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Gender: M Meaning of Stephen: "garland, crown" Origin of Stephen: Greek Stephen's Popularity in 2013: #252

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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 1957and still ranks just outside the Top 200.

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, several popes and a British king.

There have been innumerable pop-culture role models among its bearers--from Stephen Sondheim and Stephen King to Steven Spielberg to Steve Martin and Steve Jobs.

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

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Famous People Named Stephen

Stephen King, American author
Stephen Dillane, English actor
Stephen Sondheim, American composer
Stephen Hawking, English physicist
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
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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

Pop Culture References for the Name Stephen

Stephen Wraysford, protagonist in novel "Birdsong" (Sebastian Faulks)
"Hey Stephen," song by Taylor Swift

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