National Steven Day is celebrated on December 20. Steven is a male first name often shortened to ‘Steve,’ ‘Stevie,’ or ‘Stevo.’ It’s a variation of Stephen, which is the original version. Both spellings are correct and pronounced the same way. There are an estimated one million Stevens in America. The name ranks at number 36 in popularity nationwide. Families with Dutch, English, North German, and Scottish ancestry frequently used Steven as their last name in the past. Because of its strong association with Christianity, many Catholic communities in the U.S. name their baby boys Steven.
History of National Steven Day
Steven is a name of great significance to Christians. It is a variation of Stephen, which comes from the Greek ‘Stephanos,’ meaning wreath or crown. In the bible, he is first mentioned in the “Acts of the Apostles.” Born in 5 A.D., Stephen was a Greek Jew who converted to Christianity and was one of seven deacons appointed by the Apostles to give food and aid to needy church members. However, it is the death of Stephen that makes him a central figure in Christianity. He was stoned by a mob as per the law, making him the first martyr. The apostle Paul witnessed his passing. Stephen is the patron saint of coffin makers, deacons, headaches, horses, and masons.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s high-pitched screams and fantastic vocal range are instantly recognizable to hard rock fans. Born Steven Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948, Tyler was expelled from high school for smoking marijuana shortly before graduation. When he was 17, Tyler attended a Rolling Stones concert, and the experience made a significant impression on him. After forming a band in 1970 and performing in Boston nightclubs, Tyler and his bandmates signed a contract with Columbia Records in 1972 as Aerosmith.
Wardell Stephen ‘Steph’ Curry II is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of his generation and the finest shooter of all time. Before getting drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2009, Curry played college basketball for the Davidson Wildcats, setting an all-time scoring record for the college and the Southern Conference. Thanks to his exceptional talent, in 2014, Curry led the Warriors to their first championship, and a year later, he became the first player to win the MVP award by a unanimous vote.
National Steven Day timeline
Condemned for committing blasphemy against the Jewish temple, Stephen is stoned and becomes the first Christian martyr.
Stephen King publishes “Carrie,” an instant success among readers.
Steven Seagal produces and stars in “Under Siege,” his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful film.
Actor and comedian Steven Colbert launches “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in September 2015.
National Steven Day FAQs
Is the name Steven in the bible?
Yes, St. Stephen is mentioned in the bible and is venerated as the first martyr of Christianity.
Where is the name Steven derived from?
Steven is a name with various influences, including English, Dutch, German, and Greek roots.
Is Stephen or Steven more common?
Before the 20th century, Steven was the preferred spelling, but today, Stephen is the more common version.
National Steven Day Activities
Host a Spielberg movie night
Set aside National Steven Day for a Spielberg movie marathon. He has directed over 100 movies; you certainly won’t run out of viewing choices.
Read or watch some Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the best horror writers, having published over 64 novels, including 11 under the nom de plume Richard Bachman. He’s also had dozens of his books made into successful movies.
Listen to Steven Tyler
Aerosmith were the kings of hard rock in the 1970s. Give their songs a listen on National Steven Day.
5 Interesting Stevens
An actor and a president
Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin are such close friends that the world leader reportedly granted the action star Russian citizenship and personally gave him a passport.
The singer and the spiritual leader
Aerosmith’s frontman Steven Tyler has meditated with the Dalai Lama.
The film director who was snubbed thrice
University of Southern California Film School rejected director Steven Spielberg’s application to join the school three times.
Basketball stars who shared a birth place
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was born in the same hospital as Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James.
The author who’s kept his quilt
Horror writer Stephen King has stated that he prefers writing with a pen on paper, averaging a minimum of 2,000 words per day.
Why We Love National Steven Day
The name provides a broad representation
The list is endless with Steve, Stefan, Steph, Sven, Esteban, and dozen more variations. Virtually every language has some variation of the name.
The name has meaning
Steven comes from the Greek ‘Stephanos,’ which means crown. As far as meanings of names go, that’s pretty good.
Can’t beat a classic
Steven is a solid and likable name. No wonder it's still so widely used!
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