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Gender: Male Meaning of Angus: "one strength" Origin of Angus: Anglicized form of Aonghus, Aonghas, Gaelic

The name Angus is a boy's name of Scottish, Scottish Gaelic origin meaning "one strength". Angus and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

Angus is rapidly moving from fuddy-duddy, kilt-wearing old Scotsman to hip young American; it's definitely a plausible choice, particularly for parents 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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Famous People Named Angus

Angus McKinnon Young, Australian guitarist of band AC/DC
Angus Turner Jones, American actor
Angus McLaren, Australian actor
Angus Stewart Deaton, British-American economist
Angus Frank Johnstone-Wilson, English novelist
Angus Stanley King, U.S. Senator from Maine
Angus Stone, Australian singer songwriter
Angus Neil McCallum, Canadian MP
Angus Scrimm (born Lawrence Rory Guy), American actor
Angus Reid, Canadian CFL player
Angus Wilson Lennie, Scottish actor
(Gordon) Angus Deayton, English actor/comedian
Angus Alan Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton and 12th Duke of Brando
Angus James Bruce Ogilvy, English businessman; husband of Britain's Princess Alexandra
Angus Cameron, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin
Angus "Alan" Young, British-Canadian-American actor
Angus William MacLise, American drummer for the Velvet Underground
Angus Redford Sutherland, American actor and brother of Kiefer Sutherland
Angus Moore Bernsen, son of actor Corbin Bernsen
Angus McKinnon Young, Scottish born, Australian lead guitarist of AC/DC

Pop Culture References for the name Angus

Angus MacGyver, main character on TV's "MacGyver"
Angus Partridge, male nanny on TV's "The L Word."
Angus McMorrow, main character in the film "The Water Horse (2007)"
"Angus," 1995 film and its main character
Angus, horse in Pixar's "Brave"
Angus Chestnut, character on TV's "A.N.T. Farm"
Angus, character in video game "Devil May Cry 4"
"Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging," novel by Louise Rennison and film
Angus Campbell, main character in G. A. Henty's "To Herat and Cabul"
Angus McGillicuddy, ancestor of Lucy Ricardo on the sitcom "I Love Lucy"
Angus, a county in Scotland, and the origin of the name of the cattle breed
Angus, breed of beef cattle
Dr. Angus Leighton, character on TV's "Code Black"

Angus's International Variations

Aengus, Aonghus, Ennis, Gus, Oengus, Ungus (Irish)


headintheclouds Says:


I can get behind this as a Scottish-origin name that sees widespread use outside of Scottish people, as those with Scottish origins want to connect to their heritage and then the name slowly spreads outside its ethnic sphere. The beef connection doesn't really bother me and I don't think it's that big a deal (Graham and its connection to crackers is fine!).

I objectively like the idea and concept behind Angus as a name I'd like to see other people use, but I just don't like the sound of the name-- the "ng" sound followed by the "us" sound grates at me and I'd prefer other -us ending names (e.g. Augustus) or other Scottish names (Callum, Graham, Gregor, Duncan).

JetDivvy Says:


My Brother is Angus Jack and I really like his name. TBH he doesn't care about the Angus beef thing (except for when we are on road trips and we saw Angus cows and I tell him to get out of the car because he needs to go out there with them). I also tell him that his name is an equation Angus-g=ANUS!!

It goes really well with mine and my other brother names: Harris and Bridget

Lomagical1723 Says:


My brother is named Angus

Nutmeg73 Says:


I dream of Angus, Aengus, Oengus.. Angus was the Celtic god of love, youth, poetry, and beauty. The name means 'one strength'. Angus had a dream of a beautiful young girl, the swan maiden and went on a valiant quest to free her from a curse. So many myths and legends about the name Angus.. The bovine breed came much later, like thinking Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter after the phone and not the fruit(?!). I don't get the cow association particularly other than maybe it explains why people don't name kids Jersey. I personally don't like names like Brooklyn or Paris. A city namesake is somehow more attractive than an animal association to some. *Perhaps an obvious disclaimer, but I did name my son Angus😊 He is 10 and spunky and smart, temperamental and intellectual. He's also a cancer survivor, so 'one strength' suits him just fine. Also Black Angus cows are very pretty.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I loved this name but now Angus beef is everywhere. Maybe just Gus

RoddyThlayli Says:


I really want to like this name, but I think of cows every time I hear it. The curse of living on a farm.

Daphodil Says:


Whenever I hear Angus I think of MacGyver (Angus was his first name). I find the name quite dashing and would have it on my list if only my OH agreed with me. I'd be delighted to meet a young Angus!

lesliemarion Says:


Oh goodness, I'm glad Angus doesn't remind me of behinds, anguish, or McDonalds! I think it's just a fun and happy sounding name, like someone a young Hugh Grant would have played.

strawberrydino Says:


Angus makes me think of an obese kid who can't get enough of McDonalds ....

beth_crosby87 Says:


I don't like it because of the movie Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging

beth_crosby87 Says:


I agree

Hydra Says:


I want to like Angus, but my problem is its similarity with anus and anguish........

CsprsSassyHrly Says:


I actually really like this name, I just don't know how willing I would be to use it. Maybe as a middle name.