August

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name August mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of August

"August" is a name of English origin, and it means "Great". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Au*gust"
Of a quality inspiring mingled admiration and reverence; having an aspect of solemn dignity or grandeur; sublime; majestic; having exalted birth, character, state, or authority.

Etymology: L. augustus; cf. augere to increase; in the language of religion, to honor by offerings: cf. F. auguste. See Augment

noun Au"gust
The eighth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.

Note: ☞ The old Roman name was Sextilis, the sixth month from March, the month in which the primitive Romans, as well as Jews, began the year. The name was changed to August in honor of Augustus Cæsar, the first emperor of Rome, on account of his victories, and his entering on his first consulate in that month.

Etymology: L. Augustus. See note below, and August (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The month following July and preceding September
  2. Profoundly honored
  3. Of or befitting a lord ("of august lineage")
Wiktionary

Early Middle English August(us), re-Latinized from Old English Agustus, from Late Latin Agustus, from Latin augustus (“month of August”), from the agnomen Augustus (“venerable”) of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus, possibly from either Old Latin *augos, increase, from Proto-Indo-European base *aug- (“to increase”); or Latin avis (“bird”), referring to divination by observing bird flights, singing, feeding or entrails, from Proto-Indo-European *awi-, bird; + Latin garrire (“to chatter”), from Proto-Indo-European base *gar-/*ger-, to cry, of imitative origin

  1. The eighth month of the Roman, Julian, and Gregorian calendars, following July and preceding September.
  2. A female given name derived from the month (rare modern usage).

In some cases a month name from English. In other cases inspired by the common German given name August, from Latin Augustus.

  1. A male given name.

    August was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, Estonian, Ewe, Faroese, Finnish, German, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Old Prussian, Scots, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named August

    August was born on August 23rd, 1994.

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    August Alsina is a contemporary r&b, hip hop music, and hip hop soul musician. He was most prominent from 2007 to 2007. August was given the name August Anthony Alsina, Jr. on September 3rd, 1992 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

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    August was born on May 24th, 1910. He died in 1944.

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    August Strindberg was a writer. August was given the name Johan August Strindberg on January 22nd, 1849 in Stockholm. He died on May 14th, 1912.

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    August von Mackensen is a military person. His military service ended in 1919.

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    August was given the name August Floyd Coppola on February 16th, 1934 in Hartford, Connecticut. He left this life on October 27th, 2009.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name August

    Stanisław II August was royalty. They were most active from 1764 to 1795. Stanisław was born as the child of Stanisław Poniatowski (1676–1762) and Konstancja Czartoryska (1700–1759) on January 17th, 1732 in Vowchyn. They left this life on February 12th, 1798.

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    Ernst August is royalty. Their ongoing career started in 1987. Ernst was born as the child of Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (1914–1987) and Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg on February 26th, 1954 in Hanover.

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    Pernilla August is an actor, film director, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1975. Pernilla was given the name Mia Pernilla Hertzman-Ericson on February 13th, 1958 in Stockholm.

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    Denise Quiñones is a beauty queen. She holds the title Miss Lares Universe 2001, Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2001, Miss Universe 2001, Lares, Puerto Rico, and List of Miss Puerto Rico titleholders. Denise was given the name Denise Marie Quiñones August on September 9th, 1980 in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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    John August is a screenwriter, film director, director, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. John was given the name John Meise on August 4th, 1970 in Boulder, Colorado.

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    Bille August is a film director. He was most prominent from 1978 to present. Bille was born on November 9th, 1948 in Brede, Denmark.

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    How popular is the baby name August in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 210 0 210 #74 boy name
    1881 172 0 172 #80 boy name
    1882 234 0 234 #74 boy name
    1883 209 0 209 #77 boy name
    1884 213 0 213 #80 boy name
    1885 193 0 193 #86 boy name
    1886 203 0 203 #84 boy name
    1887 194 0 194 #84 boy name
    1888 213 0 213 #86 boy name
    1889 171 0 171 #97 boy name
    1890 206 0 206 #84 boy name
    1891 186 0 186 #87 boy name
    1892 181 0 181
    1893 155 0 155
    1894 162 0 162
    1895 190 0 190
    1896 180 0 180
    1897 137 0 137
    1898 164 0 164
    1899 142 0 142
    1900 148 0 148
    1901 116 0 116
    1902 108 0 108
    1903 116 0 116
    1904 127 0 127
    1905 109 0 109
    1906 120 0 120
    1907 134 0 134
    1908 138 0 138
    1909 129 0 129
    1910 144 0 144
    1911 166 0 166
    1912 343 0 343
    1913 401 0 401
    1914 539 6 533
    1915 718 9 709
    1916 676 0 676
    1917 667 6 661
    1918 618 0 618
    1919 618 0 618
    1920 620 10 610
    1921 615 5 610
    1922 603 7 596
    1923 549 5 544
    1924 580 6 574
    1925 515 0 515
    1926 459 0 459
    1927 501 6 495
    1928 426 5 421
    1929 459 5 454
    1930 431 0 431
    1931 423 0 423
    1932 366 0 366
    1933 337 0 337
    1934 294 0 294
    1935 269 0 269
    1936 293 5 288
    1937 300 0 300
    1938 249 0 249
    1939 248 0 248
    1940 257 0 257
    1941 238 0 238
    1942 279 0 279
    1943 249 0 249
    1944 239 0 239
    1945 200 0 200
    1946 231 0 231
    1947 250 0 250
    1948 241 0 241
    1949 249 0 249
    1950 203 0 203
    1951 202 0 202
    1952 193 0 193
    1953 216 0 216
    1954 198 6 192
    1955 149 0 149
    1956 183 0 183
    1957 184 0 184
    1958 154 0 154
    1959 165 0 165
    1960 156 8 148
    1961 169 8 161
    1962 123 0 123
    1963 141 10 131
    1964 134 7 127
    1965 121 11 110
    1966 119 14 105
    1967 129 10 119
    1968 110 11 99
    1969 118 7 111
    1970 123 13 110
    1971 137 19 118
    1972 116 17 99
    1973 113 22 91
    1974 140 31 109
    1975 128 24 104
    1976 140 33 107
    1977 148 41 107
    1978 141 46 95
    1979 146 43 103
    1980 149 41 108
    1981 137 31 106
    1982 131 27 104
    1983 135 45 90
    1984 142 34 108
    1985 146 29 117
    1986 155 24 131
    1987 145 30 115
    1988 147 25 122
    1989 181 29 152
    1990 169 23 146
    1991 183 30 153
    1992 194 29 165
    1993 211 43 168
    1994 255 59 196
    1995 327 78 249
    1996 316 93 223
    1997 377 119 258
    1998 425 114 311
    1999 368 85 283
    2000 409 99 310
    2001 387 97 290
    2002 378 97 281
    2003 376 72 304
    2004 375 74 301
    2005 431 88 343
    2006 470 86 384
    2007 512 99 413
    2008 690 108 582
    2009 760 110 650
    2010 758 112 646
    2011 837 119 718
    2012 1,076 131 945
    2013 1,169 128 1,041
    2014 1,767 231 1,536
    2015 2,324 244 2,080
    2016 2,298 222 2,076

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    Popularity of August as a first name

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    Popularity of August as a last name

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    Common last names for August

    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Meyer
    • Anderson
    • Schmidt
    • Schultz
    • Smith
    • Nelson
    • Mueller
    • Peterson
    • Carlson
    • Becker
    • Schneider
    • Wagner
    • Fischer
    • Schroeder
    • Olson
    • Martin
    • Krueger

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity August U.S.
      White 65.13% 64.26%
      African American 27.29% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.93% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.31% 16.26%

    Of Last Name August

    People with the last name August are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name August

    • How Popular is the name August? August is the 1,063rd most popular name of all time. As a last name August was the 5,389th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name August have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,629 babies born with the first name August in the United States. That's more than enough people named August to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named August? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 210 new born babies.
    • When was August first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name August is Sunday, April 30th, 1865.
    • What year had the most people named August born? The highest recorded use of the first name August was in 2015 with a total of 2,080 babies. That's a lot of babies named August!
    • Random August Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name August ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 42 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 1917.
    • Weird things about the name August: Your name in reverse order is Tsugua. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Satguu. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name August? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,456 people with the last name August.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of August? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have August as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • 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).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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