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Gender: M Meaning of Sebastian: "person from ancient city of Sebasta" Origin of Sebastian: Latin from Greek Sebastian's Popularity in 2015: #35

Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and Little Mermaid hero -- think Sebastian the Crab -- that's entered the Top 40 as a classic-yet-unconventional compatriot for fellow British favorites Colin and Oliver.

Sebastian is a name with a substantial history, first as the third-century martyr whose sufferings were a favorite subject of medieval artists, then as the name of memorable characters in such varied works as Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Tempest and Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.

Several celebs have chosen the sophisticated Sebastian for their sons, including James Spader, Kim Fields, Malin Akerman and Tommy Hilfiger.

Sebastian is high on the lists in countries as widespread as Austria, Denmark, Romania, Australia and Chile. Some more down-to-earth nicknames for the relatively elaborate Sebastian not often heard in this country are Seb, Baz and Bas.

Famous People Named Sebastian

Sebastian, King of Portugal
Sebastian Lewis Shaw, English actor
Sebastian Vollmer, American football player
Sebastian Janikowski, Polish-American NFL football player
Sebastian Telfair, American basketball player
Sebastian Gabriel Sauvé, American model
Sebastian Charles Faulks, English novelist and journalist
Sebastian Stan, Romanian-born American actor
Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, English Olympic runner and MP
Sebastian Vettel, German Formula 1 racing driver
Sebastian Bach (born Sebastian Philip Bierk), Canadian lead singer of band Skid Row
Sebastian Krelj, Slovene Protestant reformer
Sebastian Valentin Bodu, Romanian MEP
Sebastian "Wastl" Huber, German Olympic bobsledder
Sebastian Roche, Scottish-French actor
Sebastian Maniscalco, American comedian
Sebastian Onorati, son of Peter Onorati & Jeanette Collins
Sebastian Spader, son of American actor James Spader
Sebastian, son of American model/actress Angela Lindvall
Sebastian "Bash" Taylor Thomaz, son of rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose
Sebastian de Souza, English actor, screenwriter, and producer
Sebastian Miranda, son of actor/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal
Sebastian Gutierrez (b. 2014), son of Jennifer Del Rio and Luis Gutierrez of TV's "16 and Pregnant"

Pop Culture References for the name Sebastian

Sebastian, little bookworm who decided the fate of a literary magical dimension in "The Neverending Story"
Sebastian (Bash), character on TV's "Reign"
Sebastian Michaelis, main character in manga/anime "Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler"
Sebastian Valmont, character in 1999 movie "Cruel Intentions"
Sebastian Larson, character in 2010 movie "The Switch"
Sebastian Moran, Sherlock Holmes character
Sebastian Hastings, character in the 2006 movie "She's The Man"
Sebastian, crab in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Sebastian Flyte, character in "Brideshead Revisited"
Sebastian Smythe, Grant Gustin's character on TV's "Glee"
Sebastian Morgenstern, villain from "The Mortal Instruments" series
Sebastian Kydd, character on TV's "The Carrie Dairies"
Sebastian Venable, character in play/movie "Suddenly, Last Summer"
Sebastian Monroe, (Bass) Character on TV's "Revolution"
Sebastian Vael, character from the video game 'Dragon Age II'
Sebastian "Seb" Crossley, character on TV's "Evermoor"

Bas, Basti, Bastien, Sabastian, Seb, Sebasten, Steb

Sebastian's International Variations

Sébastien (French) Bastiano (Italian) Bastian, Bastien, Sebastian, Sebastiano (Spanish) Bastiaio, Sebastiaio (Portuguese) Sebestyen, Sebo (Hungarian) Sebastyen, Sevastian (Russian)