Quick Facts on August
- English, Latin
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AW-gust or OW-guwst
Characteristics of August
Etymology & Historical Origin - August
August is the German, Polish and Scandinavian form of Augustus which is a Latin name from the adjective “augustus” meaning ‘great, magnificent’. This adjective in turn comes from the Latin verb “augere” meaning ‘to increase’. Most notably, the title Augustus (‘majestic’) was given to Octavian (the adopted-son of Julius Caesar) who was the first Emperor of the Roman Empire in the Second Triumvirate (following the Roman Republic). Emperor Augustus emerged as the victor after more than a century of turmoil; he defeated Antony and Cleopatra and ruled alone from 27 BC to 14 AD laying the foundation for the Roman Empire’s golden age. From that point on, all subsequent Emperors of Rome fancied themselves “Augustus”. August is also the eighth month of the calendar year, originally called Sextillus (so named in the 8th century BC when the Roman calendar was only ten months and Sextillus (sex=six) was the sixth month). Just as the Roman Senate had named a month (July) after Julius Caesar, they also decided to name a month after his grandnephew and adopted-son Augustus. That’s how August became named August; the month was chosen because it was the month which had been “so fortunate to this empire” (it was the month under Augustus when Egypt came under the empire’s control and the month when civil wars ended). The month was lengthened from 30 days to 31 days so no claim could be made that Augustus got shortchanged with an inferior month. Augustus, Augusta and August are all names that English-speaking countries have used since the 18th century. August (pronounced OW-guwst) is mainly used in Scandinavia, Germany and Poland. The name currently ranks high the countries of Denmark and Sweden.
Popularity of the Name August
August has done relatively well in the United States considering it’s not your typical, traditional name. In the late 19th century, the name was a Top 100 favorite among American parents. However, as the 20th century got underway, August was on a steady decline. By the 1980s, the name came dangerously close to dropping off the male naming charts altogether. The 21st century has been a little bit better to the name August. It has gained over 200 positions on the charts since the year 2000 and now the name is back up to more low-moderate levels of success. August is interesting; it’s the only month we use on little boys (while April, May and June are used for girls). And who doesn’t love the month of August? It’s smack dab in the middle of summer when everyone’s in a good mood and outdoors in the blazing sunshine. There will always be a good-vibe thing about August, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the name means ‘magnificent, great’. His only competition may be Maximus (which means ‘greatest’). Possible pet forms of August are Gus and Augie. Makes us think of the free-wheeling Augie March, a character created by Nobel Prize winning author Saul Bellow. Many people think of August as a girl’s name. We have two things to say about that: one, August has never managed to gain a spot on the American female naming charts which means less than 50 baby girls get this name per year (if even that) whereas tens of thousands of baby boys have been called August over the years. And, two, August is very masculine – both from an etymological and sound perspective. It’s not to say you can’t name your daughters this ‘magnificent’ name, it’s just that parents rarely really do (although Garth Brooks did).
Popularity of the Boy Name August
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - August
Literary Characters of the Baby Name August
Augie March (The Adventures of Augie March) Augie March is the eponymous protagonist of Saul Bellow’s 1953 novel, The Adventures of Augie March. Augie’s life is related from childhood to adulthood, and he serves as a kind of Everyman for his author’s purposes, as he explores the mysteries of the world and tries to find his own place in it. Augie is a bit of a drifter, never quite committing to one path or another as he moves through the twenties, the Depression and the war. He travels, he serves in the war, he marries, and at all times he searches. He senses that fulfillment is not to be purchased through the pursuit of wealth, but through the examined life, even if there are no apparent answers. The search is the meaning in and of itself. Augie March seems to realize this and celebrate it as well.
Popular Songs on August
August - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the first name August.
Children's Books on the Baby Name August
June and August (Vivian Walsh) - This imaginative story explores the concept that the greatest friendships can come to be if you are willing to overlook differences. Vivian Walsh is the co-creator of several bestselling books for children. In June and August she once again makes a misunderstanding the humorous but pivotal moment that brings together two very unlikely friends. One night in the jungle, June (a snake) is thrilled to see a shooting star, while August (an elephant) loves looking at the moon. Although they can’t see each other in the dark, the two promise to meet again the next day. But when morning dawns, they face a dilemma. How are June and August going to recognize each other? Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named August
Famous People Named August - August Strindberg (Swedish writer and painter); August Coppola (academic, father of Nicolas Cage); August Wilson (American playwright); August (pornographic actress)
Children of Famous People Named August
Famous People Who Named Their Son August - Mariska Hargitay (actress); Jeanne Tripplehorn (actress); Michael Weatherly (actor); Garth Brooks (country musician; his child August is a girl)
August - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430) - Saint Augustine of Hippo is one of the pillars of the Roman Catholic Church, and the famed writer of the Confessions, whose philosophy is a bulwark of Western Christianity. Born to an upper-class Roman family in what is now Algeria, Augustine enjoyed the education and trappings of privilege. He was the son of a pagan father and a Christian mother (Saint Monica). In his earlier years, Augustine embraced the Eastern doctrine of Manichaeism, much to his mother’s chagrin, but gradually moved away from it. He was a teacher of philosophy and rhetoric as a young man. Before his conversion to Christianity and his rise to the bishopry and eventual sainthood, Augustine was noted for having lived a rather hedonistic lifestyle, and having famously prayed: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.” Indeed, his prayer was answered. Augustine had a long standing affair with a Carthaginian woman, who gave birth to his only son, both of whom he left without a backward glance upon that conversion. In later years, Augustine was described as an ascetic who avoided all fleshly temptations. Believing that all earthly evils were the result of men not effectively controlling the weaker (both morally and intellectually) sex, Augustine would most likely have concurred in his own right to sainthood.
Personality of the Boy Name August
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - August