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Meaning and name origin

Chris \ch-ris\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.

Chris has 3 variant forms: Chriss, Cris and Kris.

For more information, see also the related boy name Kit.

There are 2 feminine forms of Chris: Chriselda and Christina.


Chris is a very popular first name for males (#96 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#29193 out of 88799, Top 33%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Chris for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Chris name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Chris and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Christopher (#30), Christian (#42), Chris (#514), Kris and Cris. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Christopher, Christian, Chris, Kris, Cris in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Cyrus. Like Chris, this name is not commonly used.