Eustace - Meaning of Eustace
[ 2 syll. eu-(s)ta-ce, eus-t-ace ] The baby boy name Eustace is pronounced as YUW-STahZ †. Eustace is used chiefly in the English language and its origin is Old Greek. The name is of the meaning good harvest, fruitful. The name is derived via Old French from Eustakhios (Old Greek) or Eustathios (Old Greek), which are of the same first element 'eu' (meaning good, well), but differ in their second element, 'stachys' (ear of corn, grapes) and 'stenai' respectively. Eustachius (Latin) is another old form.
Saint Eustachius was a 2nd-century Roman general who converted to Christianity after encountering a vision of a crucifix hovering between the antlers of a stag that he was hunting. Accounts of the saint could be fictional, and they generally center around the loss of job and the onset of poverty and misfortune after his conversion, before his eventual reinstation and victory in war; his many legends are similar to Saint Hubert's and are commonly found in medieval romance. In some versions, he was eventually martyred for refusing to worship Roman gods, and he became the patron saint of hunters.
The name was thus popular in the Middle Ages, and it was brought by the Normans to England in the 11th century. It dropped off in use after the medieval period but enjoyed a strong revival in the 19th century. In literature, it has appeared in the L. P. Hartley novels The Shrimp and the Anemone (1944), The Sixth Heaven (1946), and Eustace and Hilda (1947), which are collectively known as the Eustace and Hilda Trilogy. The name Eustacia (English) is the female form of Eustace.
Eustace has 23 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Eustachios, Eustacio, Eustashe, Eustasio, Eustasius, Eustatius, Eustazio, Eusticia, Eustiss, Eustys, Eustyss, and Ustice. The pet forms Stacey and Stacy, and the variant spelling Eustis are other English forms.
Foreign variants of Eustace include Eustach (German), Eustache (French), Eustachio (Italian), Eustachius (German), Eustachy (Polish), Eustaquio (Spanish), and Jevstachi (Russian). Another foreign variant is the contraction Staas (Frisian).
See also the related categories, strong (strength), medieval, martyred (death), gods, english, latin, sixth, normans, revival, vision, war, fruitful (victorious), element, greek, roman, stag (deer), general (universal), french, and literature.
Eustace is unusual as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
Baby names that sound like Eustace include Eustach, Eustashe, Eustis, Eustiss, Eustys, Eustyss, Justiss, Yuckta, Yucta, Yuctah, Yukta, Yuktah, Eustatius, Eusticia, Euodeas, Euodias, Euodyas, Eustachio, Eustachios, and Eustachius.
† Pronunciation for Eustace: Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)"