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Updated March 27, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Exalted

What does August mean and stand for?

The name August is of Latin origin and means "exalted." It is from German, Polish, Scandinavian and Catalan form of Augustus, and is derived from the month of August.

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How Popular Is The Name August

Family name origins & meanings

  • From the German, Dutch, and Scandinavian personal name August (vernacular form of the classical and medieval Latin personal name Augustus) or Americanized form of French Auguste or some other European cognate.
  • Translation of a European surname acquired with reference to the month of August, which was named after the Roman Emperor Augustus (63 bc–ad 14). There were various connections between the month and the surname : for example, derivation from a baptismal name given to a child or a convert who was baptized in August. August is not found as a personal name or a native surname in Britain.

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According to Social Security Administration data, August has been steadily increasing in popularity, reaching its peak rank of 155 in 2020. August broke the top 200 in 2015, making quite the jump from 613 in 2000.

However, it is the 6th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years August was at its peak popularity in August 2017.

August has been quite the popular choice for celebrity babies, chosen by Princess Eugenie, Mandy Moore, Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. While there aren't too many notable namesakes, August has been quite popular in pop culture, appearing in Water for Elephants, Wonder, August Rush, Once Upon a Time, and Girl Meets World.

Where is it Popular?

August was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for August

  • Auggie
  • Gus

Pairs well with these middle names


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