• Gender: Male
  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Venerable

What is the meaning of the name Sebastian?

The name Sebastian is primarily a male name of Greek origin that means Venerable.

The name Sebastian is derived from the Latin Sebastianus, which was used for a man from the area of Sebaste. Sebaste was a common placename in ancient Greece, being the equivalent (feminine) of the Latin Augusta. Towns named Sebaste were named to honor Augustus or a later Roman emperor.

Common nicknames include Seb, Bas, Bash, and Sebby/Sebbie. The popularity of the name increased with the telling of the Biblical story of Saint Sebastian.

Famous Sebastians include actor Sebastian Cabot, Johann Sebastian Bach, composer, and Sebastian Coe an athlete who became a member of the British Parliament. Sebastian Faulks is a British author.

Saint Sebastian was a 3rd-century Roman soldier martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Diocletian.

One of the most famous fictional Sebastians is the crab from Disney's The Little Mermaid, whose full name is Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crutaceous Sebastian. Lord Sebastian is from the television show, Brideshead Revisited and Colonel Sebastian Moran is a character in the Sherlock Holmes series of stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sebastian Monroe is a fictional president in the TV show Revolution.

Different Spellings of the name Sebastian:

Sabastian, Sebastion

People who like the name Sebastian also like:

Gabriel, Jasper, Alexander, Oliver, Theodore, Benjamin, Liam, Scarlett, Aurora, Amelia, Violet, Olivia, Charlotte, Sophia

Names like Sebastian:


Celebrity Babies with this Name:

Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper - son of Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani , born 2022
Sebastian Taylor Thomaz - son of Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa , born 2013
Sebastian Daniel Wheldon - son of Dan Wheldon and Susie Wheldon , born 2009
Sebastian Thomas Hilfiger - son of Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo , born 2009

Stats for the Name Sebastian

checkmark Sebastian is currently #13 on the Baby Names Popularity Charts
checkmark Sebastian is currently #13 in U.S. births

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San Sebastian - Alien Ant Farm
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