Stephen - Meaning of Stephen
[ 2 syll. (s)tep-hen, st-eph-en ] The baby boy name Stephen is pronounced as STEHF-ahN or STIYV-ahN in English †. Stephen is largely used in the English language and it is derived from Old Greek origins. The name's meaning is crowned. A biblical name, it is derived from the element 'stephanos' which means crown, garland, wreath. Stefanus (Latin), Stephanos (Old Greek), and Stephanus (Latin) are older forms of Stephen. The name was borne in the Bible by the first martyr of Christianity, who was stoned to death by a mob encouraged by Saul. The name was later borne by several saints and at least ten popes. It has been recorded in use among English speakers since the 11th century. Among royalty, it was also borne by King Stephen of England (1097-1154), and various kings of Hungary and Slavic countries. The name Stephanie (English and German) is the female equivalent of Stephen.
Stephen is a widely used name; it has 91 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Estavan, Esteban (also used in French and Spanish), Estevan (also used in Spanish), Steafán, Steba, Steben, Stef, Stefan (also used in Czech, German, Polish, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic), Stefanas, Stefano (also used in Italian), Stefanos (also used in Greek), Steffan (also used in Welsh), Steffen (also used in German and Scandinavian), Steffon, Stefon, Step, Stepanos, Stephan (also used in German), Stephanas, Stephanie, Stephano, Stephaun, Stephens, Stephenson, Stephin, Stephon, Stevan (also used in Spanish), Steven (also used in Dutch), Stevens, and Stevenson. The contraction Steph, and the diminutive forms Steve and Stevie are other English variants.
Foreign variants of Stephen include Astevan (Spanish), Este (Spanish), Estebe (Basque), Esteben (Spanish), Estefan (Spanish), Estefon (Spanish), Estevao (Portuguese and Spanish), Esteve (Catalan), Estève (Provençal), Estéban (Spanish), Estévao (Portuguese), Estiban (Spanish), Estifa (Spanish), Estovan (Spanish), Etienne (French), Étienne (French), Istban (Hungarian), Istevan (Spanish), Isti (Hungarian), Istvan (Hungarian), István (Hungarian), Kepano (Hawaiian), Staffan (Scandinavian), Stamos (Greek), Stavros (Greek), Steafan (Irish), Steaphan (Gaelic and Scottish), Steenie (Scottish), Stefans (Latvian), and Stefanus (Dutch). Specific foreign variants include the contraction Teb (Spanish), and the diminutive form Teppo (Finnish and French).
See also the related form, Tevin (English and Scottish).
Stephen is a classic favorite. Currently it is still popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use previously. At the height of its usage in 1951, 1.175% of baby boys were given the name Stephen. It ranked at #19 then. The baby name has since experienced a marked fall in popularity, and is now of occasional use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.064% and its ranking #284, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Steven, within all boy names in its group. In 2018, it was used 63% more than Stephen.
† Pronunciation for Stephen: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Stephen:
Author Stephen Vincent Benét, born 22 July 1898 - 13 March 1943, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Author Stephen King, born 21 September 1947, Portland, Maine.
Comedian Stephen Colbert, born 13 May 1964.
Composer Stephen Schwartz, born 6 March 1948, New York, New York.
Composer Stephen Sondheim, born 22 March 1930, New York, New York.
Physicist Stephen Hawking, born 8 January 1942, Oxford, England.