The meaning of the name “Sebastian” is: “Majestic; venerable; man from Sebaste”.
Additional information: Sebastian is a masculine name with Latin and Greek origins. It came from the Latin name Sebastianus, which meant ‘person from the city of Sebaste’, an ancient name for Sivas, Turkey. The word Sebaste, in turn, came from the Greek Sebastos (‘venerable’), sebas (‘awe, reverence, dread’), and sebomai (‘awed, scruple, be ashamed’). Although a relatively elaborate name, Sebastian as some simple diminutives to use as nicknames, such as Seb, Bas, and Bastian. Feminine variants of Sebastian include Bastienne, Sebastienne, Sebastiana, and Seva. Sebastian was the name of a Christian saint, and because of the saint’s popularity the name spread across Europe, giving Sebastian many alternative foreign spellings – for example, the French Sébastien, the Russian Sevastyan, and the Slovenian Sebastijan. Sebastian is sometimes misspelled as ‘Sebastion’, ‘Sabastian’, and ‘Sebastain’.
The name Sebastian saw sporadic popularity during much of the twentieth century, and struggled to get into the top five hundred names for boys in the USA. It wasn’t until 2000 that the name reached the top hundred names at #81, and its popularity has only increased from there – in 2014, it was the 34th most popular name for boys. A similar popularity increase is noticeable in the figures for England and Wales, with Sebastian reaching 96th in 2002 and climbing to 38th by 2013.
Famous people named Sebastian include Sebastian Faulks (British author), Sebastian Cabot (British actor), and Johann Sebastian Bach (German composer). Fictional characters with the name Sebastian are Lord Sebastian Flyte from the novel Brideshead Revisted, Sebastian Smythe from the television Glee, and Sebastian the Crab from the Disney film The Little Mermaid. The name is also used by William Shakespeare in his plays "The Tempest" and "Twelfth Night".
Part of Portuguese and Brazilian mythology revolves around a concept called Sebastianism; it is believed that the sleeping king, Sebastian of Portugal, will rise again to save Portugal and lead it into its Fifth Empire.
Pronunciation: (seh BASS chen) Form of: Sebastianus
Considering Sebastian as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Sebastian for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Sebastian is a boy name.
The name Sebastian is of Greek, Latin origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Danish speaking countries, English speaking countries, German speaking countries, Norwegian speaking countries, Spanish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Sebastian we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Sebastian Name Meaning
The meaning of Sebastian is “Majestic; venerable; man from Sebaste”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Sebastian and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Sebastian and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Sebastian is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Sebastian
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Sebastian displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Sebastian Boy Name Popularity Chart
Sebastian Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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