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Austin Name Meaning

English, French, and German: from the personal name Austin, a vernacular form of Latin Augustinus, a derivative of Augustus. This was an extremely common personal name in every part of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, owing its popularity chiefly to St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430), whose influence on Christianity is generally considered to be second only to that of St. Paul. Various religious orders came to be formed following rules named in his honor, including the ‘Austin canons’, established in the 11th century, and the ‘Austin friars’, a mendicant order dating from the 13th century. The popularity of the personal name in England was further increased by the fact that it was borne by St. Augustine of Canterbury (died c. 605), an Italian Benedictine monk known as ‘the Apostle of the English’, who brought Christianity to England in 597 and founded the see of Canterbury. German: from a reduced form of the personal name Augustin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Austen, Justin, Dustin, Autin, Gustin, Agustin, Alston, Astin, Aubin

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Where is the Austin family from?

You can see how Austin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Austin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Austin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,983 Austin families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Austin's in the UK. London had the highest population of Austin families in 1891.
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What did your Austin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Austin. 7% of Austin men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Austin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Austin were Incapacitated and Incapacitated.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 71,000 immigration records available for the last name Austin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 132,000 military records available for the last name Austin. For the veterans among your Austin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Austin lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Austin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Austin in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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