I love Gus, and have for a long time. However, my problem lies in not liking any of the long forms. I can't stand August, and I'm not a fan of his variants - Augustus reminds me of Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I find Augustin/Augustine a bit on the pretentious side compared to my other boy favourites (Charlie, Oliver, Samuel...). The others - Gustav/o, Angus and Fergus I all find too ethnic to use for someone without Scottish/Scandanavian/Russian heritage.
I would happily use just Gus on its own, but next to my OH's short, one syllable surname, I'm not sure whether it works. Gus Anderson, for example, would give me no issues at all, but is Gus "Fox" unworkable?
It could work. Why not? Personally I'd rather give the child more options, but there are plenty of kids formally named Jack, Theo, and Sam. As for the syllable full name, it didn't hurt Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, or Jude Law.
Other full name options:
or a "G--- ---us" first/middle combination; something like "George Atticus"?
Sorry, I just don't think it works with that surname, but it would've been fine otherwise.
Angus Fox would be amazing though! I don't think it's too 'ethnic' at all. I know an Angus whose parents aren't even Caucasian, let alone Scottish! And it's the English spelling of a Scottish name so I think it's fine :)
I don't think my OH would go for Angus anyway because of the Angus burgers. I do like the G-- ---us idea though, I have George on my list anyway and if I can find a suitable middle (I don't like Atticus much) it's a possibility. George "Fox" would probably work better than Gus "Fox" because although it's still one syllable it doesn't seem as short because of the spelling.
Ah well! George Fox works much better though, I like that idea. Gus Fox was a bit too short and chop & change but George is audibly longer and smoother. So, for names enfing in 'us', there is:
Like any of them? :)
Ooh, George Marcus sounds very handsome. I'm not usually a fan of Roman sounding names, they sound a bit too formal and fancy for me, but I've always liked Mark and I think Marcus is nice as well.
I voted no, but I think it depends on the surname. If it's really Fox or something with a similar sound, then paired with Gus, it's hissy. Gus Blake or something like that would be a different story, because you don't have the "s" and "x" sounds conflicting.
I like Gus by itself, but I don't think it works well with a last name that sounds like "Fox," only because they both end in that soft S sound ( Brad Pitt, Jude Law, etc, all end differently and so sound more structured). However, I think Gus would be a cute nickname for any name beginning with or containing a G. Who says it has to have the -gus syllable? Plenty of nicknames are pulled from one letter of a name.
I like Gus too, but not August or any other long forms. So I'm with you!
I don't see why it's a problem, as long as it's not a weird combination or the letters run into each other, or it creates an unfortunate rhyme or something. I'm partial to longer names, myself, but I don't think it's mandatory.
George Fox is a university, just in case that could end up being his real name.
I could see Gus as a nn for Ulysses!