Explore the Family Name August

The meaning of August

German and English: from the personal name August, from Latin Augustus ‘consecrated, majestic, venerable’ (see Augustus).

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How common is the last name August in the United States?

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname August has seen a slight shift in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked the 5,265th most common name, but by 2010, it had dropped slightly to the 5,389th spot, representing a decrease of approximately 2.36%. However, the total count of people bearing the surname August increased during this period from 6,082 to 6,456, marking an increase of about 6.15%. The proportion of individuals with this surname per 100,000 also decreased slightly from 2.25 to 2.19.

20002010Change
Rank#5,265#5,389-2.36%
Count6,0826,4566.15%
Proportion per 100k2.252.19-2.67%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name August

The ethnic identity of individuals with the surname August also showed interesting trends in the Decennial U.S. Census data. The largest ethnic group identifying with the surname is White, representing 70.27% in 2000 and decreasing to 65.13% in 2010. The next significant ethnicity is Black, with an increase from 23.23% in 2000 to 27.29% in 2010. Notably, the Hispanic community saw an increase of 46.60%, going up from 2.94% to 4.31%. The Asian/Pacific Islander group also had a considerable rise from 0.56% to 0.93%. The group identifying with two or more races saw a decline from 2.48% to 2.04%, while the American Indian and Alaskan Native category saw a sharp decrease from 0.51% to 0.29%.

20002010Change
White70.27%65.13%-7.31%
Black23.23%27.29%17.48%
Hispanic2.94%4.31%46.6%
Two or More Races2.48%2.04%-17.74%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.56%0.93%66.07%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.51%0.29%-43.14%

August ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname August is British & Irish, which comprises 27.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (15.6%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (12.9%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, Scandinavian, and Nigerian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish27.2%
French & German15.6%
Ashkenazi Jewish12.9%
Other44.2%
August

Possible origins of the surname August

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name August have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom51.90%
Greater London, United Kingdom51.90%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom51.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom51.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom50.60%

What August haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname August is R-P312, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P312 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L48 and J-L26, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Hellman, Weiser, Schoenfeld, Provenzano, Alberts, Malek, Roos, Fleischer, Nathan, Linder.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with August surname are: N, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

augustPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname August have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.

Preferences

August

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"August" Surname 43.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

August

Misophonia

When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"August" Surname 22.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

August

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"August" Surname 14.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

August

Migraine

A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"August" Surname 17.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name August?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname August are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%