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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