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From Latin Stephanus, from Ancient Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), from στέφανος (stéphanos, crown, wreath), from στέφω (stéphō, to put round, to surround) (from Proto-Indo-European *steb-, *stebʰ-, *stemb-, *stembʰ- (to support; to stomp; to curse; to be amazed)) + -νος (-nos, suffix forming an adjective or noun) (from Proto-Indo-European *-nós (suffix forming a verbal adjective from a verb stem)).

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Stephen

  1. The first Christian martyr.
  2. A male given name.
    • 1852 William Harrison Ainsworth, Tale of a Carpet-Bag, Ainsworth's Magazine, Vol. 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(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.
  3. A patronymic surname​.

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EtymologyEdit

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

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Stephen

  1. a male given name