Augusta History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Augusta is an Italian patronymic surname; that is, it was a name created from the first name of the father. Augusta is derived from the personal name Agostino. This personal name is derived from the Latin word "augustus," which means "favored with good omens."
Early Origins of the Augusta family
The surname Augusta was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. One of the first records of the name was Eugenio Agostini who was listed there in 923. Also around this time, Alessandro Agostini was secretary of the Duke and another Alessandro Agostini, of the same family in Ferrara, was the Councillor of Alfonso I.
Early History of the Augusta family
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Augusta Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Augusta include Agosta, Agostani, Agostaro, Agostena, Agosti, Agostinetti, Agostini, Agostinis, Agostino, Agostinone, Agosto, Agostoni, Agustoni, Augusti, Augusto, Augustoni, D'Agostino, DeAgostini and many more.
Early Notables of the Augusta family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Guido Agosti of Brescia who was in the council; Obizzo Agosti was supreme Captain of the Brescian military; Lodovico Agosti was Archbishop of Spalato in the 12th century; in the 13th century Girolamo Agosti was given the titles of Count and Knight, which continued through his descendants until 1618; Agnolo Agostino was a renowned architect in the 13th century who designed the Porta Romagna and the Church of St. Francis in Siena. Mariano and Paolo Agostini, brothers, were among the leaders of the Pisan government, and their ancestors maintained their positions for many more...
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Migration of the Augusta family
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Augusta were Querine Agostino, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878, and Antonio Augustino, who settled in Seneca Falls, New York sometime between 1884 and 1915.
Contemporary Notables of the name Augusta (post 1700) +
- Nick Augusta, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 5th District, 1974, 1976 
- Josef Augusta (1946-2017), Czechoslovak ice hockey player and coach, silver medalist at the 1976 Winter Olympics
- Mary Augusta Mullikin (1874-1964), American painter who spent almost 30 years in China
- Juliette Augusta Magill (1806-1870), American historian and writer
- Augusta Vera Duthie (1881-1963), South African botanist who studied the plants of the Western Cape
- Augusta Theodosia Drane (1823-1894), English writer and Roman Catholic nun
- Augusta Dabney (1918-2008), American actress
- Augusta H. Clawson (d. 1997), American civil servant, and author of Shipyard Diary of a Woman Welder
- Augusta Barter CM (1909-1999), Canadian nurse made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1989 and also the recipient of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
- Augusta Jane Evans (1835-1909), American novelist, born in Columbus, Georgia
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