Sebastian (name)

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Sebastian
Sodoma 003.jpg
Saint Sebastian is largely responsible for use of this name.
GenderMale
Origin
Word/NameLatin and Greek
Meaning"Heroic, Martyr,Exalted,Majestic"
 
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Sebastian
Sodoma 003.jpg
Saint Sebastian is largely responsible for use of this name.
GenderMale
Origin
Word/NameLatin and Greek
Meaning"Heroic, Martyr,Exalted,Majestic"

Sebastian is a masculine given name. It comes from the Latin name Sebastianus meaning 'from Sebaste'. Sebaste is the name of a town in Asia Minor[1] (present-day Sivas), derived from the Greek word σεβαστός (sebastos), "venerable",[2] which comes from σέβας (sebas), "awe, reverence, dread",[3] in turn from the verb σέβομαι (sebomai), "feel awe, scruple, be ashamed".[4] Sebastos was the Greek translation of the title Augustus, which was used for Roman emperors. Sebastian became a widely used name because it was the name of Saint Sebastian, a third-century Christian martyr.

Saint Sebastian in Ilpendam North-Holland.

The name has been increasing in popularity in different countries. In the United States, it was the 98th most popular name for boys born in 2008. It was the 86th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2007, the 38th most popular name for boys born in Sweden in 2007, the 13th most popular name for boys born in Norway in 2007, the fifth most popular name for boys born in Chile in 2006, It was the 59th most popular name for boys born in New South Wales, Australia in 2007.[5]

Masculine variants[edit]

Saint Sebastian in Bamberg.

Feminine variants[edit]

People[edit]

Sebastian is the given name of:

Sebastian is the surname of:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sebaste, Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, on Perseus
  2. ^ σεβαστός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  3. ^ σέβας, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  4. ^ σέβομαι, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  5. ^ Behind the Name