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What does Sebastian mean?

Sebastian Pronunciation of Sebastian [se-bas-t-ian] 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". Track celebrity Sebastian Coe.

Associated with: greek, imperial (king), soldiers (warrior), night (dark), british (england), popular (famous).


Sebastian has 8 variants: Bastian, Bastien, Sabastian, Seb, Sebastiano, Sebastien, Sebestyen and Sebo.

1 feminine form: Sebastiane.

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Middle name pairings:
Sebastian Boone (S.B.), ..

How popular is Sebastian?

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 (#3055 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Sebastian reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. in 2014, and is presently at #35. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sebastian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sebastian outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Bastian (#1256 in recent rankings), Sabastian (#1683) and Sebastien (#1372) are the popular related forms of Sebastian (#35 in recent rankings). Usage of these forms of Sebastian is at its most widespread presently (adoption of 0.5%). Sebastian has generally been popular among parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sebastian, Bastian, Sabastian, Sebastien in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sebastian outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Caspian, Cassian, Christian, Chrystian, Cristian, Destan, Eastman, Genshian, Gentian, Jenshian (see Gentian), Jentian, Kristian, Krystian, Salvian, Seaman, Seasar, Seaton, Sebarino (see Seferino), Selestine, Selestino, Serafin, Shasta, Stian and Tristian. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sebastian.