Meaning and Origin of: Austin

Meaning and Origin of Austin

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Useful

What does Austin mean and stand for?

The name Austin is of English origin and means "great. magnificent". It's the medieval contracted form of Augustine.

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English, French, and German : from the personal name Austin, a vernacular form of Latin Augustinus, a derivative of Augustus. This was an extremely common personal name in every part of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, owing its popularity chiefly to St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430), whose influence on Christianity is generally considered to be second only to that of St. Paul. Various religious orders came to be formed following rules named in his honor, including the ‘Austin canons’, established in the 11th century, and the ‘Austin friars’, a mendicant order dating from the 13th century. The popularity of the personal name in England was further increased by the fact that it was borne by St. Augustine of Canterbury (died c. 605), an Italian Benedictine monk known as ‘the Apostle of the English’, who brought Christianity to England in 597 and founded the see of Canterbury.
  • German : from a reduced form of the personal name Augustin.
  • This was the name of a merchant family that became well established in eastern MA in the 17th century, notably in Charlestown. Richard Austin came from England and landed at Boston in 1638, and his son Anthony was clerk of Suffield, CT, in 1674. The surname is very common in England as well as America; this Richard Austin was only one of a number of bearers who brought it to North America.

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Popularity

Austin is the number eighty-eight most popular boys name in the US, according to 2019 Social Security Administration data. It has been consistently popular, maintaining a spot in the top 100 since 2000, and only recently falling out of the top 50.

However, it is the 57th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Austin was at its peak popularity in March 2018.

Austin began as an Angelo-Saxon surname and moved to becoming a given name in medieval times. Since then, Austin has become quite popular, invoking images of namesakes such as Austin Abrams, Austin Butler, Austin John, and Austin Young. The name has been used for fictional characters in Austin and Ally, Washington Square, and Austin Powers.

Where is it Popular?

Austin was searched for most often in the following states:

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