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Quick Facts on Fabian

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 312
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Fabian

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Fabian

Fabian comes from the later Latin male personal name Fabianus from the old Roman family name Fabius. This name is ultimately derived from the Latin “faba” meaning ‘bean’. Fabius dates back to the Roman Republic and centuries before Christ. This Latin “nomen” most likely originated from a nickname (from the word bean) to indicate a family of bean farmers. The name was borne by an early 3rd century pope, elected under unusual circumstances. Fabian was an unimportant layperson who arrived in Rome during the papal elections of 236 AD. During the assembly a dove suddenly descended from the ceilings and settled upon Fabian’s head. The crowd immediately recognized this as a direct sign from the Holy Spirit and at once elected this stranger to the most holy of Church positions. As a symbol of peace, the dove was considered an omen, since Fabian’s tenure as pope was marked by a period of peace and improved religious tolerance within the Roman Empire (still a pagan state). Once Emperor Decius came into power, however, Christians were once again under attack for their beliefs and Fabian would be martyred in 250 AD. The name was brought to England by the French around the 16th century, although it’s never been a considerably popular name among English speakers. Fabian currently ranks high in the countries of Austria and Poland. It is also a Top 40 name in Chile.

Popularity of the Name Fabian

The name Fabian appeared very briefly on the American male naming charts at the turn of the 20th century, but never enough to show any meaningful usage. It’s not until 1959 that Fabian would jump onto the list of most favored boy’s names and stick to it. This was clearly influenced by the popular teen idol – the singer Fabian – a 1950s heartthrob and Justin Bieber of his day. Still, after Fabian faded away from the spotlight by the mid-1960s, the name has managed to stay around for the party. It’s not an ϋber-popular name by any stretch of the imagination but it has been maintaining a respectable spot on the charts nonetheless. We can’t help but to say that Fabian screams the 1950s, although it also retains religious meaning to Christians. Fabiano is the more traditional Italian spelling, but Fabian is more widely used. We think the name’s ultimate origin and meaning (i.e., ‘bean’) is just darling. There is just something about this little bean that brings a charming handsome quality to Fabian.
Popularity of the Boy Name Fabian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Fabian

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Fabian

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Fabian

    Fabian We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Fabian.

  • Popular Songs on Fabian

    Popular Songs on Fabian

    Fabian - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Fabian.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Fabian

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Fabian

    Fabian (Joan Wolf) - Fabian is the story of a fox cub who is irresistibly drawn into the human world by the sheer force of his wonderment of life. Fabian's mother and father warn him of the perils he will face, but the little cub determinedly sets forth, full of boundless hopes and dreams. He soon encounters Erica, a wise and worldly mallard, who explains that humans are his enemies. But Fabian remains undeterred, hoping to make friends with a kind-looking boy he often sees by a pond. The cub and the boy bond, but trouble looms as a sixth-grade bully takes a dislike to the boy and to Fabian. Fabian helps the boy defend against the bully. The bully sets out to seek revenge. And from there the tale takes on greater meaning. Traps, hunts and escapes. This until Fabian ages, and returns to the fox world to continue on with his life. A story, yes, but also a reading/teaching tool. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Fabian Escapes (Peter McCarty) - The animal friends from Hondo & Fabian return for another adventure. This time, readers follow Fabian the cat out the window while Hondo the dog stays home with the baby. Illustrated with pencil on watercolor paper artwork, McCarty's second installment is characterized by the same color schemes, softened shapes, and low light as the first book, and depicts equally likely experiences for a cat on the lam and a dog stuck inside with a toddler. Fans of the first title will find neither disappointments nor surprises here. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Hondo and Fabian (Peter McCarty) - A dog named Hondo and his friend Fred are going to the beach for a day of excitement. Fabian the cat is left behind at home to play with the baby. Who will cause more trouble? And who will have more fun? Peter McCarty's exquisite illustrations and understated wit turn an ordinary day in the lives of two pets into a rare delight Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Fabian

    Famous People Named Fabian

    Famous People Named Fabian - Fabian (1950s teen idol/singer); Fabian Washington (football player); Fabián Orellana (Chilean soccer player); Fabian Núñez (politician); Fabian Månsson (Swedish socialist); Fabian Bourzat (French figure skater); Fabián Espíndola (Argentianian soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Fabian

    Children of Famous People Named Fabian

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Fabian - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Fabian.

  • Historic Figures

    Fabian - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Fabian - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fabian.

Personality of the Boy Name Fabian

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Fabian

  • No Variations Found.
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