Meaning and Name Origin
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 (#196 out of 88799, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Austin and related names. Prominent related forms of Austin (#66 last year) are Agustin (#879 last year), August (#242), Augustine (#949), Augustus (#544), Austen and Austyn. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and are somewhat less popular today, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)