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Stephen
StStephen GiacomoCavedone.jpg
Saint Stephen (detail) by Giacomo Cavedone Saint Stephen was the first saint in the Catholic church and his name has great importance for Christians.
Gender Male
Meaning wreath, crown
Origin Greek
Popularity Popular names page

Stephen or Steven (pronounced /ˈstiːvən/) is an English masculine first name, derived from the Greek name Στέφανος (Stephanos) meaning "crown, garland", in turn from the Greek word στέφανος (wreath, crown, honour, reward)[1][2]. The use of the noun was first recorded in Homer's Iliad[3]. The name is significant to Christians: according to the Book of Acts in the New Testament, Saint Stephen was a deacon who was stoned to death and is regarded as the first Christian martyr. The name has many variants, which include Stephan, Stevan, Stefan, and Stevon.

In Middle English, the name Stephen or Stephan was pronounced as a bi-syllabic word — Step-hen or Step-han — much like a Scandinavian surname. Steve was pronounced as it is in Modern English. This etymological usage has fallen out of practice in the last 150 years.

Steve is the common short form and various diminutives such as Stevie are also used. Many family names are derived from Stephen: the most common are Stephens/Stevens and Stephenson/Stevenson (others include Stephen, Stephan, Stefan, Stevin, and Stever).

The female version of the name is Stephanie.

For Stephen as a surname see Stephen (surname), Stephenson and Stevenson.

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List of alternates

Notable known by the name Stephen

Note: to find people with the given name Stephen who are also known by another name, see All pages beginning with "Stephen".

Saints

Royalty

Church figures

Other

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954–1990), American guitarist, singer and songwriter
  • Stevie Wonder (born 1950), American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter

Popularity

The spelling "Stephen" reached its peak of popularity in the United States in the period 1949–1951, when it was the 19th most popular name for newborn boys. It stayed in the top 100 boys' names from 1936 through 2000, and for most years between 1897 and 1921. In 2008 it was the 192nd most popular name for boys.[4]

The spelling "Steven" reached its peak of popularity in the United States in the period 1955–1961, when it was the 10th most popular name for newborn boys. It stayed in the top 100 boys' names from 1941 through 2007. In 2008 it was the 104th most popular name for boys. Before the 20th century, the "Steven" spelling was heavily outweighed by "Stephen", never reaching above 391st.[4]

In England and Wales, neither "Stephen" nor "Steven" was among the top 100 names for newborn boys in 2003–2007.[5] In Scotland, "Steven" and "Stephen" were the 8th and 10th most popular names for newborn boys in 1975, but were not in the top ten in 1900, 1950, or 2000.[6] "Stephen" was 68th in 1900,[7] and 46th in 1950,[8] while "Steven" was not in the top 100 either year. Neither spelling was in the top 100 names for newborn boys in Scotland in 2008.[9] Neither "Stephen" nor "Steven" was among top 25 most popular baby boys' names in Ireland in 2006 or 2007.[10]

Placenames derived from Stephen

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=Stephen&searchmode=none
  2. ^ [1] Headword "stephanos" on Perseus Project, Tufts University. Retrieved on Nov 13, 2008
  3. ^ [2] Homer, Iliad 13.736 on Perseus Project, Tufts University. Retrieved on Nov 13, 2008
  4. ^ Top 100 names for baby boys in England and Wales, National Statistics, 2009.
  5. ^ Popular Forenames in Scotland, 1900 - 2000, General Register Office, Scotland, Occasional Paper No. 2, 2001.
  6. ^ Table: The Top 100 Names: 1900, in Popular Forenames in Scotland, 1900 - 2000, General Register Office, Scotland, Occasional Paper No. 2, 2001.
  7. ^ Table: The Top 100 Names: 1950, in Popular Forenames in Scotland, 1900 - 2000, General Register Office, Scotland, Occasional Paper No. 2, 2001.
  8. ^ Table: Top 100 boys' and girls' names, Scotland, 2008, showing changes since 2007, in Popular Forenames — Babies' First Names 2008, General Register Office, Scotland, 2009.
  9. ^ Top 25 Babies' Names for Boys, Central Statistics Office Ireland, 2009.

Travel guide

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1911 encyclopedia

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Wiktionary

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From Ancient Greek Στέφανος (Stephanos) < στέφανος (stephanos) "crown, wreath", < στέφω (stephō) "to put round, to surround".

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Singular
Stephen

Plural
-

Stephen

  1. (Biblical) The first Christian martyr.
  2. A male given name.

Related terms

Translations

Quotations

  • 1611 King James Version of the Bible: Acts 6:8:
    And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Bible wiki

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From BibleWiki


one of the seven deacons, who became a preacher of the gospel. He was the first Christian martyr. His personal character and history are recorded in Acts 6. "He fell asleep" with a prayer for his persecutors on his lips (7:60). Devout men carried him to his grave (8:2).

It was at the feet of the young Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, that those who stoned him laid their clothes (comp. Deut 17:5-7) before they began their cruel work. The scene which Saul then witnessed and the words he heard appear to have made a deep and lasting impression on his mind (Acts 22:19, 20).

The speech of Stephen before the Jewish ruler is the first apology for the universalism of the gospel as a message to the Gentiles as well as the Jews. It is the longest speech contained in the Acts, a place of prominence being given to it as a defence.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Simple English

Stephen or Steven (generally pronounced IPA: /ˈstiːvən/) is an English masculine first name, comes the Latin form Stephanus and that from the Greek Στέφανος (Stephanos), which means "crown" or "wreath."

Other spellings are Stephan, Stefan, and Stevon. Steve is the common short form and various diminutives such as Stevie are also found. Many family names come from Stephen: the most common are Stephens/Stevens and Stephenson/Stevenson (others include Stephen, Stephan, Stefan, Stevin, and Stever).

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Equivalents of Stephen in various languages

  • Stefan, Stefaan, Stëven (Afrikaans)
  • Shtjefen or Stefan (Albanian)
  • إصتفان, ستيف, ستيفن (Arabic)
  • Ստեփանոս, Ստեփան (Armenian)
  • İstfan, Stepan (Azeri)
  • Стефан -Stefan (Bulgarian)
  • Esteve (Catalan)
  • 史提芬, 史蒂芬, 史地芬, 斯德望, 斯蒂芬 (Chinese)
  • Stjepan, Stipe (Croatian)
  • Štěpán (Czech)
  • Steffen, Stephen, Stefan, Stephan (Danish)
  • Steven, Stefaan, Stefanus (Dutch)
  • Esteban (Filipino)
  • Tapani (Finnish)
  • Étienne ("Estienne" is an obsolete spelling), Stéphane (French)
  • Stefan, Stephan, Steffen (German)
  • Στέφανος -Stefanos (Greek)
  • Kepano, Kiwini (Hawaiian)
  • סטפן (Hebrew)
  • István (Hungarian)
  • Stefán (Icelandic)
  • Steafán, Stiofán/Stiofáin (Irish)
  • Stefano (Italian)
  • スティーブン、スティーブ -Stiibun, Stiibu (Japanese)
  • Stephanus (Latin)
  • Steponas, Stepas (Lithuanian)
  • Стефан, Стеван, Стево, Стефче (Macedonian)
  • Stiefnu (Maltese)
  • Стефан/Stefan, Стеван/Stevan, Шћепан/Šćepan (Montenegrin)
  • Steffen (Norwegian)
  • Stefan, Szczepan (Polish)
  • Estevão (Portuguese)
  • Ştefan (Romanian)
  • Стефан, Степан -Stepan (Russian)
  • Stíobhan (Scottish Gaelic)
  • Стефан/Stefan, Стеван/Stevan, Степан/Stepan, Шћепан/Šćepan, Стијепо/Stijepo, Стево/Stevo (Serbian)
  • Štefan (Slovene)
  • Štefan (Slovak)
  • Esteban (Spanish)
  • Staffan, Stefan (Swedish)
  • Sitiveni (Tongan, Fijian)
  • İstefanos (Turkish)
  • Степан, Стефан -Stepan, Stefan (Ukrainian) (Степан [Stepan] is a more western Ukrainian usage)
  • Steffan (Welsh)

Historical figures known by the name Stephen

Saints

  • Saint Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity (The Feast of Saint Stephen is celebrated on December 26 in the Western Church and December 27 in the Eastern Church.)
  • Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary
  • St. Stephen of Surozh, see Bravlin for details.
  • Stephen, one of the pair of Christian saints and martyrs Socrates and Stephen

Royalty

  • Stephen of Armenia
  • Ivan Stephen of Bulgaria
  • Stephen of England
  • Stephen I of Hungary
  • Stephen II of Hungary
  • Stephen III of Hungary
  • Stephen IV of Hungary
  • Stephen V of Hungary
  • Stephen III of Moldavia
  • Stefan Uros I
  • Stefan Uros II
  • Stefan Uros III
  • Stefan Uroš IV
  • Stefan Uros V
  • Stefan Vladislav I
  • Stefan Vladislav II
  • Stefan Nemanja
  • Stefan Prvovenčani
  • Stefan Radoslav
  • Stefan Lazarević
  • Stefano de Renniko
  • Stefan I Crnojevic - ruler of Zeta
  • Stjepan Držislav - King Of Croatia

Church figures

  • Patriarch Stephen I of Constantinople
  • Patriarch Stephen II of Constantionople
  • Pope Stephen I
  • Pope-elect Stephen
  • Pope Stephen II
  • Pope Stephen III
  • Pope Stephen IV
  • Pope Stephen V
  • Pope Stephen VI
  • Pope Stephen VII
  • Pope Stephen VIII
  • Pope Stephen IX
  • Stephanus I, bishop of Aquileia from AD 515
  • Stephanus II Patriarch of Grado from AD 670
  • Stephen, bishop of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1128-1130.

Other

  • Stephanus of Byzantium
  • Stephanus Med. and Stephanus, Phil, two 7th century physicians, see List of ancient doctors
  • Henri Estienne (1528-1598), a printer and humanist generally now known by the Latin version of his name, Stephanus.
  • Stephen, a character in the 1970s science fiction series The Tomorrow People
  • "Steven", a long-running comic strip by cartoonist Doug Allen

Placenames derived from Stephen

Other pages

  • Steve O.
  • Stefán
  • Project Steve







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