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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Stephen
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Stephen in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Stephen:
Records indicate that 848,623 boys in the United States have been named Stephen since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1952, when 23,043 people in the U.S. were given the name Stephen. Those people are now 68 years old.
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Comments about the name Stephen
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18 Positive Comments
"This is my Dad's, my husbands, and my sons name. All "PH"! Out of all the more common boys names it is the best! Love all my Stephen's." Apr. 29, 2016:
"I'm a Stephen too, and have always liked it. Even though in 1951 when I was born we Stephens were pretty popular. This graphic and these statistics help me understand my perception that there are more people now who do not know that it's pronounced with a "v" sound not a "ph" sound despite it's appearance. Since the name is less often given these days, less people are aware of the "preferred" pronunciation! For humor and solidarity, I would like to invite you all to join our facebook support group known as "my name is Stephen, not Steffan, you moron!" just search that term and you will find us. We don't take ourselves too seriously, it's just for fun!" Jan. 8, 2015:
"I too am names Stephen. When I was a kid my grandfather called me Step-hen all of the time. It never bothered me. In grade school and college about half of the teachers struggled to pronounce it. By their own admission the "ph" threw them off. I would simply say that 'ph" is the proper spelling and "v" is used by common folk. My wife and I named all of our boys boring names; Tim, Bob, Jeff, William, but gave our little girl the name Stephanie." Jul. 9, 2012:
"my 3 year old grandson is named Stephen pronounced with an F not a V just as my fathers was. i love the name" Jun. 8, 2010:
"I love my name Stephen, but it's pretty easy to make fun of. Step-hen, stefen, stefan, etc." May. 30, 2010:
"My name is Stephen. People have read it and then pronounced it as Step hen, Steffen and my personal favorite mis-pronunciation is then Spanish sounding Estaffan. I normally introduce my self as Steve, not because I prefer it but as it's shorter." Jun. 4, 2009:
"Now that I'm 35, I insist on Stephen with a hard 'F'. The whole Steven thing is ridiculous. I had always thought it was. Yes, there famous people you have commonly accepted Steven as the pronunciation. But they have clearly lost their will to resist or have never been hooked on Phonics. Or should it be Vonics or Televone, or Miami Dolvins? I could keep going but I digress." Jan. 23, 2009:
"I am a Stephen and enjoy the name. I introduce myself as "Stephen" but don't care or notice if people call me "Stephen" or "Steve". I just ask that if they write my name, it is "Stephen with the ph"." Dec. 31, 2008:
"My name is Stephen and I love it. I don't mind being called Steve for short but prefer Stephen and most people call me that anyway. Everyone here in Australia pronounces it correctly/the same way. It's a much classier way to spell it that "Steven" in my view and it's not too common. I like that their are so many variations around the world - See lots of people from different cultures like the name!" Sep. 27, 2008:
"My favourite name even before I married my husband. We say Ste-Fen in this part of Scotland, and he never answers to Steve!
It's Biblical and the name of a very brave early Christian." Jul. 29, 2008:
"Good name, the Stefan thing does get annoying though. I started out with introducing myself as Stephen but have switched to Steve because it is easier for people to remember. Also Stephen is the more classy way to spell it, Steven is just common." Jul. 18, 2008:
"I have a son name stephen and i would not ever change it. Even after some people do read it like stephan...Hellooooooo Alot of famous people are stephen and we pronounce it right why would you not do it to rest....I love this name! Stephen rocks" Jun. 13, 2008:
"My name is stephen and I hate it because it is the worst name in the word" Apr. 17, 2008:
"I think Stephen is the best name you can get people who read this if you have a boy it should be Stephen" Dec. 2, 2007:
"I'm a stephen. I like the name. Here's why. It's not a boring common name like Al or Bob and it's not a weird name like Dakota or Moonbeam. It's in between. and that's a good place to be." Oct. 3, 2007:
"There is a boy in my class named Stephen and he is so funny. nobody ever premounces it wrong.I like him but I dont think he likes me. Thats why I know him so well because we are in 2 classes together and we talk alot. He is really cool." Oct. 10, 2006:
"I pronounce this name unlike most. It's stef-on rather than stee-ven." Feb. 23, 2006:
"My name is Stephen, and I absolutely love it. As a child, everyone called me Stephen and I preferred Steve. Today, at the age of 21, I introduce myself as Stephen and insist that everyone call me Stephen. I rarely respond to Steve anymore." Aug. 11, 2005:
2 Negative Comments
"My Name is Blank Stevens (Im not saying my first name.) And I dont like the way they Spell it if you name is Steven it should be spelled Steven, if your name is Stephen, that is (Stef-en) or Spelled Stefen, people who spell it like that are dumb." Feb. 19, 2020:
"I hate the name because this is my brother's name, and he's really dumb!" Jan. 5, 2008:
14 Neutral Comments
"the name Stephen is a good name because it means reward. Im glad to have it as a middle name." Oct. 5, 2016:
"Stephen is a coolest name .it should be the most famous name for 2016. I absolutlylove it.." Apr. 5, 2016:
"The Evolution of the Gender Proper editions allow for Etymological Pronunciation share actually! They are for English and European Hybrid use! Stephan and Stephen are both use-ably pronounced as STEVen/STeF-en. The Stephan can be used as Sti-Fahn. Their spellings can actually make them a different name from the "Steven" spelling. The pronunciations have been Edited in most name Text Key pronunciations since after the death of Queen Victoria. Wikipedia displays the names Stephan & Stefan together and can be pronounced Sti-fahn but Stephen & Steven are displayed as well. When the Stephen spelling is redirected to an Isolated page it provide the flex pronunciation of STEEV-ən/STeF-ən. Steve or Steph are available diminutives for the Spelling." Mar. 27, 2016:
"As a Steven, The problem my whole life (57 years) is "is that spelled with a ph or a v?" Every time." Jun. 12, 2014:
"Here's the Scoop, I've theorized the reason Stephen became pronounced "STEE-Ven" is in Gaelic influenced England the "PH" became alike the "BH" in Irish which was voiced like a "V" The coupled letters were considered like a Uni-letter much like what You saw on those old Aesops Fable books we used to read as kids and usually the A&E looked like one letter and appeared to be a uni-letter. There fore the two E's in the name actually interact with each other one long and the other short. This is the best explaination I can provide." Dec. 4, 2013:
"It's my name. I was engrained to pronounce it Stee-vin my whole life it was only once in a great while someone would catch the spelling of my name and call Me Ste'ffin and it would make Me shiver. I've worked on trying to incorperate the Ste'ffin pronunciation as well and I'm trying to see what common traits that "Stephen's" share. I show people my ID just to see what people would say and some people say Ste'ffin and I go with it instead of biting their heads off to correct them. I think maybe I want to be called Ste'ffin too." Jul. 1, 2011:
"I?m a Stephen. When my name is read aloud it is mispronounced half the time. Everyone ends up calling me Steve even though I introduce myself as Stephen. It?s often misspelled as Stephan. It may not sound like a big deal but correcting people got really old by 4th grade. Your results may vary." Dec. 21, 2010:
"using a shorter version like "steve" for stephen is G-A-Y!!! the name is unique and VERRRY nice. why stuff it up with a "not so good" version. i also think it should be steFFFan and not steven so people should say it like an F and not a V." Apr. 6, 2010:
"best name in the world all stephen listen to taylor swift hey stephen it owns =]" Apr. 15, 2009:
"My name is Stephen and my female cousins name is Stephanie. We would open each others Christmas gift by mistake all the time." Jun. 25, 2008:
"Stephen is the coolest name though a lot of people prononce it stephan like in french but still the best guys name "GO HABS GO"" Dec. 5, 2007:
"Stephen King, Stephen Hawking, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Crane. There are so many famous Stephens who pronounce it the same way. Why would anyone be confused?" Dec. 12, 2006:
"This is my first name. I can't even begin to tell you how many people do not know how to pronounce this name when they are reading it. 90% of the time it is read as "Stefan". It still amazes me how many people do this. This not an uncommon name." May. 17, 2006:
"I hate it when people assume that my name is spelled "Steven" and insist on pronouncing the correct spelling like Stefan. WHat rocks do people live under anyway?" Feb. 8, 2006:
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