See also: Stéphen

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  • Steven (as a given name or a surname)

Etymology edit

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).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈstiːvən/ (most common Anglophone pronunciation)
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    Rhymes: -iːvən
    Homophone: Steven

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  1. The first Christian martyr.
  2. 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.
    • 2023 December 27, Stephen Roberts, “Bradshaw's Britain: the way to Weymouth”, in RAIL, number 999, page 52:
      Stephen reigned from 1135-1154, that nasty period of our history dubbed 'The Anarchy', when forces loyal to Stephen contested the throne with those of Henry I's daughter Matilda, who by rights should have been queen. Stephen, her cousin, plonked his own posterior on the throne.
  3. A surname originating as a patronymic.
  4. A minor city in Marshall County, Minnesota, United States, named after George Stephen.

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Etymology edit

From English Stephen, from Latin Stephanus, from Ancient Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), from στέφανος (stéphanos, crown, wreath), from στέφω (stéphō, to put round, to surround).

Proper noun edit


  1. a male given name from English [in turn from Latin, in turn from Ancient Greek]