Meaning and Origin of: Fabian

Fabian is of Latin origin meaning "Bear."

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Bean

Family name origins & meanings

  • English, French, German, Italian (Venetian), Polish, Czech and Slovak (Fabián), and Hungarian (Fábián) : from a personal name, Latin Fabianus, a derivative of the Roman family name Fabius. The personal name achieved considerable popularity in Europe in the Middle Ages, having been borne by a 3rd-century pope and saint.
  • Americanized or Italianized spelling of Slovenian Fabjan or Fabijan (see 1).
  • Jewish : adoption of the non-Jewish surname under the influence of the Yiddish personal name Fayvish.