Stephen

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858k
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since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Stephen

"Stephen" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Crown". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. English writer (1832-1904)
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From Latin Stephanus, from Ancient Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), from στέφανος (stéphanos, “crown, wreath”), from στέφω (stéphō, “to put round, to surround”).

  1. The first Christian martyr.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Stephen

Stephen Hawking is a in the fields of general relativity and quantum gravity. Stephen was given the name Stephen William Hawking on January 8th, 1942 in Oxford, England.

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Stephen Vincent Strange is a comics character.

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Stephen Curry is a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 2009 to present. Stephen was born on March 14th, 1988 in Akron, Ohio.

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Stephen King is a horror, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural fiction, drama, suspense, thriller, gothic fiction, genre fiction, dark fantasy, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic fiction, and crime fiction screenwriter, columnist, actor, television producer, film director, singer, musician, novelist, and short story. He was most active from 1967 to present. Stephen was given the name Stephen Edwin King on September 21st, 1947 in Portland, Maine, United States.

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Stephen Colbert is a political satire, news satire, improvisational theatre, character comedy, comedy music, deadpan, and sketch comedy musician. Stephen was given the name Stephen Tyrone Colbert on May 13th, 1964 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Grover Cleveland was a President of the United States, 34th Mayor of Buffalo, 17th Sheriff of Erie County, and New York. Grover was given the name Stephen Grover Cleveland on March 18th, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S. He passed away on June 24th, 1908.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Stephen

Virginia Woolf was a novelist, essayist, publisher, critic, and list of essayists. Virginia was given the name Adeline Virginia Stephen on January 25th, 1882 in Kensington, Middlesex, England. She died on March 28th, 1941.

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Stephen was royalty. His career lasted from 1135 to 1135. Stephen was born as the child of Stephen, Count of Blois, and Adela of Normandy in Blois, France. He died on October 25th, 1154.

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Vanessa Bell was a painter, interior designer, and interior design. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Stephen on May 30th, 1879. She left this life on April 7th, 1961.

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Sir Leslie Stephen was a writer. Leslie was born on November 28th, 1832 in Kensington Gore. He passed away on February 22nd, 1904.

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Sir Ninian Stephen is a Governor-General of Australia, Justice of the High Court of Australia, and List of Justices of the High Court of Australia. He was most prominent from 1982 to 1989. His military service ended in 1946. Ninian was born on June 15th, 1923 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.

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Pope-elect Stephen was a pope. He breathed his last breath on March 26th, 0752.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 176 0 176 #84 boy name
1881 147 0 147 #88 boy name
1882 201 0 201 #81 boy name
1883 140 0 140 #97 boy name
1884 165 0 165 #93 boy name
1885 158 0 158 #93 boy name
1886 181 0 181 #89 boy name
1887 165 0 165 #91 boy name
1888 187 0 187 #98 boy name
1889 164 0 164
1890 156 0 156
1891 140 0 140
1892 178 0 178
1893 175 0 175
1894 174 0 174
1895 179 0 179
1896 164 0 164
1897 194 0 194 #94 boy name
1898 195 0 195 #98 boy name
1899 178 0 178 #97 boy name
1900 181 0 181
1901 158 0 158
1902 210 0 210 #94 boy name
1903 200 0 200 #96 boy name
1904 178 0 178
1905 246 0 246 #93 boy name
1906 207 0 207
1907 273 0 273 #94 boy name
1908 280 0 280 #94 boy name
1909 314 0 314 #90 boy name
1910 350 0 350 #95 boy name
1911 486 0 486 #83 boy name
1912 934 6 928 #88 boy name
1913 1,103 6 1,097 #86 boy name
1914 1,492 6 1,486 #80 boy name
1915 1,859 9 1,850 #86 boy name
1916 1,877 0 1,877 #87 boy name
1917 1,897 5 1,892 #89 boy name
1918 1,853 10 1,843 #96 boy name
1919 1,702 9 1,693 #97 boy name
1920 1,772 0 1,772 #96 boy name
1921 1,876 8 1,868 #97 boy name
1922 1,731 11 1,720
1923 1,613 5 1,608
1924 1,644 8 1,636
1925 1,489 9 1,480
1926 1,342 7 1,335
1927 1,454 8 1,446
1928 1,344 10 1,334
1929 1,364 9 1,355
1930 1,275 16 1,259
1931 1,339 6 1,333
1932 1,401 11 1,390
1933 1,330 10 1,320
1934 1,423 0 1,423
1935 1,656 6 1,650
1936 1,868 7 1,861 #99 boy name
1937 2,142 8 2,134 #92 boy name
1938 2,734 8 2,726 #74 boy name
1939 3,184 8 3,176 #65 boy name
1940 4,436 13 4,423 #49 boy name
1941 5,826 18 5,808 #41 boy name
1942 7,525 23 7,502 #32 boy name
1943 7,948 19 7,929 #29 boy name
1944 7,811 19 7,792 #28 boy name
1945 8,659 24 8,635 #26 boy name
1946 11,872 35 11,837 #24 boy name
1947 15,341 20 15,321 #21 boy name
1948 17,089 31 17,058 #20 boy name
1949 20,515 36 20,479 #19 boy name
1950 20,545 31 20,514 #19 boy name
1951 22,520 48 22,472 #19 boy name
1952 23,077 27 23,050 #21 boy name
1953 21,838 37 21,801 #21 boy name
1954 21,897 25 21,872 #20 boy name
1955 22,149 34 22,115 #21 boy name
1956 21,233 36 21,197 #23 boy name
1957 19,750 39 19,711 #24 boy name
1958 17,996 47 17,949 #26 boy name
1959 16,522 27 16,495 #28 boy name
1960 16,312 51 16,261 #27 boy name
1961 16,091 35 16,056 #27 boy name
1962 15,653 30 15,623 #28 boy name
1963 15,033 40 14,993 #29 boy name
1964 15,010 39 14,971 #29 boy name
1965 14,686 34 14,652 #28 boy name
1966 14,804 54 14,750 #26 boy name
1967 15,161 71 15,090 #26 boy name
1968 14,834 63 14,771 #27 boy name
1969 15,164 61 15,103 #27 boy name
1970 14,841 66 14,775 #27 boy name
1971 13,177 73 13,104 #27 boy name
1972 11,096 50 11,046 #29 boy name
1973 10,027 70 9,957 #32 boy name
1974 10,167 51 10,116 #35 boy name
1975 9,810 70 9,740 #34 boy name
1976 9,796 65 9,731 #37 boy name
1977 9,703 61 9,642 #38 boy name
1978 9,946 83 9,863 #37 boy name
1979 9,964 63 9,901 #40 boy name
1980 10,133 67 10,066 #40 boy name
1981 10,358 63 10,295 #39 boy name
1982 10,700 71 10,629 #38 boy name
1983 11,641 79 11,562 #35 boy name
1984 12,165 75 12,090 #35 boy name
1985 12,303 97 12,206 #36 boy name
1986 11,956 84 11,872 #36 boy name
1987 11,622 75 11,547 #38 boy name
1988 11,666 67 11,599 #40 boy name
1989 11,797 60 11,737 #40 boy name
1990 11,977 36 11,941 #39 boy name
1991 10,562 39 10,523 #41 boy name
1992 9,348 42 9,306 #45 boy name
1993 8,381 14 8,367 #47 boy name
1994 7,495 17 7,478 #49 boy name
1995 6,576 19 6,557 #57 boy name
1996 6,023 18 6,005 #59 boy name
1997 5,425 14 5,411 #68 boy name
1998 5,020 7 5,013 #78 boy name
1999 4,553 14 4,539 #86 boy name
2000 4,140 8 4,132 #95 boy name
2001 3,736 0 3,736
2002 3,357 10 3,347
2003 3,147 6 3,141
2004 2,858 10 2,848
2005 2,750 9 2,741
2006 2,549 0 2,549
2007 2,375 6 2,369
2008 2,090 0 2,090
2009 1,917 0 1,917
2010 1,814 0 1,814
2011 1,574 0 1,574
2012 1,561 0 1,561
2013 1,449 0 1,449
2014 1,442 0 1,442
2015 1,485 0 1,485
2016 1,367 0 1,367

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Popularity of Stephen as a first name

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Popularity of Stephen as a last name

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Common last names for Stephen

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Martin
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Toth
  • Clark
  • King
  • Lewis
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Adams

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Stephen U.S.
  White 61.82% 64.26%
  African American 24.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Stephen

People with the last name Stephen are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Stephen

  • How Popular is the name Stephen? Stephen is the 54th most popular name of all time. As a last name Stephen was the 3,585th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Stephen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 858,334 babies born with the first name Stephen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Stephen to occupy the country of Cyprus with an estimated population of 838,897 (as of October 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Stephen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 176 new born babies.
  • When was Stephen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Stephen is Monday, May 13th, 1805.
  • What year had the most people named Stephen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Stephen was in 1952 with a total of 23,050 babies. That's a lot of babies named Stephen!
  • Random Stephen Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Stephen ranks 34th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 67 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Stephen: Your name in reverse order is Nehpets. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Thepsne. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Stephen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,925 people with the last name Stephen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Stephen? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Stephen as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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