Anglicized form of Aonghus, Aonghas, Gaelic
"one strength"

Angus Origin and Meaning

The name Angus is a boy's name of Scottish, Scottish Gaelic origin meaning "one strength".

Angus is a traditional yet stylish choice in the UK, especially in Scotland. And it's a cool choice for US parents too, particularly those whose roots go back to Glasgow. The ancient Celtic form Oenghus has important historical overtones in Scotland, and the Gaelic form Aonghas is associated with two distinguished modern poets. In Irish folklore, Angus Og is a chieftain-lord who used his magical powers for the pleasure and prosperity of mankind--and in Irish myth, Aonghus was the god of love and youth.

These days, Angus is even more popular in Australia than Scotland, possibly due to the fame of Scottish-born Australian musician Angus Young, lead guitarist and co-founder of the seminal rock band AC/DC.

Other pop culture references: Angus was the first name of TV's McGyver and the young actor who plays the half man on Two and a Half Men is Angus T. Jones. Angus Wilson was a noted British novelist and short story writer.

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Angus Popularity

Famous People Named Angus

  • Angus McKinnon YoungAustralian guitarist of band AC/DC
  • Angus Turner JonesAmerican actor
  • Angus McLarenAustralian actor
  • Angus Stewart DeatonBritish,American economist
  • Angus Frank JohnstoneWilson, English novelist
  • Angus Stanley KingU.S. Senator from Maine
  • Angus StoneAustralian singer songwriter
  • Angus Neil McCallumCanadian MP
  • Angus Scrimm (born Lawrence Rory Guy)American actor
  • Angus ReidCanadian CFL player
  • Angus Wilson LennieScottish actor
  • (Gordon) Angus DeaytonEnglish actor/comedian
  • Angus Alan Douglas DouglasHamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton and 12th Duke of Brando
  • Angus James Bruce OgilvyEnglish businessman; husband of Britain's Princess Alexandra
  • Angus CameronU.S. Senator from Wisconsin
  • Angus "Alan" YoungBritish,Canadian,American actor
  • Angus William MacLiseAmerican drummer for the Velvet Underground
  • Angus Redford SutherlandAmerican actor and brother of Kiefer Sutherland
  • Angus Moore Bernsenson of actor Corbin Bernsen
  • Angus McKinnon YoungScottish born, Australian lead guitarist of AC/DC

Angus in Pop Culture

  • Angus MacGyvermain character on TV's "MacGyver"
  • Angus Partridgemale nanny on TV's "The L Word."
  • Angus McMorrowmain character in the film "The Water Horse (2007)"
  • "Angus" 1995 film and its main character
  • Angushorse in Pixar's "Brave"
  • Angus Chestnutcharacter on TV's "A.N.T. Farm"
  • Anguscharacter in video game "Devil May Cry 4"
  • "AngusThongs and Perfect Snogging," novel by Louise Rennison and film
  • Angus Campbellmain character in G. A. Henty's "To Herat and Cabul"
  • Angus McGillicuddyancestor of Lucy Ricardo on the sitcom "I Love Lucy"
  • Angusa county in Scotland, and the origin of the name of the cattle breed
  • Angusbreed of beef cattle
  • Dr. Angus Leightoncharacter on TV's "Code Black"