Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith welcome son August Harrison Goldsmith

Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith welcomed their son, August Harrison Goldsmith, into the world yesterday. According to Mandy’s caption, Gus, as he will be called, graciously arrived promptly on his due date:

Gus is here 💙💙💙💙. Our sweet boy, August Harrison Goldsmith. He was punctual and arrived right on his due date, much to the delight of his parents. We were prepared to fall in love in all sorts of brand new ways, but it goes beyond anything we could have ever imagined.
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Look at that, good looking and considerate! And so regal sounding, what with both Princess Eugenie’s and Harry and Meghan’s kids’ names. And with the same nickname as the best mouse in Cinderella – this kid’s clearly destined for a fairytale life.

Big Gus is Mandy and Taylor’s first child and they have been eagerly awaiting his arrival. Mandy had a few complications in her pregnancy that were unfortunate, but thankfully didn’t pose serious threats to either her or Gus. She had a very rough start to her pregnancy with some pronounced food aversions that required much bedrest. Although she’s had a smoother second half, she was recently diagnosed with gestational thrombocytopenia, which is when a pregnant women’s platelets drop below the normal range. While the condition is not unusual, it does require a hospital birth due to possible complications. However, after watching the documentary The Business of Giving Birth, Mandy and Taylor fell in love with the idea of having a home birth and planned a music-filled experience in their home with a playlist and Taylor playing his guitar. Although Mandy doesn’t have any issue with Western medicine, she’d been really looking forward to her sing-along birth moment and had already assembled a team of doulas and a midwife when the plan got changed. She even ended up with Home-Birth envy. But, as often happens with babies, the plan changed. They found a way to incorporate their midwife into the hospital birth and Mandy said she felt like she was getting “the best of both worlds.” I bet now that Gus is here, Mandy doesn’t even remember her home-birth envy. A happy, healthy baby – that’s what it’s all about.

Congratulations to the whole family!



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  1. Lily P says:

    Had no idea how trendy ‘August’ is!

    • Amy Bee says:

      Mariska Hargitay’s first son’s name is August too. There’s a few Hollywood actors who have named their son August.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, right? As the mom of an August/Gus, I’ve heard it more in the past week than I have in his whole 20+ years. He’s never met another, except for a little girl named August once on a vacation.

      • margie says:

        same. Our Gus is short for Augustin- I had never encountered a Gus in person in my entire life. There are now 3 other Gus’ who are in grades below, and Eugenie and Mandy Moore are not going to help! I tried to choose a normal but uncommon name. There were seriously 8 Michaels and even more Laurens in my class. I wanted to avoid that. Oh well. It is a great name, I totally get why people want to use it!!

    • Kate says:

      August was on my short list for my son in 2017, with a nickname of either Gus or Auggie but my husband vetoed. At the time it was a quietly trendy name – I think a choice for people who want their kids to have a unique but not made up name. But now it must be catching on more!

    • Kristin says:

      I know! It has to be some kind of generational thing. My nephew is an August, named after our great great grandfather.

    • Sarita says:

      I have a 4 year old nephew named August Arlo Knoll, who we mostly call “Auggie.” It’s one of those trendy old man names, I guess… I advocated for the nickname Gus, but Auggie it is. Also cute.

  2. Ohlala says:

    Just came to say same. Apparently August is IT name atm

    • Noodle says:

      Apparently the Victorian headband thing is too! Eugenie had hers on in the official pictures with her baby, and now Mandy has hers.

      • Ash says:

        Ah good point! Although maybe it’s because this one blends into Mandy’s hair better but I like it much more than Eugenie’s.

        Love the name though.

      • Detnow359 says:

        And her son and Eugenie’s son have the same first name while Mandy’s son shares Archie’s middle name. Three similarities, wow.

  3. Faithmobile says:

    Love the name but i’m taking it off my list now. I had two difficult home births so now I’ve got hospital birth envy. Looking forward to the drugs this time around.

  4. smcollins says:

    Congrats to the happy family! It’s too bad that they didn’t get to use the birth plan they had intended but sometimes the baby has other plans, and in the end the only thing that matters is a healthy baby & mother. Best wishes to them!

  5. original_kellybean says:

    I have a question, if you are going to start calling the kid Gus right away, why bother naming him August? Just name him Gus.

    • mynameispearl says:

      Ah I think it’s better to give the full name on official documents but use a derivative in real life, gives the kid options when he grows up, maybe he’ll like August as it has a bit of gravitas about it.

    • Becks1 says:

      I guess it depends on if you want your kid to have options down the road?

      My youngest goes by a nickname and has since the day he was born, but I like that he can use the full name if he wants. I personally like giving the full name and then using the nickname, but some people are different (like Harry and Meghan going right for Archie and not Archer or Archibald.)

      • Ang says:

        Because Archie will never need any pretentions of gravitas when he is older. He will simply be taken seriously.

      • Becks1 says:

        I dont think using a full name is a “pretention of gravitas” LOL and I never said that using a nickname means someone isnt taken seriously. I usually go by a nickname but sometimes I choose my full name. It’s not that big a deal.

      • Case says:

        Becks1, I agree about giving your child options. I always feel like your child’s name should work for them whether they become a lawyer or an artist! I’m a big nickname person, but definitely prefer them as optional rather than the main name. Though I do think maybe Archie could go by “Arch” as an adult if he wanted something more grown up sounding.

      • Ripley says:

        My son is named James and I fully thought he would be Jimmy. But, from the get-go, he has gone by James. Every couple of years we (half heartedly) ask if he wants to be called by a nickname but he always tells us he’s James.

        But I don’t think people who use nicknames are taken less seriously.

    • Kate says:

      Sometimes the full name you love seems too much for a tiny newborn, so you use a nickname that suits them better at that age. You want a name that will grow with them as they grow up, and sometimes a nickname is how you see that happening.

    • Amanda says:

      Similar situation with myself. My family has been calling me Mandy since I was a baby, and that’s what I went by when I was younger, but now I go by Amanda usually.

    • AMA1977 says:

      My daughter is Abigail but has always been called Abby, since she was a tiny baby. We wanted her to have the option to use her “full” name as an adult (or even as an older child, if she wants!) Nicknames as given names is a pet peeve of mine. She also knows that if I call her “Abigail”, 90% of the time it means she’s got some explaining to do!

  6. Mcmmom says:

    My eldest is August and goes by Gus. He’s nearly 19 – I had no idea I was so ahead of my time! My other son also has an old name that became very trendy – name popularity goes in waves and it’s interesting to me to see what catches on.

    Original KB – I’m a little more formal and didn’t want to name my son what is essentially a nickname. Although I’ve never called him anything but Gus, he has on occasion used his full name (like at school). When he gets into the working world, I wouldn’t be surprised if he used the more formal name.

    • Esmom says:

      Hello, fellow August/Gus mom! We’ve also only called him Gus and sort of backed into his full name. I remember a friend being keen on Fergus. He decided to go by August in kindergarten then switched back to his nickname the following year. He has enjoyed people’s reactions when they hear his full name, for some reason most people are surprised.

    • Lady Keller says:

      My eldest is Augustus/Gus. My husband wanted a name that no one else would have. At the time people thought we were crazy.
      Who knew we were just early adopters.

      I’m sad to see that our special name is now something everyone else has, but I feel vindicated that the family members who essentially said naming a kid Gus was tantamount to child abuse were wrong. Gus is an awesome kid and an awesome name.

      • Esmom says:

        I hear you, my SIL was vehemently against Gus, she said it sounded like “an old Greek guy working in a diner,” lol. I think she was taken aback when we actually chose it, and a little embarrassed for trashing it.

      • Andrena Emin says:

        My dad’s second name is Augustus. Love it!!

    • lucky says:

      I named my daughter a name that I have always loved and was always somewhat rare and now it is super popular, she has always been in a class with at least one person that shares her name, ha! You really never can tell.

      I also have a name that I don’t think anyone would go by but it is a family name and the shortened version is more common, shrug. August could certainly be a family name.

    • Ann says:

      I had a friend named Gus in college. That was in the late 80s. I don’t know if it was a nickname or his full name, but he was the only Gus I knew. My niece had a boyfriend named August for a while, too, about 15 years back.

  7. Becks1 says:

    I like the name August – my mom kept pushing it as a possibility for us (I think it was my great-grandfather’s name? Maybe great-great?) but we never did use it.

    I do think its funny that his name is August Harrison – so close to the two newest royal babies, lol. I’m sure that didnt occur to Mandy though.

    I’m glad she had a smooth delivery and that he’s here and healthy.

  8. Jegede says:

    Seems like this August name is like the buses.

    No action for a while, then 2-3 come in a row.🤔🤔

  9. Sa says:

    When I was a preteen I came up with a name in case I ever had to go into witness protection and since I loved the name August, but it was a boys name, I decided it would be my middle name. It’s so weird to me that the name my friends made fun of me about is apparently so popular now (in fairness, they also made fun of me for coming up with a name for if I ever went into witness protection).

  10. Case says:

    Congrats to them! Mandy always comes across as endlessly sweet and I’m happy for her.

    My first thought was “wow, a combo of Eugenie and Meghan’s baby name choices!” Ha. It’s a lovely name. I also didn’t know August was super trendy right now. I like Auggie better than Gus as a nickname, but both are cute. August Goldsmith is such a strong name!

  11. Fern says:

    I wish everyone would realize that you can have many aspects of a home birth in a hospital, including not getting regional anesthesia, having people play music, and even deliver in a tub in some hospitals. But also be within the same walls of an OR that can save you or your baby’s life. Glad they made a logical decision and were happy with their experience. I think it’s important that celebs also share these stories so people know you can have a great birth experience in a hospital.

  12. Sandra says:

    “sing-along birth moment” just cracked me up!

  13. Tootsie McJingle says:

    I’ve just always liked her. I’m a 90’s girl and she always seemed like one of the sweetest of the pop girls of that generation.

  14. pasdesmots says:

    Isn’t Carole Middletons maiden name also Goldsmith? 😀

  15. CMS says:

    She is truly stunning. Pregnancy looked good on her. I love the name. I have 3 girls but if we had a boy we would have named him Gus. It’s a good name! Congrats to the new parents!

  16. LA says:

    Heeee. She actually ended up with a “little Gus Gus.” (I may be the only one here who’s seen that movie.)

  17. Beech says:

    Omg, chubby baby fingers and hand dimples!

  18. Shawna says:

    We picked out August about two years ago, when we found out I was pregnant. We thought it would be so special, but not ridiculous or hard to spell. Well, in the hospital, the lady across the hallway gave birth to an Augusto, and in the park a week ago, I met another August. Dang it….

  19. Tiffany says:

    Mazal Tov to the now family of 3.

  20. Other Renee says:

    I’m surprised it took this long for the name to take off and become so popular. Remember the 2007 movie “August Rush” with Robin Williams?

    When I named my daughter, her name was so out of vogue that I couldn’t find a single item with her name on it. Not a mug or a kids bicycle license plate. I liked that it was rare. Then it became popular due to a tv show and has been on the list of most popular girls names many times. I was disappointed about that. Still love the name though.

  21. Zantasia says:

    Her headband reminds me of this really accomplished research professor who used to steal my lunch out of the fridge at work.

  22. L4frimaire says:

    Wow! I think we’ll be getting a few August’s showing up. It will start trending. The name has a bit of gravitas ( Emperor Augustus, playwright August Wilson),but seems a little hipster as well. I like it for girls as well. I was also tickled by his middle name being Harrison, like Archie’s. Her son has 2 royal baby names. I like Auggie more than Gus as a nickname.

    • Ann says:

      Harrison was a very popular name in my son’s age group (he’s 25). He had two close friends named Harrison, and both had brothers named Hunter.