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

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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 Egg, Victorian artist
Augustus John, painter
Augustus Prew, English actor
Augustus Purcell (b. 2003), son of Dominic Purcell
Charles Augustus Robison (b. 2002), son of Emily Robison
Adam Augustus Wylie, American actor
Augustus "Gus", son of American actress Haylie Burton
Augustus, "Gus", Kenworthy, American Skier

Pop Culture References for the Name Augustus

Augustus Gloop, rotund kid who falls into chocolate river in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Augustus "Gus" McCrae, character in book/movie "Lonesome Dove"
Augustus "Gus" Waters, character in book/movie "The Fault in Our Stars"
Augustus Rookwood, character in the Harry Potter series

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