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Definitions for Stephen
ˈsti vənstephen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Stephen, Sir Leslie Stephennoun

    English writer (1832-1904)


  1. Stephennoun

    The first Christian martyr.

  2. Stephennoun

    A male given name from Ancient Greek.

    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.

  3. Stephennoun

    A patronymic surname.

  4. Etymology: 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")).


  1. Stephen

    Stephen or Steven is a common English first name. It is particularly significant to Christians, as it belonged to Saint Stephen (Greek: Στέφανος Stéphanos), an early disciple and deacon who, according to the Book of Acts, was stoned to death; he is widely regarded as the first martyr (or "protomartyr") of the Christian Church. In English, Stephen is most commonly pronounced as STEEV-ən (). The name, in both the forms Stephen and Steven, is often shortened to Steve or Stevie. The spelling as Stephen can also be pronounced STEF-ən which is from the Greek original version, Stephanos. In English, the female version of the name is Stephanie. Many surnames are derived from the first name, including Stephens, Stevens, Stephenson, and Stevenson, all of which mean "Stephen's (son)". In modern times the name has sometimes been given with intentionally non-standard spelling, such as Stevan or Stevon. A common variant of the name used in English is Stephan ; related names that have found some currency or significance in English include Stefan (pronounced or in English), Esteban (often pronounced ), and the Shakespearean Stephano ().


  1. stephen

    Stephen is predominantly a male given name that originates from the Greek name Stephanos, meaning "crown" or "garland". In Christianity, it holds significant value as it is the name of Saint Stephen, recognized as the first martyr of Christianity. The name has many variants across different languages and cultures. It may also be used as a surname in some cultures.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Stephen

    king of England from 1135 to 1154, nephew of Henry I., his mother being Adela, daughter of William I.; acquired French possessions through the favour of his uncle and by his marriage; in 1127 swore fealty to his cousin Matilda, daughter of Henry I., as his future sovereign, but on the death of his uncle usurped the throne, an action leading to a violent civil war, which brought the country into a state of anarchy; the Scots invaded on behalf of Matilda, but were beaten back at Northallerton (the Battle of the Standard, 1138); foreign mercenaries introduced by the king only served to embitter the struggle; the clergy, despoiled by the king, turned against him, and in the absence of a strong central authority the barons oppressed the people and fought with one another; "Adulterine Castles" sprang up over the country, and "men said openly that Christ and His saints were asleep"; in 1141 Matilda won the battle of Lincoln and for a few months ruled the country, but "as much too harsh as Stephen was too lenient," she rapidly became unpopular, and Stephen was soon again in the ascendant; the successes of Henry, son of Matilda, led in 1153 to the treaty of Wallingford, by which it was arranged that Stephen should retain the crown for life, while Henry should be his heir; both joined in suppressing the turbulent barons and the "Adulterine Castles"; more fortunately circumstanced, Stephen had many qualities which might have made him a popular and successful king (1105-1154).

  2. Stephen

    the name of nine Popes; S. I., Pope from 253 to 257, signalised by his zeal against the heresies of his time; S. II., Pope from 752 to 757, in whose reign, under favour of Pepin le Bref, began the temporal power of the Popes; S. III., Pope from 768 to 772, sanctioned the worship of saints and images; S. IV., Pope from 816 to 817; S. V., Pope from 885 to 891, distinguished for his charity; S. VI., Pope from 896 to 897, strangled after a reign of 18 months; S. VII., Pope from 829 to 831, entirely under the control of his mistresses; S. VIII., Pope from 939 to 942; S. IX., Pope from 1057 to 1058, vigorously opposed the sale of benefices and the immorality of the clergy.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stephen is ranked #3585 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stephen surname appeared 9,925 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Stephen.

    61.8% or 6,136 total occurrences were White.
    24% or 2,386 total occurrences were Black.
    8.6% or 857 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.7% or 268 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 222 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 56 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stephen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2122

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stephen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3126

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stephen in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stephen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Stephen in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Chukumba:

    I found Stephen Chukumba really incensed by it, i just can't sit idly by.

  2. Alice Denton:

    If it were just guns, there's no good in destroying them, but it's not just guns. They were associated with Stephen Paddock. They will always be Stephen Paddock guns. They would buy it with the intent of buying Stephen Paddock guns. It can't bring any good to these families.

  3. Theresa May:

    We will use this day to encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams, and to reflect on Stephen's life, death and the positive change he has inspired.

  4. North Dakota:

    The distinction's pretty clear. I know Stephen Moore. I know Stephen Moore philosophy, I know Stephen Moore economic positions, I know Stephen Moore credentials, I know Stephen Moore heart, and I think Stephen Moore'd be a good addition to the Fed.

  5. Eric Bland:

    I now believe that Stephen can really rest at ease because SLED and our team are going to do everything possible to find out just how he died.

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