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Gender: M Pronunciation: STEE-ven Meaning of Stephen: "garland, crown" Origin of Stephen: Greek Stephen's Popularity in 2016: #265

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 still ranks within the Top 300. 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.

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 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
(Wardell) Stephen "Steph" Curry II, (prn. STEFF-en) American basketball player
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 Meek, American actor in YouTube sketch comedy show Studio C
Stephen Lawrence Schwartz, American composer and lyricist

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, 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.