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Sebastian isn't just one of the top baby names in the United States. It's one of the most popular names in the entire Western world. It comes with a variety of nicknames and pop culture influences, ranging from Shakespeare to Disney characters. It's also been a popular name throughout music history, and it's been a place name, a surname and a given name for boys.

Meaning of the name Sebastian:

Latin: Person from Sēbastē
Greek: Venerable

Origin of the name Sebastian:

In Latin, Sebastian meant “man from Sēbastē.” Sēbastē was a town located where Turkey is now, and it was named for Augustus Caesar.

Symbolism of the name Sebastian:

Sebastian was originally derived from the word “sebastos,” which is the Greek version of the Ancient Roman title “Augustus,” which meant majestic, great or venerable.

Style of the name Sebastian:

Traditional

Gender of the name Sebastian:

Sebastian is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Sebastian:

seh-BAS-chin

Number of syllables in the name Sebastian:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Sebastian:

Sebastian evokes the image of someone who is talented and smart, thanks to its association with people like Augustus Caesar and John Sebastian Bach throughout history.

Alternative spellings for the name Sebastian:

  • Sebastiann
  • Sebastyan
  • Sebastyann

Nicknames for the name Sebastian:

  • Bash
  • Bass
  • Seb
  • Ash 
  • Sebby

Popularity of the name Sebastian:

Sebastian has been on and off the list of the top 1,000 names for baby boys in the United States for over a century, but it's never been more popular than it is now. According to the Social Security Administration, it was the 19th-most popular baby boy name in 2020.

Related names for the name Sebastian:

Great middle names for Sebastian and their meanings:

  • Blake (light or dark)
  • Cade (sturdy)
  • William (protector)
  • Victor (conqueror)
  • Paul (small, humble)
  • George (farmer)
  • Parker (park keeper)
  • Luke (light)

Famous people with the name Sebastian:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)
  • Sebastian Bach (heavy metal singer)
  • Sebastian Janikowski (football player)
  • Sebasitan Koch (actor)
  • Sebastian Charles Faulks (novelist)

Sebastians in popular culture:

  • Sebastian (the crab character in the movie “The Little Mermaid”)
  • Sebastian (character in the play “Twelfth Night” by Shakespeare)
  • Sebastian de Poitiers (character on the TV show “Reign”)
  • Colonel Sebastian Moran (“Sherlock Holmes” villain)
  • Sebastian Valmont (character in the movie “Cruel Intentions”)