Sebastian (name)

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Sebastian
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Saint Sebastian is largely responsible for use of this name.
Pronunciation/səˈbæsən/
German: [zeˈbasti̯an]
Romanian: [sebastiˈan]
Spanish: [seβasˈtjan]
GenderMale
Origin
Word/nameLatin and Greek
Meaning"from Sebastia", "Augustus"
Other names
Related namesSebastián, Sébastien, Sebastião, Bastian, Bastien, Bas, Augustus

Sebastian is a given name. It comes from the Latin name Sebastianus meaning "from Sebastia", which was the ancient Greek name (Σεβάστεια) of the city now known as Sivas, located in the central portion of what is now Turkey.[1][2] The name of the city is derived from the Greek word σεβαστός (sebastos), "venerable",[3] which comes from σέβας (sebas), "awe, reverence, dread",[4] in turn from the verb σέβομαι (sebomai), "feel awe, scruple, be ashamed".[5] 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 Moses 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, and was the 59th most popular name for boys born in New South Wales, Australia in 2007.[6]

Saint Sebastian in Bamberg

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  1. ^ Julia Cresswell (5 November 2007). Naming Your Baby: The Definitive Dictionary of First Names. A&C Black. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-7136-8313-4.
  2. ^ Davis, J. Madison (1995). The Shakespeare Name and Place Dictionary. Routledge. p. 444. ISBN 978-1-884964-17-6.
  3. ^ σεβαστός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  4. ^ σέβας, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  5. ^ σέβομαι, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  6. ^ Behind the Name