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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-).
VariantSteven English
DiminutivesSte, Steph, Steve, Stevie English
Feminine FormsStefani, Stephani, Stephania, Stephanie, Stephany English
Other Languages & CulturesStephanos 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 Stefán Icelandic 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, 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

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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute