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Stephen is a Greek baby boy’s name that means “garland, crown”. Stephen has remained consistently popular since 1900 and is a classic choice. Stephen has two common pronunciations: STEE-vən and STEHF-ən.

Meaning of the name Stephen:

Greek: garland, crown

Origin of the name Stephen:

Stephen is a Greek boy’s name meaning “garland, crown”. Stephen is also a Biblical name. Stephen is a variant spelling of the names Steven and Stefan.

Symbolism of the name Stephen:

The garland or crown is a symbol of power, victory, strength, and honor in the ancient Greek world. Garlands were often worn by victors in games and war.

Style of the name Stephen:

traditional

Gender of the name Stephen:

Stephen is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Stephen:

STEE-vən, STEHF-ən (English)

Number of syllables in the name Stephen:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Stephen:

Stephen evokes feelings of intelligence and strength.

Alternative spellings for the name Stephen:

Steven, Stefan

Nicknames for the name Stephen:

Popularity of the name Stephen:

According to the Social Security Administration, Stephen has been a consistently popular boy’s name since 1900. Stephen was in the top 100 names from 1907 to 1921 and again from 1936 to 2000. As of 2020 Stephen is #324.

Related names for the name Stephen:

Great middle names for the name Stephen and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Stephen:

  • Stephen King (American novelist)
  • Stephen Dillane (English actor)
  • Stephen Sondheim (American composer)
  • Stephen Hawking (English physicist and author)
  • Stephen Foster (American songwriter)

Stephens in popular culture:

  • Stephen(literature, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce)
  • Stephen Stotch (television, “South Park”)
  • Stephen Wilkins (film, “Trick ‘r Treat”)
  • Stephen Cornfoot (literature, “The Original Forty” by J.K. Rowling)
  • Stephen Holder (television, “The Killing”)