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.
There is 1 feminine form of Austin: Austine.
Austin is a very popular first name for males (#301 out of 1220, Top 25%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#196 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Austin for boys. Austin reached its highest rank of #9 in the U.S. in 1997. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Austin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Austin (#66), August (#242), Augustus (#544), Augustine (#949), Austyn and Austen. (2014 statistics).
Austin▲ is also pronounced similarly to Aston and Westin▲. Other suggested similar baby names are Agustin▼, Alstin, Ashtin, Dustin▼, Justin▲ and Rustin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Austin.