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Christian meaning and name origin

Christian \ch-ris-tian, chr(i)-stian\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Christian), is pronounced KRIS-chen. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Christian is "follower of Christ". From Latin Christianus, a girl's name in the Middle Ages that became used as a male name, possibly due to the success of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684), whose hero is called Christian. The name of Christ is from Greek Khristos which is translated from the Hebrew term for "Messiah", meaning "anointed". The Cr- spellings are Spanish forms. In Denmark the name has been borne by ten kings since the 15th century. A famous bearer was the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Actor Christian Slater; French fashion designers Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix; Dr. Christiaan Barnard.

Christian has 26 variant forms: Chrestien, Chretien, Chris, Christan, Christer, Christiaan, Christiano, Christie, Christo, Christos, Christy, Cristian, Cristen, Cristian, Cristiano, Cristino, Criston, Cristos, Cristy, Kit, Kris, Krister, Kristian, Kristo, Krystian and Krystiano.

Christian is also pronounced similarly to Chrystian. Another suggested similar baby name is Christmas.

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Popularity of Christian

Christian is a very popular first name for males (#236 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#564 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Christian name for boys (2012 statistics). Compare Christian with its variant forms and related boy baby names.

Top 1000 ranking of Christian name in U.S.
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