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Gender: Female Meaning of Augusta: "great, magnificent" Origin of Augusta: Feminine variation of Augustus

The name Augusta is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "great, magnificent". Augusta and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Augusta is a dignified name reminiscent of wealthy great-aunts, but with the fashion for both August and Gus for boys, Augusta could get some fresh energy.

Augusta was the title of honor given to the wives and daughters of Roman emperors, which then morphed into a given name, brought to England by the German princess who became the mother of George III.

Augusta is also a saint's name and a place name. Her literary Great-Aunt image was formed via the characters Lady Augusta Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, an elderly relative in the Harry Potter books, and Aunts Augusta in both Graham Greene's Travels with My Aunt and P.G Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster novels.

Augusta has a choice of two friendlier nicknames--Aggie and Gussie.

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Famous People Named Augusta

Saint Augusta of Treviso, Italian virgin martyr
Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (born Auguste Viktoria Friederike Luise Feodora Jenny), Empress consort of Wilhelm II of Germany
Augusta Marie Luise Katharina of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Empress consort of William I of Germany
Augusta Victoria (born Auguste Viktoria Wilhelmine Antonie Mathilde Ludovika Josephine Maria Elisabeth) of Hohenzollern, Queen consort of Manuel II of Portugal
Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Princess of Wales; wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales
Augusta Frederica, Princess of Great Britain; Duchess consort of Charles William Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Augusta Sophia, Princess of the U.K; daughter of George III
Augusta Caroline Charlotte Elizabeth Mary Sophia Louise of Cambridge, Princess of the U.K.; Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Augusta, Princess of Hesse-Kassel (born Auguste Wilhelmine Luise), wife of Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
Augusta, Princess of Prussia (born Christine Friederike Auguste), German salonist and Electress consort of Hesse
Augusta Wilhelmine, Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt (born Marie Auguste Wilhelmine), Duchess of Zweibrücken, mother of Ludwig I of Bavaria
Augusta Amalia, Princess of Bavaria, Duchess of Leuchtenberg
Augusta Reuss, Princess of Köstritz, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Augusta, Princess of Württemberg, Princess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
(Christina) Augusta von Fersen, mistress of King Charles XIII of Sweden
Augusta, Lady Gregory (born Isabella Augusta Persse), Irish playwright
Augusta Read Thomas, American composer
Augusta Keith Dabney, American actress
Augusta Mary Anne Holmès, French composer
Augusta Lundin, Swedish fashion designer
Augusta Schrumpf, Norwegian operatic soprano
(Julia) Augusta Webster, English poet
Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer of the Von Trapp family

Pop Culture References for the name Augusta

Augusta Longbottom, character in the Harry Potter series
Augusta Hawkins Elton, character in Jane Austen's 'Emma'
Augusta Fanshawe, character in Charlotte Bronte's 'Villette'
Augusta Macphail, character in Ford Madox Ford's 'Mr Fleight'
Lady Augusta, character in Barbara Willard's "The Richleighs of Tantamount"
Lady Augusta Bracknell, character in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Aunt Augusta, character in Grahame Greene's "Travels with My Aunt"
Aunt Augusta, character in P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster novels
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Augusta, Maine, USA
Augusta, Roman name for the city of London, England

Augusta's International Variations

Augusteen (Irish)