Monday, 28 April 2014

Faustus


Dr. Johann Georg Faust




Origin: Latin
Meaning: "auspicious, lucky"
Gender: Masculine
Pronunciation: Faʊs-tәs

Faustus is a latin praenomen, or personal name. During the period of the Roman Empire, it was wildely used as a cognomen, or surname.

In Roman mythology, Faustulus was the shepherd who found Romulus and Remus on Palantine Hill. He and his wife, Acca Larentia, then raised them as their children.

Faust is also the protagonist in a German legend. He is a highly successful scholar who doesn't like his life so he makes a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and wordly pleasures. He is believed to be based on Dr. Johann Faust, an alchemist, astrologer, and magician of the German Renessaince. The story has been adapted by many writers such as Christopher Marlowe and Goethe.

There several saints bearing the name, Saint Faustus of Milan, a soldier and martyr, Saint Faustus of Riez who was a 5th century bishop, and Saint Faustina, a nun who was canonized.

   Related Names:

Faust - German surname (m)
Fausta - Italian, Ancient Roman (f)
Faustina - Ancient Roman, Italian (f)
Faustine - French (f)
Faustino - Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (f)
Faustinus - Ancient Roman (m)
Fausto - Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (m)

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