[ 3 syll. fa-bian, fab-i-an ] The baby boy name Fabian is pronounced as FEY-Biy-ahN (English), FAA-Biy-aaN (Dutch, German), or FAA-BYaaN (Polish) †. Fabian is used predominantly in the Dutch, English, German, and Polish languages, and it is derived from Latin origins. The name's meaning is grower of beans. It is from the element 'faba' meaning bean. The first name is derived from the Roman family name Fabianus (Latin), itself from Fabius, also a family name. The name was brought into England by the Normans, but it was not used much by medieval English speakers. The name was borne by Pope Saint Fabian (236-250) who was martyred under Emperor Decius. In literature, it is borne by the servant of Olivia in William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night (1601).
Fabian is a variant (English and German) of the name Fabius (Latvian, Lithuanian, and German).
The name Fabiane (German) is the female version of Fabian.
Fabian is a widely used name; it has 34 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Fab, Fabby, Fabe, Fabein, Fabeon, Faberto, Fabianno, Fabianus, Fabijan, Fabin, Fabion, Fabiyus, Fabyan, Fabyen, Faebian, Faebien, Faybian, Faybien, Faybion, and Faybionn.
Foreign variants of Fabian include Fabek (Polish), Faber (German), Fabert (French), Fabi (Russian), Fabiano (Italian and Portuguese), Fabiao (Portuguese), Fabián (Spanish), Fabião (Portuguese), Fabien (French), Fabio (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Fabius (Latvian and Lithuanian), Fabiyan (Russian), Fábián (Hungarian), and Pabian (Polish).
Fabian is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1950s up to the 2000s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2007, 0.063% of baby boys were given the name Fabian. It ranked at #253 then. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.042% and its ranking #390, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Fabian include Fabyan, Faybian, Faybion, Faybionn, Fabion, Fabuni, Fabunie, Fabunnee, Fabunney, Fabunni, Fabunnie, Fabunny, Fabuny, Fabyen, Faebian, Faezan, Faezon, Faezun, Fahamu, and Faigan.
† Pronunciation for Fabian: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)"
A famous person named Fabian is Fabian Forte, Singer, born Fabiano Anthony Forte, February 6, 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.