The meaning of the name “Christopher” is: “Bearer of Christ”.
Additional information: Taken from the Late Greek words “Χρήστος” meaning “the annointed one, Christ” and “φέρω” meaning “to bear”, Christopher has the meaning “bearing Christ” or “Christ-bearer”. It is the name of the Patron Saint of travelers, Saint Christopher. His name was taken literally to saw that he carried the baby Jesus across a river at one point in the Christ’s younger days.
Although Christopher is the most common spelling of the name in English-speaking countries, there are many other variations which are frequently used. Kristopher, Christoffer, Kristoffer, Christoff, and Kristoff are all seen around parts of Europe. Other variations include Kristofor, Christoffel, Christophe, Christoph, Cristoforo, and Kristaps. Short forms of Christopher are Chris, Topher, Christy, and sometimes Kit.
The popularity of the name Christopher hit a high peak in the mid to late 1900s. In the US it was rated as the 2nd most popular boy’s name from 1979 to 1994, and was in the top 10 most popular names between 1967 and 2009. The peak popularity for this name was in Canada where it reached the most popular boy’s name in 1985. It also stayed in the top 10 between 1968 and 1994. There has been a downward trend in popularity from the peak usage until 2014, with ratings of 30th most popular in the US, 94th most popular in Australia, 72nd most popular in Ireland, and a rating outside of the top 100 in Canada.
Many famous celebrities and notable individuals have shared the name Christopher, including Christopher Columbus, a 14th century explorer; Christopher Lee, an actor; Christopher Eccleston, an actor; Christopher Walken, an actor; Christopher Meloni, an actor; Christopher Nolan, a director; Christopher Paolini, a fictional author; the fictional Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh; and Christopher Batten, a bassist. Christopher Wren was an English architect, who designed many of the churches of London following the Great Fire of London, and Christopher Marlowe was an Elizabethan playwright.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Christopher for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Christopher is a boy name.
The name Christopher is of Greek origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Christopher we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Christopher Name Meaning
The meaning of Christopher is “Bearer of Christ”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Christopher and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Christopher and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Christopher is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Christopher Categories
The name Christopher is in the following categories: Christian Names, Classic Names, English Names, Greek Names, Movie Star Names, Popular Names, Saints Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Christopher. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Christopher, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Christopher
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Christopher displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Christopher Boy Name Popularity Chart
Christopher Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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