Meaning: Great one, magnificent
Origin: English, Latin
Alternate spellings: Austyn, Ostin, Austen
Austin these days is likely to call to mind either Austin Powers – and who doesn’t want to name their son after a spoof of James Bond? – or the Texan cultural hotbed (another fun association – South by Southwest, anyone?), but originally Austin was a shortened form of the Latin name Augustinus, meaning “great one, magnificent.” Austin can be traced back to the Middle Ages and was formed perhaps due to the notoriety of church father St. Augustine. In the U.S. it enjoyed moderate popularity throughout the 1900s, but had a major surge in the mid-1990s, even reaching the top 10 for four years. Austin’s popularity was helped by a couple hot trends. It was originally a surname, and parents have been using more surnames as first names recently, plus location names have also been trendy, putting Austin up there with names like Paris, London, and Brooklyn.
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U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008