Meaning and Name Origin
Stephen \s-te-phen\ as a boys' 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 variants: 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 prominent first name for males (#34 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#3845 out of 88799, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Stephen for boys. Stephen reached its top position of #20 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is presently at #258. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Stephen and associated names. Steven (#144 a year ago), Esteban (#392), Stefan (#851), Steve (#858), Estevan, Stevie, Stephon, Stephan and Stevan are the popular varying forms of Stephen (#258 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity in the year 1991 and are now much less widespread, with versions like Steve, Stephen, Stevie, Stephan and Stephon falling out of style. Esteban (#392) and Steven (#144) are two of the more trendy names for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Stepney. This name tends to be less commonly used than Stephen.