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What does Stephen mean?

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.

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

Stephen has 5 more alternative forms via Stefan, Steffan, Steffon, Steven: Stefanos, Stefonn, Stephonn, Stevon and Stevyn.

Stephen has 2 feminine forms: Estefany and Stephanie.


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 (#3655 out of 150436, Top 2%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

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). These boy names were at the apex of their popularity in the year 1991 (usage of 0.5416%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2497%, down 53.9%), with versions like Steve, Stephen, Stephan, Stephon and Estevan falling out of style. Esteban (#392) and Steven (#144) are two of the more trendy names for newborns here. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

A suggested similar baby name is Stepney. This name tends to be less commonly used than Stephen.