Origin, Meaning, And History Of Stephanie
Stephanie comes from the Greek word “stephanos,” meaning “crown” and is also taken to mean “honor” or “reward.” Considered the female version of Stephen, it also draws meaning and popularity from Saint Stephen, who is revered as the first martyr of Christianity. He was a deacon in Jerusalem who was stoned to death on allegations of blasphemy. A common name, Stephen has been borne by numerous kings and Popes.
Stephanie has also been popular among royalty with many queens and princesses getting the name. Stephanie or Estefania, the Queen of Navarre, Queen of Portugal who was called Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, who was born to Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco, are some examples.
Some variations of the name include Stefánia in Italian, Estefânia in Romanian, Stefanija in Polish, and Štefanija in Spanish. The name is also shortened to Steph, Steffi, Fanny, or Fanni.
The name Stephanie was used by author Harper Lee in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ for a neighbor of the Finchs who loves gossip. The character Spoiler in the Batman series of DC Comics is named Stephanie Brown. She is the daughter of a bad guy Cluemaster. Spoiler was briefly made Robin and Batgirl in the Batman comic book series. In the series of novels written by Janet Evanovich, the protagonist is named Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter. The first novel, One for the Money, was adapted into a film starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie.
Lego Friends, a range of toys for girls, also had a character named Stephanie, which was part of the original five. These characters were later replaced by others.
On TV, there was the matriarch Stephanie Forrester on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful and Stephanie Johnson, one of the main characters in the American TV series Days of Our Lives. Stephanie Judith Tanner is the second child of Danny and Pam Tanner in the hit TV series Full House.
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Famous People With The Name Stephanie
- Stefanie Maria “Steffi” GrafGerman tennis player, former World No. 1 woman tennis player
- Stefani GermanottaAmerican singer, actress, and activist, also known as Lady Gaga,
- Stephanie BeatrizAmerican actress, best known for playing Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Stephanie HwangAlso known as Tiffany, Korean-American singer, member of Korean pop group Girls’ Generation
- Stephenie MeyerAmerican author and film producer, best known for writing the Twilight series
- Stephanie NicksAlso known as Stevie Nicks, American singer and songwriter, member of Fleetwood Mac
Stephanie On The Popularity Chart
Extremely popular in the 80s, Stephanie has seen a dramatic decline in its popularity over the years. The graphic representation below will give you more information.
Popularity Over Time
The name Stephanie was given to 20211 babies per million in 1981, and a decade later, in 1992, this number had only slightly waned to 19676. Then, the numbers continue to dip, with only 684 babies per million named Stephanie in 2021.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
From 1984-87 the name Stephanie was ranked 6th in the popularity chart. It slipped below 50 in 2004, and in 2021 the name was ranked 455.Source: Social Security Administration
Names With Similar Sound As Stephanie
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Names With Similar Meaning As Stephanie
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