Origin: Greek
4239 famous people named Stephen found on Wikipedia.
857968 male, 2932 female in US.
Most recent ranking: 284-th in year 2018
Best ranking: 19-th in year 1951
Used in: Biblical, English


Stephen or Steven is a common English first name. It is particularly significant to Christians, as it belonged to Saint Stephen (Greek Στέφανος Stéphanos), an early disciple and deacon who, according to the Book of Acts, was stoned to death; he is widely regarded as the first martyr (or "protomartyr") of the Christian Church. The name "Stephen" (and its more common variant "Steven") is derived from Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), a first name from the Greek word στέφανος (stéphanos), meaning "wreath, crown" and by extension "reward, honor", from the verb στέφειν (stéphein), "to encircle, to wreathe". In Ancient Greece, crowning wreaths (such as laurel wreaths) were given to the winners of contests. Originally, as the verb suggests, the noun had a more general meaning of any "circle"—including a circle of people, a circling wall around a city, and, in its earliest recorded use, the circle of a fight, which is found in the Iliad of Homer.
The name, in both the forms Stephen and Steven, is commonly shortened to Steve or Stevie. In English, the female version of the name is "Stephanie". Many surnames are derived from the first name, including Stephens, Stevens, Stephenson, and Stevenson, all of which mean "Stephen's (son)". In modern times especially the name has sometimes been given with intentionally nonstandard spelling, such as "Stevan" or "Stevon". A common variant of the name used in English is Stephan ; related names that have found some currency or significance in English include Stefan (pronounced or in English), Esteban (often pronounced), and the Shakespearean Stephano . Like all biblical names, Stephen has forms in all major world languages. Some of these include: Esteban (Spanish; Spanish pronunciation: [esˈteβan]); Estêvão (Portuguese); Esteve (Catalan); Estève (Occitan); Étienne (French); Istifanus (Arabic); István (Hungarian); Setefane (Sotho); Shtjefni (Albanian); Sītífán (Mandarin Chinese); Stefan (German, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Serbian; German pronunciation: [ˈʃteːfan]); Stefán (Icelandic); Ștefan (Romanian); Štefan (Slovak and Slovenian); Stefana (Malagasy); Stefano (Italian and Swahili); Stefanos (modern Greek, modern Hebrew, and Estonian); Stefans (Latvian); Stefanus (Afrikaans); Steffan (Welsh); Stepan (Armenian); Štěpán (Czech); Stepane (Georgian); Steponas (Lithuanian); Stiofán (Irish); Sutepano (Japanese); Szczepan (Polish); and Tapani (Finnish).
In the United Kingdom, it peaked during the 1950s and 1960s as one of the top ten male first names (ranking third in 1954) but had fallen to twentieth by 1984 and had fallen out of the top one hundred by 2002. The name was ranked 201 in the United States in 2009, according to the Social Security Administration. The name reached its peak popularity in 1951 but remained very common through the mid-1990s, when popularity started to decrease in the United States.

Masc. proper name, from Latin Stephanus, from Greek Stephanos, from stephanos "crown, wreath, garland, chaplet; crown of victory," hence "victory, prize, honor, glory," properly "that which surrounds;" also used of the ring of spectators around a fight or the wall of a town, from stephein "to encircle, crown, wreathe, tie around," from PIE root *stebh- "post, stem; place firmly on, fasten" (see step (v.)). Exclusively a monk's name in Old English, it became common after the Conquest. Saint Stephen, stoned to death, was said to be Christianity's first martyr.

Crown, crowned.

Famous People: 4239 found on Wikipedia.
Popularity Name Birth Year Description
1 Stephen Hawking 1942 British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author
2 Stephen King 1947 American author
3 Stephen Amell 1981 Canadian actor
4 Stephen Fry 1957 English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist
5 Stephen Baldwin 1966 Actor and producer from the United States
6 Stephen Harper 1959 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
7 Stephen Merchant 1974 English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian and actor
8 Stephen Lang 1952 Actor
9 Stephen Chow 1962 Hong Kong actor and film director
10 Stephen A. Smith 1967 Sports journalist
11 Stephen Moyer 1969 British actor
12 Stephen Sondheim 1930 American composer and lyricist
13 Stephen Dillane 1956 English actor
14 Stephen Root 1951 American actor and voice actor
15 Stephen Collins 1947 American actor, writer, and musician
16 Stephen Breyer 1938 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
17 Stephen Flemmi 1935 American mobster
18 Stephen "tWitch" Boss
19 Stephen Dorff 1973 American actor
20 Stephen Stills 1945 American multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter
21 Stephen F. Austin 1793 American empresario
22 Stephen Gately 1976 Singer, songwriter, actor, Dancer, musician, Author
23 Stephen Mulhern 1977 British entertainer
24 Stephen Tobolowsky 1951 Actor and writer
25 Stephen Rea 1946 Irish actor
26 Stephen Ancient Roman saint
27 Stephen Marley 1972 Jamaican American musician
28 Stephen Campbell Moore 1979 British actor
29 Stephen Gyllenhaal 1949 American film director
30 Stephen Jackson 1978 American basketball player
31 Stephen Colletti 1986 American actor
32 Stephen Hillenburg 1961 American marine biologist, cartoonist, animator, storyboard artist, director, producer, and writer
33 Stephen A. Douglas 1813 American politician
34 Stephen Bear 1990
35 Stephen Gostkowski 1984 American football player, placekicker
36 Stephen Jay Gould 1941 American evolutionary biologist
37 Stephen Mangan 1972 English actor
38 Stephen Rannazzisi 1978 American actor
39 Stephen Covey 1932 American educator, author, businessman and motivational speaker
40 Stephen Crabb 1973 British politician
41 Stephen M. Ross 1940 American businessman
42 Stephen Foster 1826 Songwriter
43 Stephen A. Schwarzman 1947 American businessman
44 Stephen Boyd 1931 American actor
45 Stephen Graham 1973 English film and television actor
46 Stephen Furst 1954 American actor and film and television director
47 Stephen Kay 1963 American actor, director and writer of film and television
48 Stephen J. Cannell 1941 American television producer, writer, novelist and occasional actor
49 Stephen McHattie 1947 Canadian actor
50 Stephen Crane 1871 American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist
51 Stephen Macht 1942 American actor
52 Stephen Hendry 1990 British footballer, model
53 Stephen Barlow 1954 British musician
54 Stephen Tompkinson 1965 English actor best known for his work in television drama and comedy productions such as DCI Banks, Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel, Drop the Dead Donkey, and the movie Brassed Off.
55 Stephen Chbosky 1970 American writer
56 Stephen Kinnock 1970 British diplomat
57 Stephen Wolfram 1959 British mathematician
58 Stephen Strasburg 1988 American professional baseball pitcher
59 Stephen Ireland 1986 Irish footballer
60 Stephen Frears 1941 British film director and producer
61 Stephen Schwartz 1948 American musical theatre lyricist and composer
62 Stephen McGann 1963 British actor
63 Stephen Glass 1972 American journalist
64 Stephen E. Ambrose 1936 American historian
65 Stephen Blackehart American actor
66 Stephen Sommers 1962 American film director
67 Stephen Rider
68 Stephen I of Hungary 0969 King of Hungary
69 Stephen Decatur 1779 United States Navy officer
70 Stephen Bishop 1970 American actor
71 Stephen Murphy 1957
72 Stephen Kramer Glickman 1979 Canadian actor
73 Stephen Fung 1974 Hong Kong actor, director, producer and singer
74 Stephen Keshi 1962 Nigerian football defender and manager
75 Stephen Wiltshire 1974 Architectural artist
76 Stephen Miller 1980 Advisor to US President Donald Trump
77 Stephen Colbert Persona of political satirist Stephen Colbert
78 Stephen Malkmus 1966 American musician
79 Stephen Paea 1988 American football player, defensive lineman
80 Stephen Pearcy 1959 American musician
81 Stephen Nichols 1951 American actor
82 Stephen Walters 1975 British actor
83 Stephen Tredre 1963 British actor-writer
84 Stephen Daldry 1960 British director
85 Stephen Warnock 1981 English footballer
86 Stephen Hunter 1946 American novelist, essayist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic
87 Stephen Duffy 1960 English songwriter, vocalist
88 Stephen F. Cohen 1938 American historian
89 Stephen Yagman 1944 American disbarred lawyer
90 Stephen Carpenter 1970 American musician
91 Stephen Gardiner 1497 English bishop
92 Stephen Geoffreys 1964 Actor
93 Stephen Gaghan 1965 American writer and director
94 Stephen Poliakoff 1952 British television director and writer
95 Stephen Stucker 1947 American actor
96 Stephen Dürr 1974 German actor
97 Stephen Fleming 1973 New Zealand cricketer
98 Stephen Dixon 1974 British newsreader
99 Stephen III of Moldavia 1429 Prince of Moldavia
100 Stephen Morin 1951 American serial killer
101 Stephen Elop 1963 Chief executive officer of Nokia Corporation
102 Stephen Piscotty 1991 American baseball player
103 Stephen Devassy 1981 Indian musician
104 Stephen Russell American actor and director
105 Stephen Wallem 1968 American actor
106 Stephen Baxter 1957 Author
107 Stephen Drew 1983 American baseball player
108 Stephen J. Townsend 1959 American soldier
109 Stephen Spender 1909 English poet and man of letters
110 Stephen Leacock 1869 Writer and economist
111 Stephen Roche 1959 Irish racing cyclist
112 Stephen K. Amos 1970 English comedian
113 Stephen Pagliuca 1955 American businessman
114 Stephen Lord 1972 British actor
115 Stephen Dunham 1964 American actor
116 Stephen Greenblatt 1943 American literary critic, theorist and scholar
117 Stephen Lewis 1937 Canadian politician
118 Stephen Maguire 1981 Snooker player
119 Stephen Girard 1750 American banker and philanthropist
120 Stephen Krashen 1941 Professor of Linguistics from the United States
121 Stephen Hunt 1981 Footballer
122 Stephen O'Halloran 1987 Irish footballer
123 Stephen Smith 1985 English boxer
124 Stephen F. Hayes 1974 American journalist
125 Stephen Morris 1992 American football player
126 Stephen K. Hayes 1949 Martial arts master, author
127 Stephen Full 1969 American actor
128 Stephen Báthory 1533 King of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
129 Stephen Constantine 1962 English football manager and former player
130 Stephen Thomas Erlewine 1973 American music journalist
131 Stephen Van Rensselaer 1764 New York landowner, businessman, militia officer, and politician
132 Stephen J. Dubner 1963 American journalist
133 Stephen Caffrey 1959 American actor
134 Stephen Adly Guirgis American actor, writer and director
135 Stephen Zimmerman 1996 American basketball player
136 Stephen Sackur 1964 English journalist
137 Stephen Langton 1150 Archbishop of Canterbury
138 Stephen Hadley 1947 American National Security Advisor
139 Stephen Friedman 1937 American businessman
140 Stephen Perkins 1967 American musician
141 Stephen Curry 1976 Australian comedian and actor
142 Stephen Kingsley 1994 Scottish footballer
143 Stephen R. Donaldson 1947 Novelist
144 Stephen Hendrie 1995 Scottish footballer
145 Stephen Pearson 1982 Scottish footballer
146 Stephen Ward 1912 Central figure in the Profumo affair
147 Stephen Appiah 1980 Ghanaian footballer
148 Nicol Stephen, Baron Stephen 1960 British politician
149 Stephen Bywater 1981 Football (soccer) player
150 Stephen Silvagni 1967 Australian rules footballer and commentator
151 Stephen Edward Smith 1927 American businessman
152 Stephen Stanko 1968 Convicted murderer, on death row
153 Stephen Glover
154 Stephen Hung Hong Kong businessman
155 Stephen Walt 1955 American political scientist
156 Stephen Bunting 1985 English darts player
157 Stephen Stanton 1961 American actor, writer and visual effects artist
158 Stephen Shortridge 1953 American actor
159 Stephen Timms 1955 British politician
160 Stephen Hopkins 1707 Signer of Declaration of Independence
161 Stephen Donald 1983 New Zealand rugby union player
162 Stephen Quinn 1986 Footballer
163 Stephen Talbot 1949 American journalist
164 Stephen Toulmin 1922 English philosopher
165 Stephen Milligan 1948 British politician
166 Stephen Smale 1930 American mathematician
167 Stephen Dobbie 1982 Scottish footballer
168 Stephen Lunsford 1989 American actor
169 Stephen Kendrick 1973 American film producer
170 Stephen Davis 1974 American football running back
171 Stephen Spinella 1956 Actor
172 Stephen Vogt 1984 Oakland Athletics baseball player
173 Stephen Neal 1976 Player of American football
174 Stephen Starr American restauranteur
175 Stephen Dedalus 1882 Character in James Joyce's autobiographical novels
176 Stephen McNally 1913 Actor
177 Stephen Port 1975
178 Stephen Nolan 1973 Television presenter; radilo personality
179 Stephen Marshall 1985 American murderer
180 Stephen W. Kearny 1794 United States general
181 Stephen Moore 1937 British actor
182 Stephen Schnetzer 1948 American actor
183 Stephen Twigg 1966 British politician
184 Stephen Kunken 1971 American actor
185 Stephen C. Meyer 1958 American Intelligent design advocate
186 Stephen Thompson 1967 TV and theatre writer
187 Stephen Vincent Benét 1898 Poet, short story writer, novelist
188 Stephen O'Malley 1974 American musician
189 Stephen McGee 1985 Football player; Quarterback
190 Stephen Elliott 1918 American actor
191 Stephen Norrington 1964 British film director
192 Stephen McCole 2000 Scottish actor
193 Stephen Tulloch 1985 American football player
194 Lourdes Stephen 1976 Dominican Republic television presenter
195 Stephen Herek 1958 American film director
196 Stephen Benn, 3rd Viscount Stansgate 1951 British scientist
197 Stephen P. Murray 1962
198 Stephen Timoshenko 1878 Ukrainian & American engineer
199 Leslie Stephen 1832 British author, literary critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography
200 Stephen Guarino 1975 Actor