Meaning and name origin
Sebastian \s(e)-bas-tian, seb(a)-stian\ as a boy's name is pronounced se-BASS-tian. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Sebastian is "revered". The original form of this name referred to those from a particular city or region of Asia minor, whose Greek name was from the Latin imperial title "Augustus". Saint Sebastian, who probably was a native of that place, was a third-century martyred centurion who became patron saint of soldiers. Shakespeare gave the name to the twin brother of Viola in "Twelfth Night". British use since the 1940s may have been influenced by a character in Evelyn Waugh's popular "Brideshead Revisited". Sebastien is popular in France. Track celebrity Sebastian Coe.
There is 1 feminine form of Sebastian: Sebastiane.
Sebastian is a somewhat popular first name for males (#677 out of 1220, Top 55%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#4765 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sebastian for boys. Sebastian reached its highest rank of #34 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Sebastian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Sebastian (#34), Sebastien and Sabastian. (2014 statistics).