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: probably a variant of Reading 1, from the place name + the Middle English suffix -tune ‘settlement’. However, the surname is quite common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and so perhaps a northern place named as the ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with Rēad(a)’ is to be sought.