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What does Christian mean?

Christian Pronunciation of Christian as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Christian) is pronounced KRIS-chen. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Christian is "follower of Christ". From Latin Christianus, a girl's name in the Middle Ages that became used as a male name, possibly due to the success of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684), whose hero is called Christian. The name of Christ is from Greek Khristos which is translated from the Hebrew term for "Messiah", meaning "anointed". In Denmark the name has been borne by ten kings since the 15th century. A famous bearer was the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Actor Christian Slater; French fashion designers Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix; Dr. Christiaan Barnard.


ASSOCIATED WITH follower (servant), hero, greek, messiah (champion), kings, famous


VARIANTS Chrestien, Chretien, Chris, Christan, Christer, Christiaan, Christiano, Christie, Christo, Christos, Christy, Cristen, Cristian, Cristiano, Cristino, Criston, Cristos, Cristy, Kit, Kris, Krister, Kristian, Kristo, Krystian, Krystiano

FEMININE FORMS Christen, Christiana, Christina, Christmas



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How popular is Christian?

Christian is a very prominent first name for males (#236 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#597 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Christian reached its peak rank of #21 in the U.S. in 2006, and is currently at #55. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Cristian (#301 IN 2018), Chris (#614), Kristian (#733), Cristiano (#935), Kit (#1755), Christ, Christiaan, Christie, Christos, Christy, Kris and Krystian are the prominent related forms of Christian (#55) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Christian reached the height of their popularity in the year 1996 (MEDIAN #1407) and are now much less conventional (#1414, 54%). Christian is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Cristiano seems to be getting popular too, while versions like Kris are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Christian, Chris, Christ, Christiaan, Christie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Christos, Christy, Cristian, Cristiano, Kit in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kris, Kristian, Krystian in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Christian is pronounced similarly to Chrystian. Other recommended sound-alike names are Bastian, Brittan, Carsan, Carston, Caspian, Cassian, Cheston, Chilton, Chriss, Christmas, Christof, Christofer, Christoph, Christophe, Cillian, Corbinian, Crespin, Crispian, Crispin, Crispino, Crisspin (see Crispin), Cristobal, Cristoval, Cristovano, Drostan, Kristan, Kristien, Phinian, Sabastian, Sebastian, Thorstan, Thurstan, Tristan, Tristian, Tristin, Trystan and Whitman. These names tend to be less frequently used than Christian.

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