Fabian

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Fabian

"Fabian" is a name of Italian origin, and it means "Bean Grower". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Fa"bi*an
Of, pertaining to, or in the manner of, the Roman general, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus; cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.

Etymology: L. Fabianus Fabius, belonging to Fabius

adjective Fa"bi*an
Senses
  1. Of or pertaining to the Roman gens Fabia.
  2. Designating, or pertaining to, a society of socialists, organized in England in 1884 to spread socialistic principles gradually without violent agitation."The Fabian Society proposes then to conquer by delay; to carry its programme, not by a hasty rush, but through the slower, but, as it thinks, surer methods of patient discussion, exposition, and political action." [William Clarke.]
noun Fa"bi*an
A member of, or sympathizer with, the Fabian Society.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A member of the Fabian Society in Britain
  2. Using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation ("a fabian policy")
  3. Of or relating to Fabianism ("the Fabian society")
Wiktionary

From Latin Fabianus (“belonging to Fabius”), possibly derived from faba (“bean”).

  1. A male given name borne by an early pope. Rare in English.
  2. A Fabian socialist, a gradualist socialist; a member of the Fabian Society.
    Synonyms: gradualist, reformist, social democrat

Fabian was also found in the following language(s): Faroese, German, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Fabian

Fabian Delph is a soccer player for the Manchester City F.C., Bradford City A.F.C., Leeds United F.C., Aston Villa F.C., England national under-19 football team, England national under-21 football team, and England national football team. Fabian was born on November 21st, 1989 in Bradford, England.

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Fabian Forte is a singer and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to 1959. Fabian was given the name Fabiano Anthony Forte on February 6th, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Fabian is also known as Fabian.

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Fabián Orellana is a soccer player for the Celta de Vigo, Colo-Colo, Audax Italiano, Udinese Calcio, Xerez CD, Granada CF, and Chile national football team. Fabián was born on January 27th, 1986 in Santiago, Chile.

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Fabian Cancellara is a cyclist. Fabian was born on March 18th, 1981 in Wohlen bei Bern, Switzerland.

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Fabian Johnson is a soccer player for the Borussia Mönchengladbach, TSV 1860 München, TSV 1860 München II, VfL Wolfsburg, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and Germany national youth football team. Fabian was born on December 11th, 1987 in Munich, West Germany.

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Fabian Picardo is a 7th Chief Minister of Gibraltar. Fabian was born on February 18th, 1972 in Gibraltar.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Fabian

Lara Fabian is a musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Lara was given the name Lara Crokaert on January 9th, 1970.

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Patrick Fabian is an actor. He has been prominent since 1992. Patrick was born on December 7th, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Marco Fabián is a soccer player for the Eintracht Frankfurt, C.D. Guadalajara Reserves, Academy, C.D. Guadalajara, Cruz Azul, Mexico national under-20 football team, Mexico national under-23 football team, and Mexico national football team. Marco was born on July 21st, 1989 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Fabian was a pope. He left this life on January 20th, 0250.

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Ava Fabian is a playboy playmate. Ava was born on April 4th, 1962 in Brewster, New York.

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Françoise Fabian is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1956. Françoise was born on May 10th, 1933 in Algiers.

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How popular is the baby name Fabian in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 0 5
1900 9 0 9
1903 5 0 5
1904 9 0 9
1905 6 0 6
1908 6 0 6
1909 7 0 7
1910 7 0 7
1911 8 0 8
1912 12 0 12
1913 16 0 16
1914 23 0 23
1915 28 0 28
1916 25 0 25
1917 33 0 33
1918 32 0 32
1919 29 0 29
1920 29 0 29
1921 35 0 35
1922 38 0 38
1923 41 0 41
1924 40 0 40
1925 34 0 34
1926 31 0 31
1927 38 0 38
1928 38 0 38
1929 29 0 29
1930 20 0 20
1931 27 0 27
1932 33 0 33
1933 28 0 28
1934 26 0 26
1935 24 0 24
1936 30 0 30
1937 21 0 21
1938 23 0 23
1939 21 0 21
1940 23 0 23
1941 24 0 24
1942 29 0 29
1943 26 0 26
1944 22 0 22
1945 20 0 20
1946 29 0 29
1947 14 0 14
1948 28 0 28
1949 32 0 32
1950 50 18 32
1951 43 9 34
1952 49 12 37
1953 42 12 30
1954 40 0 40
1955 46 0 46
1956 35 0 35
1957 58 9 49
1958 40 0 40
1959 173 12 161
1960 186 0 186
1961 158 0 158
1962 121 0 121
1963 132 0 132
1964 141 0 141
1965 168 6 162
1966 177 0 177
1967 172 0 172
1968 182 0 182
1969 191 0 191
1970 217 0 217
1971 232 5 227
1972 220 6 214
1973 220 0 220
1974 233 0 233
1975 252 6 246
1976 266 5 261
1977 329 7 322
1978 332 0 332
1979 364 0 364
1980 366 6 360
1981 412 10 402
1982 372 8 364
1983 372 11 361
1984 393 14 379
1985 466 9 457
1986 493 12 481
1987 504 9 495
1988 553 11 542
1989 601 7 594
1990 772 6 766
1991 764 9 755
1992 722 13 709
1993 839 11 828
1994 789 17 772
1995 729 10 719
1996 805 6 799
1997 865 6 859
1998 876 5 871
1999 1,005 6 999
2000 1,081 0 1,081
2001 1,116 5 1,111
2002 1,150 0 1,150
2003 1,152 5 1,147
2004 1,230 6 1,224
2005 1,229 0 1,229
2006 1,276 5 1,271
2007 1,403 7 1,396
2008 1,183 6 1,177
2009 1,172 0 1,172
2010 1,042 0 1,042
2011 1,197 0 1,197
2012 1,160 0 1,160
2013 1,095 0 1,095
2014 1,048 0 1,048
2015 936 0 936
2016 865 0 865

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Popularity of Fabian as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fabian U.S.
  White 48.09% 64.26%
  African American 1.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.18% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 44.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fabian

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Fun Facts about the name Fabian

  • How Popular is the name Fabian? Fabian is the 1,180th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fabian was the 2,738th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fabian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 38,015 babies born with the first name Fabian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fabian to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fabian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Fabian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fabian is Wednesday, September 17th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Fabian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fabian was in 2007 with a total of 1,396 babies. That's a lot of babies named Fabian!
  • Random Fabian Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fabian ranks 101st in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 28 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Fabian: Your name in reverse order is Naibaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aifnba. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fabian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,161 people with the last name Fabian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fabian? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Fabian as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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