Meaning & History
From the Greek name Στεφανος (Stephanos) meaning "crown", more precisely "that which surrounds". Saint Stephen was a deacon who was stoned to death, as told in Acts in the New Testament. 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 (11th century), who is regarded as the patron saint of that country. More recent bearers include British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) and the American author Stephen King (1947-).
Other Languages & CulturesStephanos(Ancient Greek) Stepan(Armenian) Estebe, Eztebe(Basque) Stephanos(Biblical Greek) Stephanus(Biblical Latin) Stefan(Bulgarian) Esteve(Catalan) Stjepan, 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) Stefán(Icelandic) Stiofán(Irish) Stefano(Italian) Stefans(Latvian) Steponas(Lithuanian) Steffen(Low German) Stefan, Stevo(Macedonian) Tipene(Maori) Estienne(Medieval French) Stefan, Steffen(Norwegian) Estève(Occitan) Stefan, Szczepan, Stefek(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)
Icon depicting Saint Stephen
actors, American presidents, athletes, authors, biblical, Canadian prime ministers, Charles Dickens characters, composers, crown, Death Note characters, directors, Frasier characters, Gundam characters, horror, House of Cards US characters, kings, literature, Louisa May Alcott characters, martyrs, Marvel characters, Megami Tensei characters, NBA players, never out of the US top 1000, Poldark characters, popes, saints, scientists, Scott Pilgrim vs the World characters, Shakespearean characters, song titles, South Park characters, Star Ocean characters, Stephen King characters, Survivor greats, television, Thomas and Friends characters, Thomas Hardy characters