Quick Facts on Stefan
- German, Nordic, Slavic
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Crown, garland, reward
Characteristics of Stefan
Etymology & Historical Origin - Stefan
Stefan is mainly the German and Scandinavian spelling of Stephen. Stephen's name comes from the Greek word “stephanos” meaning “garland crown” and was notably borne by the very first Christian martyr in Roman Catholic tradition and so he was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown. His story is told in Acts 6:8-8:2 and it goes like this. The apostles ordained seven deacons to look after the care of widows and the poor, and of these chosen administrators, Stephen was the most famous. He was renowned for his eloquence and wisdom which successfully gained many Jesus followers. In fact, it might be said that Stephen was too successful for his own good because he ended up attracting the attention of some very bad men. They accused Stephen of blasphemy against Moses and God in front of an assembly of men which Stephen faced bravely (legend has it that his face took on the form of an angel). They then exacted the requisite ancient punishment of stoning to death. In his parting words, Stephen asked only for his enemies’ salvation: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” [Acts 7:60]. It turns out that Stephen’s public stoning had the opposite effect the executioners had intended because many Christ followers fled Jerusalem fearing for their lives to Judea and Samaria, taking with them a belief system that had been relatively confined to Jerusalem. As the first Christian martyr, Stephen’s feast day comes right after Jesus’ on December 26. Like many names from the Bible, Stephen gained popularity in ancient times and on throughout the Middle Ages as people bestowed names upon their children in homage to those they revered. Stephan’s Biblical story was especially popular in the Middle Ages which is how the name survived so well in all its various forms: Stephen and Steven (English), Étienne (French), Stefano (Italian), Esteban (Spanish) and of course Stefan among the Germans and Scandinavians. Today the form of Stefan is most popular in Iceland, Austria and Germany (it also does okay in Sweden and Norway). Stefan is also a common spelling in many Slavic nations like Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Popularity of the Name Stefan
Stefan goes back to 1949 on the American male naming charts. Of course Stephen and Steven have historically been the preferred spellings among English-speakers in the United States, the Spanish form of Esteban and the German/Scandinavian form of Stefan have also shown successful usage. Stefan is just another option, perhaps for some parents who wish to celebrate their German or Scandinavian heritage in some small way. The height of Stefan’s popularity on the U.S. charts came in the late 1980s and early 1990s when he reached as high as position #339 out of 1000 (1991). Not super popular, but respectable all the same. The name may be getting a little more attention right now thanks to Stefan Salvatore, a vampire character portrayed by Paul Wesley on the CW’s popular TV series “The Vampire Diaries” (first airing in 2009). Regardless of your interest in this name, your baby boy is probably your greatest “reward” and your “crowning” glory so what better name than Stefan?
Popularity of the Boy Name Stefan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Stefan
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Stefan
Stefan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Stefan.
Popular Songs on Stefan
Stefan - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Stefan.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Stefan
Stefan - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Stefan.
Famous People Named Stefan
Famous People Named Stefan - Stefan Mappus (German politician)
Children of Famous People Named Stefan
Famous People Who Named Their Son Stefan - Berry Gordy (music producer); Olympia Dukakis (actress)
Stefan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Stefan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Stefan.
Personality of the Boy Name Stefan
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Stefan