German form of Latin Augustus
"great, magnificent"

August Origin and Meaning

The name August is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "great, magnificent".

The name August is at its highest point since the 1890s, when it ranked among the Top 100 boy names in the US. And deservedly so, given its great meaning, historic roots, and cool nicknames.

THE celebrity baby name of the moment, August was chosen by both Princess Eugenie and Mandy Moore for their baby boys in early 2021. Before that, August had been heating up in Hollywood – used by Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews and Jeanne Tripplehorn for their sons

August is the only truly popular month name for boys. The month of August was named after the Emperor Augustus.

August has two august literary namesakes: the Swedish playwright August Strindberg (it has always been a popular name in Scandinavia), and August Wilson, as well as photographer August Sander.

The French version is Auguste (ow-GOOST), as in Edgar Allan Poe's clever detective Auguste Dupin and famed sculptor Auguste Rodin.

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August Rank in US Top 1000

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August Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

August Popularity

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Famous People Named August

  • August MannsGerman,British musical conductor of the Crystal Palace
  • August WilsonAmerican playwright
  • August StrindbergSwedish playwright
  • August DiehlGerman actor
  • August von KotzebueGerman writer
  • August Floyd CoppolaAmerican author and film executive; father of Nicolas Cage
  • August Oetkerfounder of the Dr. Oetker baking company
  • August AlsinaR&B Singer
  • August MaturoAmerican child actor
  • August ThyssenGerman businessman
  • August Manning Weatherlyson of actor Michael Weatherly
  • August William Sylkson of actress Denise Crosby and Ken Sylk
  • August Tripplehorn Orserson of actress Jeanne Tripplehorn and Leland Orser
  • August Christopher Crane (b. 2004)son of actors Matt Crane and Robin Christopher
  • August James May (b. 2005)son of comedian Ralphie May
  • August Miklos Friedrich Hermann (b. 2006)son of actors Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann
  • August Oliver Matthews (b. 2007)son of singer Dave Matthews
  • August Bonner (b. 2012)son of basketball player Matt Bonner
  • August Jones (b. 2014)son of baseball player Adam Jones
  • August "Gus" Scheer (b. 2014)son of actors June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer

August in Pop Culture

  • "August Rush" film and its main character
  • August "Auggie" Pullmanmain character in "Wonder" by RJ Palacio
  • August "Auggie" Andersoncharacter in "Covert Affairs"
  • August Rosenbluthcharacter in "Water for Elephants"
  • August "Augie" Marchcharacter in "The Adventures of Augie March" by Saul Bellow
  • August Wayne Boothcharacter on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
  • August "Auggie" Matthewsson of Cory and Topanga Matthews in "Girl Meets World"
  • August Flynncharacter in "This Savage Song" by Victoria Schwab