Long boys’ names ending in o spell romance and elegance: think Alessandro, Lorenzo and Valentino. But the same o ending on a shorter name takes on a different personality. It becomes more playful, full of energy and surprises.
The fun-loving o names are a rising style for American boys. The leader of the pack is Leo, a pint-size throwback that’s as lively as a lion cub. It’s joined by a rising group of old-time revivals with a similar sense of whimsy. The o energizes names like Milo and Cosmo, but unlike a -y or -ie ending it doesn’t emphasize youth. The spirit of these names is ageless.
You can see the revivals’ fashion momentum since the year 2000. Take a look at the U.S. popularity of…
Rising alongside these old-fashioned favorites is a new crop of -o names from farther afield. In some cases, the distance is literal. Names like Hiro from Japan and Enzo from Italy are finding a newly receptive American audience. Other lively choices like Ringo and Cairo take their cues from popular culture or place names. The styles vary, but all of them play off the punch of a short name with an -o.
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