Sebastian Name Meaning

Sebastian is a Greek name derived from sebastos, meaning “venerable” or “honorable.” The name is also linked to the Latin Sebastianus, meaning “from Sebaste.”

Sebastian is a refined choice among today’s boy names, standing out with his posh feel and substantial size. Male monikers are typically shorter in length and syllables, though Sebastian dares to be different like Maximilian, Benjamin, and Christopher. He’s also a surprising S name choice, similar to Silas, Samuel, and Seth.

Sebastian is a name that wears many hats, ranging from strong to soft depending on his use. He’s the perfect name for a poet but could just as easily fit a powerful politician. He’s versatile as can be though always debonair, earning extra attention with his use. While mighty and bold, Sebastian has an assortment of nicknames from the short Bast and Seb to the longer Bastian to help temper his heaviness for use earlier in life.

Notably, Sebastian was the name of a Christian martyr who went on to be granted sainthood by the Catholic Church. In Medieval times, Saint Sebastian was believed to protect those who worshiped him from the Plague. His likeness can be found throughout Medieval paintings due to this sudden interest.

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Sebastian Name Popularity

How popular is the name Sebastian? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Sebastian was the 18th most popular boys name, representing 0.7318% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Sebastian has been the 211th most popular boys name, representing 0.1012% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 500 11 0.003%
1912 550 23 0.0046%
1913 503 39 0.0069%
1914 525 52 0.0075%
1915 501 84 0.0092%
1916 464 106 0.011%
1917 496 97 0.0097%
1918 543 87 0.0081%
1919 507 101 0.0096%
1920 512 105 0.0094%
1921 530 102 0.0089%
1922 542 100 0.009%
1923 537 98 0.0087%
1924 519 110 0.0095%
1925 576 82 0.0073%
1926 505 107 0.0097%
1927 549 91 0.0082%
1928 510 105 0.0098%
1929 547 80 0.0077%
1930 559 80 0.0077%
1931 572 70 0.0071%
1932 591 65 0.0066%
1933 656 44 0.0047%
1934 640 51 0.0053%
1935 622 54 0.0056%
1936 645 46 0.0048%
1937 747 31 0.0031%
1938 636 51 0.005%
1939 702 37 0.0036%
1940 810 26 0.0024%
1941 714 38 0.0034%
1942 653 57 0.0045%
1943 784 33 0.0025%
1944 893 20 0.0016%
1945 760 31 0.0025%
1946 865 25 0.0017%
1947 809 37 0.0022%
1948 707 51 0.0032%
1949 936 23 0.0014%
1950 927 22 0.0014%
1951 948 23 0.0014%
1952 829 34 0.0019%
1953 862 33 0.0019%
1954 904 29 0.0016%
1955 939 27 0.0015%
1956 1,158 13 0.0007%
1957 1,060 18 0.0009%
1958 895 33 0.0017%
1959 1,081 19 0.001%
1960 802 49 0.0026%
1961 701 75 0.004%
1962 602 121 0.0066%
1963 728 70 0.0039%
1964 680 83 0.0047%
1965 694 70 0.0043%
1966 706 68 0.0044%
1967 677 79 0.0052%
1968 671 78 0.0052%
1969 694 82 0.0053%
1970 639 113 0.0071%
1971 591 145 0.0096%
1972 626 113 0.0083%
1973 676 90 0.0069%
1974 726 79 0.0061%
1975 718 85 0.0066%
1976 726 84 0.0065%
1977 812 65 0.0048%
1978 727 89 0.0066%
1979 778 78 0.0055%
1980 664 122 0.0083%
1981 627 137 0.0093%
1982 590 164 0.011%
1983 604 148 0.01%
1984 572 172 0.0116%
1985 525 228 0.015%
1986 543 222 0.0147%
1987 475 308 0.0202%
1988 453 355 0.0228%
1989 409 477 0.0296%
1990 320 756 0.0456%
1991 261 1,004 0.0616%
1992 231 1,252 0.0784%
1993 227 1,275 0.0818%
1994 222 1,279 0.0833%
1995 207 1,402 0.093%
1996 195 1,566 0.1046%
1997 189 1,742 0.1178%
1998 199 1,675 0.1119%
1999 153 2,359 0.1575%
2000 81 5,011 0.328%
2001 81 4,964 0.3295%
2002 80 5,130 0.3423%
2003 93 4,637 0.3048%
2004 96 4,509 0.2958%
2005 86 4,952 0.3239%
2006 76 6,274 0.4007%
2007 73 6,262 0.3969%
2008 74 6,019 0.3894%
2009 70 5,983 0.4003%
2010 68 6,351 0.4407%
2011 68 6,540 0.459%
2012 64 6,731 0.4724%
2013 46 7,541 0.5297%
2014 34 9,299 0.6382%
2015 35 9,608 0.6604%
2016 24 10,276 0.7127%
2017 22 10,136 0.7263%
2018 18 10,054 0.7318%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Sebastian

If you like Sebastian, you’ll love these other names like Sebastian.


What names are diminutives of Sebastian?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Sebastian sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Sebastian, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bas

A diminutive form of Sebastian.

Bastian

A German form of Sebastian.

Latin

#1,172 (0.0066%)  
Bastien

Revered

Greek

Basty

A diminutive form of Sebastian.

Seb

Revered

Greek

Seba

A diminutive form of Sebastian.

Sebo

Revered

Greek


What names are variants of Sebastian?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Sebastian.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sabastian

Revered

Greek

#1,844 (0.0017%)  
Sebastes

A variant form of Sebastian.

Sebastiano

Revered

Greek

Sebastiao
Sebastien

Revered

Greek

#1,402 (0.004%)  
Sebastjan
Sebastos
Sebastyn

Honoured above all others

Latin

Sebestyen

Revered

Greek


What names sound like Sebastian?

If you like how Sebastian sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Sebastian.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sabas

“A man of serenity,” based on the Hebrew shovos, to rest.

Hebrew

Sabeeno

Sabine

Latin

Saber

Sword

French

Sabih

Handsome

Arabic

Sabin

Sabine

Latin

Sabino

Sabine

Latin

Sable

French

Sebarino

West wind

Spanish


What names are similar to Sebastian?

Find a name that’s like Sebastian, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Adonis

Lord

Greek

#363 (0.0617%)  
Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

#11 (0.8726%)  
Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

#42 (0.5285%)  
Constantine

Constant, steadfast

Latin

#1,413 (0.0039%)  
Demitrius

Follower of Demeter

Greek

Estevan

Crown, garland

Spanish

#1,578 (0.0028%)  
Julian

Young at heart

Latin

#36 (0.6039%)  
Leonardo

Brave lion

Italian

#92 (0.3046%)  
Maximilian

Greatest

Latin

#439 (0.0463%)  
Theodore

God's gift

Greek

#44 (0.511%)  

Lists With Sebastian

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Sebastian.


Siblings of Sebastian

Mamas with kids named Sebastian also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Declan

Full of goodness

Irish

#101 (0.276%)  
Kristopher

Bearing Christ

Scandinavian

#730 (0.019%)  
Kristianna

Follower of Christ

Scandinavian

Lukas

From Lucania

German

#230 (0.1176%)  
Kegan

Small flame; ardent

Irish

#2,889 (0.0004%)  
Jocelynn

A member of the German tribe, the Gauts

German

#1,273 (0.0073%)  
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

#4 (1.0528%)  
Coty

Riverbank

French

Athena

Wise

Greek

#114 (0.1873%)  
Xander

Defender of man

Greek

#171 (0.1636%)  
Ashton

Ash tree town

English

#128 (0.2204%)  
Milena

Favored

Slavic

#772 (0.0202%)  

9 Comments

  1. before I met my husband , I had a daughter out of wedlock so this is his first child and he always wanted a son named Sebastian so I let him pick it… I didn’t like it at first but now that I have him it has grown on me and I like his name now (-:

  2. We chose Sebastian from the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid. It is one of my all time favorites.

  3. My husband and I both loved the name and we were watching a series and our favorite character was named Sebastian so when we got pregnant and found out it was a boy we just knew his name would be Sebastian.

  4. Sebastian is a little bit of an old fashioned name. It also isn’t super common, at least not around me and I liked the way is went with my daughter’s name, Isabella. She liked that it’s a character in one of her favorite movies, The Little Mermaid. Ultimately I pictured myself talking to my baby Bash and even practiced calling his name out loud and it just felt right. When he was born, I looked at his little face and I knew Sebastian was definitely the right choice.

  5. It wouldn’t let me update it but he has a twin brother named Lukas .

  6. It was the first name I thought of I love how powerful the name Sebastian is and the meaning behind it. What I do like is I’m going to have to teach my son how to spell his long name . I feel the name fits with my son very well.

  7. My son’s dad named him Sebastian after the Little Mermaid. Lol I had a C-section and wasn’t going to name him Sebastian bc i hated it lol But he named him while I was still on pain meds. Now i adore it. It’s strong. He’s quite strong willed.

  8. I had his first name picked out until I came across “Sebastian” while looking for middle names. I absolutely fell in love with it and couldn’t be offered every dime in the world to change it. I stumbled upon it when reading the Social Security list of popular baby names in 2008. It was way way way down the list. I couldn’t see any other name. It was perfect. Sebastian is my sons name. I felt so deeply for his name just as I did with my 2 oldest children. That’s how i knew i was making the right choice. I love how it’s not a super popular name that every other child has

  9. My husband and I have a love of travel. Our latest trip to San Sebastian, Spain was when we decided to grow our family – and then little Sebastian was on his way! We love that it sounds the same in multiple languages and is inspired by one of our favorite places on earth. We call him “Seb” for short.


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