Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Fabian

Fabian comes from the later Latin male personal name Fabianus from the old Roman family name Fabius. This name is ultimately derived from the Latin “faba” meaning ‘bean’. Fabius dates back to the Roman Republic and centuries before Christ. This Latin “nomen” most likely originated from a nickname (from the word bean) to indicate a family of bean farmers. The name was borne by an early 3rd century pope, elected under unusual circumstances. Fabian was an unimportant layperson who arrived in Rome during the papal elections of 236 AD. During the assembly a dove suddenly descended from the ceilings and settled upon Fabian’s head. The crowd immediately recognized this as a direct sign from the Holy Spirit and at once elected this stranger to the most holy of Church positions. As a symbol of peace, the dove was considered an omen, since Fabian’s tenure as pope was marked by a period of peace and improved religious tolerance within the Roman Empire (still a pagan state). Once Emperor Decius came into power, however, Christians were once again under attack for their beliefs and Fabian would be martyred in 250 AD. The name was brought to England by the French around the 16th century, although it’s never been a considerably popular name among English speakers. Fabian currently ranks high in the countries of Austria and Poland. It is also a Top 40 name in Chile.

All About the Baby Name – Fabian

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME FABIAN

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME FABIAN

The name Fabian appeared very briefly on the American male naming charts at the turn of the 20th century, but never enough to show any meaningful usage. It’s not until 1959 that Fabian would jump onto the list of most favored boy’s names and stick to it. This was clearly influenced by the popular teen idol – the singer Fabian – a 1950s heartthrob and Justin Bieber of his day. Still, after Fabian faded away from the spotlight by the mid-1960s, the name has managed to stay around for the party. It’s not an ϋber-popular name by any stretch of the imagination but it has been maintaining a respectable spot on the charts nonetheless. We can’t help but to say that Fabian screams the 1950s, although it also retains religious meaning to Christians. Fabiano is the more traditional Italian spelling, but Fabian is more widely used. We think the name’s ultimate origin and meaning (i.e., ‘bean’) is just darling. There is just something about this little bean that brings a charming handsome quality to Fabian.

Quick Facts

ON FABIAN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Latin

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

312

PRONUNCIATION:

FAY-bee-ən

SIMPLE MEANING:

Bean

Characteristics

OF FABIAN

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Fabian

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FABIAN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Fabian

Popular Songs

ON FABIAN

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Fabian


Famous People

NAMED FABIAN

Fabian (1950s teen idol/singer)
Fabian Washington (football player)
Fabián Orellana (Chilean soccer player)
Fabian Núñez (politician)
Fabian MÃ¥nsson (Swedish socialist)
Fabian Bourzat (French figure skater)
Fabián Espíndola (Argentianian soccer player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FABIAN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Fabian

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FABIAN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fabian