Baby Names: Names Starting with S


STEPHANIE: From the Greek for "crowned." This dark horse has emerged as a leader in recent years. Relatives: Stefanie, Stephania, Stephana, Stephanya, Steffie, Steffi, Stef, Stepha, Stefa, Fannie, Fanny. Namesakes: Saint Stephana, Stephanie Zimbalist, Stefanie Powers, Steffi Graf.

STEPHEN: From the Greek for "crowned." You can't go wrong with Stephen. It has endured the slings and arrows of decades of popularity polls. Relatives: Stephan, Steven, Stefan, Stefano, Steve, Stevie, Stephens, Stevens, Stevenson, Stephenson, Etienne, Esteban, Estevan. Namesakes: Stephen Crane, Stephen King, Stevie Nicks, Steve McQueen, Stevie Wonder, Stefan Edberg.

STERLING: From the Middle English for "pure" and Old Welsh for "from the yellow house." Perfect for the baby born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Relative: Stirling. Namesakes: Sterling Moss, Sterling Hayden, sterling silver, British Sterling.

STERNE: Middle English for "serioius-minded." Some babies have the serious-minded look even moments after birth. This might just work. Relatives: Stern, Stearn, Stearne. Namesakes: Laurence Sterne, Isaac Stern.

STEWART: Old English for "steward" and Scottish clan name. This elegant old family name, a royal one in Scotland, is always in good taste, as long as you don't mind the inevitable Stew or (worse!) Stewie. Relatives: Stuart, Steward, Stew, Stu. Namesakes: Stewart Granger, Jackie Stewart, James Stewart, "Stuart Little."

STOCKLEY: Old English for "from the tree-stump meadow." Relatives: Stockton, Stockwell, Stockman, Stokley Stockard. Namesakes: Stokley, Carmichael, Stockard Channing, David Stockman, Stockton (Calif.)

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