STEPHEN
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: STEEV-ən (English), STEF-ən (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Greek name Στεφανος (Stephanos) meaning "crown". Saint Stephen was a deacon who was stoned to death, as told in Acts in the New Testament, and he is regarded as the first Christian martyr. Due to him, the name became common in the Christian world. It was popularized in England by the Normans.

This was the name of kings of England, Serbia, and Poland, as well as ten popes. It was also borne by the first Christian king of Hungary (10th century), who is regarded as the patron saint of that country. More recent bearers include British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-) and the American author Stephen King (1947-).

Related Names
VARIANT: Steven (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Ste, Steph, Stevie, Steve (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Stephanos (Ancient Greek), Stepan (Armenian), Estebe, Eztebe (Basque), Stephanos (Biblical Greek), Stephanus (Biblical Latin), Stefan (Bulgarian), Esteve (Catalan), Stjepan, Štefan, Stevan, Stevo, Stipan, Stipe, Stipo (Croatian), Štěpán (Czech), Stefan, Steffen (Danish), Stefan, Steffen, Stephan, Stef, Stefanus, Steven (Dutch), Tapani, Tahvo, Teppo (Finnish), Étienne, Stéphane (French), Estevo (Galician), Stepane (Georgian), Stefan, Stephan (German), Stefanos, Stephanos (Greek), István, Pista, Pisti (Hungarian), Stiofán (Irish), Stefano (Italian), Stefans (Latvian), Steponas (Lithuanian), Steffen (Low German), Stefan (Macedonian), Tipene (Maori), Estienne (Medieval French), Stefan, Steffen (Norwegian), Estève (Occitan), Stefan, Szczepan (Polish), Estevão (Portuguese), Ștefan, Fane (Romanian), Stepan (Russian), Steafan, Steaphan, Steenie (Scottish), Stefan, Stevan, Stevo, Stjepan (Serbian), Štefan (Slovak), Štefan (Slovene), Esteban, Estavan (Spanish), Staffan, Stefan (Swedish), Steffan (Welsh)
Popularity
United States  ranked #228 
England/Wales  ranked #307 
France  - 
Ireland  ranked #95 
Northern Ireland  - 
Scotland  -