Latin from Greek
"person from ancient city of Sebastia"

Sebastian Origin and Meaning

The name Sebastian is a boy's name of Greek, Latin origin meaning "person from ancient city of Sebastia".

Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and Little Mermaid hero—think Sebastian the Crab—that's more popular than ever, as a classic-yet-unconventional compatriot for fellow British favorites T Theodore and Oliver.

Sebastian is derived from the Greek Sebastianos, meaning "from Sebastia." Sebastia was a city in Asia Minor—modern day Sivas, Turkey. 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.

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.

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

# 13 in the US

Sebastian Rank in US Top 1000

# 38 on Nameberry

Sebastian Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Sebastian Popularity

Famous People Named Sebastian

  • Saint Sebastianearly Roman martyr
  • SebastianKing of Portugal
  • Sebastian "Seb" StanRomanian,born American actor
  • Sebastian VettelGerman Formula 1 racing driver
  • Sebastian Danzigguitarist of fashion,art band Palaye Royale
  • Sebastian Lewis ShawEnglish actor
  • Sebastian VollmerAmerican football player
  • Sebastian JanikowskiPolish,American NFL football player
  • Sebastian TelfairAmerican basketball player
  • Sebastian Gabriel SauvéAmerican model
  • Sebastian "Seb" Muellerbassist of rock band SWMRS
  • Sebastian Charles FaulksEnglish novelist and journalist
  • Sebastian Newbold CoeBaron Coe, English Olympic runner and MP
  • Sebastián Gabriel María Carlos Juan José Francisco Javier de Paula Miguel Bartolomé de San Geminiano Rafael GonzagaInfante of Spain and Portugal
  • Sebastian Bach (born Sebastian Philip Bierk)Canadian lead singer formally of band Skid Row
  • Sebastian KreljSlovene Protestant reformer
  • Sebastian Valentin BoduRomanian MEP
  • Sebastian "Wastl" HuberGerman Olympic bobsledder
  • Sebastian RocheScottish,French actor
  • Sebastian GriesbeckGerman footballer
  • (Charles) Sebastian Thomas CabotEnglish film and television actor
  • Sebastian KrysArgentine music producer
  • Sebastian ManiscalcoAmerican comedian
  • Sebastian de SouzaEnglish actor, screenwriter, and producer
  • Sebastian ToddAmerican YouTuber and voice actor
  • Sebastian Duterteson of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
  • Sebastian Robertson (b. 1974)son of singer Robbie Robertson of The Band
  • Sebastian Onoratison of actor Peter Onorati & Jeanette Collins
  • Sebastian Spader (b. 1989)son of actor James Spader
  • Sebastian Johnson (b. 2000)son of sprinter Michael Johnson and Kerry D'Oyen
  • Sebastian Todd (b. 2004)son of singer Heather Nova and Felix Todd
  • Sebastian Edwards (b. 2005)son of model/actress Angela Lindvall and William Edwards
  • Sebastian Oliver Luczak (b. 2006)son of tennis player Peter Luczak and equestrian Maud von Rosen
  • Sebastian Alexander Morgan (b. 2007)son of actors Kim Fields and Christopher Morgan
  • Sebastian William Goddard (b. 2008)son of actor Daniel Goddard
  • Sebastian Thomas Hilfiger (b. 2009)son of American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger
  • Sebastian Evans (b. 2011)son of singer Jessica Sierra
  • Sebastián José Barea Rivera (b. 2012)son of Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera and basketball player José Juan Barea
  • Sebastian "Bash" Taylor Thomaz (b. 2013)son of rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose
  • Sebastian Zincone (b. 2013)son of actress Malin Akerman and Roberto Zincone
  • Sebastian Sasse (b. 2013)son of actor Joshua Sasse
  • Sebastian Oscar Burwell (b. 2013)son of American television personality Victoria Recaño
  • Sebastian Gutierrez (b. 2014)son of Jennifer Del Rio and Luis Gutierrez of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
  • Sebastian Miranda (b. 2014)son of actor/composer Lin,Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal.
  • Sebastian Alexander James Humphrey (b. 2015)son of sportscaster Jake Humphrey
  • Sebastian Reid Broyles (b. 2015)son of NFL player Ryan Broyles
  • Sebastian James Aaron (b. 2016)son of actress Teresa Castillo and Shane Aaron
  • Sebastian Lopeti Brewer (b. 2016)son of American actress Agnes Bruckner
  • Sebastian Carter Stewartson of baseball player Chris Stewart
  • Sebastian Piers Williams (b. 2018)son of actors Ryan Piers Williams and America Ferrera

Sebastian in Pop Culture

  • Sebastian (born Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian)crab in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
  • Sebastianlittle bookworm who decided the fate of a literary magical dimension in "The Neverending Story"
  • Sebastian (Bash)character on TV's "Reign"
  • Sebastian Michaelismain character in manga/anime "Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler"
  • Sebastian Valmontcharacter in 1999 movie "Cruel Intentions"
  • Sebastian Larsoncharacter in 2010 movie "The Switch"
  • Sebastian MoranSherlock Holmes character
  • Sebastian Hastingscharacter in the 2006 movie "She's the Man"
  • Sebastian Flytecharacter in "Brideshead Revisited"
  • Sebastian SmytheGrant Gustin's character on TV's "Glee"
  • Sebastian Morgenstern (a.k.a Jonathan Christopher)character in Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series
  • Sebastian Kyddcharacter on TV's "The Carrie Dairies"
  • Sebastian Venablecharacter in play/movie "Suddenly, Last Summer"
  • Sebastian Monroe(Bass) character on TV's "Revolution"
  • Sebastian Vaelcharacter from the video game 'Dragon Age II'
  • Sebastian "Seb" Crossleycharacter on TV's "Evermoor"
  • Sebastian Shawcharacter in "X,Men"
  • Sebastianlead character in 2016's "La La Land"
  • Sebastian Lundcharacter on "NCIS New Orleans"
  • Sebastian Castellanoscharacter in the video game series "The Evil Within"
  • Sebastianone of the four main characters of Platoon of Power Squadron
  • Sebastian "Bash" Howardcharacter on Netflix's "GLOW"
  • Li’l Sebastianhorse on TV show “Parks and Recreation”

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