SEBASTIAN
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: ze-BAHS-tee-ahn (German), sə-BAS-chən (English), se-BAHS-tyahn (Polish)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Latin name Sebastianus which meant "from Sebaste". Sebaste was the name a town in Asia Minor, its name deriving from Greek σεβαστος (sebastos) "venerable" (a translation of Latin Augustus, the title of the Roman emperors). Saint Sebastian was a 3rd-century Roman soldier martyred by arrows after it was discovered he was a Christian. Due to the saint's popularity, the name came into general use in medieval Europe, especially in Spain and France. It was also borne by a 16th-century king of Portugal who died in a crusade against Morocco.
Related Names
DIMINUTIVES: Bastian (German), Sepi, Seppo (Finnish)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Sebastijan (Croatian), Sebastiaan, Bas, Bastiaan (Dutch), Sébastien, Bastien (French), Sebestyén (Hungarian), Sebastiano (Italian), Sebastianus (Late Roman), Sebastião (Portuguese), Sevastian, Sevastyan (Russian), Sebastijan, Sebastjan, Boštjan (Slovene), Sebastián (Spanish)
Popularity
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Canada (BC)  ranked #77 
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Austria  ranked #13 
Chile  ranked #5 
Croatia  ranked #97 
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Norway  ranked #6 
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