Gender: Male Meaning of Augustus: "great, magnificent" Origin of Augustus: Latin Augustus's Popularity in 2019: #467

Augustus Origin and Meaning

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

Parents are beginning to look at imposing, somewhat fusty-sounding names like this one with fresh eyes: they definitely make a strong statement.

Augustus originated as a title given by the Roman Senate to the first Roman Emperor, Octavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, in 27 B.C. and adopted by him as a name. In the U.S., Augustus reached a high of Number 175 in 1880, fell off the list in 1970, then made a return appearance in 1991, and is now on the rise once more.

Augustus Snodgrass is a character in Charles Dickens' novel The Pickwick Papers, and George Bernard Shaw wrote a play titled "Augustus Does His Bit." Augustus John was a famed British portrait painter, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens a well-known sculptor.

No starbaby Augustuses as yet, but Dixie Chick Emily Robson used Augustus as a middle name for her son, and Dan Aykroyd did the same---for his daughter.

The diminutive form, Augustine, is also an interesting option; variant Augustin was used by model Linda Evangelista; and then there is always über-popular August.

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Rank in US: #467

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Pop Culture References for the name Augustus

Gus, Augie


fearlessfirefly Says:


I really love this name. It makes me think of a gust of wind. I have Dashiell Augustus on my list.

Dadtwobe Says:


Me too. The name has a great meaning. I think "Gus" is a cute nickname. Also, there are several interesting associations with this name including a Roman Emperor, and yes, the modern-day American Olympic skier!

Dadtwobe Says:


Augustus is a great name. I like the nickname Gus! I am considering this name.

Dadtwobe Says:


I like the name Augustus. The name means "magnificent" (which is a great meaning); and I think "Gus" is a very cute nickname. Also, there are many different interesting associations with this name - from Rome's first Emperor, to a modern-day American Olympic skier.

morning_glory Says:


Unfortunately, my brain autocorrects Augie to Oggie, which I don't find very appealing . . . but (plot twist) I'm starting to like Gus more now than I have done before.

ceruleanstardust Says:


What about Augie?

beachbear Says:


I want this name to be anything but Augustus Gloop...but....
Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop!
The great big greedy nincompoop!

headintheclouds Says:


I really enjoy the weight and grandeur of Augustus, the rich history and powerful impression it gives off, and the breeziness of its sound. The nicknames Augie or Gus are adorable in that vintage old-mannish way; they help lighten up a dramatic and long name. My one hangup with Augustus is the way it looks spelled out, with the 3 u's in there-- my nitpicky brain is kind of bothered by it. I prefer August for its simpler sound and better spelling :b, but all in all Augustus is a fun choice, and something to consider for namers who prefer grand strong-sounding Roman names like Alexander, Marcus, Julius etc.

(Sidenote: Quite a few comments here mention the Augustus Waters character from YA novel The Fault in Our Stars, and while that's one of the associations I have with this name (along with Augustus Gloop! :b), I personally don't think that would be the automatic response most peoples' minds would go to, outside of book lovers and teens. IMO the prominent thought would be of Rome and Roman Emperors, so naming your son this wouldn't be a Katniss Hunger Games, Hermione Harry Potter type of situation.)

morning_glory Says:


Have always disliked Gus, but would now consider Augustus as a middle name.

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


I love the name Augustus but I don't like Augustus Waters the character in fault in our stars

ceecee31 Says:


I love this name because it's what we called my son!! We call him Gus and a few folks also call him Auggie. We get so many compliments. I think it's a great name.

It caught my attention during the Sochi Olympics when the American skier Gus Kenworthy adopted those puppies.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Am I the only one who hates the nicknames for August/Augustus because Gus to me sounds like pus, gross. Augie is setting my dirty mind off, and I'm surprised nobody has seen it that way yet. Well, RIP me.

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AlexxisLynn Says:


I will always prefer August to Augustus. I like nicknames such as Auggie-it's just adorable. I don't like nicknames such as Gus.

TEK_753 Says:


Augustus was actually the first Emperor of Rome.

jules Says:


Augustus Caesar was 2nd emperor of Rome, adopted son of Julius (also a fine, strong name) Caesar, who was Rome's 1st emperor.....

jules Says:


My au"GUS"tus is about to turn 10 & is unbelievably beautiful & brilliant, there r no faults in this star!! Please, I beg of u, do NOT kill this name & make him another Austin, conner, parker, Riley, bla bla bla.....

Gabe Taylor Says:


I'm thinking of naming my son Augustus, but a little bummed out it's gaining so much popularity right now and fear when he's growing up there will be so many Augustus'. I loved the movie The Fault in Our Stars, but when I thought of the name I was thinking of the first Roman Emperor.

April Fowler Says:


I named my Son Augustus Owen Fowler in 2008 and he is amazing and magnificent. He is a very strong minded, kind little boy and I absolutely love him. His name is strong. I too loved the movie The Fault in our Stars. And was so excited to hear his name and nickname Gus in the movie. I absolute loved it. Made me cry. Augustus Waters was so Gallant and Loving in that movie. Absolutely, a perfect name for his role ;)

jeanniebear Says:


The movie The Fault in Our Stars sent me here that boy is adoreable! so i really like this name for like a middle name, cuute!

madmaddie Says:


Fangirls please don't kill me!--but this name has been forever tarnished in my mind my dear old annoying Augustus Waters: the most pompous and yet unbelievably stupid character I’ve read about. I loathed the book.

But again, don't kill me. I respect you for liking it, respect me for DISliking it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like it

Shishi Says:


Still crying

Guest Says:


I might be biased but I like August a whole lot more

raevynstar Says:


A cool name. I don't know why I hated the nickname Gus, it makes the name so much easier!

Shishi Says:


I'm crying

MaryKathryn Says:


I hope you enjoy the book, it's incredible!!

unicornluvgirl Says:


I am currently reading The Fault in Our Stars, so sweet!