Gaius. Yay or nay?

(104 Posts)
GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 21:19:39

For a boy, pronounced Guy-us.

Classic Greek name and features heavily in the greatest TV show of all time - Battlestar Gallactica.

(had to name change as thus would totally out me IRL)

beachesandbuckets Fri 05-Jul-13 21:29:35

Sorry OP, I read it as Gay-us, which sadly could lead to name calling at a later stage.


SandraClegane Fri 05-Jul-13 21:31:11

Isn't it a Latin/Roman name???

And no, wouldn't use it as he'd be teased no end.

ShowOfHands Fri 05-Jul-13 21:31:18

He's a fab character in Merlin.

Sossery! <arched eybrow>

MadameJosephine Fri 05-Jul-13 21:31:31

DP says yay but for me it's a no, sorry

DebsMorgan Fri 05-Jul-13 21:31:55

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GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 21:32:40

Woohoo! not 100% nay's! grin

noblegiraffe Fri 05-Jul-13 21:32:54

Maybe if your baby is born 80 years old.

GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 21:33:24

Caius could be the compromise we're after...

GobblersKnob Fri 05-Jul-13 21:33:38

Not unless you want your child to be teased mercilessly.

Justfornowitwilldo Fri 05-Jul-13 21:33:53

Gaius Julius Caesar. Roman. Neither yay nor nay.

DebsMorgan Fri 05-Jul-13 21:34:53

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GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 21:35:15

I've just been watching a programme about the ancient Greeks, got momentarily confused.

GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 21:39:38

Cassius is lovely Debs, can I ask what name you picked for DS1 to go with it?

DebsMorgan Fri 05-Jul-13 21:41:53

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Suzieismyname Fri 05-Jul-13 21:42:48

Anything Roman (except perhaps Caligula) is fine by me. Just make sure middle name is not so ancient.

badfaketan Fri 05-Jul-13 21:44:12

Sorry,not a fan.
Teasing potential.
If you like that sound,go for Guy or Gus.
Or a different name altogether if it's unusual that you want.

AuntieStella Fri 05-Jul-13 21:44:51

I think Merlin would be the popular association right now. But in a few years, that'll be forgotten. So unlikely to cause long term issues for the DC; rather it'll happen right now and so be noticed by you not DS.

IceNoSlice Fri 05-Jul-13 21:48:41

Nay. Poor fella would be teased.

BackforGood Fri 05-Jul-13 21:49:18

I'm surprised you are even fleetingly considering it tbh - the potential for name-calling is just there on a plate.

GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 21:51:30

Why tho? its pronounced Guy-us not gay-us!

(my other choice was Galen pn Gay-len but even I can see sense on that one)

GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 21:52:52

Rex is lovely Debs. Excellent name choices!

beachesandbuckets Fri 05-Jul-13 22:01:17

The 'Gai' part would be pronounced Gay by vast majority. No question. Sorry.

Bunbaker Fri 05-Jul-13 22:03:11

"Sorry OP, I read it as Gay-us, which sadly could lead to name calling at a later stage."

^^ This.

I would only know the correct pronunciation if I heard it, otherwise I thought it was Gay-us.

Cassieyellow Fri 05-Jul-13 22:03:17

think about them at school !

LookingForwardToMarch Fri 05-Jul-13 22:06:49

I would definitely remind you how cruel kids can be.

It would read and be called Gay-us.

Kids at my school would probably have gone the whole hog with Gay-us Maximus

GaiusIsAnAceName Fri 05-Jul-13 22:08:48

It might toughen him out. its not as bad as a boy named sue surely?

DP wouldn't let me have it anyway, for all the reasons you've listed. Thanks tho, was interested to see what the MN jury would make of it.

I'll go sulk now wink

DumSpiroSpero Fri 05-Jul-13 22:14:42

Aw, I think it's OK.

A lot of people would know how to pronounce it, thanks to the character in Merlin, and he could shorten it to Guy when he's older if he wanted to.

ouryve Fri 05-Jul-13 22:16:42

Great name, but doomed to a life of correcting people and dodging taunts. Maybe save it for a middle name, if you love it so much.

LookingForwardToMarch Sat 06-Jul-13 07:12:11

Could you maybe respell it guyus?

lilystem Sat 06-Jul-13 07:50:51

Love it. Absolutely love it.

May consider if we ever have another boy!

Smudging Sat 06-Jul-13 08:09:44

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ClaraOswald Sat 06-Jul-13 08:18:36

I like Gaius/Caius

ifindoubtnamechange Sat 06-Jul-13 11:03:29

Yes and get him a laminated "kick me" sign while you are at it..

Lots of "Gay As..." potential. Trying to protest the correct pronunciation wouldn't really help. That's not how teasing/bullying works.

Bunbaker Sat 06-Jul-13 11:26:42

"It might toughen him out."

Being bullied or teased foe whatever reason doesn't necessarily toughen children. I have read some heartbreaking posts on this forum from parents of bullied children. Why set him up as an easy target in the first place?

raisah Sat 06-Jul-13 12:45:45


bugsybill Sat 06-Jul-13 13:00:16

Sorry, too unusual for my tastes.

raisah Sat 06-Jul-13 13:26:43

Lovely name but too much potential for the school bullies to make a big deal out of it.

Turniptwirl Sat 06-Jul-13 16:29:06


I also read it as Gay-us which would lead to teasing (think supply teachers pronouncing it wrong when doing the register, graffiti on his name written anywhere)

Really! What sort of schools did you all go to? Christ there was a fanny in my year who didn't get teased.

Kai is pronounced k-eye I really can't see the mispronunciation being an issue.

I like it op fwiw!

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 06-Jul-13 16:35:53

What about Gawain. Now that I like. Although I also like Merlin and Arthur (if dd had been a boy she might well have been an Arthur).

GaiusIsAnAceName Sat 06-Jul-13 18:13:04

kids will pick on anyone for anything. I think you lot might actually have strengthened my resolve to use it.

Kids round here have all manner of baffling names (KH would be horrified, although Poppy and India are vv common!), makes Gaius seem almost normal.grin

bumpitybumpbump Sat 06-Jul-13 19:21:10

I'm not sure about Gaius, I think it's a great name (wasn't it Cesaer's first name, or was that an HBO touch?), but echo the thoughts of others re, the teasing. Having said that I shall ignore all my and other advice as my fav boys name is Decimus.... If I have a boy next then it's a strong contender. Bit of a shame that it's the name we gave to our Landrover but hey ho....I have reconciled myself with the potential ridicule from all angles... :-) .

juneau Sat 06-Jul-13 19:33:40

Something Roman - fine. But Gaius? He's going to be mercilessly teased throughout his life and people won't call it Guy-us, I can tell you now.

Please pick something else. There are lots of lovely Roman names out there.

I'd immediately think of BSG. I'm not sure Gaius is someone I'd want to name my child after... grin

There is no point trying to tease-proof a name. The fact is, people who want to tease someone will always find something.

LynetteScavo Sat 06-Jul-13 19:37:37

Being an ignoramus I thought it was pronounced Gay-us. This has so much teasing potential for 11yo boys.

GaiusIsAnAceName Sat 06-Jul-13 20:12:22

I might call him Cylon instead...

RoadToTuapeka Sat 06-Jul-13 20:15:18

Nay! Teasing potential & endless telling people how to spell & pronounce it... And they will still tend to spell it wrong anyway. He will never get emails as name will always be mis-spelt!

Materfacit Sat 06-Jul-13 20:22:58

Nay from me.

Love Roman names, Ds was almost Octavian but not Gaius for pretty much all the reasons above.

Plus it's the real name of the emperor Caligula ( Caligula was a nickname given to him by the army- iirc it means 'little boots') - who was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus.

I'd keep him away from horses.

Mater I've taught an Octavian! Great name. Went by Otty.

Josie314 Sat 06-Jul-13 22:44:38

But Gaius was such a spineless and immoral man. If you want to go the BSG route, I think Galen is a much better role model (although with equal teasing potential).

Materfacit Sat 06-Jul-13 22:46:12

Vindicated! DH said no one has called their child Octavian for 2000 years and vetoed it. I'll have to tell him he was wrong, but its quite a few years too late for DS sadly.

RussiansOnTheSpree Sat 06-Jul-13 22:50:54

Just call him Baltar! Mind you if you call him Gaius you could do the 'no more mr nice Gaius' gag every time he was naughty. I definitely wouldn't call him Galen, not a lucky name. You could call him Helo? Or Romo. Wy not call him Romo? He was ace. Or Saul? He was mainly ok.

But you're right - Gaius was most definitelyTHE BEST ONE. By a mile. Hence he got the happy ending.

RussiansOnTheSpree Sat 06-Jul-13 22:52:19

Josie I think you need to rewatch. Gaius was the only one with a moral compass. Something eg Roslin and Adama lacked. Hence he got the happy ending, and they didn't.

enormouse Sat 06-Jul-13 22:53:47

My DP asks if you're a battlestar galactica fan?

enormouse Sat 06-Jul-13 22:54:21

X post with the ladies above.

Mater he is Romanian to be fair, but you don't have to tell DH that!

SchnitzelVonKrumm Sat 06-Jul-13 22:58:58

Caecilius est pater... Gaius was the baddie grin

garlicsmutty Sat 06-Jul-13 23:02:34

Gaius - nay! For all the reasons above, including the Caligula one, so history drops you in it even further there.

Caius - would you be prepared to spell it Kaius? Coz, if not, you're choosing the name for pretentious reasons. Most people would call him K-us, anyway.

For the sake of his psychological health, please don't give him a name that rhymes with Nylon Pylon!

Marcus, Lucas, Camus, Romulus?? Magus, Saron, Druis, Bardus? History's choc-a-block with names that will make all your friends want to copy you wink without providing obvious schoolboy puns.

garlicsmutty Sat 06-Jul-13 23:03:10

.. I take back Saron, they'll call him Sharon. May as well go for broke with Sue!

garlicsmutty Sat 06-Jul-13 23:05:28

Lol-ing a lot at naming your child after the first sentence in a Latin primer grin

daddoinghisbest Sat 06-Jul-13 23:19:29

I sometimes wonder if there's a module in the NCT classes nowadays where everyone tries to outdo each other by coming up with a name for their offspring which has the most potential for piss taking at school, eye rolling from family and friends, and general abuse. Get real!

valiumredhead Sat 06-Jul-13 23:32:57

I think it's nice but please don't unless you arts planning on home ed as he'll be ripped to shreds at schoolsad

valiumredhead Sat 06-Jul-13 23:35:30

Glaik kids at ds's school won't even wear GAP clothes as they get teased for being 'gay and proud'hmm

megsmouse Sat 06-Jul-13 23:56:22

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LadyIsabellaWrotham Sun 07-Jul-13 00:07:12

This is an essential task for DHs, preventing hormonal DWs from going utterly off the rails when it comes to baby names.

Gaius is a classic "thinking with my hormones" name.

(Though I still think that Eowyn and Celeborn would have been perfectly acceptable names if DH hadn't cruelly ripped the registration paper from my hand and substituted boring actual human names sad).


celestialsquirrels Sun 07-Jul-13 00:18:08

I'm sorry but this is the absolutely most hilarious thread title of all time. It completely sums up the madness that is mumsnet to a T. I think mnhq should consider it as an advertising slogan. "Baby names. GAIUS - YAY OR NAY?" grin

God I'm actually crying with laughter!

sleepingbeautiful Sun 07-Jul-13 03:56:49

No, no and no again.
Agree with the other comments. I knew how it was pronounced and so will many others, but it'll still be twisted into the obvious at school.


freerangechickens Sun 07-Jul-13 04:06:23

DH's cousin named their child Gaius. Actually they named him Gaius Maximus, which could be the subject of a whole other thread in itself, none of it good. But even the Grandmothers of Gaius pronounce it Gay-us, and they're not doing it in an on-purpose teasing way. We've seen what happens to a child that hits school age with the name Gaius firsthand, and please, just don't.

Chubfuddler Sun 07-Jul-13 04:18:56

I've seen what happens when a bit called gaius hits school firsthand too.

Absolutely nothing. And nobody mispronounces it.

It's a name. A solid, very ancient name. If you love it, use it.

valiumredhead Sun 07-Jul-13 06:42:22

Chubb-primary or secondary school?

exoticfruits Sun 07-Jul-13 06:54:39


BoyMeetsWorld Sun 07-Jul-13 08:00:30

Like Caius much better than Gaius, it's lovely- very strong. Also like Cassius.

MultipleMama Sun 07-Jul-13 11:35:12

I love the name but it reminds me of Merlin (BBC Series - which I loved btw and have the boxsets).

In fact I quite love Merlin or Emrys (New names to add to my baby list now!)

GaiusIsAnAceName Sun 07-Jul-13 11:37:18

Loving your responses!

I am genuinely a MASSIVE BSG fan and Gaius is by far my fave charachter.

I'm not that serious about lumbering a child with the name (maybe a middle name), I was more entertainted to see what the MN jury would say grin and to settle an argument amongst friends

Thanks ladies grin

miffybun73 Sun 07-Jul-13 11:37:39

Definitely no. Lots of potential for teasing and name calling sadly.

MultipleMama Sun 07-Jul-13 11:40:46

It would make a lovely middle name too. DH saw my first reply, saw the names and went "NO." Such a spoil sport! Haha.

ZenGardener Sun 07-Jul-13 11:45:56

I knew a little boy called Caius. I can't remember where they were from now. They were a very international family. I thought it was a cool name.

formicadinosaur Sun 07-Jul-13 17:08:11

No way. What about Caius. I think it's spelt that way anyway. Love Rex what about Silus or Lucas

Bunbaker Sun 07-Jul-13 18:56:20

It's all very well saying that it doesn't matter if your child gets teased.

Well it does - to the child. I have an unusual name and got so sick of being teased about it at school. And , no, it didn't toughen me up, it did the opposite and dented my self confidence because I hated other kids taking the mickey out of me.

I sometimes think that giving your children "out there" names is a big ego trip for the parents and a tad selfish because the parents choose the name they want without any regard to how the child feels.

exoticfruits Sun 07-Jul-13 21:36:57

When they are a baby you can't tell if they will be strong enough to carry it off- I would assume they are not and not start them at a disadvantage.

NotYoMomma Sun 07-Jul-13 22:00:58

I thought of Battlestar Galactica.

go for it. he will be of much importance clearly

NotYoMomma Sun 07-Jul-13 22:02:02

if you have a girl PLEASE call her Six!!!

PhallicGiraffe Sun 07-Jul-13 22:03:47

Dear god, I feel sorry for any kid named gayus.

LRDLearningKnigaBook Sun 07-Jul-13 22:06:39

Oh, god, please don't.

The BSG character is so fucking annoying and pointless.

How do you pronounce 'Caius'? Is it 'keys' or 'cai-us'? confused Another no for me.

Just want to say that I love this name! But had to give up for all the reasons mentioned above. Ds1 and ds2 have very sensible names, boo hoo...

MultipleMama Sun 07-Jul-13 23:08:00

showofhands I may have read that in Gaius' voice! As we speak I'm watching Gaius on dvd (season 3) haha.

I Think the name itself is lovely and those who've heard the name know how to pronounce it.

I think people need to brush up their pronunciations of names! Haha.

MultipleMama Sun 07-Jul-13 23:10:34

You shouldn't be put off a name because some can't pronounce it. If that was the case then the Irish are fucked. Excuse my language. No offence intended.

No to gaius (I read it as gay us)
Yes to caius

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 08-Jul-13 23:21:43

I think Caius is more usable.

Having said that I like Gaia for a girl so <shrug>

I just think Gaius from Merlin.

I'd prefer Merlin though.

In fact, I quite like Merlin.

Someone convince me not to choose the name Merlin if I ever have a boy, please?

Oh and Emrys too smile

icetip Tue 09-Jul-13 21:50:14

Biggus Dickus perhaps?

mellicauli Tue 09-Jul-13 21:51:53

We have a colleague called Gailen. I am ashamed to report to you that the name really brings out the inner 9 year old in my well-spoken, well brought up university educated colleagues. So best to avoid, methinks.

KatOD Tue 09-Jul-13 21:59:25

Not a chance. Way too mean.

mewkins Tue 09-Jul-13 22:03:18

It may be pronounced gi-us but I too would read gay-us. He will have a lifetime of people calling out gay-us. Unless you just shortened to Guy.

almapudden Tue 09-Jul-13 22:10:46

I love it. Caius was the original spelling, which is why e.g. Caesar's name is written C. Julius Caesar (early Latin didn't distinguish between voiced and unvoiced consonants in its orthography).

It's one of the twelve most common Latin praenomina, so you have a whole bunch of famous namesakes to choose from!

ThreeEyedRaven Tue 09-Jul-13 23:15:34

Caius is sounding much more promising now grin

Dh2812 Wed 10-Jul-13 07:59:33

I love it. I would really hope that society would move forwards enough in the 10-11 years before this became the issue that people are making it out to be that gay isn't a derogatory term. On a side note went to school with a Guy and he was never teased for his name so don't see it for this name.

Bunbaker Wed 10-Jul-13 15:52:51

"I would really hope that society would move forwards enough in the 10-11 years before this became the issue that people are making it out to be that gay isn't a derogatory term."

I would hope so, but I can't see that happening in reality. DD is in year 8 at school and I know just how nasty some kids can get.

I don't see why Guy would be a problem.

AllegraLilac Sat 13-Jul-13 13:48:19

Would you pronounce Caius Kai-us or traditionally, like keys?

Empress77 Sat 13-Jul-13 18:02:10

Gaius is Sooo cool, id have it for a middle name. I wanted Starbuck for a girl but dp said no (also perfect for xfiles - so perfect!). Id go for Apollo perhaps, hes also sooo cool.

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