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Ashley Williams Gives her Son a Loveable Name!

Ashley Williams Gives her Son a Loveable Name!
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How I Met Your Mother's Ashley Williams is a new mom!  She and husband Neal Dodson welcomed their first child, Gus Williams Dodson, via home birth on October 5th, 2014.  

When asked about her new son's name, People magazine reports that Williams said "His name is Gus. For no other reason than: Who doesn't love a guy named Gus?" A quick look at the name entry on BabyNameWizard.com shows that others agree!  At least two other moms whose babies are named Gus revealed that they and their children are often stopped and told how cute their names are!  Despite the cuteness, Gus currently ranks outside the top 1000 (it's peak popularity was way back in the 1880s).  Though, you're sure to see some August's on the playground with the Gus nickname, as August has climbed all the way to the 319th most popular name in 2013.

Perhaps it's no surprise that August is more popular than Gus in the U.S. BabyNameWizard's Laura Wattenberg recently wrote about trendy British boys names, noting that while names in the U.S. are becoming increasingly formal, names in Britain are doing the opposite, where the cute nickname as a first name is now the rule instead of the exception.  We can't help but think that the Gus/August combination fits into these trends perfectly!

What do you think about the name Gus?  Do you know any Gus' in your world? Are they as cute and loveable as the moms of Gus' say?



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October 28, 2014 8:49 AM
By Annee (not verified)

Gus is a fine name; Gus is a cute name. I'm not sure how well it sounds with Dodson ("Gus Dodson"--I sort of get hung up on the "s's"). But, yes, it is cute.

October 28, 2014 9:55 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

There have been several boys named
Gus, August, and Augustus in our local school district. I'm not really a fan. Reminds me of the Disney mouse named GusGus.

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