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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.

For more information, see also related boy names Istvan and Stavros.

There are 2 feminine forms of Stephen: Estefany and Stephanie.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Stephen name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Esteban, Estevan, Stefan, Stephan, Stephen, Stephon, Stevan, Steve, Steven, Stevie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Stefan, Stephen, Steven outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Stephonn and Stepney. These names tend to be less commonly used than Stephen.