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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 2013: #45

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Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and "Little Mermaid" hero -- think Sebastian the Crab -- that's entered the Top 50 (rising 19 places this year) 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.

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Famous People Named Sebastian

Sebastian of Portugal, 16th King of Portugal
Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, son of rapper Wiz Khalifa" & model Amber Rose
Sebastian Vollmer, American football player
Sebastian Janikowski, American football player
Sebastian Telfair, American basketball player
Sebastian Sauve, American model
Sebastian Balesteros, Spanish golfer
Sebastian Stan, Romanian-born American actor
Sebastian Coe, athlete
Sebastian Vettel, German Formula 1 racing driver
Sebastian Bach, lead singer of 1980's band Skid Row
Sebastian Onorati, son of Peter Onorati & Jeanette Collins
Sebastian Spader, son of American actor James Spader
Sebastian Roche, Scottish-French actor
Sebastian, son of American model/actress Angela Lindvall
Prince Sebastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, fifth and youngest child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

Pop Culture References for the Name Sebastian

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'
Sebaste/Sebasta comes from Greek "sebastos", meaning venerable.

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

Sebastian's International Variations

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