"garland, crown"

Stephen Origin and Meaning

The name Stephen is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "garland, crown".
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

  • Stephen GrahamEnglish actor
  • Saint StephenJerusalem church deacon and first Christian martyr
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  • (Stephen) Grover Cleveland22nd and 24th President of the United States
  • Stephen Edwin KingAmerican novelist
  • Stephen John DillaneEnglish actor
  • Stephen BaxterEnglish hard science fiction novelist
  • Stephen Joshua SondheimAmerican composer
  • Stephen William HawkingEnglish physicist and author
  • Stephen Collins FosterAmerican songwriter
  • Stephen Andrew BaldwinAmerican actor
  • Stephen John FryEnglish actor, author, presenter & comedian
  • Stephen CraneAmerican writer
  • Stephen Jay GouldAmerican biologist and author
  • Stephen "Stevie" Ray VaughanAmerican musician
  • Stephen Joseph Harper22nd Prime Minister of Canada
  • Stephen Glenn "Steve" MartinAmerican actor/comedian
  • Stephen Tyrone ColbertAmerican comedian & TV Host
  • Stephen John AndersonAmerican voice actor, animator, film director and screenwriter
  • (Wardell) Stephen "Steph" Curry II(prn. STEFF,en) American basketball player
  • Stephen Joseph MalkmusAmerican musician of band Pavement
  • Stephen John "Steve" NashCandian basketball player
  • Stephen TullochAmerican football player
  • Stephen SchillingAmerican football player
  • Stephen Fuller AustinAmerican founder of Texas
  • Stephen (born Kathlyn) Beattynow,son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
  • Stephen ManganEnglish actor
  • Stephen James MerchantEnglish comedy writer and director
  • Stephen Gordon HendryScottish professional snooker player
  • Stephen Francis SneddonAmerican actor
  • Stephen Adam AmellCanadian actor
  • Stephen DorffAmerican actor
  • Stephen Manderson aka Professor GreenBritish rapper
  • Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin aka The Crocodile Hunter; Australian naturalist and TV personality
  • Stephen MeekAmerican actor in YouTube sketch comedy show Studio C
  • Stephen Lawrence SchwartzAmerican composer and lyricist
  • Stephen Furst (born Stephen Nelson Feuerstein)American actor
  • Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak aka "Woz" American cofounder of Apple, Inc.
  • Stephen Humphrey Bogartson of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
  • Stephen PearcyAmerican metal singer for Ratt
  • Stephen McDannell Hillenburglate American animator, voice actor, and marine biologist known as Spongebob's creator.
  • Stephen Harold TobolowskyAmerican actor

Stephen in Pop Culture

  • Stephen Dedalusmain character in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
  • Stephen Stotchcharacter in "South Park"
  • Stephenengine based on Stephenson's Rocket in the TV series "Thomas and Friends"
  • Stephen Falkencharacter in the film "WarGames"
  • Stephen Vincent Strange aka Doctor Strangecharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Stephen Wilkinscharacter in the film "Trick 'r Treat"
  • Stephencharacter in"The Post,it Note Affair" by Justine Avery
  • Stephen Wraysfordmain character in "Birdsong" (Sebastian Faulks)
  • "Hey Stephen" song by Taylor Swift
  • "Stephen" song by Ke$ha
  • Stephen Cornfootcharacter in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
  • Stephen Holdermain character in The Killing, an American crime drama television series.
  • Stephen Maturincharacter in the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian and film "Master and Commander"
  • Stephen van Petrolcharacter in the Rooster Teeth animated series "Camp Camp"

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