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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 "Baby a Day".

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)


Kaylon O. Centres Says:


She was mad because Augustus is a male, masculine name and people will think the girl's parents are crazy or illiterate to find that a sweet, beautiful little girl has been assigned, and is stuck with a boy's name.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


This name (being beautiful already) could be really beautiful when paired with a soft middle name

Pegah S Says:


It's a lovely, feminine name!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I find myself loving this name. It's so beautiful.

clairels Says:


I really doubt that there's much chance of that happening anytime soon.

Daiseymae Says:


I agree with you Theodora. It is a horrid name to name a female when in fact Augustus is for males.

abertawe Says:


I love this - bad nicknames but that doesn't matter to me because I don't like using nicknames.

Corijean92 Says:


My daughter's name is Augusta. No one calls her any nick names except for me and I call her Gusta. Anytime I am in public with her and say her name in front of people , I will get loads of compliments on her name. Also every school teacher she's had so far has commented on how much they love her name.

Augustan28 Says:


My name's Augusta some nicknames I get called are Auggie, Gus, Gusy, , Gusters, and Gusta. I love it and I think it sounds pretty!!!

priviledgedpistachios Says:


My teacher has a daughter named Augusta and I'm obsessed with it. Auggie, Gia (G as in Grace) or Gus would be ideal nn

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Theodora_Phoenix Says:


But really what is in the point in questioning someone's emotions? Not everyone feels the same way about the same things.

clairels Says:


Obviously we know it's not the name itself you have a problem with, it's the fact that she used it on a girl. Which is even less of a reason to get mad.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's just my opinion. That's how i felt. What's wrong with saying how I felt? It's not like I explicitly said anything bad about the name, I just said I was mad.

alexandra mae Says:


Why get mad over something that doesn't affect your life in the slightest? So her daughter's name is Augustus. That's the name she liked. No big deal.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


A friend of a friend named her DAUGHTER Augustus. Not Augusta. Augustus. That's a boy name! I really got mad when I heard that.

Daphodil Says:


I think the 'harshness' depends so much on how you pronounce it. I think Augusta sounds very harsh in English, but beautiful and melodic in the Italian and German pronunciations.

Essa Says:


Sorry but I just don't see the appeal. To me Augusta sounds harsh, 'gusta' sounds very masculine to me. Aggie is ok but I'd defintely choose Agatha to get there over Augusta.

I don't particularly like Augustus either but August sounds strong and quite regal for a boy.

Daiseymae Says:


I just loathe it. I am sorry, but Aggie, Augie, and Gussie are even uglier nicknames.

Daiseymae Says:


You are right. This is really an ugly name. It can't redeem itself.

ThisPartBlank Says:


Augusta is the name of the 2nd largest city in Georgia.

Daphodil Says:


Augusta is a gorgeous name! I have a very good friend with this name, we usually call her Gusta or Gus for short.

tori101 Says:


I love Augusta I think the name sounds so majestic and intriguing. My favourite nickname is Aggie for Augusta.

DearestJules Says:


I hope you're right. I'd hate to see Gus get lost.

Guest Says:


Gus is QUITE masculine. Charlie has a soft sound to it so it's more adaptable for girls. But Gus is like Bob or Abe.

DearestJules Says:


I love Augusta, but I'm afraid if it becomes too popular then the nn Gus will become too feminine to use on a boy, sort of like what happened to Charlie when Charlotte became popular.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I think this name is really pretty!

Guest Says:


I can't stand this name, it's too brute. I say just use August on a girl, that's much prettier and sunnier.

Frostbite Says:


Personally not my favorite name- it sounds harsh and old. Although I do enjoy the use of the month "August" in it!