JAM | Mar 24, 2023

It’s National Stephanie Day!

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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On Monday( March 20) we celebrated National Vanessa Day, a day which recognises the origin and history behind the name Vanessa.

We discovered that the name Vanessa means butterfly and was coined by Anglo-Irish author Jonathon Swift in 1712 when he needed a name for a poem he was writing for his lover Esther Vanhomrigh.

Today (March 24), we go on another journey back into history to discover the origin and meaning behind another female name. Yes, today is being celebrated as National Stephanie Day!

Stephanie is one of the most common names both in Jamaica and globally. But have you ever wondered what was the meaning behind this name? The name has a Greek origin derived from the name Stephanos which means ‘crown’ or ‘garland’.


Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1837-1859), Queen consort of King Pedro V of Portugal.

The name Stephanie has long been associated with queens and females that held prestigious titles.

Among these individuals are Stephanie Navarre, Queen consort of king Garcia Sanchez III of Navarre, Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1837-1859), Queen consort of King Pedro V of Portugal and Stephanie de Beauharnias (1789-1860), French consort of Karl Ludwig Fredrick, Grand Duke of Baden.

Today, some of Jamaica’s most popular females carry the prestigious name such as Stephanie Victoria Allen otherwise known as Stefflon don, British-Jamaican rapper and singer, Stephanie Ann McPherson, Jamaican athlete and Stephanie Marley, managing director of Bob Marley’s Group of companies and daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley.


The name Stephanie gained popularity in the 1970s and 80s in the US. Since its peak in 1986, the name has declined in popularity over the years.

In 2021, It was ranked 454 on the list of popular baby names in the US, the name fell two places on the list since 2020.


Persons with the name Stephanie are said to be imaginative, mystical and intuitive beings! These persons can be social butterflies but they also enjoy spending time away from people.

If your name is Stephanie, you are intelligent and a lover of knowledge. Take some time today to celebrate you and the history that your name brings.

Read: It’s National Vanessa Day!


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