Quick Facts on Steven
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Crown, garland, reward
Characteristics of Steven
Etymology & Historical Origin - Steven
The name Steven is a phonetic respelling of Stephen, the name of the first Christian martyr in Roman Catholic tradition. 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 is known for his eloquence and wisdom which successfully gains many followers of Jesus; so much so that he attracts the notice of some very bad men. They accuse 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 asks 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.
Popularity of the Name Steven
The name Steven has been on the U.S. popularity charts for boys’ names for well over a century. The height of the name’s popularity began in the late 1940s and lasted all the way through the 1970s. Essentially, for 30 straight years, Steven was a Top 25 favorite. In fact, 2008 marks the first year in almost 70 years that the name does not make the Top 100 list. The name has been on the decline since 1985 and has lost almost 100 positions on the charts since that time. Clearly, the name’s popularity is waning, but it’s still in relatively high usage (given to about 3,400 baby boys each year); and it’s still almost twice as popular as the name Stephen. Even though the name has Biblical origins, and has been in use in America for well over a century, the name maintains a modern style while still being considered a classic. There’s an unpretentious and gentle quality to the name Steven, while the short version, Steve, signifies a ‘tough guy’ thanks to the ever-manly actor Steve McQueen.
Popularity of the Boy Name Steven
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Steven
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Steven
Steven We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Steven.
Popular Songs on Steven
Midnight to Stevens - a song by The Clash
Regarding Steven - a song by the Blues Traveler
Steven - a song by Alice Cooper
Children's Books on the Baby Name Steven
Even Steven And Odd Todd (Kathryn Cristaldi) - The mismatched team of collegiate Even Steven and fun-loving Odd Todd, two boys who are opposites in seemingly everything, teaches young readers basic numbers concepts in a humorous and lighthearted manner. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Steven, Space Stowaway and Rolling Leprechauns for Change (MJA Ware) - When Steven's Mom leaves for a mission to Mars, he's determined to come along. Even if he has to sneak onboard. Just one problem: he gets caught. And the Captain has a particularly unpleasant way of dealing with stowaways. Recommended for ages 12-14.
Famous People Named Steven
Famous People Named Steven - Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (founder of Apple); Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen (actor); Steven Seagal (actor/martial artist); Steven Spielberg (director); Steven Tyler (musician); Steven Wright (stand-up comic)
Children of Famous People Named Steven
Famous People who Named their Son Steven - Gerald R. Ford (U.S. President); Humphrey Bogart (actor); Lauren Bacall (actress); Sydney Pollack (actor/director)
Steven - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Steven - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Steven.
Personality of the Boy Name Steven
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Steven