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Gender: Male Meaning of Severin: "stern, serious" Origin of Severin: French variation of Severus; Latin

The name Severin is a boy's name of German, French origin meaning "stern, serious". Severin and is often added to lists like Olympic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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Severin is an ancient Roman family name borne by several early saints. It's still alive throughout Europe, and could be ready for import here. Severin Winter is a wrestling prodigy character in John Irving's The 158-Pound Marriage and, in its original Latin form, Severus Snape appears in Harry Potter.

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Famous People Named Severin

Saint Severin of Cologne, 4th century bishop; patron against bad luck and drought
Severin Løvenskiold, former Prime Minister of Norway
Severin Kiefer, Austrian figure skater
Severin Freund, German ski jumper
Severin Blindenbacher, Swiss ice hockey player
Severin von Eckardstein, German pianist
Severin Roesen, German-American painter
Severin Browne, American singer-songwriter; brother of singer Jackson Browne
Severyn Nalyvaiko, Ukrainian Cossack folk hero

Pop Culture References for the name Severin

Severin von Kusiemski, main character in novel and song "Venus in Furs," by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and The Velvet Underground
Severin Winter, wrestling prodigy in "The 158-Pound Marriage" by John Irving
"Severin's Journey into the Dark," novel by Paul Leppin
Severin von Phoenix, character in manga and anime "Princess Resurrection"
Dr. Severin, character in Star Trek episode "The Way To Eden"
Severin, The Horned Boy, character in Holly Black's "The Darkest Part of the Forest"
Severin Unck, character in"Radiance" by Catherynne M. Valente
Severin, character in film "Shortbus"

Severin's International Variations

Seweryn (Polish) Severi (Finnish) Soren (Danish) Szörény (Hungarian) Severino (Italian) Severin (German) Sévère (French)