Silas, Tobias and More Antique -S Names

Feb 2nd 2017

Toby, Tobiah, Tobias. According to most baby name dictionaries, the three are identical: just different ways of writing the same biblical name. But in terms of fashion and impact, one stands apart. Tobias is a fast-rising hit, far more popular than the other two names put together, thanks to the power of that final -s.

Classical -s endings appeal to parents with a distinguished antique style, accented with a pinch of mystery. Depending on the name, the effect can be scholarly (like Atticus), mythic (Atlas), saintly (Matthias), or downright dangerous (Barnabas). Even in a short, simple name like Jonas or Silas, the -s ending lends a sophisticated edge.

The ending has worked its magic on dozens of names in recent years, reviving neglected classics and turning mythological and biblical obscurities into contenders. Names like Silas, Elias and even Maximus now rank among the top 200 names for American boys.


Additional antique -s options are below, arranged by number of syllables. As a rule of thumb, the longer names tend to sound more aggressively antiquated.

Amos Justus
Ares Linus
Atlas Lucius
Brutus Magnus
Caius Quintus
Cephas Regis
Crispus Remus
Cyrus Titus
Jairus Vitus


Adonis Julius
Aeneas Junius
Alpheus Lazarus
Andreas Marcellus
Aramis Marius
Atticus Matthias
Augustus Osiris
Barnabas Perseus
Cassius Phineas
Darius Thaddeus
Erasmus Theseus
Isaias Tobias
Josias Ulysses


Amadeus Nicodemas
Ananias Octavius
Cornelius Theophilus
Demetrius Tiberius


 Read More: 20 "Quirky Classic" Names for Boys


February 2, 2017 2:20 PM

Oh, how times change. In the '90s, a boy in my grade was teased mercilessly by his friends for having the "strange" middle (!) name of Tobias. 

February 4, 2017 5:39 PM

LOVE Nicodemus. Tragically it was vetoed by my husband.  Ah, well.

February 4, 2017 11:42 PM

I'll admit that Hieronymus has always been a guilty pleasure name of mine...

February 6, 2017 8:17 AM

Ah, one of my favourite boys' names: Marius! I can never understand why it's not more popular. Maybe because it sounds too feminine to some? The Italian form, Mario, is a classic in Italy, but this Latin form is still rare.

February 9, 2017 11:25 AM

Note to Laura - again, sorry for the hijack, but the so-called spam filter is still infuriatingly asinine. Miriam wanted to post a list of Margaret nickname variations, and it kept rejecting it as spam.

As Miriam said: "This is a name site, and if posters cannot post messages that are nothing more than a list of perfectly ordinary names, then imo that's a problem that needs attention." (

February 9, 2017 6:21 PM

While Laura is no longer personally responsible for the daily workings of the website, she is working to get us moderators in contact with the proper tech people. She's been made aware of the problems, is very troubled by them, and is working to help find a solution. You might have noticed that in the past few days, the spam being posted doesn't have the http(s) format in the title, since (per your sister's suggestion) that format has now been blocked. We're all really frustrated, but we're doing our best to get it dealt with. Once we are in direct contact with the tech people, hopefully it will be a swifter fix.

February 19, 2017 7:49 PM

Amadeus is a guilty pleasure of mine. The musical associations, the elegance, the liquidy sound that just rolls off your tongue!

March 14, 2017 6:25 PM

As mother to an 8-month-old Andreas I endorse this trend.  ;-)

March 21, 2017 12:11 PM

One of my celebrity crush's middle names is Jonas!

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