Americus is a unisex first name, but it has been primarily given to girls for a number of years.
At least in the US, the name Americus is extremely rare. Recently, only a handful of babies has been named Americus each year. That means it’s extremely unlikely that a boy or girl called Americus will meet someone with the same name. So, Americus is a very special name! If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Americus.
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is the most popular first letter for given names. 10.3% of all common first names in the US start with this letter. The second most common initial letter in first names is J.
With eight letters, the name Americus is long compared to other names. In fact, 14.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly eight letters. 78% of all first names are shorter, while only 8% of all boys’ and girls’ names use nine letters or even more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long with no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
That means that if 10.3% of all first names start with an A, this initial letter occurs nearly three times as often as all other letters on average.
If your name is Americus and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Americus, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Americus sounds like this: