What does Chris mean?
Chris /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.
Affiliated boy name: Kit.
Chris▼ has 48 more relations 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.more]
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. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Chris for boys. Chris reached its apex rank of #61 in the U.S. in the 1960s, 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 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Christopher (#30 2 years ago), Christian (#42), Cristian (#273), Kristian (#656), Cristiano (#872), Kristofer, Kristoffer, Christoffer, Kris, Cristobal, Cristofer and Cris. Adoption of these relations of Chris was at its apex during 1970-1979 (average #657) and is almost as widespread today (#722, down 18.8%), but with the versions Chris, Cristobal, Kris, Kristoffer and Kristofer falling out of fashion. Christopher is the continual favorite, although Christian seems to be becoming a favorite too. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Cyrus. Like Chris, this name is not commonly used.