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What does Chris mean?

Chris Pronunciation of Chris [chris] as a boys' name 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: greek, rock.


Chris has 3 variants: Chriss, Cris and Kris.

Affiliated boy name: Kit.

Chris has 9 more relations via Christian, Christopher: Christan, Christer, Christie, Christo, Christof, Christos, Christy, Cristy and Kriss.

Chris has 2 feminine forms: Chriselda and Christina.

Creative forms:
(male) Chrissey, Chrsey, ..

(female) Chrce, Chrise, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chris Aarush (C.A.), ..

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)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Chris for boys. 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?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a charted study of the ranking of Chris and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Chris (#507 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000 are Christopher (#32 the previous year), 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 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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