What does Christopher mean?
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.
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.Creative forms:
(male) Christover, ..
(female) Christove, .. Middle name pairings:
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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 #32 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a charted analysis of the ranking of the boy name Christopher and corresponding 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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.