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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 British Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- BOYS".

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)