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Origin, Meaning, And History Of August

The Latin name “August” is derived from the name Augustus, which means ‘respected,’ ‘the one who is respected in society,’ or ‘venerable.’ This name is related to the Latin term “augur,” which means ‘auspicious.’ It is also believed to have been taken from the month of August that comes from the Germanic, Polish, Scandinavian, and Catalan roots of Augustus. The Latin name Augustus was used as a given name and a title given to the Roman emperors.

The Roman Senate renamed their month Sextilis to Augustus in honor of Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, in 8 B.C. The emperor had many pseudonyms. His birth name was Gaius Octavius, and he was the grandnephew of Julius Caesar. In 44 BCE, he adopted the full name Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus following Caesar’s murder.

In English dialects, he was commonly referred to just as Octavian. He conquered the empire and overcame Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BCE. He was finally established as the emperor in 27 BCE and consecutively received the honorific title, Augustus.

Since 2000, August has been a popular name for parents. The common nicknames parents use for this name are Augie, Auggo, Gus, and Gusto. Not only the nicknames, but these names also have several variations among people; such variations include Auguste (French), Augustus (Dutch, Latin), Augustia (English), Agustina (Indonesian), Augusti (Albanian), and Ágastas (Irish).

The name is also popular in fictional realms. Dan August was a homicide detective in the American drama series “Dan August,” where he solved crimes while dealing with problems of his own. Another character named August (the lead) can be seen in the “Borderlands” video game series’ episodic interactive comedic graphic adventure “Tales from the Borderlands.” In addition, there is August Horn of Rnäs, a “Young Royals” character, a Swedish teen drama romance series streaming on Netflix. This series debuted on July 1, 2021, and was directed by Lisa Ambjörn, Lars Beckung, and Camilla Holter.


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Famous People With The Name August

  • August AllebéAn artist and teacher from the Northern Netherlands who was an exponent of realism and impressionism
  • August Shigekazu NarumiA member of the National Executive Council, as well as the National Board of Trustees of the Boy Scouts of Japan and an awardee of the 172nd Bronze Wolf
  • August Floyd CoppolaAmerican academic, author, film executive, advocate for the arts, and creator of the tactile dome

August On The Popularity Chart

August’s popularity has been progressively rising since 2010 and peaked in 2021. The graph below follows the trend of its popularity over the years.

Popularity Over Time

August’s popularity jumped from 2091 babies per million in 2015 to 3133 babies per million in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name August had the highest rank in 1983, with a rank of 13,000. Go through the graph to know more.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As August

August is a unique-sounding name. So if you are considering a different name with a similar ring to it, look at the options below.

Names With Similar Meaning As August

Contrary to the name, August interestingly has a deep meaning. So if you are exploring other options, check out the names with the same meaning.

Name Numerology For August

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