What does Austin mean?
Austin \a(u)-stin, aus-tin\ as a boys' name is pronounced AW-sten. It is of French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Austin is "great, magnificient". Variant and oral form of Augustine, contracted by everyday speech. Enjoyed some popularity in England as late as the 17th century. Now most often a surname used as a given name. Saint Augustine (seventh century) was sometimes called Austin. In America, the name carries Western association due to Stephen Austin, a frontiersman and one of the founders of the Republic of Texas. The state capital is named in his honor. The "Austin Powers" movies, though, have probably disqualified it from use for a whole generation of future parents.
Austin has 1 feminine form: Austine.
Austin is a very popular first name for males (#301 out of 1220, Top 25%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#241 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Austin for boys. Austin reached its highest rank of #9 in the U.S. in the year 1997, and is at #66 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Austin and related names. Prominent related forms of Austin (#66 last year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Agustin (#879 last year), August (#242), Augustine (#949), Augustus (#544), Austen and Austyn. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.427%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3314%, down 22.4%), with the versions Agustin, Augustine, Austen and Austyn becoming less stylish. August (#242), Augustus (#544) and Austin (#66) are three of the more trendy boy names here, with these names having a rebound in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)