Gender: Male Meaning of August: "great, magnificent" Origin of August: German form of Latin Augustus August's Popularity in 2018: #170

August Origin and Meaning

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

August has been heating up in Hollywood--used by Mariska Hargitay, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews and Jeanne Tripplehorn, (and by Garth Brooks for his daughter), and is rapidly becoming the preferred month of the year 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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Rank in US: #170

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Famous People Named August

Pop Culture References for the name August

Gus, Gussie, Augie

August's International Variations

Agustin, Augusto, Agostino, Agusto (Spanish) Augustin, Augustinos (Greek) Agosto (Italian) Agoston, Agusztav (Hungarian) Auguste, Août (French) Aguistin, Agaistin (Irish) Avgust (Russian)


headintheclouds Says:


August is starting to become one of my favorite boy names, and is certainly my favorite month name. It's a serious consideration if I ever have a baby boy born in August-- it would give an extra push in reasons to using it.

I really love how August is very grounded and has gravitas, but it also sounds more light and breezy-- the "gust" ending makes me think of a gust of wind :) It has a wonderful meaning too, and I like that August can kind of be considered a virtue name too. I prefer August more than Augustus, since it sounds simpler, more dignified and intellectual as well IMO (as another commenter mentioned, August does sound very literary). You can use the nicknames Augie and Gus with August just the same as Augustus too, which I think are really endearing in that old-mannish, vintage revival sort of way.

august2516 Says:


My son's name is August David. We love his name. I think it fits our family so well! We do get a lot of questions like "Was he born in August?" Or "So when are you having September?". Other than those oh so clever comments we get nothing but praise for his name. Our family calls him Augie.

NaomiNY Says:


I love this name, and the nickname Auggie :)

Marie-Chantal Says:


I totally agree I named my now 8 month old this, as he was born in August I get that question all the time. People think they are so clever and it does get annoying but I adore this name. We chose this name because as I was looking in a name book he kicked me for the 1st time, it felt like a sign. In my mind this is strictly a boys name and I dislike all its associated nicknames. Hopefully it never becoms too popular 😊

esita Says:


I love this name - and only on a boy.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Not a big fan of the nicknames Gus or Auggie, but Gust is kind of cool.

lisa429 Says:


I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with our first baby a boy. And we have chosen August Patrick. We actually picked it about 2 years ago so way before the Fault In Our Stars became huge. We actually like it because one of our favorite bands is August Burns Red. Plus it is a family name on my husband's side. I love the NN's Auggie and Gus I think it is adorable and see a little boy in suspenders and a cap LOL. I am hoping it does;t shoot up in popularity to much. It seems to be a name on a lot of people's GP list but is never really used much. The will he be born in August comments are annoying especially since he might be born in August but I don;t care I am not changing it. Every name has something so if that is the worst thing I think we are doing alright.

fuzzycub Says:


It's nice - it reminds me of the boy in the movie August Rush.

babymagic Says:


This has equal charm for a boy or a girl

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I love this name! It is also one of the only names that I like that my mother also likes so this is definitely a top name on my list

clairels Says:


Eh, I've heard worse. Just don't call him Gus. It sounds like a chubby kid in tattered clothing (or maybe I'm thinking of the mouse from Cinderella).

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Cool, I also read Wonder! That's where I first heard August as a name, though I like other month names better.

Myosotis Says:


Same! I first saw this as a name when I read the book, and I completely fell in love with it! I like that it's quite naturey, and the 'gus' sound is a little less prominent than in Augustus, (I'm not a huge fan of Gus) but it's still a strong name.

HatGirl Says:


i love this because of the book Wonder! Auggie is a cute nickname

Guest Says:


I know this is a boy's name all the way back to the time of Julius Caesar but *exasperated sigh* it's always been girly to me! Augustus makes it manly but August by itself always reminded me of April or Summer or June, names like that.

Allypallysmith Says:


This name is on my list. I think it's very masculine and love that it's got that old timey feel. Also really like the nn Auggie. Unique and strong. Perfect for a boy these days. Hopefully it doesn't become any more popular than I fear it's already becoming.

MsAlyx Says:


My 12 week old son's name is August Hayes, and we've gotten nothing but praise for it. The most annoying thing is that people's first question tends to be "But he wasn't born in August, was he?", so you feel you have to have a reason ready for why. I usually just say, "No, but my brother's middle name was August and my husband and I were married in August" and if we go on, we also talk about the meaning and how my husband liked the history and meaning of the name. SO many people make comments about his name sounds like some great literary writer. It's not as common as I worried as I notice it's a name lots of people like, and it might go on a list, but in the end they tend not to go with it.