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More Names Like Miles and Brooks: The Search for Alternatives


Some baby names have a special spark. They hit a style bullseye and make us wish, "If only there were more names like that!"

Our "Alternatives" series looks at these objects of desire, the baby names that send waves of parents to the Internet searching for more of the same. In reviewing the more-like-that names I noticed two with a lot in common, Miles and Brooks. They're both fashionable boys' names with some obvious similarities, but also key differences that give each a unique impact.

First, the common ground. Miles and Brooks are:

1. One-syllable names ending in S;

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Transferred use of the surname meaning "from Preston." The name is derived from the English place-name composed of the Old English elements préost (priest) and tūn (town, settlement, village): hence,

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