By K. M. Sheard, Nook of Names
Here are some alternatives!
Agastya — A name from Hindu mythology. Agastya is a name of Shiva, as well as the name of a legendary Hindu sage, believed to have received many of the earliest mantras which feature in the Rig Veda from Brahman. It is also the Indian name for Canopus. It comes from the Sanskrit, and is usually translated as ‘mountain-thrower’.
Angus — a classic and very old Gaelic name, from the Old Irish óen ‘one’ + gus ‘excellence’, ‘force’ and ‘courage’. The standard modern Gaelic form is Aonghas, but Aengus, Aonghus, Oenghus and Óengus are all known. In Irish myth Aengus is the God of love, youth and poetic inspiration.
Asparagus – the vegetable. The name is ancient, coming from the Greek asparagos, of uncertain origin, though possibly from the Proto-Indo-European - ‘to spring up’. In the past, also much valued for its healing and healthful properties, hence its botanical name Asparagus officinalis. (Note: This is the full name of Gus in “Cats.”)
Constantine — Gus is often found as a short-form for Constantine among the Greek community. The name of the Roman Emperor responsible for legalizing Christianity in the Roman Empire, Constantine is revered as a saint in the Orthodox church. His name derives ultimately from the Latin constans ‘firm’, ‘stable’ and ‘invariable’.
Crataegus — the botanical name for hawthorn. One very much for Pagans and Nature lovers! Comes ultimately from the Greek krataigos ‘thorn-tree’.
Finegas — a name from Irish mythology. Finegas was an elderly druid who taught Finn McCool. From the Old Irish fionn + éices ‘scholar’, ‘sage’, ‘seer’ and ‘poet’.
Ghassan — Arabic name meaning ‘youth’.
Gurgustius — the name of a legendary king of Britain. From Welsh meaning ‘power’, ‘force’ and ‘excellence’.
Gustavus — Latinized form of German Gustav, a very old name of uncertain origins. Often translated as meaning ‘staff of the Goths’, its oldest form Chustaffus suggests that its first element might be the Old German chud, from chûton ‘to meditate’ –giving Gustav the meaning ‘staff of meditation’. The French form is Gustave, Italian Gustavo, and Gustaf is Scandinavian.
Magus — Latin magus ‘mage’, ‘learned man’.
Moritasgus — a Celtic God, identified by the Romans with Apollo, whose name means ‘great badger’.
Pagasaeus — an epithet of Apollo. It comes from the Greek harbor Pagae, itself meaning ‘(fishermen’s) nets’ in ancient Greek.
Zygus — the ancient Greek name for Libra, from zugos ‘yoke (of a plough)’, ‘crossbar’ and ‘balance beam’.
This blog previously appeared in an extended form in Nook of Names.