What does Christopher mean?
Christopher \ch-risto-pher, chr(is)-topher\ as a boys' name is pronounced KRIS-toh-fer. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Christopher is "bearing Christ". 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Kristopher.
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 (#1182 out of 88799, 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 this boy name was at its apex during the years 1970-1979 and is now significantly lower, with versions such as Chris, Kristopher, Kristofer, Kristoffer and Kris becoming somewhat dated. Christopher (#30) is the most chic boy name in this compilation, with this name having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)