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Gender: M Meaning of Sebastian: "person from ancient city of Sebasta" Origin of Sebastian: Latin from Greek Sebastian's Popularity in 2016: #24

Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and Little Mermaid hero -- think Sebastian the Crab -- that's entered the Top 25, by far its highest-ever ranking, 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.

Fun fact: In 2016, exactly as many American baby boys (10,249) were named Sebastian as were named Owen.

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Famous People Named Sebastian

Saint Sebastian, early Roman martyr
Sebastian, King of Portugal
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 "Seb" Stan, Romanian-born American actor
Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, English Olympic runner and MP
Sebastian Vettel, German Formula 1 racing driver
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 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

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"
Sebastian Morgenstern, villain from "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"

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)