Meaning and Name Origin
Chris \ch-ris\ as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Chris) is pronounced kris. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Chris is "bearing Christ". Short form of Christopher and Christian. Actors Chris Cooper, Chris O'Donnell, Chris Sarandon; comedians Chris Tucker, Chris Rock; basketball player Chris Webber.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Kit.
Chris▼ has 48 more related variations via Christian, Christopher: Chrestien, Chretien, Christan, Christer, Christiaan, Christiano, Christie, Christo, Christof, Christofer, Christoffer, Christoforo, Christoforus, Christoph, Christophe, Christophoros, Christos, Christy, Cristen, Cristian▲, Cristiano, Cristino, Cristobal▼, Cristofer, Cristoforo, Criston, Cristos, Cristovano, Cristy, Kester, Kit, Kitt, Kriss, Krister, Kristian▲, Kristo, Kristofel, Kristofer▼, Kristoffer▼, Kristofor, Kristoforos, Kristos, Krystian, Krystiano, Krzysztof, Stoffel, Tobal and Topher.
Chris is a very popular first name for males (#96 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#29193 out of 88799, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Chris for boys. Chris reached its apex rank of #61 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #514 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Chris and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Chris (#514 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Christopher (#30 the previous year), Christian (#42), Cristian (#273), Kristian (#656), Cristiano (#872), Kristofer, Kristoffer, Christoffer, Kris, Cristobal, Cristofer and Cris. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1970-1979 and is somewhat lower today, with the versions Chris, Kristoffer, Kristofer, Kris and Cristobal falling out of fashion. Christian (#42), Christopher (#30), Cristian (#273) and Kristian (#656) are four of the more trendy names for newborns in this list, with Christian and Christopher having a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Cyrus. Like Chris, this name is not commonly used.