The name “Stephanie” on Babynamer.com

One of the blogs I read regularly pointed out the site babynamer.com in a blog post, because it’s a nicely-designed and interesting site on baby names. They include a long definition and origin of each name, a section on famous people with that name, a long list of related alternate names, and then a funny feature – “drawbacks” for any given name (all the mean things people will call your kid). The drawbacks page is definitely the selling point that sets this apart from other baby name sites.

Here’s what babynamer.com says about the name Stephanie:

Meaning: Its source is Stephanos, a Greek name meaning “Crown or garland.”

In French, this name is spelled with an accent — Stéphanie.

Languages: This girl’s name is used in German, English and French.

Nicknames: Fanny, Steffi, Steffie, Stefi, Stevey, Stevie and Stepha

Alternative Spellings: Stefaney, Stefani, Stefanie, Stefany, Steffanie, Steffany, Stepfanie, Stephaine, Stephaney, Stephani, Stephannie, Stephany, Stephenie, Stephyne and Stephney

Variant Forms: Estephanie, Stepanie, Stephane, Stephine, Stephnie and Stefne

Non-English Forms: Estefana, Estefania, Stefania, Estebana, Stefanida, Étiennette, Stefana, Stepána and Stepanida

Popularity: The name Stephanie ranked 41st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics, 41st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census and 10th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1994 US Census.

This name is highly rated both on the 1990 U.S. Census list and in state data recording the most popular baby names.

Narrative: According to Christian scripture, Stephen was the first martyr, and the influence of this saint accounts for the popularity of both male and female variations of his name in many Western languages.
The Bible describes Stephen as a righteous and compassionate person who refused to disguise his beliefs, even though his frankness cost him his life. (How apropo!)

He was condemned to death by stoning, and the cloaks of those commissioned to do the bloody work were held by a fellow persecutor of the Christians, Saul of Tarsus.

In time, Saul became Paul the Apostle, shaper of Christian doctrine and Christian missionary to the entire ancient world.

That last two lines – where Paul the Apostle held the cloaks of the people who stoned Stephen to death, and then went on to become the most famous Christian missionary – so interesting.

And then, here are the drawbacks (with highlights of my favorites):

Phoney
Steppapee
Weffers
Stiffy
Stuffunny
Silly Steph
Schwefania
Neph
Stef-fanny (I got this one)
Stuffy Steffy (and this one, too.)
Stepper
Step on me
Steffe Weffe Waffle Face
Stetnie
Stuffy
Stay funny
Sneff
Stupid Stephanie (What? That’s not even creative.)
Stay Fine
Stepharoni
Steppy
Stephanopolis
Roani
Staphanie the Giraffanie
Epiphany
Steffers
Steffe Weffe (I got this one, too.)
Snephanie
Step
Stef-funny
Effnie
Stephanuffeluffagus
Steffie Stuff
Snephrod
Stephanovich
Stephanitis

None of these is the exact name my baby cousins used to say when they were too small to pronounce my name: “Nephne.”

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3 comments on “The name “Stephanie” on Babynamer.com
  1. Stephanie S. says:

    Hi. I just discovered your website and I like it a lot. You seem like a very interesting person. I like that we share a name. I’ve been called “Stephy-Wephy” and “Stuffy Stephy” too. You’re right, the fact that Saul, a man who wanted all Christians to be killed or imprisoned became a Christian missionary and a martyr himself is very interesting.

  2. I threw in the line about Paul holding the cloaks of the men who stoned Stephen as a joke because my older brother is named Paul.

  3. kristin says:

    can you tell me everything about the name stephanie? stephanie’s, lucky #’s personality,personalized name, relationships, career and money,
    travel and leisure, life’s opportuties
    destiny number and all and more if so can you e- mail me please and thank you

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