[ 2 syll. au-(s)tin, aus-t-in ] The baby boy name Austin is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is AO-ZTihN †. Austin is largely used in the English, German, and Latin languages, and it is derived from Latin origins. The name is of the meaning august, dignified, holy. It is derived from the element 'augustus' which means to increase. The name initially developed as a medieval short form of the Roman nickname Augustinus (Latin). It was later adopted as a surname, which in turn led to the survival and use of Austin as a given name. It later appeared as the name of the key character Dr Austin Sloper in the Henry James short novel Washington Square (1880).
In addition, Austin is a variant of the name August (English, German, Polish, and Scandinavian).
Austin is also an English, German, and Latin contraction of the name Augustine (Irish and English).
The name Austyn (English) is the female equivalent of Austin.
Austin is a popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1950s up to the 1990s. At the peak of its usage in 1995, 1.289% of baby boys were given the name Austin. Its ranking then was #10. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was only 0.241% and its ranking #80, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2018, Austin was twice as popular as the next most popular name, August. In the past century Austin has predominantly been a baby boy name. In 1994, baby boys named Austin outnumbered girls by 97 times.
Baby names that sound like Austin include Acton, Adun, Agatón, Ajdin, Ashtin, Ashtine, Ashton, Ashtown, Ashtyn, Ashtynne, Astin, Aston, Astyn, Atam, Atoine, Augustín, Austan, Austen, Austine, and Austyn.
† Pronunciation for Austin: AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Austin is Fictional Secret Agent, Austin Powers, born 1997.