Christopher is an evergreen classic which continued its drop from Top 10 status this year, in spite of its appealingly strong, sincere, straightforward image, combined with a softer, more modern sound than, say, Robert or Richard.
A Greek name meaning 'bearer of Christ', it is sometimes used to honor Saint Christopher, a third century martyr who became the protective saint of travelers, reflecting the legend of Christopher being the giant who carried the Christ Child over a river. The name appeals to a wide range of parents, and has been chosen by several celebrities, including Sean "Diddy" Combs.
The almost ubiquitous American nickname is Chris, but a more recent one is Topher, and there are British variations that might add a more individual spin to the name--Kit, Kip and Christy. Two Christophers known to every schoolchild: Christopher Columbus and Christopher Robin.