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