Meaning and name origin
Christopher \ch-risto-pher, chr(is)-topher\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: 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 information, see also the related boy name Kristopher.
Christopher is a very popular first name for males (#11 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1182 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Christopher for boys. Christopher reached its highest rank of #2 in the U.S. in 1994. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Christopher and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Christopher (#30), Chris (#514), Kristopher (#591), Kristofer, Kristoffer, Kris, Cristobal, Christ, Christoffer, Cris and Cristofer. (2014 statistics).