Titus.

Since us-enders are so varied, I am optimistic that if my prediction is correct and us-enders become more fashionable, they won’t have the redundant sound of Aiden / Braden / Jaiden / Caden. In other words, most us-enders can become more common yet still retain their identity independent of a rhyming group.

To any expectant parent who finds us-enders appealing, I say go for it. These parents could be riding ahead of the next boy name fashion wave.

If my predictions turn out wrong, then all the better I say, because these names will retain their uniqueness, which may be part of their charm.

* In my previous post, Trends: Baby Boy Names, I include statistics on names ending in o, that I have labeled, “the o-enders.”

**Manly is code for less likely to “go girl” although I make no guarantees!

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