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Gender: Male Pronunciation: STEE-ven Meaning of Stephen: "garland, crown" Origin of Stephen: Greek Stephen's Popularity in 2017: #271

The name Stephen is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "garland, crown". Stephen is ranked #271 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".

From the experts:

Stephen, also spelled Steven, is a strong and likable classic, with the he's-a-great-guy short form Steve. Though not as well-used or fashionable as it was in its heyday -- it was a Top 25 name from 1946 to 1957 -- it's still a widely used name. It remains an even more popular in Ireland.

Already common in ancient Greece, Stephen was the name of the first Christian martyr, one of the seven men chosen to help the apostles spread the gospel of Christianity. It also was the name of several popes and a British king.

There have been innumerable pop-culture role models among its bearers, including Foster, Hawking, Sondheim, Colbert and King. Steves and Stevens, meanwhile, count Spielberg, Martin and the late Jobs among them. In literature, the name has been used by Dickens (in Hard Times), George Eliot (in The Mill on the Floss) and James Joyce (in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man).

Among the attractive international versions are Stefan, Stefano and Stephano, Esteban and Etienne.

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Famous People Named Stephen

Saint Stephen, Jerusalem church deacon and first Christian martyr
Stephen, King of England
(Stephen) Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States
Stephen Edwin King, American novelist
Stephen John Dillane, English actor
Stephen Joshua Sondheim, American composer
Stephen William Hawking, English physicist and author
Stephen Collins Foster, American songwriter
Stephen Andrew Baldwin, American actor
Stephen John Fry, English actor, author, presenter & comedian
Stephen Crane, American writer
Stephen Jay Gould, American biologist and author
Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan, American musician
Stephen Joseph Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin, American actor/comedian
Stephen Tyrone Colbert, American comedian & TV Host
Stephen John Anderson, American voice actor, animator, film director and screenwriter
(Wardell) Stephen "Steph" Curry II, (prn. STEFF-en) American basketball player
Stephen Joseph Malkmus, American musician of band Pavement
Stephen John "Steve" Nash, Candian basketball player
Stephen Tulloch, American football player
Stephen Schilling, American football player
Stephen Fuller Austin, American founder of Texas
Stephen (born Kathlyn) Beatty, now-son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Stephen Graham, English actor
Stephen Mangan, English actor
Stephen James Merchant , English comedy writer and director
Stephen Gordon Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player
Stephen Francis Sneddon, American actor
Stephen Adam Amell, Canadian actor
Stephen Dorff, American actor
Stephen Manderson aka Professor Green, British rapper
Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin aka The Crocodile Hunter; Australian naturalist and TV personality
Stephen Meek, American actor in YouTube sketch comedy show Studio C
Stephen Lawrence Schwartz, American composer and lyricist
Stephen Furst (born Stephen Nelson Feuerstein), American actor
Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak aka "Woz," American cofounder of Apple, Inc.
Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
Stephen Pearcy, American metal singer for Ratt
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg, American animator, voice actor and marine biologist

Pop Culture References for the name Stephen

Stephen Dedalus, main character in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
Stephen Stotch, character in "South Park"
Stephen, engine based on Stephenson's Rocket in the TV series "Thomas and Friends"
Stephen Falken, character in the film "WarGames"
Stephen Vincent Strange aka Doctor Strange, character in Marvel Universe
Stephen Wilkins, character in the film "Trick 'r Treat"
Stephen, character in"The Post-it Note Affair" by Justine Avery
Stephen Wraysford, main character in "Birdsong" (Sebastian Faulks)
"Hey Stephen," song by Taylor Swift
"Stephen," song by Ke$ha
Stephen Cornfoot, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
Stephen Holder, main character in The Killing, an American crime drama television series.
Stephen Maturin, character in the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian and film "Master and Commander"


eveyalecia Says:


"Gender properly"? "Heckled"? "Uneducated types"? I think you're the uneducated one here, friend. Stephen is only pronounced with an 'V' sound in English because of the Great Vowel Shift that occurred in England changing the first vowel in Stephen to a long E rather than a short E, which thus made the voiceless F into its voiced counterpart V. That's why the Steven spelling was invented, to reflect the change in pronunciation, however the old Stephen spelling also stuck around. The original pronunciation, from the Greek, is steff-en, and most other international versions of this name also pronounce it with an 'F' sound. It's not strange that people would pronounce this name with an 'F' sound rather that 'V' considering that "ph" is not used to make a 'V' sound anywhere else in the English language. That's not heckling, it's an honest mistake brought about by English's habit of breaking its own pronunciation/orthography rules. (This also has absolutely nothing to do with gender, wtf.)

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love Stephen only this spelling! It's a biblical name. Other biblical names don't have non-biblical spellings.

Steve Eddie Waterstram Says:


Yeah! We're a bit on the "Attack of the Clones" level! No wonder I'm heckled with STEF-en too much, I just wish people can take the time at least for My sake to comprehend the names Gender Proper phonetics! Being "lightly renamed" because OF it's spelling blows but I won't change it to "Seven with T (Steven)" either!

Steve Eddie Waterstram Says:


It does look a bit like "Seven" Third Eye Blind Front Man Stephan Douglas Jenkins uses Hie name gender Properly. Predominately used as "Stefan with a ph" but because OF the "ph" regardless OF "an" ending it to can be used for "STEEV-en" How it gets that notorious "V" sound is actually from F's Last pronunciation as found in the word OF said "V" It goes some thing like this Ladies: Short and First STEPHANIE Gentlemen Tall and Last "STEEV-en" for Stephan or Stephen. Most Uneducated types tend to use it like "STEF-en" or "STuF-ahn" as I have been improperly Heckled with!

Steve Eddie Waterstram Says:


I think a lol is order there! It's the gender proper model OF Yours silly!

Steven Says:


I like the name. Not sure why.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I really like the name Stephen, but I don't like the nickname Steve or the spelling Steven. I'm not really sure why.

KassemJ Says:


"Cruel Punishment" to give your child a handsome and meaningful name? Stephen/Steven may be common, but they're still great names. I'd much rather be named Stephen/Steven than Zayden. Be proud of your name.

steve Salzman Says:


I hate the name Stephen, Steven, and Steve. There are too many Stephens out there in the world. How would you feel when your in a crowded room and someone calls your name and about 50 of you turn around to answer? It is annoying. Please people do not name your child Stephen. It is cruel punishment.

KassemJ Says:


I absolutely adore this name! So handsome, sophisticated and a classic. However, I strongly dislike the "Steven" spelling. To me, Steven is oversimplified and a bit slimy (no offense to any Stevens out there).