The name is a Spanish form of Stephen.
It was borne by the first person of African descent to enter the New World, also known as Estevanico (1500-1539).
This form is currently extremely popular in French-speaking countries, perhaps popularized by French poet, Claude Esteban (b.1935) and in the Swiss case, it is the surname of Swiss-Romande soccor player, Julian Esteban. It is also the stage name of famous French disk jockey and singer, DJ Esteban.
The name is currently the 49th most popular male name in French-speaking Switzerland, (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 42 (France, 2009)
- # 378 (United States, 2010)