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Origin and Meaning of Argus

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ar"gus
  1. [Myth] A fabulous being of antiquity, said to have had a hundred eyes, who has placed by Juno to guard Io. His eyes were transplanted to the peacock's tail.
  2. One very vigilant; a guardian always watchful.
  3. [Zoöl] A genus of East Indian pheasants. The common species (Argus giganteus) is remarkable for the great length and beauty of the wing and tail feathers of the male. The species Argus Grayi inhabits Borneo.

Etymology: L. Argus, Gr. �

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  1. Large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant
  2. (Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes

From Ancient Greek Ἄργος (Árgos).

  1. (Greek mythology) A fabulous being of antiquity, also called Argus Panoptes, said to have had a hundred eyes. His eyes were transplanted to the peacock’s tail. He was a servant of the Greek goddess Hera.

Argus was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Argus


Argus Hamilton is a character comedy, observational comedy, wit, satire, political satire, black comedy, and sarcasm comedian. Argus was given the name Argus James Hamilton III on November 8th, 1951 in Poteau, Oklahoma, United States.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Argus


He holds the title Religious and priest. C.P. was born on December 11th, 1821 in Munstergeleen. C.P. is also known as Houben and Joannes Andreas. He died on January 5th, 1893.


Don was born on August 1st, 1938.



Bob Argus was a football player. Bob was born on January 21st, 1894 in Hammondsport, New York. Bob is also known as Argus and Robert Anthony. He left this life on December 8th, 1945.


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Popularity of Argus as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Argus U.S.
  White 93.27% 64.26%
  African American 3.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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People with the last name Argus are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Argus

  • How Popular is the name Argus? Argus is the 28,895th most popular name of all time. As a last name Argus was the 59,171st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Argus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 172 babies born with the first name Argus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Argus to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Argus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Argus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Argus is Monday, September 1st, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Argus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Argus was in 1921 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Argus Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Argus is not a popular baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Argus: Your name in reverse order is Sugra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Asurg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Argus? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 342 people with the last name Argus.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Argus? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Argus as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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