Meaning: From Sebastï
Alternate spellings: Sebastien, Bastian, Seb
The name Sebastian sounds as regal as classical music. That’s probably because many people still associate the name with Johann Sebastian Bach (and the crab conductor from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid).
The name Sebastian goes back much farther than the composer or the crustacean – all the way to ancient Greece and Rome. The name has Latin roots meaning “from Sebastï”; Sebastï, a town in Asia Minor, has Greek roots meaning “respected.” In the U.S., Sebastian did not become a regular on the charts until 1907. It dropped out of sight again in the 1950s, but has been increasing in popularity recently. Likely in thanks to that 1989 Disney crab, Sebastian went from #412 that year to #320 the following year.
The name made another major leap in 2000 when it hit the top 100 for the first time and has continued climbing since then. Unlike most longer names (like Alexander or Elizabeth), Sebastian does not have any well-recognized nicknames, so you’re free to be as creative as you like.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008