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Austin meaning and name origin
Austin \a(u)-stin, aus-tin\ as a boy's 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 5 variant forms: Austen, Austyn, Ostin, Ostyn and Ostynn.
For more information, see also related names Osten, August and Augustus.
Baby names that sound like Austin are Justin, Aston, Jestin, Justyn, Justino, Justen, Justan, Justain and Westin.
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Popularity of Austin
Austin is a very popular first name for men (#301 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#196 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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