“Us” VS. Them

by You Can't Call It "It"! on December 22, 2012

 

Big ups for Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy on the birth of their bouncing baby boy.  Well-named themselves, Claire and Hugh resurrected the inimitable Cyrus from pop stardom.  Then there was a celebrity baby Magnus.  Magnus again.  The new boy at our school is called Atticus.  My husband is absolutely obsessed with Cassius, and friends have a Linus.  ”-Us” names for boys are hitting the big time, and replacing ‘en’dings and O’ Boys at a quick clip.  I love how divergent their origins are: Persian, Swedish, Ancient Roman and Scottish, to name a few.

More stylish “-us” possibilities include:

Acacius

Aldous

Aloysius

Amadeus

Angus

Atticus

Augustus 

Caius

Cassius

Cyrus

Darius

Erasmus

Fergus

Gus 

Ignatius

Julius

Justus

Lazarus

Linus

Lucius

Magnus

Maximus

Nicodemus

Octavius

Odysseus

Petrus

Perseus

Pius

Quintus

Rufus

Seamus

Thaddaeus

Titus

Vitus

Zacchaeus

Zosimus

 

I could happily choose a name off this list.  Could you?

 

Above: Poster Angus & Julius by Audrey Jeanne

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Janet December 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I know a baby Lexius, named after his grandpa. Comes with the great nickname Lex!

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2 KC December 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I know a Seamus, who goes by Shae, and an Augustin, who goes by Gus.

I also know a Linus who is in elementary school. Our dog is named Linus, and as a result, it will never feel like a human name to me.

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3 Erin December 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Our second son is Julius (big brother is Miles). It’s certainly less common than Julian, but goes better with our last name and honors a family member whose middle was Julius. Not everyone likes it, but I think most people do.

We debated forever about what to use as a nickname, since I’m not crazy about Jules, but so far we just always call him Julius!

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4 JessicaD December 23, 2012 at 4:57 am

I would love to have an Atticus. Magnus Augustus are doable. Angus might actually pass dh approval first.

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5 AJO December 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

My two year old is Linus. Best -us name out there! ;)
Gus and Atticus are also favorites of mine.

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6 Sophia December 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

My baby brother is Aloysius “Wishy”, his little friend is Augustus “Augie” and I have a cousin called Magnus. I know toddlers called Atticus and Angus (also Silas and Lewtas), and older kids called Cyrus, Thaddeus, Darius, Rufus, Marius, Magnus Emilius, Seamus and Fergus (also Zacharias, Francis, Olegas and Elvis). My personal favourite is definitely Cassius, and I also like Cyrus and Finnius.

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7 You Can't Call It "It"! December 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Where are you from? Is this a British thing, because as a group those names don’t sound very American! Love them all.

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8 Sophia December 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I’m from near Melbourne, Australia.

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9 JessicaD January 1, 2013 at 12:33 am

My guess was going to be Aussie… ;)

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10 Waltzing More Than Matilda January 13, 2013 at 3:08 am

Darius is such an awesome name.

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11 Katybug December 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I would add Atlas to this list. Not an “-us” technically but the sound is similar.

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12 Lashley December 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Cyrus is my #1 (future) boys’ name! We haven’t started trying to make one yet, but my husband and I are pretty much decided on Cyrus John for a someday son.

What about Phineas/Phineus?

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13 Cat December 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

My son’s name is Augustine (Augie). Like the saint, not the city. :-)

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14 Angie December 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Thaddeus is my favorite! I see great things for Thaddeus.
Aloysius I really like but wouldn’t feel comfortable using. But it could grow to become usable for me, especially if I used a nickname like Alo.
I wanted to name my son Linus, but my husband couldn’t get past the Charlie Brown’s friend connection.

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15 Nina December 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

How about Marius?

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16 You Can't Call It "It"! December 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Love it!

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17 Kari December 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Rufus?! Yikes I hope to never hear thaton a human child. Too furry for my liking

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18 selu January 1, 2013 at 5:38 am

My nephew is Magnus (he’s six) and it fits him perfectly. Aloysius is in my top five for boys, and I blame those addictive Preston & Child novels.

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19 Names January 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

And the underused Xanthus, Zephyrus, and to go out on a limb, Camus.

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20 Amber January 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

Our son due in June will be Maximus. Needed a strong name to match the family middle name Fulton. He’ll be Max most of the time, I’m sure.

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21 Anna January 9, 2013 at 12:40 am

I like Caius, Gus, Ignatius & Rufus :)

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22 Anna January 9, 2013 at 12:40 am

Marcus is pretty neat too

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23 Cathy January 11, 2013 at 1:33 am

I have a Markus, we love the more Scandinavian spelling.

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24 eBirdie January 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I like Arcturus, nick name Archie.

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25 Waltzing More Than Matilda January 13, 2013 at 3:06 am

I love Gus and Rufus.

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26 Sarah January 16, 2013 at 6:00 am

I have an Augustus (Gus) who is two. We also considered Julius, my great-grandfathers name. And if we had the chutzpah, we both love Gaius and knowing Gus now, I think he could have pulled it off.

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27 Maria January 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I love the name Augustus.

With our son Micha I was due on July the 31st, and I was certain he’d be late and therefore would be born in August. So we wanted to name him Micha Augustus…

But he decided to be born exactly on his due date! So now he’s just Micha (which I’m totally fine with and secretly happy that he doesn’t have another name to compete with his well thought out first name)

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28 claredelune January 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

This list is fabulous. I’m kind of loving Lazarus now. Lazarus and Susannah? Yes, please.

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29 Rachel January 23, 2013 at 5:11 am

Just choosing off this list, I like Thaddeus and Erasmus, but both seem a little heavyweight for my taste.

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30 Victoria January 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Ah I love Cyrus, Augustus & Atticus!

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31 caliskelly February 12, 2013 at 1:59 am

I have a little Elias who is six months old. The ends-in-”us” is definitely here where we live: we attend a play group that includes an Otis, a Jarvis, and a Wallace.

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32 Rachel March 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

‘Fraid the only one I like off this list is Thaddeus, without the extra a.

Titus was my great-grandfather’s name, but now people seem to have a penchant for naming their canine friends Titus, so it’s ruined it for me.

I did not actually know that Zosimus was a name…the only time I’ve ever heard that word is in the book The BFG by Roald Dahl…the Big Friendly Giant says that dreams are made of “zosimus”.

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