Category: baby name Gus
By Linda Rosenkrantz
August is here, and while it might not have as many related names as June or July, it still deserves its due. August may be hot and humid, and bring with it tropical storms and hurricanes, but it’s also a time for holidays and getaways–and some distinguished baby names.
Before it was renamed it in honor of the Emperor Augustus for the Julian calendar, it was known as Sextilis, as it was the sixth month of the Roman calendar—but we’ll let that one alone as we examine some other month-related names for your August babe.
August—This has become the most popular month name for boys, now at Number 333; it was as high as 175 at the end of the nineteenth century. Always popular in Scandinavia, August is currently 28 in Denmark, and it’s been chosen for their sons by such celebs as Mariska Hargitay and Dave Matthews. Garth Brooks used it for his daughter, but that seems to have been something of an anomaly, at least so far. Its use as a word name—with the accent on the second syllable—lends August a dignified, upstanding element. Namesakes include two notable playwrights: August Strindberg and August Wilson. And it comes with a choice of two friendly nicknames: Augie or Gus.
Every year a few kids are named after high-end designers, like Armani and Chanel. Despite their luxury brand status, the names tend to feel a little forced. Chances are that a kid destined to graduate from a Dior couture layette to Gucci toddler gear would never wear a name so obvious.
But your kid’s closet or the racks at the local baby boutique could serve as inspiration for a baby name. Designers aplenty have launched pint-sized versions of their runway-worthy duds. Equally intriguing are the names of the many labels launched to help us dress our kids in the latest fashions.
Maybe contemplating the name Rufus sparked my revelation. Or it might have hit me when I encountered an Otis. Whatever the inspiration, I suddenly realized that my most-loved boys’ names end in the letter s. Yep, almost all of them.
Amias? One of my all-time underappreciated favorites.
What is it about s-ending names that hold such appeal?
It’s true, I prefer their soft, sybillant ending to the harder –er ending that’s so popular right now for boys’ names. Besides being more gentle, it feels a bit more surprising, intrinsically distinctive.
Many of my favorite classic boys’ names end in s: Thomas, James, Louis, Charles, and Nicholas. And trendier choices of decades past, from Chris and Curtis to Dennis and Douglas to Ross and Russ to Jess and Wes, helped whet the overall appetite for s-ending names.
Some of the names that end in s are fairly fashionable today. These include:
When I looked at the boys’ names just below the Top 1000, I was surprised that I was less surprised than I was when I surveyed the girls’ selections. There are a handful of attractive, stylish names here that I would have sworn were among the Top 1000 — most notably Theo, Gus, Finnian, and Dashiell — but many more that simply feel in tune with their more popular brothers.
As with the girls’ names, I’ve starred those I think are headed for greater popularity. But the more important point is that, if you’re searching for a name that is fashionable yet not epidemic, any of these would be perfect choices.
All of these names were given to at least 100 boys but fewer than 200 boys last year. For the complete boys’ master list, with actual numbers for all names, go here.
- 1002. Edison* (that’s the great inventor and worthy namesake in the picture)
- 1005. Ulysses
- 1025. Simeon
- 1028. Taj
- 1029. Thaddeus
- 1035. Theo* (shocked!)