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Garland crown, reward
Etymology & Historical Origin - Steve
Steve is the English short form of either Stephen or Steven. Saint Stephen is considered the very first Christian martyr in Roman Catholic tradition, so it was he who popularized the name Stephen among pious Christians for centuries thereafter. Stephen's name comes from the Greek word “stephanos” meaning “garland crown” because he was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown. His story is told in Acts 6:8-8:2: 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 known for his eloquence and wisdom which inspired many followers of Jesus. As a result of Stephen’s successful missionaries, he attracted the notice 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 formation of an angel). The men 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]. As it turned out, Stephen’s public stoning had the opposite effect the executioners had intended because many Christ followers fled from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria fearing for their lives, taking with them a belief system that had previously been 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. In more modern times, the English short form of Steve was adopted as an independently given name in its own right.
Popularity of the Name Steve
Steve is another example of a truncated name that has enjoyed a long tradition as an independently given name in its own right. Certainly not as popular as either Stephen or Steven, Steve has still managed to ride the charts by himself and independent of his big brothers. Steve was consistently a Top 200 favorite boy’s name in the country and finally in 1943 he made the Top 100. Steve stayed on the Top 100 list for over 25 years before slipping off in 1970. The height of this name’s usage came during the late 1950s and early 60s when Steve managed to maintain a spot on the Top 50 list of most commonly used masculine names in the United States. As a short form of the more formal Stephen or Steven, this was a pretty impressive showing. Still, when we researched all the well-known Steves (Jobs, McQueen, Nash, Irwin, etc), all of them were born with the full names of either Steven or Stephen rather than just plain old Steve. Which makes sense; then your kid has the option of being called Steve or not. Steven is currently the most widely used spelling and Stephen is now the second most preferred form of the name. Even the Spanish Esteban is higher up on the charts than Steve. We get the attraction for this name, though. The one-syllable Steve has a much stronger and more masculine sound when compared to the genteel Stephen.
Popularity of the Boy Name Steve
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Steve
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Steve
Steve We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Steve.
Popular Songs on Steve
27 Guys Named Steve - by Small Towns Burn A Little Slower
Aloha Steve and Danno - a song by The Porkers
DJ Jazzy Steve - a song by Spitfire
One Arm Steve - a song by Widespread Panic
Steve Berman - a skit by Eminem [explicit]
Steve McQueen - a song by Sheryl Crow
Steve Polychronopoulos - a song by Adam Sandler [explicit]
Children's Books on the Baby Name Steve
Our Tree Named Steve (Alan Zweibel) - Dear Kids, A long time ago, when you were little, Mom and I took you to where we wanted to build a house…I remember there was one tree, however, that the three of you couldn’t stop staring at…After the family spares him from the builders, Steve the tree quickly works his way into their lives. He holds their underwear when the dryer breaks down, he’s there when Adam and Lindsay get their first crushes, and he’s the centerpiece at their outdoor family parties. With a surprising lack of anthropomorphizing, this is a uniquely poignant celebration of fatherhood, families, love, and change. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Who Was Steve Jobs? (Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso) - A biography on Steve Jobs, pioneer of the personal computer and co-founder of Apple. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Steve
Famous People Who Go By the Name Steve - Steven “Steve” Jobs (co-founder of Apple); Stephen “Steve” Wozniak (co-founder of Apple); Stephen “Steve” Martin (comic, actor, author); Stephen “Steve” Nash (basketball player); Terence Stephen “Steve” McQueen (actor); Steven “Steve” Carell (actor); Steven “Steve” Zahn (actor); Steven “Steve” Buscemi (actor); Stephen “Steve” Jocz (musician); Stephen “Steve” Irwin (the "Crocodile Hunter"); Stephen “Steve” Perry (musician); Steven “Steve” Miller (musician); Stephen “Steve” Howe (guitarist); Stephen “Steve” Allen (entertainer); Steve “Cold Stone” Austin (wrestler); Steve Carlton (baseball player); Steven "Steve" Finley (baseball player); Steven "Steve" Francis (basbetball player); Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey (actor); Steven "Steve" Largent (football player/politician); Stephen "Steve" McNair (football player); Steven "Steve" Wariner (country musician); Stephen "Steve" Yzerman (hockey player); Stephen "Steve" Winwood (musician); Steven "Steve" Shelley (drummer for Sonic Youth)
Children of Famous People Named Steve
Famous People Who Named Their Son Steve - Jerry Lee Lewis (country and rock musician)
Steve - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Steve - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Steve.
Personality of the Boy Name Steve
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Steve