Judah, Lucas, and all the "OO-OO" Boys' Names
"Oooooh." It's a sound of admiration, a signal to take notice. It's also a sound that makes a baby name stand out.
21st-century namers like to build around long, strong vowels. The A sound powers boys' favorites like Jacob and Mason, E is the secret to Liam and Ethan, I to Elijah and Wyatt, O to Noah and Logan. But a long U (pronounced "oo") still has the potential to surprise us. Only three boys' names with long U sounds—Lucas, Luke and Julian—rank among America's top 100, compared to a dozen long A names.
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That rarity, and the smooth resonance of the sound, lend the U names extra interest. Better yet, when you holler a name like "Luuuuke" across a playground, half the neighborhood won't think you're calling for them. The trick is finding these elusive "oo" names.
I've gone hunting and rounded up all of the top prospects. While I cast a wide net, not every name with a long U sound qualified. I gave extra weight to names where the U sound was stressed, and was the first vowel sound in the name. (Cooper yes, Matthew no.) I took points off for names heavy on consonant clusters that are out of fashion, or that tend to trip up English spelling or pronunciation. (Sorry, Shmuel and Dhruv.) I came up with 57 varieties, grouped into 7 style categories below. With style options from Lucian to Crew, you should find something to say ooh about.
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