What does Christian mean?
Christian /chris-t-ian/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name (also used more widely as boys' name Christian) is pronounced KRIS-t'-ynn. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Christian is "follower of Christ".
From Latin Christianus. Christ is from Greek Khristos, a translation of the Hebrew term "Messiah", meaning "anointed". Christian and Christiana were used for women in medieval times, but by the 18th century, Christina was the more common form..
Christian▼ has 17 variants: Chris▼, Christiaan, Christiana▼, Christiane, Christianna, Christianne, Christina▼, Chrystian, Cristian, Cristiana, Cristianna, Cristianne, Karsten, Khristian, Kristian▼, Kristien and Kristienne.
Christian▼ has 20 more related variations via Christiana, Christina: Chrisstan, Christa▼, Christain, Christan, Christeen, Christen▼, Christi▼, Christia, Christiann, Christianni, Christie▼, Christin▼, Christine▼, Christini, Christinn, Christinna, Christmar, Christna, Christyann and Cristin.more]
How popular is Christian?
Christian is a very popular first name for females (#903 out of 4276, Top 21%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#597 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Christian for girls. Christian entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #280 in the U.S. in 1992, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Chris, Christa, Christeen, Christen, Christi, Christiana, Christie, Christin, Christina (#326 the previous year), Christine (#689), Cristin and Kristian are the popular alternative forms of Christian rated in the Top 1000. Variants like Christan are seldom used. Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.4423%) and has become much less since (usage 0.0758%, down 82.9%), with forms such as Christie, Christin, Christina, Christine and Kristian becoming somewhat dated. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Christian and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)