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As a bearer of the name Athanasius, I would like to leave some related names that are commonly used for Athansius, particularly in Australia.
The most common name used for Athanasius in Australia is Arthur. This mistranslation most probably resulted from the similarity of the Australian pronunciation of Arthur (Ah-thah) with the first four letters of Athanasius.
With first generation Greek-Australians now at child bearing age and wishing to maintain the Greek tradition of naming their first born sons after the father's father, new English versions of Athanasius are appearing.
Most common are Athan, Nathan and Nass.
-- Nassman  10/13/2006
It's a great name! I named my first child Athan.
And it means leadership, intelligence, tactful, long-life, respect to the parents.
-- Skong  10/17/2006
Athanasius was a crazy person in Clive Barker's novel Imajica. He thought he was Jesus and did things like wear crowns of thorns and jump off roofs. (Athanasius, not Clive Barker.)
-- Anonymous User  4/21/2007
Pronounced "at-ah-NAH-zee-uws".
-- Emilie007  5/31/2008
One of my really good friends is named Athanasius. We call him "A" for short. When I first met him I had to ask him to repeat his name because I didn't understand it lol.
-- DutchmanTrousers  9/7/2008
Might this name's original bearer or its roots have anything to do with the verb "to euthanise" or simply "euthanasia", considering its lethal origins?

I don't know. I enjoy the name regardless. Bit of a mouthful for a human name, and sort of a bad omen were one to name a child, but this also means it's fun to abbreviate. Into a character name, even.
-- eirin799  9/22/2010
The name Athanasius and the word "euthanasia" are distantly related, but they have opposite meanings. Only the "thanatos" (death) element is the same. Euthanasia means "good death" (in the sense of "painless death") but Athanasius means "without death, undying", or "immortal".
-- Anonymous User  8/26/2012

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