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Gender: M Meaning of Christopher: "bearer of Christ" Origin of Christopher: Greek and Latin Christopher's Popularity in 2014: #30

Christopher is an evergreen classic that dropped from Top 25 status in 2013, 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.

Famous People Named Christopher

Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer
Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor
Christopher Eccleston, English actor
Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist
Christopher Nolan, British film director and producer
Christopher Lee, English actor
Christopher Paul "Chris" Colfer, American actor and singer
Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans, American actor
Christopher D'Olier Reeve, American actor
Christopher Allen Lloyd, American actor
Christopher Anton Knight, American actor
Christopher Hitchens, English-American author/journalist
Christopher Walken, American actor
Christopher D'Olier Reeve, American actor
Christopher Peter Meroni, American actor
Christopher Kennedy Masterson, American actor
Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine, American actor
Christopher Michael "Chris" Pratt, American actor
Christopher John "Topher" Grace, American actor
Christopher Haden-Guest, British American actor/the 5th Baron Haden-Guest
Christopher David "Chris" Noth, American actor
Christopher Shannon "Chris" Penn, American actor
Christopher "Chris" Tucker, American actor
Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III, American actor
Christopher Crosby "Chris" Farley, American actor
Christopher W. "Chris" Cooper, American actor
Christopher Moore, American author
Christopher Joseph "Chris" Isaak, American musician
Christopher Taylor Buckley, Canadian American satirist and political speechwriter
Christopher Anthony John "Chris" Martin, British musician
Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd, Irish actor & comedian
Christopher Robin Milne, son of the Winnie-the-Pooh author
Christopher Kelly, Canadian NHL Hockey player
(Christopher) Ashton Kutcher, American actor
Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown, American singer
Christopher Jordan Graves, American actor; twin brother Kevin Graves
Christopher "Chris" Tomlin - American contemporary Christian singer-songwriter
Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse, American actor
Christopher Eugene "Chris" O'Donnell, American actor
Christopher Cross, American musician
Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry, American musician
Christopher Anton "Chris" Knight, American actor
Christopher James Paolini, American author
Warren Minor Christopher, American lawyer, diplomat and politician
Christopher Pike, pseudonym of American young adult thriller novelist Kevin Christopher McFadden
Christopher Michael Wren, architect who designed St Paul's Cathedral, London

Pop Culture References for the name Christopher

Christopher Boone in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"
Christopher Moltisanti, character on the American TV series, "The Sopranos"
Christopher Ewing, character on "Dallas"
Christopher Foyle, Foyle's War
Christopher Robin in "Winnie the Pooh"
Christopher Turk, from the TV show "Scrubs" goes by Turk
Christopher Tietjens, character in "Parade's End"
Christopher "Kit" Walker is The Phantom in the comic book series by the same name
Christopher "Chris" Nord: Agent Zero Marvel Character
Christopher "Chris" Perry Halliwell, son of Piper and Leo on Charmed
Christopher, an angel in Gabriel's Angel by Mark A Radcliffe
Christopher Lasalle, character from TV series "NCIS"
Christopher "Chris" Dollanganger, a character from the book/movies Dollanganger series (Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, Garden of Shadows, Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth)
Christopher Street, famous street in the West Village
Christopher Robin Pike, second captain of the Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise
Christopher Steel, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Christopher MacLaren, character in "Orange is the New Black"
Christopher Crowquill, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Christopher "Chris", character in video game "Until Dawn"