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Gender: Male Meaning of Sebastian: "person from ancient city of Sebasta" Origin of Sebastian: Latin from Greek Sebastian's Popularity in 2017: #22

The name Sebastian is a boy's name of Greek, Latin origin meaning "person from ancient city of Sebasta". Sebastian is ranked #22 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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 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

Saint Sebastian, early Roman martyr
Sebastian, King of Portugal
Sebastian "Seb" Stan, Romanian-born American actor
Sebastian Vettel, German Formula 1 racing driver
Sebastian Danzig, guitarist of fashion-art band Palaye Royale
Sebastian Lewis Shaw, English actor
Sebastian Vollmer, American football player
Sebastian Janikowski, Polish-American NFL football player
Sebastian Telfair, American basketball player
Sebastian Gabriel Sauvé, American model
Sebastian "Seb" Mueller, bassist of rock band SWMRS
Sebastian Charles Faulks, English novelist and journalist
Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, English Olympic runner and MP
Sebastián Gabriel María Carlos Juan José Francisco Javier de Paula Miguel Bartolomé de San Geminiano Rafael Gonzaga, Infante of Spain and Portugal
Sebastian Bach (born Sebastian Philip Bierk), Canadian lead singer formally of band Skid Row
Sebastian Krelj, Slovene Protestant reformer
Sebastian Valentin Bodu, Romanian MEP
Sebastian "Wastl" Huber, German Olympic bobsledder
Sebastian Roche, Scottish-French actor
Sebastian Griesbeck, German footballer
(Charles) Sebastian Thomas Cabot, English film and television actor
Sebastian Krys, Argentine music producer
Sebastian Maniscalco, American comedian
Sebastian de Souza, English actor, screenwriter, and producer
Sebastian Todd, American YouTuber and voice actor
Sebastian Duterte, son of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Sebastian Robertson (b. 1974), son of singer Robbie Robertson of The Band
Sebastian Onorati, son 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
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 Stewart, son of baseball player Chris Stewart
Sebastian Piers Williams (b. 2018), son of actors Ryan Piers Williams and America Ferrera

Pop Culture References for the name Sebastian

Sebastian, little bookworm who decided the fate of a literary magical dimension in "The Neverending Story"
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"
villain Jonathon Christopher goes by Sebastian Morgenstern in Cassandra Clare's "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'
Sebastian "Seb" Crossley, character on TV's "Evermoor"
Sebastian Shaw, character in "X-Men"
Sebastian, lead character in 2016's "La La Land"
Sebastian Lund, character on "NCIS New Orleans"
Sebastian Castellanos, character in the video game series "The Evil Within"
Sebastian, one of the four main characters of Platoon of Power Squadron
Sebastian "Bash" Howard, character on Netflix's "GLOW"

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

Sebastian's International Variations

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


TechnoKitten Says:


This name sounds old fashioned for me,and I like that.

VanessaLily7 Says:


I love this name so much. Trying to decide between Sebastian and Vincent..sister is Violet. <3

morgandarbyj Says:


I love this name, and hubby is starting to like it too. But every time I mention it he has to sing the "Sebastian the whale washing dolphin" song lol from shark tale. I still like it. I think its a nice name.

Chess345 Says:


There's a Sebastian at my school, goes by Sea-Bass for a nickname. We all enjoy using it, it's a fun nickname.

Smollie Says:


This is the name of my younger cousin. Such a cute little boy - he's just turned four years old! We all call him Seb or Sebby for a nickname, and it really suits him.

Alaina Says:


I really really like the name Sebastian! I've always used to love this name when I was little. And I still do. It's so soothing, and handsome for a little boy!

Beryl Ann Says:


You will forever get them confused, way too similar!

paulapuddephatt Says:


A lot of people seem to love this name, but the sound doesn't appeal to me. Seb is quite nice, but not enough to justify the full name for me. Not a fan.

Lannah Says:


My son's name is Sebastian.
He is 26 now.
When he was a little boy we called him Sebi (Sebby).
Now we call him Sebs.
But he does go by Sebastian, the full name. His friends and co-workers call him Sebastian.

When my daughter was little, she is 2 years younger than him, she used to call him Sebbo.

We named him after the martyr saint and the character in "Brideshead Revisited", Lord Sebastian, by Evelyn Waugh. Disney's movie "The Little Mermaid" came out when I was pregnant with him!!

His full name is Sebastian Gabriel.
We love the name.
When he was a baby people always commented on how it is such a pretty name.
He loves his name.
It is a very masculine, dignified and sophisticated name.
Also, not common, which we all like.

Live4lit Says:


Yes! He was my favorite character in TMI!

Live4lit Says:


Yes!!! I am obsessed with Reign! I'm on season 3 on Netflix right now. Love Bash now as a nm for Sebastian

GaPeachUK Says:


I've got a little boy named Dashiell ( called Dash in equal measure ) and really like this name but thinking Bastian instead. Cuz then it would already be easier and a given nn to be called Bash above anything else. ....Dash and Bash, Dashiell and Bastian. it! Now to convince the hubby whow isn't completely sold!

AmadeusMozart Says:


I've always loved this name, along with the nickname Baz. It's so dashing and elegant. If I ever have a son, this will be his name.

jaz.fortune Says:


I love this name soooo much. I have loved since I was preteen. I find it to be very classy. I can see it on a baby, child, teen, adult, and an elder person. I like the nicknames Ash, Bash, Baz, Seb, and Sebby. I have a daughter named Ophelia so I think Sebastian would be a good sibset.

jaz.fortune Says:


I love love love this name. I have liked it forever. I think my favorite combo is Sebastian Blue! I love reference to Never Ending Story and The Little Mermaid. Childhood memories!

jaz.fortune Says:


Ash is a really cute nickname for Sebastian. This is like my top number one name for a son, my hubby now is fine with it so trying to find a combo we both love. He loves Caspian though, but I want Sebastian for my first son the Caspian for a second.. so hard lol

clairels Says:


I like this name well enough, but why does it always seem to be used in film/TV for rich, spoiled, (usually effeminate ) jerks?

indiefendi2 Says:


I like Bastian or just Bas. Something about Sebastian just doesn't do it for me

EW314 Says:


Sebastian is a lovely, refined name. I'm also not keen on Seb but Bas, Bash and Bastian are cool nicknames.

EW314 Says:


Ooh, Bash is a great option! Thanks for mentioning that!

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Lola Says:


I see a lot of complaining about the few nickname options. My friend's little brother (named Sebastian) goes by Seba pronounced say-bah.
Just a thought!

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GabsterGirlie Says:


My new favorite show! That is why I came here....

headintheclouds Says:


I love Sebastian. I was one of the rare little girls who didn't really like The Little Mermaid and only watched it the once, so I never really had the crab association, which judging from the comments, many people find off-putting.

Sebastian, to me, sounds like a very dashing gentlemanly name, a boy name with a softer sound that has tons of style and impact. I love the nicknames Bas or Bastian, and there are quite a few other possible nicknames like Seb, Bash, etc.

I've been hearing Sebastian everywhere lately though, and it's become rather too popular for my liking. It'd be nice in the middle name spot- I've been loving the combo Hugo Sebastian for some time now.

Pucko Says:


Sebastian Morgenstern anyone? No, ok

alexandramae Says:


I've loved Sebastian and Sebastien for a long time. I thought I'd use Ash for a nickname but with it's popularity, I may just keep Ash on my list without Sebastian. Sebba is also appealing.

germanstar Says:


I like this name very much but only as a full name I am not a fan of none of the nicknames.

eyehex27433 Says:


I know this is completely crazy, but I like Sebastian for a girl I also like the nickname I forsaw, which is Sabby. Crazy, right?

Rush1986 Says:


I really like this name! I think the little mermaid association is dwindling, all those children are around 30 now. Bastian or Bash are great nicknames and i have never actually met a Sebastian. Wonderful!

Jos7277 Says:


Same! I really like it, but there's Sebastian.

Shishi Says:


If you do this dont give him a little sister *shivers* that wont end very well

Shishi Says:


I agree and your username is as fab as Magnus Bane himself

MaryKathryn Says:


I love Bash as a nickname after watching "Reign" the TV show.

amberdaydream Says:


Oh, those are good alternatives! Bas is very cool.

indiefendi2 Says:


I like Bas or Bash more than Seb. Seb sounds so country.

indiefendi2 Says:


I don't see all the hullabaloo about this name. I just love Bas by or itself or Bastian. Sebastian is too syllable heavy.

amberdaydream Says:


Why's the crab a bad association? Sebastian the crab is awesome. Anyway, I like this name, it sounds very pleasant to me. Not so crazy about the nickname Seb.

Essa Says:


I really like Sebastian but I think it seems a little pompous where I'm from. Seb is a great nickname and may make it more useable. I really dislike Bastian as it reminds be of bastard! :|

JaceHerondale Says:


I would love this name, I can certainly see the appeal, but Sebastian in tMI kind of ruins the name for me.

jordalini Says:


I really don't like it either, everytime I see it I like it less

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Bas is a nickname I like... but Sebastian is not a name I really like in general :(

jordalini Says:


I can't get over the fact this name is the crab from the little mermaid, or the one bad guy in the Immortal Instruments. It also doesn't really have any nicknames, which bugs me.

clairels Says:


I may be slowly, glacially, coming around to see the appeal of this name. The "Twelfth Night" association helps. Probably still wouldn't use it though, for a character or in real life.

RoseRed Says:


I love Sebastian, and plan to use it somewhere if my next child is a boy. Apparently the root meaning of the city/name is "Venerable". No wonder that little crab always acted so dignified!

NaomiNY Says:


I think of Sebastian Michaelis from "Black Butler" :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Sometimes I say nice things... sorry that I've been so ranty lately.

raevynstar Says:


It might have special meaning to some people...

mckaylalove Says:


Do you ever have anything nice to say or is unnecessarily harsh criticism your default?

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Alright. I've been harsh. While this is not my favorite, I did not need to put up that rude comment. mI'm very sorry.

booknerdhere Says:


All I can think of when I hear this name is Sebastian Moran.

LadyVanRaven Says:


I want to like it...but I grew up watching The Little Mermaid constantly so I just can't think of anything but a crab. A shame really since I can certainly see its appeal.