What does Christian mean?
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 variants: 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.more]
How popular is Christian?
Christian is a very prominent first name for males (#236 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#597 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Christian for boys. Christian reached its peak rank of #21 in the U.S. in 2006, and is currently at #42. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Christian and affiliated names. Cristian (#273 2 years ago), Chris (#514), Kristian (#656), Cristiano (#872), Christ and Kris are the prominent related forms of Christian (#42 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000. These relations of Christian reached the height of their popularity in the year 1996 (average #564) and are almost as common today (#622, ▼13.3%), but with the versions Chris, Kris and Christ becoming less trendy. Christian is more ubiquitous than the rest, and Cristian seems to be getting popular too. (2014 Birth Statistics)