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Angus is an English name with Gaelic and Celtic roots. It also dates back to Irish mythology and was the name of some Irish royalty many centuries ago. It hasn't been common in the United States since the early 20th century, but it appears to be on the rise again and could easily make a comeback. We like the way it pairs with traditional middle American names like Michael and Matthew.

Meaning of the name Angus:

English: One strength, one choice

Origin of the name Angus:

Angus is the English version of the Gaelic name Aonghus, which is a name that is especially popular in Scotland. It is made up of the elements “oyno,” which means “one” and “gustu,” which can translate to “strength” or “choice.”

Symbolism of the name Angus:

Because of its meaning, the baby name Angus could symbolize strength after a difficult pregnancy, or it could be a name assigned to an only child.

Baby name Angus

Style of the name Angus:

Traditional

Gender of the name Angus:

Angus is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Angus:

ANG-guss

Number of syllables in the name Angus:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Angus:

The baby name Angus evokes images of someone who is intelligent and inquisitive.

Alternative spellings for the name Angus:

  • Aengus

Nicknames for the name Angus:

Popularity of the name Angus:

According to the Social Security Administration, Angus was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States on and off until 1948. It was most popular in 1904 when it ranked at number 540. It last ranked at number 989 in 1948.

Related names for the name Angus:

Great middle names for Angus and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Angus:

  • Angus Young (musician and member of the band AC/DC)
  • Angus Black (rugby player)
  • Angus Donald (writer)
  • Angus Brandt (basketball player)
  • Angus Deayton (comedian)
  • Angus Clark (musician)
  • Angus T. Jones (actor)

Anguss in popular culture:

  • Angus MacGyver (main character on the TV show “MacGyver”)
  • Angus Partridge (character on the TV show “The L Word”)
  • Angus McMorrow (character in the movie “The Water Horse”)
  • Angus (character in the movie “Brave”)
  • Angus McGillicuddy (character on the TV show “I Love Lucy”)