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Sebastian

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Quick Facts on Sebastian

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 45
Pronunciation:
seh-BAS-chin
Simple meaning:
Venerable

Characteristics of Sebastian

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sebastian

Sebastian comes from the Latin Sebastianus meaning “man from Sēbastē” which was an ancient town located in present-day Turkey and named for Augustus Caesar. The name ultimately comes from the Greek word “sebastos” (σεβαστος) meaning “venerable” and was the Greek equivalent of the Latin regal title, Augustus, given to Caesar. The name was borne by a 3rd century saint who joined the Roman army as a way to quietly protect and defend the Christian martyrs of his day while avoiding detection during the Christian persecutions of the Roman Empire. Legend has it that St. Sebastian was killed with arrows by his fellow soldiers, and he became a favorite of medieval artists who depicted this bloody event. Sebastian became the patron saint of athletes and soldiers (for his strong physical endurance) and the patron saint of plague sufferers (for his reported cures of those afflicted with many diseases). His name was popularized by Christians in the 14th century during the Black Death which reinforced the appeal of this protective saint’s name. Today Sebastian is quite popular all over the Western World, supplying the name with ample amounts of Cosmopolitan Coolness. This “venerable” name is currently a Top 100 favorite for baby boys in the following countries: Chile, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Australia, England, Sweden, the United States, Canada, Ireland and Croatia.

Popularity of the Name Sebastian

Sebastian has been in circulation in America for over a century, although its usage was generally on the lower end of the scale. It wasn’t until the 1990s when Sebastian started to show some real promise, and in the first year of the 21st century (2000) it finally achieved a coveted spot on the U.S. Top 100 list. The name probably got a little boost from the 1999 film, “Cruel Intentions” starring Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont, the movie’s handsome anti-hero. Sebastian has always been considered a somewhat pretentious, high-falutin’ name (like Maximilian or Devereux). Not anymore. Sebastian is entering the mainstream and probably intends to stay. Americans are no longer shy about bestowing these esteemed and sophisticated-sounding names on their little boys. England, Australia, and Canada agree – Sebastian shows up on the Top 100 in these countries, too. It’s also a great choice for classical music lovers and fans of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Popularity of the Boy Name Sebastian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sebastian

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sebastian

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sebastian

    Sebastian (Twelfth Night) Sebastian is a minor character in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” He is the twin brother of the leading character, Viola; each mistakenly thinks the other dead in a shipwreck. He is a good and decent man whose main role is to provide a foil for his sister’s adventures in cross-dressing and identity-tweaking (this being Shakespeare, after all).

    Sebastian Flyte (Brideshead Revisited) Sebastian is the younger son of Lord and Lady Marchmain in Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 classic, “Brideshead Revisited.” He is an old college chum of Charles Ryder, the narrator, who looks back over the development and history of their friendship in the course of the book. Charming, whimsical and child-like (he carries his teddy bear, Aloysius, around campus with him), Sebastian is ultimately doomed, fleeing from the restrictions of his very religious family, and destroying himself with alcohol, drugs and inappropriate relationships. Nonetheless, he maintains those attractive qualities right up to the end. As his sister describes the monks’ feelings about him in the leper colony in Tunisia where Sebastian eventually lands: "They loved him there. He’s still loved, you see, wherever he goes, whatever condition he’s in. It’s a thing about him he’ll never lose."

  • Popular Songs on Sebastian

    Popular Songs on Sebastian

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sebastian

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sebastian

    Johann Sebastian Bach: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers (Mike Venezia) - A brief biography of the prolific eighteenth-century composer and organist who created some of the world's greatest instrumental and religious music. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Sebastian (Vanessa Julian-Ottie) - Children will delight in following the adventures of Sebastian through the peek-a-boo holes in the pages as he sets out to explore the big world. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Sebastian Darke: Prince of Explorers (Philip Caveney) - Sebastian Darke has the world on his narrow shoulders. The son of a human father and an elvish mother, he is desperately trying to become the family breadwinner and has taken on his late father's job - celebrated jester, Prince of Fools. Trouble is, Sebastian can't tell a joke to save his life. Dressed in his father's clothes and accompanied by his talking (and endlessly complaining) buffalope, Max, he sets off for the fabled city of Keladon, where he hopes to be appointed court jester to King Septimus. On the way he encounters a tiny but powerful warrior called Cornelius; the beautiful Princess Kerin; blood-thirsty Brigands and enough perils to make him wonder why he ever decided to leave home. Recommended for ages 12-15.

    Sebastian Super Sleuth and the Time Capsule Caper (Mary Blount) - Dog detective Sebastian investigates the disappearance of the contents from a rich family's sixty-year-old time capsule. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Sebastian's Roller Skates (Joan De Deu Prats) - This picture book from Spain features Sebastian, a boy so shy that he can barely whisper a word to his apartment-house neighbors, his barber, or even his teacher. Inside his head, though, he has plenty to say. Finding a pair of roller skates abandoned in the park, he tries skating but goes so slowly that he stumbles from one place to the next. When he catches hold of a runaway dog's leash and takes a wild ride though the park, Sebastian is spurred to overcome his hesitancy in skating and, even better, in speaking to those around him. Translated from the original Catalan, this book will resonate with children on this side of the Atlantic, too. Recommended for ages 3-8.

    The Little Mermaid: Sebastian's Story (J. Colby) - Sebastian the crab tells how his friend, a young mermaid, saves a prince and then makes a deal to give up her beautiful voice to become a human so she can live with him forever. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Spectacular Adventures of Sophie and Sebastian (Ruth Jeyaveeran) - Sophie, a hippopotamus, has many interests, but her real dream is to skateboard through the sky. Unfortunately, all of her boards break. Her bird friend, Sebastian, who is the only one who has seen her drawings, tells Sophie that she needs a new way to solve an old problem. Finally, she has an inspiration. The result is a comic about a Super-hippo who uses her flying skateboard to rescue a baby hippo. When the other hippos see it, they love it. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Sebastian

    Famous People Named Sebastian

    Famous People Named Sebastian - We cannot find any well-known or significantly famous people with the first name Sebastian.

  • Children of Famous People Named Sebastian

    Children of Famous People Named Sebastian

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

Personality of the Boy Name Sebastian

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sebastian

  • No Variations Found.
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