If you don't like it too well...maybe it could be used as the middle name instead.
My DH also has a family name I don't care much for..but he is insistent. So, although I didn't want to use it all...we're using it as a middle name.
When I hear Augustus, I think of Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I agree that it would be better to stick with Augustus for a middle name. Especially since you don't like the name.
My dh also has a family name which my ds inherited, but I agreed that it must be the mn, because I personally dislike the name. But, it's growing on me since it's now my ds's mn.
We were kind of in the same boat. DH wanted to name a boy William Miles (this was before we were even ever pregnant, we've kind of had our names picked out for awhile!). His dad was Bill, his brother is Bill and his uncle is Bill, along with all the other Bills in the rest of his family. I couldn't stand it. I said we can use it if we call him "Will", but dh refused. Then we switched them around and we both liked it a lot more. So that's our name, Miles William.
*On a side note, when we told MIL that it was a boy and the name we'd chosen, she was very upset that it wasn't William Miles. Fortunately, I wasn't talking to her. :
However, IMO, dimishing the name to Gus takes all the class away.
Nathaniel is classy and beautiful too.
I think fat kid also.
I went to school with a nice guy named August (not fat) . It's also my father's middle name (who was born in January btw).
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For some reason Gustave sounds more sophisticated/romantic to me. Think Gustav Klimt. I don't think Gus is that difficult of a name to live with.
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I think of Augustsus Ceasar. : I must be some kind of geek! It sounds very grand, but I think of grownups and not kids. I have a hard time picturing an Augustus under the age of 35. Gus, however, I can see going on forever... but I also think of the chubby mouse in Cinderella, after I think of two books that I had as a child called "Gus the Friendly Ghost." So, I have this kind of young, rotund, bumbling figure in mind.