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What does Gus mean?

Gus Pronunciation of Gus [gus] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Gus) is of Latin and Celtic origin, and the meaning of Gus is "great, magnificient; one choice". Short form of Augustus or Angus. Literary: in TS Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" (1939), Gus as the name of a cat character is a short form of Asparagus.

Associated with: great, old.


Gus has 2 variants: Guss and Gustav.

Affiliated boy name: August.

3 more different relations via Angus, Augustus: Augy, Gussie and Guus.

Creative forms:
(male) Gos, Gous, ..

(female) Guia, Gusi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gus Peyton (G.P.), ..

How popular is Gus?

Gus is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#637 out of 1220, Top 52%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for all people (#85643 out of 150436, Top 57%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gus entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #130 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #1149. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gus name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gus outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Gus (#1149 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000 are August (#195 from recent data), Augustus (#467), Angus (#1732), Gustav, Guss and Gussie. Other variants, like Guus, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Gus reached its highest during the years 1880-1889 (median #407) and has become much less since (#1363, down 60%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gus, Angus, August, Augustus, Guss in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gussie, Gustav in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Angus, August, Gustav outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gus is pronounced similarly to Gaius and Gaz. Other suggested similar names are Gun, Gur and Guy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gus.

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