Short form of Stephen and Steven, also used as an independent given name. It is associated with the American film stars Steve McQueen (1930–80), noted for his ‘tough guy’ roles, and Steve Martin (b. 1945).
English: variant of Disborough, a habitational name from places in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire called Desborough. The first is named from Old English dwostle ‘pennyroyal’ + beorg ‘hill’; the second from the Old English personal name Dēor + burh ‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’.