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Gender: M Meaning of Augustus: "great, magnificent" Origin of Augustus: Latin Augustus's Popularity in 2013: #688

Parents are beginning to look at imposing, somewhat fusty-sounding names like this one with fresh eyes: they definitely make a strong statement.

Augustus originated as a title given by the Roman Senate to the first Roman Emperor, Octavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, in 27 B.C. and adopted by him as a name. In the U.S., Augustus reached a high of Number 175 in 1880, fell off the list in 1970, then made a return appearance in 1991, and is now Number 688.

Augustus Snodgrass is a character in Charles Dickens' novel The Pickwick Papers, and George Bernard Shaw wrote a play titled "Augustus Does His Bit." Augustus John was a famed British portrait painter, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens a well-known sculptor.

No starbaby Augustuses as yet, but Dixie Chick Emily Robson used Augustus as a middle name for her son, and Dan Aykroyd did the same---for his daughter.

The diminutive form, Augustine, is also an interesting option; variant Augustin was used by model Linda Evangelista.

Famous People Named Augustus

Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor
Augustus I-III, Kings of Poland
Augustus Owsley Stanley, American politician; 38th Governor of Kentucky
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, English architect
Augustus Leopold Egg, English painter
Augustus Edwin John, Welsh painter
Augustus Art Prew, English actor
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, Prince of the U.K.; son of King George III
Augustus Frederick d'Este, son of Augustus, Duke of Sussex; first known person diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Augustus Emmett Maxwell, U.S. Congressman from Florida
Augustus Caesar Dodge, U.S. Senator from Iowa
Augustus Hall, U.S. Congressman from Iowa
Augustus Octavius Bacon, U.S. Senator from Georgia
Augustus De Morgan, British mathematician
Augustus Wall Callcott, English painter
Augustus Frank, U.S. Congressman from New York
Augustus Thomas, American playwright
Augustus Montague Toplady, English cleric and hymn writer
(Henry) Augustus Lukeman, American sculptor
Augustus Schell, American politician; chairman of the Democratic Party
Augustus Williamson Bradford, American politician; 32nd Governor of Maryland
Augustus Young, Irish poet
Augustus "Gus" Kenworthy, American skier
Augustus Newnham Dickens, brother of novelist Charles Dickens
Adam Augustus Wylie, American actor
Augustus Purcell (b. 2003), son of actor Dominic Purcell
Charles Augustus Robison (b. 2002), son of musician Emily Robison
Augustus "Gus," son of actress Haylie Burton

Pop Culture References for the Name Augustus

Augustus Gloop, gluttonous character in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Augustus "Gus" McCrae, character in Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove"
Augustus "Gus" Waters, character in John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars"
Augustus Highcastle, main character in G.B. Shaw's "Augustus Does His Bit"
Augustus Rookwood, character in the Harry Potter series
Augustus Faversham, character in radio series "The Penny Dreadfuls Present..."
Augustus Haynes, character on TV's "The Wire"
Augustus Hill, narrator on TV's "Oz"

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