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Gender: M Pronunciation: STEE-ven Meaning of Stephen: "garland, crown" Origin of Stephen: Greek Stephen's Popularity in 2015: #246

Stephen, also spelled Steven, is a strong and likable classic, with the he's-a-great-guy short form Steve. Though not as well-used or fashionable as it was in its heyday -- it was a Top 25 name from 1946 to 1957 -- it still ranks within the Top 300. It remains an even more popular in Ireland.

Already common in ancient Greece, Stephen was the name of the first Christian martyr, one of the seven men chosen to help the apostles spread the gospel of Christianity. It also was the name of several popes and a British king.

There have been innumerable pop-culture role models among its bearers, including Foster, Hawking, Sondheim, Colbert and King. Steves and Stevens, meanwhile, count Spielberg, Martin and the late Jobs among them. In literature, the name has been used by Dickens (in Hard Times), George Eliot (in The Mill on the Floss) and James Joyce (in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man).

Among the attractive international versions are Stefan, Stefano and Stephano, Esteban and Etienne.

Famous People Named Stephen

Stephen King, American author
Stephen Dillane, English actor
Stephen Sondheim, American composer
Stephen Hawking, English physicist and author
Stephen Baldwin, American actor
Stephen John Fry, English actor, author, presenter & comedian
Stephen Crane, American writer
Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan, American musician
Stephen Tyrone Colbert, American comedian & TV Host
Stephen Tulloch, American football player
Stephen Schilling, American football player
Stephen (born Kathlyn) Beatty, now-son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Stephen Graham, English actor
Stephen Mangan, English actor
Stephen Gordon Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player
Stephen Francis Sneddon, American actor
Stephen Amell, Canadian actor
Stephen Manderson, Birth Name of British Rapper; Professor Green
Stephen "Steve" Irwin, Australian naturalist & wildlife expert
Stephen "Steph" Curry, (prn. STEFF-en) American basketball player
Stephen Furst, American actor
Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak, known as "Woz," American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s, co-founder of Apple, Inc.
Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

Pop Culture References for the name Stephen

Stephen, character in novelette "The Post-it Note Affair" by author Justine Avery
Stephen Wraysford, protagonist in novel "Birdsong" (Sebastian Faulks)
"Hey Stephen," song by Taylor Swift
"Stephen," song by Ke$ha