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In Greek STEPHEN does not mean crown. It means garland or hoop.
irini1756  3/25/2005
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
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
Stephen is a cool guy.
puck  11/12/2005
Famous bearers include actor Stephen Fry and writer Stephen King.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
The musical theater composers Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim have this name.
Callisto  1/19/2006
Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report, and Steve Carrell.
libert  4/3/2006
A famous bearer is Stephen Lynch, a comedian and broadway actor.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2006
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
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
Stephen Hawking might be the smartest man in the universe.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
There is an author named Stephen Woodworth.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Is this name pronounced ste-fen or ste-ven?
kwebberag  2/7/2007
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
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
When I hear this name I think of a young king with curly blonde hair.
applemilk  9/1/2007
If Stephen can be pronounced like Steven, then Stephanie should be pronounced "Steev-en-ee".
― Anonymous User  2/20/2008
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
Whoa, Anneza hit the nail on the hammer about the pronunciation thing. Thanks for that! =)
RachelLee  12/17/2008
Stephen Christian is the lead singer of the band Anberlin.
ilovespencerc  3/14/2008
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
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
Stephen Špaček, an actor, born 2nd March 1971, Dallas, Texas.
Emilie007  9/4/2008
Character in Vampire Diaries.
mytimenow  1/7/2009
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
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
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
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
"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
Stephen Baldwin is a Christian actor and one of the famous "Baldwin brothers" of Hollywood.
breakofday  3/11/2010
Stephen Kumalo is the name of the protagonist in the novel Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
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
Name of the Day: March 11, 2011.
AndrewJKD  3/13/2011
British actor, writer, journalist, film director Stephen Fry (1957-) is also a very famous bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2011
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
I much prefer this spelling to Steven. I'm not sure why.
mrose19  5/11/2011
"Stephen" is a song by KeSha.
guardgirl15  7/1/2011
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
Stephen van Haestregt was the drummer of Within Temptation.
Rivallien  2/12/2012
I like Steven better, but Stephen sounds more classic.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2013
Name of the Day: March 11, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2013
Stephen Hart is a character from the British scifi series Primeval. He is portrayed by James Murray.
Fray  3/16/2013
Stephen Breyer is a Supreme Court Justice.
spaz123  3/23/2013
Stephen Bautista is a really good Christian musician.
Strangak  5/23/2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 -
Stephen1976  2/16/2015
Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, deserves a mention.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2015
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
Stephen Curry is a notable user of this name. He just won MVP of the NBA.
SoccerStar  8/13/2015
Wonderful, strong, sophisticated name. WAY better than "Steven".
Gregory Woodrow  11/2/2015
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
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
Stephen Sondheim is one of the America’s most influential theater composers and lyricists.
Katherington  7/11/2016
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
Actually, Steve Carell's full name is Steven (Steven John Carell), not Stephen.
Feorsteorra  11/22/2016
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
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
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
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
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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