Pronunciation: STEEV-ehn (or occasionally STEPH-ehn)
Other forms of the name: Steven, Stefan, Stefano, Étienne
The name Stephen comes from the Greek Stephanos, it is a classic, handsome name that is sure to be adequate for a doctor, a musician, or a cowboy. Saint Stephen is considered the first Christian martyr, he was a deacon who was stoned to death, his story is told in Acts in the New Testament. He was one of seven men of the early chuch in Jerusualem and was made deacon. Stephen turned many Jews to Jesus and got along fairly well with them until a dispute with members of a synagogue in which he was accused of blasphemey. He is put on trial, during which, he claims to see God the Father and God the Son. He is condemned and therefore stoned to death.
The first Christian king of Hungary was named Stephen, he is the patron saint of that country. There is the fabulous Stephen Fry, an actor, writer, journalist, etc. and the Master of Horror, Stephen King. In “I Capture the Castle” there is the cook’s son who’s name is Stephen. He is in love with the heroine though she doesn’t feel the same about him. He is described as being a “godlike youth” but she thinks he’s average looking. Today Stephen is at #202 on the US popular names list, the lowest it’s ever been. The highest its ever been was #19 from 1949 to 1951.