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Origin of the name STEPHEN.
Etymology of the name STEPHEN.
Meaning of the baby name STEPHEN.


STEPHEN.  Biblical.  English form of Greek Stephanos (q.v.), meaning "crown."

     Besides St. Stephen's own day, another on the 3rd of August for "the invention of St. Stephen's relics," which were pointed out in a dream to a priest of Caphargamala in the year 415, by no less a person than the Jewish doctor, Gamaliel, in a white robe, covered with plates of gold.  The bones were carried to the church on Mount Sion, and thence dispersed into all quarters; even St. Augustin rejoiced in receiving a portion at Hippo, other fragments were taken to the Balearic Isles, while Ancona laid claim to the possession of a bone, carried off at the time of the saint's martyrdom!
     English Stephen is probably due to acquaintance of the Normans with Ancoma, whence William the Conqueror obtained such interest in St. Stephen as to dedicate to him the Abbey built at Caen.  There is no instance of the name in Domesday Book, and our king of turbulent memory derived it from his father, the Count de Blois.  In the roll of Winchester householders in Stephen's reign we find, however, already Stephen de Crickeled and "Stephen the Saracen."  Could this last have been a convert brought home from the East, and baptized in honour of the pious Count de Blois, father of the king—perhaps an adherent of the family?... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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