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 information, 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 (#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)