What does Christian mean?
Christian /chris-t-ian/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' 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 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 in 2014), Chris (#514), Kristian (#656), Cristiano (#872), Christ and Kris are the prominent related forms of Christian (#42 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in the year 1996 (usage of 0.4353%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3776%, down 13.3%), with the versions Chris, Kris and Christ becoming less trendy. Christian (#42), Cristian (#273) and Kristian (#656) are three of the more fashionable birth names in this list, and there is a rebound in baby name usage for Christian. (2014 Birth Statistics)