Augustus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is the locale where the Augustus surname was first found. Although the people in this region were at one time known by only a single, personal name, it later became necessary for them to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Augustus is one of the Italian patronymic surnames, created from the father's given name. The surname Augustus came 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 Augustus family

The surname Augustus 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 Augustus family

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Augustus Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Augustus 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 Augustus 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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Augustus migration to the United States

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Augustus:

Augustus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Augustus, who landed in America in 1782 [1]
Augustus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cunningham Augustus, aged 16, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1905
  • Josef Augustus, aged 41, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1908
  • Charles Augustus, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1909
  • Ellen Augustus, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1915
  • Florence Jones Augustus, aged 49, who landed in America from Llanelly, Wales, in 1915
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Contemporary Notables of the name Augustus (post 1700)

  • J. D. Augustus, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1944 [2]
  • Eugene F. R. Augustus, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1900, 1908 [2]
  • Edward M. Augustus Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2000, 2004, 2008 [2]
  • Charles Augustus Lindberg (1902-1974), American aviator who made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1925
  • Daniel Augustus Beaufort (1739-1821), English geographer, born on 1 Oct. 1739 at East Barnet, son of Daniel Cornelis de Beaufort, a French refugee (1700-1788) [3]
  • Most Reverend James Augustus Watton (1915-1995), Canadian Anglican bishop, Archbishop of Moosonee (1963-1979), of Metropolitan of Ontario (1974-1979)
  • General Sir George Augustus Wetherall (1788-1868), British General, the son of General Sir Frederick Augustus Wetherall
  • Sir Frederick Augustus Wetherall (1754-1842), British General, the son of John Wetherall who belonged to a family which migrated from Wetherall Priory, near Carlisle, to Ireland in the reign of William III [4]
  • George Augustus Selwyn (1809-1878), English Bishop of Lichfield and Primate of New Zealand, born at Church Row, Hampstead, second son of William Selwyn
  • George Augustus Selwyn (1719-1791), English wit and politician, was born near Gloucester, son of Colonel John Selwyn of Matson

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 14 June. 2019
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
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