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In 2018, 58 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Stephen who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 51st most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
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Much more dignified than Steven. I dislike the nickname Steve.
kayisforkeen  8/24/2018
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If you want it to be pronounced as Stefan I would just spell it that way so people wont have to assume how it's pronounced. I had a classmate named Stephen, but he pronounced it like Ste-Fawn.
Luvbug86  7/4/2018
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There are two people in my family that were born with the same first name, as my parents were not well educated in names, my parents named my first brother (Steve) then I was the second son and they named me (Stephan) and my parents never figured out that the names (Steve and Stephan) are the same name so last year I decided to change my first name for reasons of that my brother was using my name for his personal purpose and now I am glad that I changed my name.
Dominic r  6/12/2017
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Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
cutenose  6/1/2017
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Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is an American cartoonist, animator, director, producer, and writer. A former marine-biology teacher, he created SpongeBob SquarePants, which has gone on to become one of the longest-running American television series as well as the highest-rated show ever to air on Nickelodeon.
cutenose  5/24/2017
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I'll speak on this because I have dealt with this confusion my whole life. I've been called "Steven" by Anglo-Canadians and Americans, while non-native English speaking or French-Canadians pronounce my name "Stefan". My name is spelt "Stephen" and pronounced "Stephen" with the long FFF sound as in photo or philosophy. My mom was Swiss German, and in German, the first E is a short sound, and they spell and say the name Ste-FF-an. The Greek name Stephanos, from which Stephen was derived, has a long EEE sound, and is pronounced "St-EE-f-anos" like steeped tea. Apparently this was difficult for English speakers to pronounce, so the V sound was adopted in English. I think the issue here is that the Anglo world dominates media, and is often assumed the norm. In the rest of the world, besides Anglo countries like Britain and America, Stephen is pronounced in a huge array of ways. Germanic ways with the long FFF, or with a P like in Czech or Armenian "Stepan", or like the ancient Greek origins with a hard EEE, which might be followed with an F, T or V sound, like EEE-stvan in Hungary, which is spelt Istvan. Non-native English speakers usually call me Stephan. The shocking thing to me is that many websites I view claim the ancient or "biblical" pronunciation was the very anglo sounding "Steven" which I just don't believe to be true. Why would mainland Europe continue to say "SteFF-an" or "Ste-Pan" or "StEEE-fan" and why would the spelling be as such? And consider all the related names like Stephanie and Stephano. And considering that in "biblical" and ancient times, English pronunciation was basically non-existent.
step_6  4/28/2017
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Stephen J. Bisciotti is the current majority owner of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He founded a family of technical staffing companies known as Allegis Group, which owns Aerotek and TEKsystems.
cutenose  4/18/2017
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Actually, Steve Carell's full name is Steven (Steven John Carell), not Stephen.
Feorsteorra  11/22/2016
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I love this name. I think it suits a young boy as well as a grown man. I prefer this spelling to Steven because I do not like the nickname "Steve" and I think by naming your son "Stephen", people would understand you intended to not use the nickname. I think it sounds like a sophisticated businessman.
gentrygal  9/12/2016
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Stephen Sondheim is one of the America’s most influential theater composers and lyricists.
Katherington  7/11/2016
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Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange is a character in Marvel comics and adaptations who is at times affiliated with various version of the Avengers in addition to the Defenders and the Midnight Sons. In the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe film, 'Doctor Strange', he is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Feorsteorra  6/14/2016
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Derek Stephen Prince (born February 5, 1969 in Inglewood, California) is an American voice actor who is most memorable for his various roles in the 'Digimon' series, as well as the voice of Elgar in the live-action 'Power Rangers Turbo' and 'Power Rangers in Space'.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2016
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Wonderful, strong, sophisticated name. WAY better than "Steven".
Gregory Woodrow  11/2/2015
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Stephen Curry is a notable user of this name. He just won MVP of the NBA.
SoccerStar  8/13/2015
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This is a great, strong name! Besides being Biblical, it ages well and is unique these days. I prefer Stephen spelling. Steve can still be spelled this way regardless of which spelling you use. It's also my Dad's name!
LV51sfan91  4/11/2015
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Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, deserves a mention.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2015
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It's my name and the phonetics of the first E & PH differ from the female Stephanie read as it looks. The male first E is Long and the PH carries F's second pronunciation, contained in the word OF said "uV" Where it gets its "STEEV-en" pronunciation. Men using it properly have often been "heckled" with the improper pronunciation "STEF-en" which is meant for "STEFAN" If you are a man named STEPHEN and need comfort from the hecklings of "STEF-en" I run a Facebook Group called "My name is Stephen NOT Steffan You Moron!" Come and Join us to share your experience and any thoughts you may have or what ever you feel like. Copy and paste this link in the address bar - https://www.facebook.com/groups/59886615840/
Stephen1976  2/16/2015
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I love this name! The fact that it only has a 65% approval rating saddens me (especially when Jayden and Julian are far higher). It makes me question the credibility of the users here.
Ali Hassan  11/17/2014
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Dr. Stephen Maturin is a main character in Patrick O'Brien's "Aubrey and Maturin" books (semi-classic, much-neglected historical adventure series set in the Napoleanic Wars). He's an Irish/Catalan physician, naturalist, and secret agent (for the British, though he wasn't always), usually ship's surgeon "under" Captain Jack Aubrey. I put "under" in quotation marks because they're best friends and both equally ingenius and B.A., though in completely different areas.

They made a movie of the books, called Master and Commander. I haven't seen all of it, but it's left out some of his cunning and his ingenious snarkery, and the whole fact of his being a secret agent. So for people who hadn't read the books, it probably wasn't half so funny to see him brought to a standstill by Jack's pun, because they haven't seen how rare it really is for Stephen Maturin to be be "brought by the lee" (a phrase from the books used to mean "bewildered" - it comes from some nautical thing or other, which I couldn't for the life of me comprehend).

So, in short, I like the name Stephen. I really, REALLY like the name Stephen.
El is a Beth  6/30/2014
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I like this spelling for the name. This spelling is the correct spelling, in that it is the way the saint's name is spelt. If you are concerned with spelling it phonetically, then the same letter shouldn't be used to represent the two different vowel sounds in it, should it.
nametoad  6/29/2014
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Well, it is my name after all and I think a good alternate edition of the name is "STEVERINO" coming from the short of the name "STEVE"
Stephen1976  6/25/2014
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Stephen Lawrence "STEVE" Winwood. Gave us songs like "Gimme Some Lovin'!" "Low Spark of High Healed Boys" "While You See A Chance" "Valerie" "The Finer Things" "Back In The High Life Again!" "Higher Love" and "Roll With It".
Stephen1976  6/25/2014
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The Feast of St Stephen is December 26th. The feast day is featured in the Christmas song "Good King Wenceslas" in the lyrics "Good King Wenceslas went out/On the Feast of Stephen/When the snow lay round about/Deep and crisp and even."
Stefan Nikola  2/15/2014
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There are so many people heckling Ye old name of Stephen. They wonder why it's pronounced Steven. True it is an "f" PH is always "f" Just not a hard "F" the "f" of "ph" in Stephen is called a Passive "f" like in the two letter preposition 'OF' pronounced "uV" That is why it IS pronounced Steven. The reason more people prefer the one with a "ph" is due to it's aesthetic look. So why do people still have to go on to say it's STEH-FEN? Uggh I seriously need to write the book!
Stephen1976  1/19/2014
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I would like to see the day when they remove the distorted version of the name STEF-en. It's NOT an American name but a Gaelic influenced English name "ph" is a Gaelic "V" sound. I get severely offended when I've been called STEF-en. I would appreciate from the world To address Me as STEE-VEN!
Stephen1976  11/24/2013
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I wonder if my last name STEPHENS is a subset of STEPHEN as it is not listed in the site here.
pipeman1437  8/12/2013
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Stephen Bautista is a really good Christian musician.
Strangak  5/23/2013
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Stephen Breyer is a Supreme Court Justice.
spaz123  3/23/2013
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Stephen Hart is a character from the British scifi series Primeval. He is portrayed by James Murray.
Fray  3/16/2013
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Name of the Day: March 11, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2013
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I like Steven better, but Stephen sounds more classic.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2013
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Stephen van Haestregt was the drummer of Within Temptation.
Rivallien  2/12/2012
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I was reared being called "Stee-vin" but due to the two consonants of "ph" separates the vowel relationship and compel people to say "Ste'ffin". This can be a difficult name to have due to if you say it one way or another they would want to spell it how it sounds. I usually go by the general short name "Steve" for Stephen.
Stephen1976  7/4/2011
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"Stephen" is a song by KeSha.
guardgirl15  7/1/2011
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I much prefer this spelling to Steven. I'm not sure why.
mrose19  5/11/2011
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The current [Pre-election 2011, anyways] prime minister of Canada and leader of the conservative party is Stephen Joseph Harper.
K.G Valentina  4/12/2011
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British actor, writer, journalist, film director Stephen Fry (1957-) is also a very famous bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2011
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Name of the Day: March 11, 2011.
AndrewJKD  3/13/2011
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I honestly feel this spelling should be pronounced "STEF-en". It doesn't look like it should be pronounced "STEEV-en".
Black_X  2/21/2011
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Stephen Kumalo is the name of the protagonist in the novel Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
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Stephen Baldwin is a Christian actor and one of the famous "Baldwin brothers" of Hollywood.
breakofday  3/11/2010
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"Hey Stephen, I know looks can be deceiving, but I know I saw a light in you"

"Hey Stephen" is the amazing song written and sung by Taylor Swift.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2009
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Stephen is the name of the hero in a great book called The Sound Of one Hand Clapping by Fay Doxford. In the book, Stephen is a musician and a rock and roll legend! Stephen is a great name!
gutti  7/30/2009
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The Greek word from which the name originates is really STEFANI which means "wreath." It represents the halo or light wreath that surrounds a saint's head. In Greek that halo is called FOTO-STEFANO which means "light wreath."
sfanou  6/8/2009
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The Greek word from which the name originates is really Óôåöáíé ÓÔÅÖÁÍÉ which means "wreath." It represents the halo or light wreath that surrounds a saint's head. In Greek that halo is called Öùôï-óôåöáíï which means "light wreath."
sfanou  6/8/2009
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I don't like the spelling of this name. If you want to pronounce it STEEV-ən, then it should be spelled Steven. If you want to pronounce it STEF-ən, then it should be spelled Stefan.
Name Rater  3/7/2009
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Character in Vampire Diaries.
mytimenow  1/7/2009
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Stephen Špaček, an actor, born 2nd March 1971, Dallas, Texas.
Emilie007  9/4/2008
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My brothers' name is Stephen and I like it! It IS pronounced Ste-ven if anyone asks. I like this spelling better because that's how it is in the bible and this spelling reminds me of a smart doctor, or an author. The spelling Steven reminds me of a silly boy that picks his nose or something! :-)
Elizabeth A.  6/9/2008
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On June 5, 1981, the birth of the world's first test tube twins is recorded in Melbourne, Australia. Stephen (5 lb 3 oz) and Amanda (5 lb, 6 oz) are delivered in a caesarian section by Mrs. Radmila Mays.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
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Stephen Christian is the lead singer of the band Anberlin.
ilovespencerc  3/14/2008
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The secret is in the length of the first e. In Greek, the ph combination makes an f sound, as in telephone, Phoebe etc. But when the first syllable of Stephen has a long eee sound, this affects the f and it becomes a v; not in spelling originally, but in sound. English-speaking people have for centuries found this easier to pronounce.

In German, the first e is a short sound, and they spell and say the name: STEFF-an. (SHTEFF-an, actually.) Same for girls - think Steffi Graf.

In the 20th century people started using Steven instead of Stephen because that sounded like what they said anyway. No problem there. Stephen is the more traditional form, and Steven the more modern. They are pronounced the same.

Stephanie has always had a short e sound in the first syllable, which is why nobody ever says STEV-a-nee, so the spelling has never changed.
Anneza  3/11/2008
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Whoa, Anneza hit the nail on the hammer about the pronunciation thing. Thanks for that! =)
RachelLee  12/17/2008
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If Stephen can be pronounced like Steven, then Stephanie should be pronounced "Steev-en-ee".
― Anonymous User  2/20/2008
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When I hear this name I think of a young king with curly blonde hair.
applemilk  9/1/2007
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I prefer Stephen spelled this way because it's the classic spelling and Stephen is a classic name. This name makes me think of a professor or lawyer or doctor. Steven makes me think of Stevie Nicks or Steve Martin or Stevie Wonder.
Fionafabulous  8/12/2007
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I think it can be pronounced both ways. By the way, I think Stephen is a nice name in it's own way. It's nothing like "oh don't name your child this." Come on, everyone! Also: it is interesting that its meaning is Greek for "crown" and the writer Stephen King has the last name King relating to a crown! Didn't anyone notice that or am I just being kinda smart here? ;)
Loni_maryrose  6/13/2007
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Is this name pronounced ste-fen or ste-ven?
kwebberag  2/7/2007
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There is an author named Stephen Woodworth.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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Stephen Hawking might be the smartest man in the universe.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
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Don't name your kid Stephen. My dad's name is Stephen, three of my relatives are named Stephen. I know at least nine Stephens (with different spellings granted). It's way too common. Name your kid something not many people have.
ladyknight  7/25/2006
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Way too overused for me, I know a lot of guys named Stephen/Steven. I prefer the spelling Steven though.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2006
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A famous bearer is Stephen Lynch, a comedian and broadway actor.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2006
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Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report, and Steve Carrell.
libert  4/3/2006
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The musical theater composers Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim have this name.
Callisto  1/19/2006
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Famous bearers include actor Stephen Fry and writer Stephen King.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
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Stephen is a cool guy.
puck  11/12/2005
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Stephen is well known for being a jester. Although not well known by the ladies, gets on exceptionally well with other men as is very capable of making them laugh. Their future leads to loneliness.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2005
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In Greek STEPHEN does not mean crown. It means garland or hoop.
irini1756  3/25/2005
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Stephen means crown, in that the crowns given as prizes to athletes in ancient Greece were garlands of laurel leaves. So you can see that "crown" and "garland" are synonyms in this sense.
breakofday  12/7/2005

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