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Gender: Male Meaning of Fabian: "bean grower" Origin of Fabian: Latin clan name Fabian's Popularity in 2017: #388

The name Fabian is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "bean grower". Fabian is ranked #388 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Fabian is the ancient name of a saint and pope that also has Shakespearean cred as Olivia's servant in Twelfth Night and more recently made an appearance in Harry Potter. In the U.S. Fabian became best known via the 1960s teen idol/singer who went solely by his first name.

The name was brought to England by the French around the sixteenth century. Except for a few scattered earlier appearances, Fabian has been solidly on the U.S. pop list since 1959. It is a particularly popular name in the Latino community and even more well used in several other countries, including Austria, Chile, and Poland. Fabiano is an attractive Italian name for boys.

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Famous People Named Fabian

Saint Fabian, pope
Fabiano Anthony "Fabian" Forte, American singer
Fabian Marco Johnson, American Soccer Player
Fabian Cancellara, Swiss cyclist
Fabian Delph, British footballer
Fabian Bourzat, French ice dancer
Fabian Washington, American NFL player
(Louis) Fabian Bachrach, Jr., American photographer
Fabian Castillo, Colombian footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Fabian

Fabian, character in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", the famous "be not afraid of greatness" quote is attributed to him
Fabian Prewett, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Fabian Rutter, character in British teen series "House of Anubis"

Fabian's International Variations

Fabert, Fabien (French) Fabiano (Italian) Fabián, Fabio (Spanish) Fabiá (Portuguese) Faber (German) Fabek (Polish) Fabius (Lithuanian) Fabi, Fabiyan (Russian)


Essa Says:


I like Fabian but the meaning kind of puts me off. It's not a bad meaning, it's just not great and when there are so many other names I like too which have great meanings then it seems silly to go with 'bean grower'. If that doesn't bother you though, then this is a great name with great nicknames, Fabe, Fabi, Ian, Fable, Fian, Bian...

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


This has to be my favorite name for a boy!

indiefendi2 Says:


This name is gorgeous and awesome. 😍⚡️

madmaddie Says:


I love it because it’s both ancient and modern-sounding. Plus it’s underrated, but usable.

Guest Says:


I love it because I think the nickname Fab is cute.