Gender: Male Meaning of Sebastian: "person from ancient city of Sebastia" Origin of Sebastian: Latin from Greek Sebastian's Popularity in 2019: #18

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 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 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.

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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Rank in US: #18

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Famous People Named Sebastian

Pop Culture References for the name Sebastian

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)


Halouise Says:


I adore this name. I don’t like the character association (I always associate it with the fake Sebastian Verlac from TMI) but it sounds so cool and dignified and flexible. Sebby is an adorable nickname for a child and Sebastian is a very elegant name for an adult.

Renee5322 Says:


So funny story. For the longest time, I couldn't understand the popularity of this name. (you see where this is going, right?) I thought it was super clunky and just odd sounding. After I had a dream featuring the name Sebastian, weirdly enough, I started to really like it! Now I adore this name, and I can't believe I ever used to feel so harshly towards it! It's so incredibly handsome. I think Gabriel and Julian are perfect sibling names.

HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I had a dog named Sebastian growing up So I never considered it as a humans name until my best friend named her son Sebastian Samuel. Since then, I've loved it. It's a very cool slick duder type name.

Renee5322 Says:


I didn't get the love for this name AT ALL until very recently. It's grown on me tremendously, and I love it now. Bash is my favorite nickname.

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.