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What does Stephen mean?

Stephen Pronunciation of Stephen [stephen] 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. Actors Stephen Colins, Steve Martin, Steve McQueen, Steve Buscemi; songwriter Stephen Foster; physicist Stephen Hawking; author Stephen King; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; musician Stevie Wonder; late computer entrepreneur Steve Jobs; film director Stephen Daldry.

Associated with: greek, biblical, martyr (saint), 18th century.


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.

Affiliated boy names: Istvan and Stavros.

2 more alternative forms via Steven: Stevon and Stevyn.

2 feminine forms: Estefany and Stephanie.

Creative forms:
(male) Samphen, Stepher, ..

(female) Steken, Stephna, ..

Middle name pairings:
Stephen Advik (S.A.), ..

How popular is Stephen?

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)

Stephen reached its top position of #20 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is presently at #246. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Steven (#154 a year ago), Esteban (#397), Stefan (#800), Steve (#937), Stephan (#1139), Stephon (#1528), Estevan (#1530), Stevan, Stevie, Stevenson, Stefon, Stefano, Steffan, Steffen and Steffon are the popular varying forms of Stephen (#246 a year ago). These relations of Stephen were popular as birth names 65 years ago (usage of 3.04%) and are now much less conventional (usage 0.31%, 90%), with versions like Stephen going out of style. Esteban is the most trendy name for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Stephen, Esteban, Estevan, Stefan, Stefano in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Steffan, Steffen, Steffon, Stefon, Stephan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Stephon, Stevan, Steve, Steven, Stevenson, Stevie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Ethen, Selden, Sheehan, Shelden, Shepherd, Sheplea (see Shepley), Shepley, Sherwen, Sleven, Stanten, Stearn, Stedman, Steed, Steel, Steele, Steen, Stefonn, Stein, Sten, Stensen, Stenssen (see Stein), Stephanas (see Stephanus), Stephonn, Stepney, Stepny, Sterlyn, Stern, Sterne, Stetcyn, Stetson, Strahan and Swensen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Stephen.

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