What does a heavy metal singer, an animated crustacean, and a saint all have in common (and, no, this isn’t the start of a bad joke)? They all were named Sebastian, a name Shakespeare liked the so much that he used it two of his plays, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. While the name has a certain French-like quality to it, it’s actually of Greek origin. And never underestimate the power of Disney. The name had dropped out of the ranks mid-century only to reappear and gain in popularity most likely thanks to Ariel’s singing crab friend.


  • Latin: Revered, or the Roman term for a person from the ancient city of Sebastia



Alternate Spellings


Famous Namesakes

Musician Sebastian Bach, Actor Sebastian Stan

Celebrity Babies

Son of James Spader, Son of Tommy Hilfiger, Son of Michael Johnson, Son of Kim Fields