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". 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 25 variant forms: Chrestien, Chretien, Chris, Christan, Christer, Christiaan, Christiano, Christie, Christo, Christos, Christy, Cristen, Cristian, Cristiano, Cristino, Criston, Cristos, Cristy, Kit, Kris, Krister, Kristian, Kristo, Krystian and Krystiano.
Christian is a very popular first name for males (#236 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#564 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Christian for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Christian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Christian (#42), Cristian (#273), Chris (#514), Kristian (#656), Cristiano (#872), Christ and Kris. (2014 statistics).