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What does Christopher mean?

Christopher Pronunciation of Christopher [christo-pher] 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.

Associated with: greek, popular (famous), legend (mythology), saint, story (literary), river, hero.


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.

2 feminine forms: Christy and Crystal.

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Middle name pairings:
Christopher Dereck (C.D.), ..

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)

Christopher reached its apex position of #2 in the U.S. in the year 1994, and is at #32 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Christopher name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Christopher outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Christopher (#32 in recent rankings) rated in the Top 2000 are Chris (#507 in recent rankings), Kristopher (#601), Cristobal (#1141), Cristofer (#1722), Kit, Kriss, Kristofor, Kristoffer, Kristofer, Kris, Cris, Christie, Christ, Christofer, Christoffer, Christophe, Christoph and Christos. Adoption of these forms of Christopher was at its apex 45 years ago (average #1242) and is now significantly lower (#1684, 82% less usage), with versions such as Kristofer becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Christopher, Chris, Christ, Christie, Christofer in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Christoph, Christophe, Christos, Cris, Cristobal in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cristofer, Kit, Kris, Kriss, Kristofer in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kristoffer, Kristofor, Kristopher in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Christopher, Christoffer outside U.S.

Similar Names

Christopher is pronounced similarly to Cristopher, Khristopher, Kristophor and Krystopher. Other suggested similar names are Chester, Chipper, Chrestien, Christan, Christer, Christiaan, Christian, Christiano, Christmas, Christo, Christy, Cristen, Cristofor (see Cristofer), Criston, Cristos, Cristoval, Crowther, Krister and Whistler. These names tend to be less commonly used than Christopher.

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