The name Stefanie ranked 958th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 597th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
According to Christian scripture, Stephen was the first martyr, and the influence of this saint accounts for the popularity of both male and female variations of his name in many Western languages.
The Bible describes Stephen as a righteous and compassionate person who refused to disguise his beliefs, even though his frankness cost him his life.
He was condemned to death by stoning, and the cloaks of those commissioned to do the bloody work were held by a fellow persecutor of the Christians, Saul of Tarsus.
In time, Saul became Paul the Apostle, shaper of Christian doctrine and Christian missionary to the entire ancient world.
Stage and Screen
Stefanie Powers (born 1942)
American actress. Original name: Stefania Zofia Federkiewicz.