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Quick Facts on Augustus

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 688
Simple meaning:
Great, magnificent (to increase)

Characteristics of Augustus

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Etymology & Historical Origin - Augustus

Augustus is a Latin name from the adjective “augustus” which means “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. The Senate chose this particular month to honor Augustus because it has 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, but it’s also more popular in the United States than the more formal Augustus.

Popularity of the Name Augustus

Augustus is a large scale name – magnificent and powerful, ancient and erudite – and just so in-your-face “great and magnificent” that we just can’t help but to love it in all of its pretentious glory. Augustus has mimicked the same behavior as August on the American male naming charts throughout the years; although August has generally been the more popular choice. But we like Augustus even more. Why? Well, you always have the option to shorten it to August (or Auggie or Gus for that matter). But in his full and original Latin format, the great Augustus feels even greater to us than Maximus (which is the Latin superlative “greatest”). It seems like a name that would stand proud and tall on any birth certificate. Ok, so this name is not for everyone. Some parents might feel that it’s just a tad too ostentatious, but therein lies his charm. It feels like the name of a professor, poet, CEO or high ranking military general. Someone destined for “magnificence” and one whose demeanor is steadfast and venerable. The name fell off the U.S. naming charts during the 1970s and 80s, but he appears to be making a mild return. Augustus has shown an overall increase so far in this new century, but it’s still a very uncommon name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Augustus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Augustus

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Augustus

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Augustus

    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.

    Augustus “Gus” McCrae (Lonesome Dove) Augustus “Gus” McCrae is one of the two main characters in Larry McMurtry’s 1985 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Lonesome Dove, which was made into an Emmy winning television mini-series in 1989, with Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae. He is an aging former Texas ranger who organizes a cattle drive from Texas to Montana with his best friend, and runs into all the expected and unexpected adventures on the way. This Augustus is one of fiction’s finest characters – he is a warm and caring man, attractive to men and women alike. He is good-natured and easy-going, with a comic’s timing and a raconteur’s style. Of course, he is also somewhat lazy and evasive, and this just adds to his charm. His favorite things in life are women, booze and gambling, and he is a renowned sharpshooter. Well, we all know what happens to great characters, don’t we? And it happens to Gus McCrae. Against the backdrop of this recreation of our mythical West, Augustus meets his end with courage and dignity, and extracts a promise from his friend that he will bring him back to his beloved Texas to rest in eternity. All in all, Augustus McCrae has lived life to the fullest.

    Augustus Gloop (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Augustus Gloop is one of the five ticket-winning children in Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (later adapted into two movies, in 1971 and 2005), which affords him a trip to the fabulous candy paradise of Willie Wonka, as well as a lifetime supply of sweets. Alas, poor Augustus is described as an enormously fat child with avaricious eyes set in a “doughball” of a head, whose “hobby” is eating, in which he is encouraged by his indulgent mother. Upon arriving at the chocolate factory, Augustus immediately seals his doom by falling into the chocolate river from which he is greedily attempting to drink. He is then sucked up by one of the ceiling pipes that transmit the chocolate to other rooms where it is processed. And he is processed all right – he is squeezed into a thin boy by the pipe, and of course he also loses his chance to inherit the factory. But maybe that is the best thing that could have happened to poor Augustus Gloop!

  • Popular Songs on Augustus

    Popular Songs on Augustus

    Augustus - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Augustus.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Augustus

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Augustus

    Augustus and His Smile (Catherine Rayner) - Augustus the tiger was sad. And he had lost his smile. So he did a huge tigery stretch and set off to find it. Stunning illustrations celebrate the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it. An imaginative book for children who love to explore the world around them. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Augustus to the Rescue! (Dale Delarew) - Kindle edition. Tyler Radcliff was miserable! His easy gym life in school had become a vigorous training site in basketball – a game he hated to play! With a fifth grade basketball bowl on the docket for May, Mapleton’s fifth graders were knocking themselves out to be the ones who would compete in the bowl. Since Tyler had done well in other sports, his classmates expected him to be of help in earning this honor. Instead, he was one of the worst in his class! Whenever he failed, which was usually every day, they tortured him with jeers and sneers. One evening when Ty was grieving over that day’s ‘mess up’ in gym, Augustus, an unbelievable being from outer space, came to the rescue. Desperate to shine in basketball, Tyler signed a contract with Gussie even though he realized others would think he was lying or even crazy if he talked about having a humanized computerized coach that was visible only to him. In the weeks that followed, this tough humanized computer coach drove Tyler up the b ball ladder of success from the ‘flop step’ to the top step. lthough Tyler loved Gussie for making him a ‘champ,’ he began to resent his unrelenting passion for making him a winner in everything. While the tutor and his student struggled to tolerate each other, they learned that Ty’s remarkable progress in basketball came with a heavy price. It was then that Gussie’s computerized abilities helped Tyler and his family deal effectively with a group of slick, nasty competitors. Thus Gussie’s mission was accomplished!

    The Life & Times of Augustus Caesar (Jim Whiting) - When a teenager named Octavian learned that he was the heir of Julius Caesar, the most powerful man in Rome, it seemed like a recipe for disaster. Caesar had just been assassinated, and in the chaotic world of Roman politics the inexperienced young man would seem to have no chance against men two and three times his age. But Octavian had a genius for politics. Within a year he emerged as one of three leaders of Rome. Just over a decade later he took total control. Soon afterward, the Roman people gave him a new name: Augustus Caesar. It was the name which would make him immortal. He ushered in a period of peace and prosperity, ending decades of civil conflict that had cost uncounted thousands of lives. His reign was also characterized by a flourishing of art and architecture. He was the first ruler of the Roman Empire. He was almost certainly the best. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Augustus

    Famous People Named Augustus

    Famous People Named Augustus - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Augustus.

  • Children of Famous People Named Augustus

    Children of Famous People Named Augustus

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Augustus - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Augustus.

  • Historic Figures

    Augustus - 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 Augustus

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Augustus

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