Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Angus

Angus is the Anglicized form of an Old Gaelic name Aonghus, a name traditionally used among the Irish and Scottish Gaels, particularly the Scots. The name means “one force” or “one strength” or “one of excellence” depending on the translation. It is also sometimes said to mean “one choice.” In its original form, Aonghus is made up of the Celtic components *oyno- “one” and *gustu- variably meaning “strength, force, energy, excellence.” 
 
According to Irish mythology, Áengus (also referred to as Óengus and Aonghus) was the god of love, youth and poetic inspiration. As a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann (Tribe of Danu), the god Áengus predated Celtic Christianity and is therefore quite ancient. Áengus’ was said to be borne of the Dagda (the “all-father” Irish god) and a river goddess Boanna. In order to conceal the affair, Dagda made the sun stand still for nine months so that Áengus could be conceived, carried and born in one day. He lived on the River Boyne in the Kingdom of Meath, Ireland and was often depicted with four birds flying above his head, a symbol of the god’s kisses which, once released, would sing in the hearts of young lovers. One night Áengus dreamed of a woman so beautiful he became inconsolably heartsick. His mother and father searched all of Ireland for this fair maiden to no avail. After soliciting the aid of Bodb the Red (king of the gods of Munster) it was soon declared that the lovely maiden had been found at the Lake of the Dragon’s Mouth, along with 150 other girls chained together in pairs. Áengus dream-girl stood a head taller than the other maidens and was soon identified as Caer, a princess of the gods of Connacht. Áengus was instructed to return to the lake at the harvest festival when the maidens would be turned into swans. If he could single out Caer in swan form, then he would be granted permission to marry her. At the appointed time, Áengus arrives at the lake and calls out to Caer, “Oh come and speak to me!” – at once he is transformed into a swan and the two lovers fly away to his fortress on the River Boyne, singing a music so lovely that all listeners were lulled to sleep for three days and nights.
 
Áengus and Óengus are also names shared by several early High Kings of Ireland and Kings of the Picts (Scotland), as well as a notable 9th century Irish saint. In other words, this is a name of historical Celtic flavor. It is also the name of a county in Scotland, from whence a breed of cattle was named. 
 

All About the Baby Name – Angus

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME ANGUS

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME ANGUS

As a masculine personal name, Angus has never seen much popularity in the United States. The name showed up on the Top 1000 list between 1900 and 1948 and has since disappeared into obscurity. In the first half of the 20th century, the name was most likely isolated to Irish and Scottish immigrants. Not surprisingly, Angus is most popular in the country of Scotland, but it is also used with a fair amount of regularity in Australia and New Zealand. In America, however, this name is given to barely 100 baby boys born each year (out of nearly 2 million!). For parents who are attracted to Celtic/Gaelic names, but want something less trendy than Liam, Aidan and Logan – we think Angus is one to consider. It’s ancient, charming, historically colorful and has a strong and powerful etymology. It really surprises us how little use it sees in America. 

Quick Facts

ON ANGUS

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

ANG-gəs

SIMPLE MEANING:

One strength

Characteristics

OF ANGUS

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Angus

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ANGUS

Popular Songs

ON ANGUS

Wandering Angus
a song by Jolie Holland

Iggy and Angus
a song by Sloan

Famous People

NAMED ANGUS

Angus Young (rock musician/guitarist)
Angus Campbell (hockey player)
Angus T. Jones (actor)
Angus King (politician)
Angus MacFadyen (actor)
Angus Moffatt (soccer player)
Angus Scrimm (actor)
Angus Wilson (writer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ANGUS

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Angus

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ANGUS

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Angus