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Meaning & History

English form of EUSTACHIUS or EUSTATHIUS, two names of Greek origin which have been conflated in the post-classical period. Saint Eustace, whose is known under both spellings, was a 2nd-century Roman general who became a Christian after seeing a vision of a cross between the antlers of a stag he was hunting. He was burned to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods and is now regarded as the patron saint of hunters. Due to him, this name was common in England during the Middle Ages, though it is presently rare.
Feminine FormsEustacia, Stacia
Other Languages & CulturesEustathios, Eustathius Ancient Greek Staas Dutch Eustache French Efstathios, Stathis Greek Eustachio Italian Eustachius Late Roman Stace Medieval English Eustachy Polish Eustáquio Portuguese Eustaquio Spanish Ostap Ukrainian


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Entry updated July 2, 2017