- as a given name: Steven
From Latin Stephanus, from Ancient Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), from στέφανος (stéphanos, “crown, wreath”), from στέφω (stéphō, “to put round, to surround”).
From *stegʷʰ- (“to enlace”) + -νος (-nos, “suffix forming an adjective or noun”) from Proto-Indo-European *-nós (“suffix forming a verbal adjective from a verb stem”).
- IPA(key): /ˈstiːvən/ (most common Anglophone pronunciation)
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- IPA(key): /ˈstɛfən/
- Rhymes: -ɛfən
- IPA(key): /ˈstiːfən/ (Philippine but nonstandard pronunciation)
- The first Christian martyr.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Acts 6:8::
- And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
- A male given name from Ancient Greek.
- 1852, William Harrison Ainsworth, “Tale of a Carpet-Bag”, in Ainsworth's Magazine, volume 21, page 17:
- I, for my part, ask any candid reader if it was not bad enough to be called Broadfoot, without having it aggravated into Stephen Broadfoot? I feel confident I will here get a tear of sympathy from all unhappy Andrews and Peters, and Aarons and Samuels, with a smile of disdainful compassion from thrice-happy Franks and Charleys and Bills.
- 1952, Thomas Pyles, Words and Ways of American English, Random House, page 245:
- It is doubtless true that American English lacks a tradition for the pronunciation of Anthony, a name which was not often bestowed upon American males until the comparatively recent craze for supposedly swank "British" Christian names, like Stephen, Peter, Michael, etc., in this country.
- 2000, Helen DeWitt, The Last Samurai, Miramax Books, published 2002, →ISBN, page 142:
- I thought that ideally it should be a name which could work whether he was serious and reserved or butch, a name like Stephen which could be Steve or David which could be Dave.
- A surname originating as a patronymic.
- A minor city in Marshall County, Minnesota, United States, named after George Stephen.
male given name
From English Stephen, from Latin Stephanus, from Ancient Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), from στέφανος (stéphanos, “crown, wreath”), from στέφω (stéphō, “to put round, to surround”).
- a male given name from Ancient Greek