Meaning and name origin
Stephen \s-te-phen\ as a boy's name is pronounced STEE-ven, STEF-en. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Stephen is "garland, crown". From stephanos. Biblical: Stephen was the first Christian martyr. Common until the late 18th century. Stefan is a German, Scandinavian, and Slavic form. Steffan and Steffon (STEH-fen) are Welsh forms. Actors Stephen Colins, Steve Martin, Steve McQueen, Steve Buscemi; songwriter Stephen Foster; physicist Stephen Hawking; author Stephen King; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; musician Stevie Wonder; computer entrepreneur Steve Jobs; film director Stephen Daldry.
Stephen▼ has 26 variant forms: Esteban▲, Estefan, Estevan▼, Etienne, Staffan, Steba, Steben, Stefan▼, Stefano, Steffan, Steffen, Steffon, Stefon, Stephan▼, Stephano, Stephanos, Stephanus, Stephens, Stephenson, Stephon▼, Stevan, Steve▼, Steven▲, Stevenson, Stevie▼ and Stevy.
Stephen is a very popular first name for males (#34 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3845 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Stephen for boys. Stephen reached its highest rank of #20 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Stephen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Steven (#144), Stephen (#258), Esteban (#392), Stefan (#851), Steve (#858), Estevan, Stevie, Stephon, Stephan and Stevan. (2014 statistics).