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Gender: M Meaning of Austin: "great, magnificent" Origin of Austin: English, shortened form of Augustine Austin's Popularity in 2015: #69

Austin -- a name with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the solid base of having long been an Anglo-Saxon surname and a first name since medieval times --reached the Top 10 in the 1990s, but has been gradually slipping down the list.

Literary namesakes include Austin Sloper in Henry James' novel Washington Square, and there have been several Austins in soap operas and films.

The Austen spelling is also used, sometimes as an homage to Jane Austen.

Famous People Named Austin

Austin Robert Butler, American actor
Austin Nichols, American actor
Austin Kirk Collie, American NFL and CFL football player
Austin Stevens, South African photographer and herpetologist
Austin Scarlett, American fashion designer and TV personality
Austin James Rivers, American basketball player
Austin Robert Carlile, American lead singer for band Of Mice & Men
Austin Mahone, American pop singer
Austin George Carr, American basketball player
(Joseph) Austin Currie, Irish MP
Austin Mincks, brother of American actor Aedin Mincks
Austin Dabney, slave and militiaman in the American Revolutionary War
Austin Marsden Farrer, English theologian and philosopher
Austin Idol (born Mike McCord), American pro wrestler
Austin Osman Spare, English painter and occultist
Austin Taylor O'Brien, American actor
Austin Johnson, American NFL football player
Austin Vernon Mitchell, English MP
(Henry) Austin Brunklacher, American NFL football player
Austin Shepherd Padalecki, son of Jared and Genevieve Padalecki (b. Dec. 22, 2013)
William Austin Dickinson, known as Austin, brother to poet Emily Dickinson
Tron Austin, son of American singer Chilli of TLC
Austin Patrick, daughter of American actor Robert Patrick
Austin Ward Sherman, son of actors Sela Ward and Howard Sherman
Austin Carter Akerill (b. 2010), son of Aubrey Wolters and Brandon Akerill of "16 and Pregnant"
Austin Anthony Corini, lead singer in American band The Tide

Pop Culture References for the name Austin

Austin Powers, comedy film series and its main character
Austin Moon, a main character on TV's "Austin & Ally"
Austin, purple kangaroo character in animated series "The Backyardigans"
Ostin Liss, character in Richard Paul Evans's Michael Vey series
Austin, Texas, USA
Austin, son of Apollo, in Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan
Austin, Minnesota (pop. 24,563)

Auston, Austyn, Austen, Astin