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Baby Name Nicknames: Getting to Gus

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By K. M. Sheard, Nook of Names

Do you like Gus as a short name, but are not so keen on Augustus and its related names August and Augustine?

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.

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Snap! Great Photography Baby Names

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In these digital days, everyone is a photographer. But that’s not to say everyone is a Photographer. In the history of photography, which dates back only a couple of centuries, there were a number of towering figures who happened to have—surprise!—some particularly interesting names, including:

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baby name poppy

by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

Congrats to Kim and Kanye on the arrival of their daughter!  There’s been no name announcement as of Sunday night.  Is the couple still deciding, or have they realized that delaying the name announcement can generate twice the headlines?

Let’s give the famous duo the benefit of the doubt and assume that they’re still deliberating.  If Kimye is stumped, they’re not the first parents to find themselves uncertain about The Name.

Could they be stuck because they’ve limited themselves to K names?  Or have they fallen for a choice that doesn’t start with K and fret that breaking with the family tradition might cause problems?

While we wait to learn the name of the newest member of the Kardashian family, let’s check out the other baby names in the news this week:

Poppy – Speaking of delayed baby name announcements, Stephen Moyer finally revealed the names of his twins with Anna Paquin.  Daughter Poppy’s name is popular throughout much of the English-speaking world, but rare in English.  It’s also a nice connection to Lilac, Stephen’s daughter from a previous relationship.

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