Meaning and Name Origin
Sebastian \s(e)-bas-tian, seb(a)-stian\ as a boys' 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.
Sebastian has 1 feminine form: Sebastiane.
Sebastian is a somewhat popular first name for males (#677 out of 1220, Top 55%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#4765 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Sebastian for boys. Sebastian reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Sebastian and corresponding names. Sabastian is the only other popular related form of Sebastian (#34 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread in 2001 and is somewhat lower today. Sebastian (#34) is the most trendy baby name among these, with this name enjoying a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)