It appears the newborn identify August is getting a lift of star energy.
On Saturday, Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, introduced that they’ve named their new child son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. On Tuesday, singer and actor Mandy Moore and her musician husband Taylor Goldsmith revealed that they selected the identical first identify for his or her child boy, August Harrison Goldsmith.
Their identify selections mirror the rise in reputation August has seen throughout this century. The Social Safety Administration’s child names checklist reveals that August has jumped from No. 673 in 2004 to No. 167 in 2019 (the newest yr of obtainable information).
“August is a reputation that mixes deep historical past ― it’s an Historic Roman identify ― with a contemporary, nontraditional male picture,” Pamela Redmond Satran, a co-founder of the favored child names web site Nameberry, informed PoliFonics. “Whereas not actually gender-neutral, it’s typically used for women.”
In 2019, child boys named August totaled 2,366 up from 2,283 in 2018 and a pair of,056 in 2017. The identify even appeared on the High 1,000 checklist of names for child ladies for the primary time in 2018 at No. 898 (with 298 recorded) after which at No. 844 in 2019 (with 317 on the books).
August is a classic favourite. It peaked in reputation in 1901 at No. 141 after which steadily dropped down the checklist over the following a long time to its lowest spot at No. 930 in 1983. Satran famous that 1983 is the period when lots of right this moment’s mother and father had been born.
“Usually, folks don’t select names of their very own era or actually not their mother and father’ era, however will look again 4 generations or 100 years,” she mentioned. “In 1920, August stood near the place it stands now in reputation, round Quantity 200.”
Well-known Augusts previous and current embrace playwrights August Wilson and August Strindberg, musician August Alsina, and tutorial August Coppola, brother of Francis Ford Coppola and father of Nicolas Cage.
The Brooksbank and Goldsmith infants be a part of a reasonably prolonged checklist of well-known offspring named August. Dave Matthews, Mariska Hargitay, June Diane Raphael, Lena Olin, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ralphie Might all named their sons August (or Auguste in Olin’s case). Garth Brooks has a daughter named August, as does “Workplace” actor Oscar Nunez.
Different popular culture moments for the identify embrace the 2007 movie “August Rush” and Taylor Swift’s track “August,” off her 2020 shock album “Folklore.”
“So many celebrities together with different mother and father have chosen August as a result of it manages to be new and outdated on the identical time, to interrupt with standard male names like William and James but additionally to be deeply rooted,” Satran mentioned. “It’s a sort of ‘Have Your Cake and Eat It too’ identify … Plus, August has an awesome that means ― actually, ‘nice!’”
Moore’s child announcement indicated that she and Goldsmith are calling their son “Gus.” June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer name their son August “Gus” as nicely. Gus was pretty well-liked as a full identify for boys from the early 20th century till it dropped off the High 1,000 checklist within the late 1970s. It reappeared in 2018 at No. 998 however not the next yr. Solely 195 child boys had been named Gus in 2019.
One other pretty frequent nickname for August is “Auggie,” which is what the characters Cory and Topanga Matthews referred to as their son August on the sitcom “Woman Meets World.” Moreover, the principle character of R. J. Palacio’s well-liked novel “Surprise” is August “Auggie” Pullman.
Related names like Augusta, Augustus and Augustine have had diverse journeys within the U.S. Augustus’ path has been much like August’s ― early 20th-century reputation, adopted by decline after which revitalization in latest a long time. The newest SSA information places Augustus at No. 467 for boys.
After dropping off the High 1,000 checklist within the late 1980s, Augustine reappeared in 2013 and most lately hit No. 731 for boys. The identify Augusta fell off the checklist for women in 1945 and has remained in decline, with solely 49 child ladies provided that identify in 2019.
With these newest bursts in reputation, August appears to be the preferred month identify within the U.S., forward of June (No. 201 for women, with 1,505 recorded for newborns in 2019) and April (No. 493 for women, with 633 recorded in 2019). And because the newest celebrities to choose the identify have proven, you don’t must be born in August to be named August.