Augusta History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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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Australia Augusta migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Augusta Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • "Miss Downer Augusta, (b. 1808), aged 20, English farm servant who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years for house robbery, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Augusta (post 1700) +

  • Nick Augusta, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 5th District, 1974, 1976 [2]
  • Josef Augusta (1946-2017), Czechoslovak ice hockey player and coach, silver medalist at the 1976 Winter Olympics
  • Erna Augusta Brinkman (b. 1972), Dutch retired volleyball player born in Sneek, Friesland, who represented her native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992
  • Evelyn Augusta Conyers CBE, RRC & Bar (1870-1944), New Zealand-born Australian matron-in-chief of the Australian Army Nursing Service during the First World War, its first member to be awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal
  • 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


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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