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What does Chris mean?

Chris Pronunciation of Chris 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH Chr-, greek, rock


VARIANTS Chriss, Cris, Kris


RELATIONS VIA CHRISTIAN, CHRISTOPHER Christan, Christer, Christie, Christo, Christof, Christos, Christy, Cristy, Kriss

FEMININE FORMS Chriselda, Christina

(male) Ciris, ..

(female) Chrce, ..

Chris Shayne (C.S.), ..

How popular is Chris?

Chris is a very popular first name for males (#96 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#24386 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Chris reached its apex rank of #60 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #507 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chris name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chris outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Chris (#507 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) listed in the Top 2000 are Christopher (#32), Christian (#43), Kris, Kriss, Kit, Christos, Christie, Christy and Cris. Adoption of these relations of Chris was at its apex 45 years ago (AVERAGE #1088) and has become much lower since (#1458, DOWN 70%), with versions like Chris falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chris, Christian, Christie, Christopher, Christos in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Christy, Cris, Kit, Kris, Kriss in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Christian, Christopher outside U.S.

Similar Names

Chris is pronounced similarly to Cruz. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aris, Arris, Baris, Boris, Ceri, Chai, Chaim, Chaps, Charls, Chas, Chess, Chic, Chik, Chip, Ciril, Colis, Corie, Corin, Curtis, Cyril, Cyrus, Faris, Idris, Jaris, Joris, Moris, Nuris, Paris and Tris. These names tend to be less commonly used than Chris.

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