What does Christopher mean?
From Khristophoros. Popular among early Christians. The legend of Saint Christopher as the patron saint of travelers grew from the story of a giant who made his living carrying people across a river. According to the legend, one day he carried across a child whom he discovered was actually Christ. Revived in the 1940s by the popularity of AA Milne's "Winnie the Pooh", whose human hero is called Christopher Robin. Explorer Christopher Columbus; actors Christopher Plummer, Christopher Reeve; architect Christopher Wren.
Christopher▲ has 32 variants: Chris▼, Christie, Christof, Christofer, Christoffer, Christoforo, Christoforus, Christoph, Christophe, Christophoros, Christos, Cris, Cristobal▼, Cristofer, Cristoforo, Cristovano, Kester, Kit, Kitt, Kris▼, Kriss, Kristo, Kristofel, Kristofer▼, Kristoffer▼, Kristofor, Kristoforos, Kristos, Krzysztof, Stoffel, Tobal and Topher.
Affiliated boy name: Kristopher.more]
How popular is Christopher?
Christopher is a very popular first name for men (#11 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1124 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Christopher for boys. Christopher reached its apex position of #2 in the U.S. in the year 1994, and is at #30 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Christopher and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Christopher (#30 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Chris (#514 in 2014), Kristopher (#591), Kristofer, Kristoffer, Kris, Cristobal, Christ, Christoffer, Cris and Cristofer. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.3575%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1695%, down 52.6%), with versions such as Chris, Kristopher, Cristobal, Christ and Kristoffer becoming somewhat dated. Christopher (#30) is the most chic boy name in this compilation, and there is a resurgence in birth name popularity for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)